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Deer Harbor Charters

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Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-5989
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Followed Orca Pod over 2 hours !!!!

This was just awesome. The guide vendor told my husband that the orcas were so visible today that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
What a Wonderful Day

We booked with Deer Harbor Charters because I had been on one of their tours 17 yrs ago and had a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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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 from Rosario Resort and Deer Harbor Marina on Orcas Island. Our boats provide and excellent viewing platform for an experience you will never forget. Our captains and naturalists are island residents and trained at what they do.
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Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-5989
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was just awesome. The guide vendor told my husband that the orcas were so visible today that they were doing another trip. We decided to go and with only 12 people on boat with captain and naturalist, we had a ball. Captain found the...More

Thank PepperJack14
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked with Deer Harbor Charters because I had been on one of their tours 17 yrs ago and had a great time. We went on the smaller boat with only 9 of us on a Sunday morning tour. It was just right and a...More

Thank mynameisD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a whale watching trip out of Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. We were lucky enough to have great weather and see three pods of transient orcas. It was one of the highlights of our trip. The staff (captain and naturalist) were incredibly knowledgable...More

Thank Mauricio G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We departed out of Rosario Resort (another remarkable Orcas Island experience): Cptn. Bill and Naturalist Trey were wonderful and informative hosts. We encountered 2 Pods, and we were even treated to a "Spy Hop." Plenty of sea lions, harbor seals and eagle sightings augmented the...More

Thank Hevy G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I chose to go with Deer Harbor based on reviews in trip advisor. I was so happy with the naturalist and boat captains that I booked whale watching tours two times during the 4 days I was in the San Juan Islands. I cannot recommend...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an amazing time on a whale watch cruise (4 hours at noon) with Deer Harbor Charters! We saw a pod of sleeping orcas (5 or 6 of them)! The ride was smooth and the captain and guide were very knowledgable and entertaining. Overall...More

Thank Y4382EYdanc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went on the boat thinking I would see the whales once or twice but was totally amazed how many times we saw the whales before we returned to shore. The naturalist was knowledgeable and attentive to answering all the group's questions. It was a...More

Thank bsrosenthal1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We caught a ride to Suscia Island from West Beach, and our ride was great. Ashley oriented us on the map and answered some questions about local wildlife; she even recommended a hiking trail and gave us a map of the state park. She was...More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Took a group of 13 high school photography students and 4 adult chaperones on one of their private charter boats. Fantastic experience, students loved it! Very knowledgeable staff and felt everyone was safe. Would absolutely book with this company again. Thanks to the great staff...More

Thank Patricia T
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Orca watching was the reason we visited the San Juan Island. Deer Harbors did not disappoint! The staff was great and very knowledgeable of the area and Orcas. Thank you :)

Thank Michelle S
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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.
Ken K
4 January 2015|
Response from deerharborcharters |
Mid April is still considered the off season. We do see whales occasionally that time of year but not as consistent as the months from May to October. April is a great month though with lots of other wildlife sightings... More