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Outer Island Excursions offers whale watching and fishing as well as private charters from Lopez Island, WA. We offer daily scheduled Whale Watching trips from Lopez from May to September. We head out search of Orca whales, humpback whales, gray whales, and minke whales and spot them on over 97% of our trips. We also encounter sea lions, seals, porpoise, eagles, otters and sea birds.


Map to Lopez Islander Resort

We meet at the Islander Resort on Lopez Island at Fisherman Bay. Street parking and additional parking is available at the resort. Walk through the breezeway directly onto the dock and meet your captain at the top of the fuel dock (the first dock on your right).

Click here if you are staying at the Edenwild or a vacation rental with Vacation Doorways

Outer Island Excursions can start your charter from anywhere in the region including Lopez, San Juan, Shaw, Blakely, Lummi Island, Anacortes, Bellingham and most anywhere else you might be in the San Juan Islands. Please check our location pages for more information for your area.

Afternoon Whale Watch Trip

Our Afternoon trip takes you out for whales and wildlife. We head out into the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands to search for Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays, and Minkes. We’ll go wherever whales are sited. We also see many other varieties of wildlife including porpoise, seals, seal lions, sea birds, otters and more.

Check In at 1:30 pm
Departs at 1:45 pm
Tour lasts about 3 hours.


Adult $109
Senior 65+ $99
Youth under 17 $89
Child under 12 $69
Youths and Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Please arrive and Check In 15 minutes before your departure time. For directions and other locations consult our location page.


Want to have your own personalized experience? Customize your trip with whale watching, fishing, island hopping, lighthouse tours, birdwatching, fine dining, or a combination of activities. Learn more here…

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We offer daily scheduled Whale Watching Tours from the Islanders Resort, Lopez Island, WA. We head out from May to September in search of Orcas Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and Gray Whales. We spot whales on over 95% of our trips. The best sightings for Orca are in June, July, August and September. Humpbacks and minkes are possible spring, summer, and fall and Grays are possible in the spring and fall. We also frequently encounter sea lions, seals, porpoise, eagles, otters and sea birds. Our boats are the fastest whale watching boats leaving from the mainland and we can accomplish more in 3 or 4 hours than what the big slow boats can do in 6 to 7 hours. We see whales more often than the big boats and once we find the whale we can get closer to them and stay longer. You will get plenty of one on one attention from the captain and our trained naturalists because there is never more than 30 people aboard our boats. Our primary vessel is the Blackfish II, custom built for whale and wildlife viewing with a heated cabin, top deck, and full restrooms. Our boats are also equipped with hydrophones so we can listen to the whales after we find them. Most tours last between 3 to 4 hours. Combination Whale Watch and Fishing Trips are available for your private group. Hourly rates apply; see the private charter section below or call for details.

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Bring your kids bottom fishing for crab, lingcod, kelp greenling, halibut, and more or patiently seek Salmon- Kings, Silvers, Pinks, and more await beneath the surface. Learn more here…

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Customize your experience with whale watching, fishing, island hopping, lighthouse tours, birdwatching, fine dining, or a combination of activities. Learn more here…



Want to explore islands where the State Ferries don’t go? Get off the beaten path anywhere in the San Juans with a water taxi. Even land on a remote beach! Learn more here…