Guaranteed Whale Watch Tours from 5 Departure Locations
Best whale watching deal in the area, and it’s only 30 minutes from Seattle!
The early Spring (March, April, May) provides one of the best whale watching opportunities in Washington. Over 20,000 Gray whales migrate North up the West Coast and some find the rich feeding grounds near the South end of Whidbey Island. On our tours we often see the same whales year after year. Island Adventures works closely with Cascadia Research Group to catalogue all of the new and returning whales each season.
Guests aboard the Island Explorer will learn to identify individual whales and have the opportunity to experience a huge variety of wildlife along the way. We commonly see Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Dall’s and Harbor porpoise, Bald Eagles, Osprey and many varieties of sea and shore birds.
Our blog is archived back to 2003. Check out our Spring tours from past seasons in March and April to know what to expect this time of year.
Island Adventures has been offering spring Gray whale tours for over a decade. Departing from Everett our guests enjoy the calm protected waters of Possession Sound, Saratoga Passage and Port Gardner Bay. Because of the calm water and high concentration of whales this time of year, our Everett Gray Whale tours have a 99.5% sighting success rate.
Everett Sunset Special – Only $29
Friday and Saturday Tours in April from Everett
All tickets for the 6pm, 2.5 hour guaranteed whale watch trip from Everett are only $29 plus taxes and fees! Take advantage of the best spring whale watching departure location with the added bonus of a sunset. No need for a promotion code – all tickets are already discounted.
Sorry, no other discounts apply.
Island Explorer 3
The Island Explorer 3 is one of the most popular whale watching vessels on the west coast.
She is 101' long, 24' wide with three engines and two generators. She was recently re-powered which made her faster, quieter, and more fuel efficient. Island Explorer 3 has a huge upper viewing deck with a sun/rain cover, wind block doors, and outside heaters. She also has a full walk around lower deck with large bow pulpit. The inside heated salon has padded booth style seating and snack bar with beer and wine for purchase. Guests will enjoy our quality sound system with flat screen TV hooked to our navigation system to follow our route throughout the tour. We also have full sized his/her restrooms.
- Outside rail viewing space on one side of the boat for all guests
- Indoor heated seating with restaurant-style booths
- Two viewing decks for an incredible vantage point over the water
- Galley with local menu – quality food at a reasonable price and cashless for your convenience
- 101 foot monohull with speeds capable of 17+ knots, perfect for the Strait of Juan de Fuca
- AED defibrillator onboard with highly trained/qualified staff and crew
The Industry's Largest Range
Where will we go on the trip?
When whales are in the center of the map, most companies do see them – we just get more time. When the whales are up north or out west, the Island Explorer fleet are often the only American boats watching whales
Because of our vessel speed, size, and duration of our tour, we're able to guarantee whales. Often times, whales can move up to 100 miles in a 24 hour period. Every day is a new adventure, but rest assured that you're choosing the company with the highest whale sighting success rate in the area.
Whales have been spotted on 6431 of 6630 tours since 2002. No other company compares.
"What an experience!"This tour was top notch from beginning to end. When checking in, the staff could not have been more friendly & knowledgeable. We saw all sorts of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, etc. The boat was perfect with a nice little lunch counter with Ivar's Clam Chowder - YUM! The only thing I would suggest is they upgrade their speakers because it is hard to hear the announcer throughout the boat. Love the trip & would certainly recommend this company. By the way, they are rated as whale/animal/environment friendly on the government sites which is SO commendable!
Great Deals in 2017!
Adults save up to $30 off any tour by booking over 30 days in advance or by taking a Wednesday tour. There are discounts for AAA, AARP, seniors 65+, military, or students with an ID. Midweek deals can be found March-June and September-November. Click below for more information on how to save big in 2017!
Springtime in Everett can bring some great weather. On average, the temperature on land can be between 50 and 70 degrees and precipitation tends to be low. Even though the weather can feel warm on land, we always recommend bringing layers – sweatshirts and jackets – as it feels 10-20 degrees cooler on the water. Rain doesn't have a negative impact on our tours as our excursion vessels are set up to go out in the elements and have lots of indoor space and cover.