Anacortes Guaranteed Whale Watch Tour in Anacortes, WA

Island Adventures1801 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA 98221
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Take a trip from Anacortes to the San Juan Islands to experience a whale watching tour unlike any other. On this guided tour of the Pacific Northwest, you’re guaranteed to see wild orcas. In addition, experienced naturalist guides will also highlight harbor seals, sea lions, Dall’s and harbor porpoise, bald eagles and many types of sea birds. The average tour covers 60 miles through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Good To Know

  • The San Juan Islands are one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas. Humpback whales, minke whales, and gray whales call this region home!
  • The tour lasts around 4-5 hours.
  • Great for all ages!


from Anacortes Guaranteed Whale Watch Tour
Anacortes is our flagship location where Island Adventures first began back in 1996.  Just a 90-mile drive from downtown Seattle, Anacortes is a convenient starting point for your wildlife adventure - no ferry required!  The calm waters near the San Juan Islands are one of the best places in the world to view wild orcas. Humpback whales, minke whales, and gray whales also call the region home.

Soak in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest aboard the finest whale watching vessel on the entire west coast, the Island Explorer 5.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Anacortes Guaranteed Whale Watch Tour

What are the tour times?
There are many tour times available, but it depends on the time of the year when the start time of the tour will be. During spring and fall months, the tour starts at 11:30 am and during summer months the tour has 10 am and 4 pm tour times.

What should I bring?
Bring layers, sunscreen, and your camera.

Where and when should I check-in?
Check-in is at 1801 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221. Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure is required on your seats may be given away to waiting passengers.

What’s the weather like?
Anacortes is known to have some of the best weather in the San Juan Islands. In the summer months, the temperature averages 60-80 degrees. Make sure to bring layers since it can feel 10-20 degrees cooler on the water.

Is it appropriate for children?
It’s family friendly and all ages are welcome!

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
We can accommodate almost any situation; however, we do have a few limitations. Now, we cannot accommodate electric wheelchairs, and depending on the vessel and boarding location, a few stairs may be required to board the vessel. Due to a few Coast Guard requirements, our vessels cannot be fully ADA-compliant. Please contact our office with specific questions.

Can I bring my camera?

How long is the tour?
The tour is 4-5 hours.

Can I bring my pet?
We love pets, but we can only welcome registered service animals on our tours.

Can I bring my own food?
Our vessels have great food and drink options available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own food and drink items as well.

Can I bring a stroller?
While you may bring a stroller, we ask that it be a small folding stroller that can be stowed easily. Is smoking allowed? Smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted on any Island Adventures Vessel.