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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 1 October 2017

We went out of Anacortes, the new (3 months old) boat was very comfortable, with plenty of views from any angle on any of the three decks. The first deck was the eating deck, the second was heated indoor seating, without outdoor seating in the front and rear, and the third deck was open air. Both the indoor areas had huge viewing windows. The seats were also very comfortable indoors. I would go in and out depending on movement and if watching the Orcas. It's also great that they have a photographer on board to capture the nature/animals so you can just sit/stand back and enjoy the views. Buy the thumb drive, 100% worth it on our tour. Our tour saw the sea lions, harbor seals, birds, a bald eagle, multiple orcas (a mom and three kids; then two different males) and minke whale. The captain and naturalist were always available to answer questions and gave great commentary throughout the cruise tour. Also the food was good, much better than we were expecting for a tour boat. I would recommend choosing Island Adventure for your nature watching experiences, comfort and customer service makes it top notch. I felt sorry looking at the other boats or pontoons on the water where people were cramped; I loved being able to walk around and enjoy.

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

We appreciate you taking time to write such a thorough review! All of our vessels, but especially the new Island Explorer 5, have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating options and as you learned, we encourage guests to move around and utilize all aspects of the boat for watching whales - no assigned seats! I'm so happy to see that you enjoyed yourselves and saw a great variety of wildlife.

Thank you again for your review!

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

At the last minute on a short visit to the Seattle area, wife and i decided to do a whale watching trip. I found Island Adventures on the net, along with OK reviews. Wow are we happy we went with these folks. Great friendly crew on a very comfortable boat, made the trip great. The captain worked on the radio to chat with other boat captains about location of wildlife. It was a two hour boat ride, but he put us next to two pods of about 20 to 30 Orcas way up in Canadian waters. We stayed with these beautiful animals for about an hour. What a wonderful trip with very nice folks who understand great service.

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! We take a lot of pride in our vessels and crew. We're just as passionate about whales as our guests and it shows. I'm glad to read that the long journey paid off with plenty of orcas! We appreciate you taking time to write about your experience. It was great to have you aboard.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We took the new tour from LaConner and were blessed with great scenery and an informative guide and boat captain. We were accidentally late and they waited for us and were still very kind. This is my second time to go on a tour with Island Adventures. The first time we saw many, many orcas and unfortunately this time we were not blessed with them, but we saw a beautiful humpback whale that flipped his tail many times and breached once so I considered it a great day. It was a long time on this tour as we booked an all day tour and I wasn't really impressed with where we docked for lunch but we talked to a nice sailor and passed the time. The scenery was amazing through Deception Pass and under the Rainbow Bridge. Our hosts showed us many seals, dolphins, etc. I would do this tour again if I was in the area.

Thank Cormick026
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2017

Thank you for joining us! As you experienced, every tour is different, and with so many different types of whales in the area, you're bound to see something new each time. We sincerely appreciate your feedback regarding the lunch stop and will take that into consideration when planning our 2018 season. Thank you again for reviewing your tour!

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We did a morning tour with Scott, Eric, and Tyson. Our group went out on the new Island Explorer 5. The staff was awesome and entertaining and the boat was spacious. There are restrooms, indoor seating, and a cafe on board. Prices were reasonable. We were able to see orcas, stellar sea lions, bald eagles, and a porpoise. On the way back, they sighted 2 humpback whales so they stopped the boat to get a look. I loved that they took the extra time since they heard about the humpback whales on our way back to the dock. Very knowledgeable crew ! There's plenty of seating outside, but bring a jacket. It does get chilly, but it's worth it. Wish the orcas had come closer, but we had a great time !

Thank nkitchens
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for taking time to review your experience. It looks like you had a great tour with plenty of variety, and those humpbacks that were found on the way home were a great bonus find! We love showing our guests as much wildlife as possible, which is especially easy on the new Island Explorer 5! It was a pleasure having you aboard.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Had a great time with the crew of the IE5 new whale watching boat. Would highly recommend this trip for any nature lovers. The crew was really knowledgeable and friendly!

Thank Elan K
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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Elan,

Thanks for joining us on the new Island Explorer 5! It was great to have you join us.

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