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Deer Harbor Charters

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Deer Harbor Charters on Orcas Island was established in 1988 by well known local captain and naturalist Tom Averna, making it the longest operating whale watching company in the San Juan Islands. We are the exclusive whale watch company operating...more
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5164 Deer Harbor Rd, Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA 98243
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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Enjoyed our successful whale watching trip with well qualified and friendly staff. Naturalist provided us with helpful and informative information on sea life in the area. We will be back to visit and see more whales in the future.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ski1233
Reviewed 24 October 2018

We went on a whale watch with Captain Nate and biologist/naturalist Trey. They did an amazing job. Trey knows his stuff and he made sure everyone was comfortable on the boat on a chilly (but sunny!) day last week. We saw a pair of orcas...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Extremely knowledgeable, respectful of wildlife. Great humor, wonderful with our young children. It was just long enough that we got a great experience, but not so long our children got bored (2 year old and 8 month old). They took care to warn us of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tchesssss
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Our captain, Bill, and our naturalist guide, Tray, were outstanding. They were both very experienced and gave us lots of great info about the area and the animals. They were also very nice, very funny, and have a lot of respect for the wildlife. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lauren W
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We saw a super pod which included approximately 74 whales and humpbacks! Great customer experience and understanding of the whales and their environment.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Besides the weather being perfect, Nate the captain tracked the whales while our expert guide, Tray, educated us, made us laugh and made sure all were relaxed and having fun. We had around 16 people on the boat — and yes, we saw Orcas.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Len G
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Informative and fun with marine biologist Trey! Saw several orcas and heard very interesting information about them!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Oberhau
Reviewed 26 September 2018

We had a marvelous time on this tour. Trey was informative, fun, engaging, and read well the level of interaction that was comfortable for each group of passengers. Tom was a fine captain and we had a very pleasant sail. We saw many orcas, harbor...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

Was brought to tears the evening after this tour ... Totally left in awe of these amazing, beautiful creatures and heartbroken about their struggle to survive as a result of the greed of human beings ... Saw probably a half dozen or so orcas, as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Thank you Trey and Tom for making our whale watching tour so wonderful! You gave us some great memories for honeymoon that we will never forget. I appreciated that you kept your distance from the majestic animals and let us watch them in their natural...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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19 June 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth M | Reviewed this property |
You will have to check with them directly.
30 October 2017|
Response from Mkdkay | Reviewed this property |
I’d assume it would be colder in February. You could look up the weather averages then. As for your other question. I found this for you. San Juan Island (90 miles north of Seattle) is the best place for orca whale... More
22 June 2016|
Response from FoodieSark | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. Eagles, maybe. The cruise/sailing is oriented to a relaxing sail close to shore.