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Outer Island Expeditions

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Address: 54 Hunt Rd, Smugglers Villa Resort, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9734
Phone Number:
+1 360-376-3711
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

30 and 12 Passenger Orca Whale and Wildlife Trips. Our Small Fast Boats get...

30 and 12 Passenger Orca Whale and Wildlife Trips. Our Small Fast Boats get you up-close and personal with the region's famous Orca Whales! We see whales on about 97% of our tours! Join us for a group trip or you can customize your own private charter and add fishing, kayaking, island hopping, and more.

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Orcas Island Whale Watching

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Mother's Day fun!

Easy access to the boats, tons of parking, great crew! My mom, daughter and I had a really fun time. The only disappointment was not seeing any Orca's (they are ever elusive to me... read more

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Rebecca S
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easy access to the boats, tons of parking, great crew! My mom, daughter and I had a really fun time. The only disappointment was not seeing any Orca's (they are ever elusive to me hahaha) but we did get to see a few other whales, tons of eagles, sea lions and seals!

Thank Rebecca S
Mukilteo, Washington
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This tour was great. We had a wonderful time and everything went as planned. The staff was interesting and very informative about everything we were seeing. They found us several whales, sea lions, harbor seals and birds to view. The sailing was smooth and all on board seemed to have a great time. I would highly recommend this to anyone... More 

Thank Mary R
Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful day, calm waters. Good equipment. We only could be in double kayaks which would have been nice to know upfront. Even though I am a fit person in early 40's who kayaks often, I had a hard time keeping up. There was not a lot of time to take photos along the way to the bay where we... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All in all , this was a great tour. The day was just glorious and we got to see one of the resident Killer whale pods. Also, went by some other islands with seals etc. on them. Crew was very nice but really only one girl on board did most of the explaining. However, my one big complaint is that... More 

Thank NoleChristine
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We joined Captain Paul and his amazing crew for a whale watching adventure this past Saturday, May 20. The day could not have been more perfect for a boat day. Sunshine, no clouds in the sky and a breezy 75 degrees. We departed on their 38 foot catamaran aptly called the Black Fish Express. The vessel drives fast and smooth,... More 

Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a group of 6 visiting Orcas so did the 3-hour kayaking trip out to Point Doughty. Our guide (Dana) was really fun--engaging, good attitude, and very knowledgeable about pointing out some of the wildlife we saw and could expect to see on Orcas. We got lucky with the weather--patches of sun between big fluffy clouds. Otherwise we would've... More 

Thank arearnest
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful day for a whale watching trip...made ever better by the wonderful crew! Thanks to Lyndsey, Dillon and Dana for making our day so special!

Thank T2Hart
North Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time on the 4 hour whale watching cruise. The crew was terrific and not only did we see a pod of orcas but we learned so much about them and other sea life in the area.

Thank Laura K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On my third trip with Outer Island Expeditions, we finally saw Orcas! I had seen humpback whales the other two trips (which were also amazing), but the crew did a great job of seeking out the orcas right away. The boat was comfortable, they provided warm exposure jackets to us since it was a chilly day, and there were snacks... More 

1 Thank Julie C
Shoreline, Washington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These folks clearly love their work and put safety first. Our kayak trip was cancelled due to high winds (all on the island were commenting, so these weren't light winds) and were able to get us on the water the following day. Out on the water, our guides shared their knowledge of the history of the islands, wildlife, and geology.... More 

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