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Island Adventures

#2 of 15 Tours in Anacortes Features Animals
1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
+1 800-465-4604
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Whale watching

An amazing experienc, crew and captains enthusiasm for the wildlife was genuine and infectious... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lorna K
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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
via mobile
2 1/2 Hours of Greatness

I'm so glad I finally did this. I have been curious about traveling under Deception Pass. I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
SandyAnacortesWA
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Anacortes WA
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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.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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1801 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, Fidalgo Island, WA 98221-2326
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An amazing experienc, crew and captains enthusiasm for the wildlife was genuine and infectious, beautiful brand new boat with reasonably priced food and drink. Goes without saying that the whales were incredible. Well worth the money

Thank Lorna K
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm so glad I finally did this. I have been curious about traveling under Deception Pass. I highly recommend this to locals, it's a treat, you deserve it. It's a perfect opportunity to show off our local wonders to out of town guests. And Best...More

Thank SandyAnacortesWA
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for joining us for our new 2.5-hour wildlife cruise from La Conner. This new offering, while not a whale watching tour, is a fantastic way to get out on the water and see the best the area has to offer for a fantastic...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took their boat that starts in Port Angeles, WA. The boat was clean and appeared well maintained. The crew was very friendly and their naturalist shared many interesting facts. We were glad to have brought along warm sweatshirts with hoods as it did get...More

Thank Mssweden
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for writing about your recent Port Angeles tour! I saw photos from that rather "social" encounter the other day - pretty spectacular! Glad to read that you enjoyed the boat, crew, and wildlife! It was a pleasure to have you aboard.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the evening wildlife tour out of La Conner. The captain and crew were great. We went under the Deception Pass Bridge; saw eagles, herons and many other birds; and saw harbor seals in several places including two that were fighting over food. The...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for joining us and writing about your recent wildlife tour from La Conner! That's a great way to explore the local area and see the sights if you don't have a lot of time to spare. It sounds like you had a wonderful...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We just got back from a very memorable excursion with island adventures and were positively surprised. The level of experience and professionalism of the staff is outstanding! Deep insights into wild life in the San Juan islands in an entertaining way. Very comfortable and spacious...More

Thank catherine_cuisine
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Catherine, Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience with others! We take so much pride in our program - our passion and experience truly does set us aside from the rest of the pack. Also thrilled to see that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat itself is built for whale watching and is certainly amazing. Unfortunately, it can hold a lot of people. The trip was great - we saw a couple of minke whales and a brief glimpse of a humpback. Getting decent pictures wasn't easy because...More

Thank kalefiend
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience. The Island Explorer 5 has three viewing levels and plenty of space for every passenger to be on one side of the boat at the same time with a front-row spot. Occasionally when whales change direction, the captain does...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The booking process is very easy through the website The boarding was perfectly on time as the departure The staff is prepared and nice, giving just about the right informations We have been quite lucky seeing orcas and a couple of whales plus sea lion...More

Thank RollTheWorld
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for choosing Island Adventures! Sounds like you had a wonderful tour. Pleasure having you aboard!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Island Explorer 5 out of Anacortes yesterday. What a trip! The boat is large, stable, comfortable and fast. Lots of people, but it never felt crowded. Everyone could find a great viewing spot. We saw a lone humpback whale plus a small...More

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AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to write about your recent tour. It sounds like you saw a great variety of wildlife and had fun doing so, which is our #1 goal! I hope you went home with some great memories and a few new (bad)...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a repeat annual watcher and this was my first time on the new boat. It's a really nice and comfortable boat with plenty of room inside for all guests. Outside has lots of rail space so no one's crowded. They also added a Mexican...More

Thank Satanyah
AnacortesWhales, Manager at Island Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to review your first tour on the new Island Explorer 5! We appreciate your loyalty to Island Adventures and are happy to hear that you like our newest vessel as much as we do! We look to many more wonderful...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was day one of our trip to the Pacific Northwest and what a way to start! The tickets were very reasonable for a day out on the water. The crew was great- they were personable and knowledgeable and went to the whales. The boat...More

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Jvierling
22 June 2017|
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Response from Bill B | Reviewed this property |
double check with Island Adventures but they used to have two cruises one in the morning one in the afternoon it does take several hours though
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jkraker
19 July 2016|
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Response from Kat S | Reviewed this property |
I don't tend to be seasick, but the boat was fairly steady and the waters pretty calm. I didn't notice anyone having any problems.
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Jacqueline L
9 April 2016|
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Response from srac573 | Reviewed this property |
Boats are only allowed within so many feet of animals...but by watching the swim path...the crew can often put themselves in a position to allow them to get closer with the engine off. As a passenger...I was very impressed... More
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