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ORCAS ISLAND WHALE WATCHING

Join one of our Whale and Wildlife tours departing from Smuggler’s Villa Resort near Eastsound on Orcas Island. Come out and see orca whales, gray whales, humpback whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, otters, bald eagles and much more. Our boats are faster and have a much longer range than any other tour boats in the region.

We find Orca whales far more often than any other company in the San Juans or Bellingham. We’ll head deep into Canadian water – even past Victoria or Vancouver to find Orca. We can travel over 50 miles each way, 100 miles round trip if it means seeing Orca. (click here for details)

See Whales Or Come Again For Free!

OUR WHALE SIGHTING GUARANTEE

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Our Headquarters and offices are at the marina at Smugglers Villa Resort. From Sucia Drive look for a metal gate with a big sign painted like an Orca Whale. Our regularly scheduled whale watching and kayaking tours meet at our office in the Whale Watch Parking Lot in the marina. Look for the red building and check in at the kiosk.

We offer Whale and Wildlife Tours Year Round!

 FROM MID-APRIL UNTIL OCTOBER, WE OFFER:

• Scheduled Orcas Island Whale Watch Trips

ALL YEAR WE OFFER:

• Custom Whale / Wildlife Charters

SCHEDULED ORCAS ISLAND WHALE WATCHING TOURS

On a scheduled trip we sell tickets to individuals to create groups no larger than 30 for a day or an evening on the water. These trips depart from April through October. With small groups you are able to spend more time one-on-one with your Captain and Naturalist, have a chance to meet some new friends, and have an opportunity to enjoy abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery. We see Orca or Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Gray Whales, and even the occasional Fin Whales. We see whales on over 97% of these trips. On the rare occasion when there are no whale sightings in the area we often see porpoise, sea lions, seals, eagles, otters and other marine life on our search for whales.

Please arrive and Check In 30 minutes before your departure time. For directions and other locations consult our location/map page.

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 12:30 pm
Departs 1 pm
Tour lasts 3-4 hours

Rates:

Adult $99
Senior 65+ $89
Youth under 17 $79
Child under 12 $59
Infants under 2 are free with a full price adult ticket
Youths and Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

 

Sunset Whale Watch Trip

We are the only charter company on Orcas Island to offer a sunset whale watching trip. The evening is our favorite time to be on the water. Most of the boating activity has stopped and the seas are normally tranquil and calm. It is often just us, the whales and the sunset. Sunset trips are only available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Check In at 4:30 pm
Departs at 5 pm
Tour lasts 3-4 hours

Rates:

Adult $99
Senior 65+ $89
Youth under 17 $79
Child under 12 $59
Infants under 2 are free with a full price adult ticket
Youths and Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

 

Guests staying at participating resorts and vacation rentals find out more here:

West Beach Guests    Doe Bay Guests

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PRIVATE CHARTERS

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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MORE ORCAS ISLAND ACTIVITIES

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PRIVATE CHARTERS

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

 

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CHARTER FISHING

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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KAYAKING

Explore the tranquil waters of the Salish Sea kayaking along the rugged North Shore of Orcas Island or around the remote waters of Sucia Island State Park! Learn more here…

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SUCIA ISLAND FERRY

Visit the hidden gem of the Outer Islands at Sucia Island State Park! Enjoy a day trip hiking, rent kayaks to explore hidden coves, or even camp overnight. Learn more here…

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BIRD WATCHING

Join us on a quest for Bald Eagles, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, and more as we search through some of the less travelled waters of the region. Learn more here…

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LIGHT HOUSE TOURS

Explore the history of the region at Patos Island Light, Turn Point Light, Lime Kiln Lighthouse and more. See them from the sea and check them out up close! Learn more here…

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ORCAS ISLAND LODGING

Looking for the perfect resort, hotel, vacation rental, B&B, or hostel for your visit to Orcas Island? Check out our favorite places to send our friends and family to stay. Learn more here…

 

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ORCAS ISLAND DINING

Orcas is a foodie paradise. Check out insider tips from us locals for the best seafood, vegetarian, quick lunch, fine dining, and more in our extensive recommendations. Learn more here…

 

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WATER TAXI

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…