Guaranteed Whale Watch Tours from 5 Departure Locations
Come for the whales, soak in the rest.
The Pacific Northwest is internationally recognized as one of the premiere whale watching destinations in the world. At Island Adventures, we provide our guests with the best year-round opportunity to see whales in the wild, but that’s just the beginning. Our goal is to share as much local wildlife, scenery, and history as possible on each and every tour.
The calm waters of the Pacific Northwest offer some of the best whale watching in the world.
Our tours explore some of the richest whale habitat on the planet. Orca, humpback, minke, and gray whale sightings are possible at any time of year. But at Island Adventures, we pride ourselves on offering more than just unforgettable whale sightings. Whether it’s finding a hidden eagle’s nest, quietly drifting past a harbor seal haul-out, or taking a detour to photograph a historic lighthouse, our experienced captains and crew will put you in prime position to enjoy all the region has to offer.
Learn more about the area's wildlife and scenery.
The waters surrounding our five departure locations offer some of the most diverse whale and wildlife viewing on the west coast. Onboard each of our tours, an experienced naturalist helps identify all of the whales, wildlife, and rich history that this area holds
The Southern Resident Killer Whale population is comprised of three pods (J, K, and L) numbering around 88 whales. Uniquely, they have been listed as endangerded although their population in recent years has been increasing. 2015 was a year we’ll never forget – eight Southern Resident Orca calves were born!
While transient orcas and resident orcas look the same, the similarities stop there! Transient offspring typically disperse from the natal group to form their own pod once mature or when females have their first calf. The biggest difference, however, is diet. Unlike the salmon-eating residents, transients prefer marine mammals!
Humpback whales hold the record for having the longest migratory pattern of any whale, stealing the title from the gray whale. While once common to see in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in late August/early September, the ”humpback comeback” of 2016 brought sightings in early May and deep into the fall.
Often when a bait ball forms, a minke whale isn’t too far away! Sometimes we see them lunge feed right through the middle, taking in all the bait fish and an occasional sea bird! Fun fact: minke whales are found in all oceans of the word, yet they’re one of the least studied whales in the world.
Gray whales are commonly seen from March through May around the south end of Whidbey Island and the Saratoga Passage area, but sometimes they’re spotted in the Salish Sea in the summer months. Gray whales don’t write, but they do favor one side of their mouth over the other when eating!
Pacific Northwest Wildlife
The waters surrounding our five departure locations offer some of the most diverse whale and wildlife viewing on the west coast. Onboard each of our tours, an experienced naturalist helps identify all of the whales, wildlife, and rich history that this area holds.
Each day and every experience is completely unique and unpredictable! The beauty of these waters is that no two tours are the same, and we're seeing different wildlife each and every tour. Check out below to see the common types of wildlife that can be spotted on the tour, and be sure to see what we've seen on the water by checking out our whale report!
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!
"Great time for all"We took our 6 yr old. We all had a great time! Saw two humpbacks, otter, eagles, porpoises, and many Orcas including a calf. One Orca jumped straight out of the water. The crew was knowledgeable and friendly. The captain let our daughter stand next to him and even take a turn steering (with help). Tamara was our naturalist and she was great! Would highly recommend and would definitely go again.