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    This Anacortes whale watching tour departs from Skyline Marina and cruises out through the San Juan Islands. Experience nature first hand with knowledgeable captains and naturalist guides, who have advanced degrees in biology, geology, and more. Great pride is taken in this fleet of small, high speed vessels with small groups - never carrying more than 30 passengers. The Blackfish fleet are the fastest in the region: the newest vessel the Blackfish III is the first marine ambulance in Washington state.
    On this Anacortes tour you will often pass by local landmarks including Cattle Pass Lighthouse, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, Deception Pass Bridge, Patos Island Lighthouse, and even venture as far as Victoria or Vancouver BC if it means seeing Orca. While traveling through the most beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, search for orcas, humpbacks, grays, and more. You may encounter seals, porpoises, sea lions, otters, and more. Birds abound in our region as well. You will most likely see bald eagles, and frequently see common murres, black oystercatchers, rhinoceros auklets, surf scoters, ancient murrelets, and many diverse marine species. Occasionally you will find tufted puffins and even endangered marbled murrelets. Seasonally, hundreds of other bird species migrate through and overwinter in the Salish Sea.
    You are guaranteed whale sightings on tours from April through early September. In 2015 there was a 100% sighting success on over 1400 tours. We have the fastest boats so we can get to where the whales are, from Victoria to Vancouver and everywhere in between.
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    All reviews captain dave great trip sea lions whale watching saw orcas the entire trip knowledgeable crew an extra hour black fish dress in layers super fun pods of orcas amazing animals snacks and drinks see whales washington state answer any questions
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    Reviewed today

    We went out on the 3:30 cruise on 8/18, which was great for all ages (kids to adults). At first it seemed like a few fins were all we were going to see - but with Captain David and Dawn as our hosts - they...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank redwritinghood
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    Took my parents from Montana on a whale watching trip from Anacortes and had a great time! Jim, Dawn, and Taylor on Blackfish 4 were super friendly and knowledgeable. We saw Grey and Minke whales and Orcas along with jumping salmon. Would highly recommend to...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Qat25
    Reviewed yesterday

    Had an incredible day whale watching with Captain Drew, Taylor, and Aubrey. We watched the J-Pod Orcas for about an hour. It was amazing watching them. The crew taught us a lot, very friendly, fun, and interactive. So glad we chose this company for our...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank StufamilyWA
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Went on an afternoon whale watching excursion with Captain Drew, Brooke and Aubrey, they were AMAZING!!!! We not only saw some awesome whales breaching but also they put a mic down into the water so we could hear the whales talking!!! Most amazing whale watching...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Michelle S
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    While on vacation in Seattle, I took my nine year old daughter and sixteen year old nephew whale watching on a spur of the moment whim. I’m so glad I did! It ended up being the high point of our vacation! We saw orcas, a...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank PCJ1080
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    Gildedcat
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    Response from mgordon1701 | Reviewed this property |
    I’m not sure about that. I would give them a call :)
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    10 February 2019|
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    Response from Chrisinkingwood2 | Reviewed this property |
    There really isn't a good option for public transport and I think a taxi or Uber would be quite expensive. Perhaps you could rent a car, usually economy models are cheaper although quite small but if you only need it for the... More
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    19 January 2019|
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    Response from Chrisinkingwood2 | Reviewed this property |
    My understanding is that the Anacortes to Friday Harbor ferry is a 2 hour trip but I am confused as to why you post that here at the Anacortes Whale Watching tour page. Are you planning a whale watching tour from Friday... More
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