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“Beautiful ride, okay staff, no whales.”

Outer Island Excursions
Ranked #4 of 15 Tours in Anacortes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We offer personalized, small group tours of 30 people or less on high speed vessels - the Blackfish Fleet are the fastest in the region reaching up to 50mph, and are the perfect blend of comfort and thrill! We specialize in private charters- if you want to go whale watching, fishing, island hopping, or a combination of activities we do it all. We want to make your experience unforgettable.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This company was just okay for me. Our afternoon tour started half hour late, as we were waiting for the previous boat to return. There were limited picnic benches to sit and wait— we stood in the sun the entire time.

Aboard the boat there are 2 staff: the captain and the guide. They were fine and friendly if spoken to, but didn’t go out of their way to initiate conversation or share information along the way. They made a point to announce that they work for tips but then... didn’t work for tips.

Last, we didn’t see a whale. That outcome is always a possibility and probably not the fault of the crew, but still so disappointing. I didn’t even realize that we had given up on finding a whale until I saw the harbor as we prepared to dock. I was certain we had a little more time, but no. Better communication could have eased the disappointment.

We were given vouchers to come back on another whale watch, but unfortunately our vacation had come to an end. I would have been more than willing to try again otherwise! Be aware that the vouchers are standby tickets and you are not guaranteed a spot on your preferred tour.

If you are planning to attend this tour, plan ahead by dressing in layers. The wait may be hot but you’ll want a warm jacket and hat on the boat. You can bring snacks and drinks of all kind on the boat (no glass, please).

It was a gorgeous boat ride. I had a wonderful time with my husband and family soaking in the beauty of the islands.

Thank saveXferris
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"sea lions"
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"captain paul"
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"whale watching tour"
in 6 reviews
"transient pod"
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"warm jacket"
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"friendly and knowledgeable staff"
in 2 reviews
"safe distance"
in 2 reviews
"nice boat"
in 3 reviews
"see whales"
in 5 reviews
"make reservations"
in 2 reviews
"would highly recommend this tour"
in 2 reviews
"amazing experience"
in 3 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 2 reviews
"afternoon tour"
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"fantastic trip"
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"minke whale"
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"boat ride"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful day on the water! David, Aubrey, and Amy were awesome guides. We saw several Orcas, several sea lions and even an otter! Good stuf. Thanks guys for a memorable day!

Thank Ian R
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Drew and Ellen were undeniably the best host. We got to see three different types of whales (Orcas, Humpback & Minke) which was amazing. On top of that we saw the largest sea lion I have ever seen in my life. Sprinkle in bald eagles and harbor porpoises it was perfect. 100/100 will go back and will tell everyone I know! Thanks Drew & Ellen!!!!

Thank Jason B
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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

We took a tour with Demi, John, and Ellen. The naturalists were extremely knowledgeable. We saw both humpback and killer whales during our tour, as well as stellar's sea lions. Thank you for such an incredible experience!

Thank Stephanie F
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing time in our first whale watching tour! Capt Drew, Demi, and Taylor were friendly, informative, and all around awesome. This is a bucket list dream come true. Highly recommend!!

Thank Toya984
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