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Anacortes Whale Watching

Highlights
  • Take a whale-watching cruise near Seattle
  • Visit Anacortes, home port of the San Juan Islands
  • See resident killer whales
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Anacortes Whale Watching
From USD 117.83
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11 AM Guaranteed Whale WatchMost Popular
Check in at 10:30 for 11 departure for 3-4 hour whale watch! We head out into the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, birds, seals, and more amazing wildlife.
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3 pm Guaranteed Whale Watch
Check in at 3 for 3:30pm departure for 3-4 hour whale watch! We head out into the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, birds, seals, and more amazing wildlife.
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1 PM Guaranteed Whale Watch
Check in at 12:30 for 1 pm departure for 3-4 hour whale watch! We head out into the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, birds, seals, and more amazing wildlife.
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Overview
Get up close with the killer whales of Anacortes, the home port to the San Juan Islands, on this guided, 3-hour whale-watching cruise. 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.
What to Expect
This Anacortes whale watching tour departs from Skyline Marina and cruises out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. Great pride is taken in this fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups - never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish fleet are the fastest in the region: the newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first marine ambulance in Washington state.

On this Anacortes tour you will often pass by local landmarks including Cattle Pass Lighthouse, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, Deception Pass Bridge, Patos Island 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, search for orcas, humpbacks, grays, and more. You may encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well. You will most likely see bald eagles, and frequently see common murres, black oystercatchers, rhinoceros auklets, surf scoters, ancient murrelets, and many diverse marine species. Occasionally you will find tufted puffins and even endangered marbled murrelets. Seasonally, hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.

You are guaranteed whale sightings on tours from April through early September. In 2015 there was a 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.
Reviews (73)
1 - 5 of 69 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Unforgettable

No guarantees of course, but the day I went was unforgettable. We encountered a pod of orcas chasing and hunting seals. It was absolutely breathtaking to watch. We had two young ladies, marine biologists I believe, on board certified by National Geographic. One of them...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judy G
Reviewed 5 days ago
Amazing trip!

We went on a whale watch with 14 family members including young children. Overall it was an amazing experience and everyone had a great time. We saw numerous whales, orcas, and bald eagles. One point off for charging for the 3 month old infant (I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Eirlis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Orca Whale Tour

My husband and I enjoyed our whale watching trip. The trip was much more than we expected. The Orcas entertained us along with a sea lion, harbor seals, eagles and much more. The crew was informative and friendly. Available was a lower cabin and restroom....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sendtogloria
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Whale watching

Everyone was very educated in sea life. Very informative. Even stayed out longer than expected. Very enjoyable trip and would recommend you book with them.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sharonholzum
Reviewed 10 December 2018
Outstanding experience with a great crew!

Brought my extended family on the 11am excursion in July. Our group included 4 kids under 10 and ages ranged up to 75. Everyone loved it. The crew was very knowledgeable and engaging throughout, the boat size was comfortable and not too crowded, the duration...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank alexbnywaca
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493Wendy
29 September 2018|
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Response from sendtogloria | Reviewed this property |
I believe the last whale trip located at Anacortes and most other in the area was in October. Most of the water tours end the end of September.
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Tina D
12 September 2018|
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Response from Ateusa S | Reviewed this property |
You may see some whales as there is a pod in residence. But none of the companies will guarantee which type of whale you will see. It could be a humpback, or an orca or a grey... it will likely be pretty cold on the sound... More
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SunseekerKD
23 August 2018|
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Response from Sonja M | Reviewed this property |
We were there around that time last year. It was pretty chilly on the water so hat, Gloves and coat...warm on shore so layers are important. About 3-4 hours.
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