Whales have been sighted throughout the year in the islands, but planning your expidition between March and late September will give you a much, much better chance at an encounter with the cetaceans.
Although Orca whales are the most common sightings, bottle nosed dolphins, gray and minke whales have been spotted as well as Dahl’s porpoises (which can sometimes be mistaken for Orca whales).
Deer Harbor Charters
Deer Harbor Charters celebrates its third decade of whale watching and marine wildlife tours in the San Juan Islands. Deer Harbor Charters is simply the best way to see and learn about orca whales and other marine wildlife of the San Juan Islands. Daily educational narrated trips with experienced captain/naturalists aboard. Awarded the 2011 Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Award for Environmental Excellence. We’ll cruise through protected waters in search of Orca whales and Minke whales. Along the way we will also look for bald eagles, seals and porpoises. Bird watchers will delight in the numerous types of seabirds we will encounter. Wildlife sightings will vary depending on the time of year. Deer Harbor Charters conforms to all federal whale and wildlife watching guidelines. Our boats are all U.S.C.G. inspected, conforming to all U.S.C.G. safety requirements, operated by an experienced, licensed captain.
Orcas Island Eclipse Charters
Enjoy an Orca Whale (aka Killer Whales) nature tour on Orcas Island’s all weather family style boat and Renew Your Spirit with Nature. U.S.C.G. Licensed Master Capt. Daniel Wilk was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Dan and Denise Wilk have 29 years combined island residency. Both have extensive boating careers. We have a trained Naturalist on board and are waiting to share the adventure with you! There is a small library for your convenience. We also offer the Orca Whale adoption program through the Whale Museum. We provide special interests for the little whale watchers in the family — coloring and educational books for their enjoyment. Whale Watching (Approx. 3.5 hr.) With ever-changing cycles of nature, each tour is unique. You will discover the excitement of meeting whales, eagles and more in their natural habitat. An unpredictable wilderness, full of surprises, is waiting just for you. You will never forget it!
Outer Island Expedition
Join one of our Whale and Wildlife tours departing from Smuggler’s Villa Resort and West Beach Resort both near Eastsound on Orcas Island. Come out and site orcas 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 will head deep into Canadian water – even past Victoria or Vancouver to find Orca. We will travel up to 50 miles each way, 100 miles round trip if it means seeing Orca. We are so confident that you will see whales that if you don’t you can come again for free! We offer Whale and Wildlife Tours Year Round.