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“Great Experience with many Orca sightings!”
Review of Island Adventures

Island Adventures
Ranked #2 of 15 Tours in Anacortes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We pride ourselves as being one of the most experienced and dedicated whale-watching companies in Washington. Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour - but it's our team of highly qualified crew that will make your trip unforgettable! They boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 4100 days with the whales, and have led excursions for over 80,000 satisfied customers.
Reviewed 26 August 2017

My daughter and I took the 3:00 tour from Anacortes and had a fantastic experience on the brand new boat. It is very spacious, has excellent seating inside and out. The captain and crew are very knowledgeable and fun!
The views are spectacular and the ride is smooth! GO!

Thank MSBak
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We're thrilled with the new Island Explorer 5 and are happy to see that you were as well! It was great to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

My daughter and I went on a whale watching cruise with this company but we left from La Conner. It was fabulous! The three person crew took care of us very well. The boat was perfect-no complaints! It just so happened that we only had 28 passengers, so we had so much room to roam! The captain and crew kept a lookout for the different wildlife we wanted to see, and boy, did we see it all including two minke whales, one humpback whale, and lots of Orca-one which did a dive under our boat to surprise us all! Our orca encounter happened because the captain was getting reports of orca pods that were being seen further north than we were going to go, so the whole boat voted to forego our 1.5 hour lunch stop at Lopez to go search for the Orca! They did not have to do this, and it just shows not only how much they enjoy seeing the whales as much as we did, but that they really wanted to do what they could to see that the paying passengers had the best experience possible. I can't say enough good things. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Thank Julie H
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Julie,

Thank you for reviewing your tour from yesterday! We can count on one hand how many tours we've had this year with THREE different species, so you definitely were part of something special! I'm glad we were able to go the extra mile (or many miles) for you and our other guests in order to see so much variety. It was an absolute pleasure to have you join us from La Conner!

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

The boat makes all the difference! Large, fast and stable makes the ride super comfortable and minimizes seasickness. There's tons of space on the decks to move around and get a view of the wildlife without having to fight other passengers for a spot. Throw in the stadium seating on the bow of the ship and everyone gets a great view.

And unlike other tours using smaller boats, there's a comfortable cabin to retreat to when you're tired or cold (and I did get pretty cold). There's a cafe to grab surprisingly decent food, drink or even a beer.

The staff from check in to the guides to the staff at the snack stand all were exemplary. Rather than feel like they were there to make a buck, you genuinely felt they cared whether you had a good time, cared about the welfare of the wildlife and for the local environment.

The guides were also super informative, giving me knowledge of the local area and the wildlife that I didn't know I wanted to know. Amazing stuff. And they really did get us right to the whales - at one point a pod of orcas swam probably within 20 feet of the boat. An amazing view of these majestic creatures!

Throw in the endless string of really corny nautical theme jokes and the experience gave us everything we wanted and more. We had a blast!

Thank Adrian H
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Adrian,

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! Our crew is passionate about sharing this region's wildlife with others and it reflects in their work. We want our guests to see whales as much as, if not more than, than they do! Thanks for taking time to write a thoughtful review with lots of helpful information for those planning a tour. It was a pleasure to have you aboard!

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

I have been fortunate to participate on whale watching tours in many parts of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, both as a tourist, volunteer naturalist, and paid employee. Island Adventures definitely has raised the bar. I never have been on a bad whale watch, but experiencing three tours with this company highlighted what a whale-watch experience should be. Their vessels, crew and naturalists, as well as gift shop staff, were top notch. Everything about the company, from booking, to viewing, and to the overall experience was top rate. Their professionalism shows in every aspect of their business. Their top rating is definitely deserved.

Thank Diane92106
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Diane,

Thank you so much for those kind words! This reviews means a lot coming from someone with your level of experience whale watching. I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to all of our crew members! Thank you so much for joining us.

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

The crew was funny and had a lot of knowledge if it were not for the fires in BC it would have been great but you could not see Vancouver from 100 yards, sad as it would have been a great view, we did see some Orcas, and the trip was worth it just to much smoke.

Thank tazman1953
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Thank you for joining us and sharing your thoughts about the tour. Fortunately thanks to a bit of rain and breeze, that haze has blown away now, and luckily, the whales didn't mind! I'll pass your kind comments on to the crew!

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