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Our Orcas Island Whale Watching tours depart from Eastsound and cruise out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with our knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. We pride ourselves on our fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups- never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish Fleet are the fastest in the region: our newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first Marine Ambulance in Washington State!

On our Orcas Island tours we will often pass by local landmarks like Patos Island Lighthouse, Sucia Island,Turn Point Lighthouse, Monarch Head on Saturna Island, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, and even venture as far as Victoria or Vancouver BC if it means seeing Orca! While traveling through the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, we search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, and more. We often encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well! We almost always see Bald Eagles, and we frequently see Common Murres, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, Surf Scoters, Ancient Murrelets, and many diverse marine species. We occasionally find Tufted Puffins and even endangered Marbled Murrelets. Seasonally hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.

We are proud to guarantee whale sightings on our tours from April through early September. We are so confident in our ability to find whales because the numbers speak for themselves: In 2015 we had 100% sighting success on over 1400 tours! We have the fastest boats so we can get to where the whales are, from Victoria to Vancouver and everywhere in between!
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Outer Island Expeditions
Sucia Island State Park
Get up close with the killer whales off Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands near Seattle, on this guided, 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Eastsound. Led by naturalist guides and captains, climb aboard a Blackfish fleet vessel and travel through some of the most picturesque scenery in the Pacific Northwest searching for orca, humpback and gray whales. Along the way, see ocean wildlife in their natural environment, like seals, porpoises, sea lions and otters — plus a wide variety of birds and more. Sightings are guaranteed from April through early September.
  • Take a whale-watching cruise near Seattle
  • Visit Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands
  • See resident killer whales
  • Witness local ocean wildlife in their natural environment
  • Fun for the entire family
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Best Whale Watching Trip Ever!

Wow, what an amazing trip. This will be one we will always remember. Capt. Lyndsey and Natalia were great! Both clearly enjoy their work, and communicate well with customers. The day we went out was one of the best days they've seen. We saw many...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This outfit took over Eclipse charters which was A-1 terrific. Well, this new outfit needs some fine-tuning. Sure we saw lots of Orcas that day but here are some things to make their tour better: We rallied at Smuggler's Cove at the north end of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orcas, orcas, and more orcas!!!

Went on this lovely excursion with my grown daughter, her husband and 2 grand kids ages 9 and 11. Everything was superb. The weather, smooth water, and the numerous orcas. We saw some humpbacks, too. Heather, the naturalist, was chatty and full of info. I...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I actually did two activities with this outfit and they were both great. The first day I did the Whale watching. We had a full boat of about 30 passengers. There was one large group who were locals with some out of town guests celebrating...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

There is no doubt they knew where to find the Orcas. However, included in the $600 family outing was an hour and a half going to and from another island in the opposite direction from the Orcas in order to pick up more passengers. Three...More

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CaptainBeau, Manager at Outer Island Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the pit stop at Lopez Island. Its a cool little spot in the islands that we enjoy visiting. It is only 20 minutes there from our home port not an hour and a half. Our tours are...More

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