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Outer Island Excursions offers whale watching and fishing as well as private charters from The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, WA. We offer daily scheduled Whale Watching trips from the Willows from April to September. We also offer Fishing Charters and Private Charters year round. Or if you want to skip the Ferry and tour the islands at your own pace take a water taxi and go island hopping anywhere in the San Juan Islands! We are proud to offer a wide variety of services to best suit our client’s needs. Anything you want to do on the water give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate you. Our specialty is custom private charters, but we also operate daily group trips with less than 30 people to cultivate a personal experience with your captain and naturalist.

Indulge in a unforgettable dining experience at The Willows Inn. Head chef Blaine Wetzel grew up in Washington, and has brought international attention to the islands. Chef Blaine has been acclaimed by Food & Wine magazine as the Best New Chef of 2012, named Rising Star Chef of the Year the James Beard Foundation in 2014, and was awarded Best Chef Northwest in 2015.

Wetzel’s food brings you into an intimate relationship with the landscape he loves, allowing you to touch, taste, see, and smell the ocean, the coastal lands, and the soft gray light on the water. He creates exquisite meals with a commitment to island and locally-sourced ingredients and the traditions of farm-to-table preparation. He designs a provocative, yet honest food presentation, delivering much of it to the tables himself.

Learn more about The Willows Inn and book your dinner or lodging reservation today online or by calling (360) 758-2620.

Call Outer Island at 360-376-3711 to book transportation directly to the Willows from anywhere in the San Juan Islands.

We meet at The Willows Inn at the beach. Walk directly onto the beach and prepare for a thrill as the boat arrives charging up on the sandy shore! Due to the inherent nature of beach landings, tours departing from the Willows must take place in calm weather. We recommend close-toed shoes that you don’t mind if they get a little sandy or wet.

Outer Island Excursions can provide service directly to the Willows Inn from anywhere in the region including Lopez, San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, Blakely, Anacortes, and most anywhere else you might be in the San Juan Islands. Please check our location pages for more information for your area.

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Orcas, humpbacks, grays, minkes, porpoises, and more amazing wildlife can be found on a scheduled afternoon tour. Learn more here…


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


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…


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…