Island Mariner

2621 S Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, WA 98225 Directions
+13607348866
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Report | 6 months ago
Bring coats as it may get windy/cold. They have food, but you definitely want to eat before hand as well as bring some snacks during the trip (they do have snacks/hot drinks too!)
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Report | 7 months ago
Captain Brodie and the crew and office staff made this a trip fantastic. A definite must whether you live in the Greater Puget Sound Area or you are visiting from out of town. They provide a wide variety of information from the history of the area
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Report | 7 months ago
Bring your own food even they have food there, bring a blanket, and that's it. It's a great experience
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Report | 7 months ago
A pleasant boat trip experience! I don't mind recommending to my friends and guests.
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Report | 7 months ago
This is a must have deal! The Island Mariner Whale Watching was fabulous - from the staff and crew to seeing the whales - this was the best time ever!
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Report | 8 months ago
Fantastic information from educated and knowledgable staff. We saw a pod of 17 orcas, dolphins, bald eagles, harbor seals, & a puffin bird - much more wildlife than just whales! Plenty of food onboard for those who don't bring lunch! And beer & wine, as well.
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Report | 8 months ago
This was a wonderful trip and I highly recommend this company. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the expedition was amazing! Love these guys!
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Report | 8 months ago
The tour was really good but Canadian tours can go closer to the whales (100m). The American tour had to be at least 200m away, which was too bad. But they went out of their way for the passengers to see whales during our tour.
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Report | 8 months ago
We went in early Sept. and did see a lot of wild life, including Minke whales, but if you're hoping for Orca, it might be better to go earlier in the summer.
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Report | 8 months ago
We saw about 25 orcas, 20 harbor seals, 2 eagles, a minke whale, and a puffin. Great day and beautiful scenery. Crew is very knowledgable and met our every need. Bring a warmer jacket even if the weather is clear and hot when you start your day. The wind out on the upper deck can chill you quickly. Highly recommend Island Mariner.
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Since 1962, owner and U.S. Coast Guard?licensed captain Terry Buzzard has gotten to know the San Juan Islands and surrounding miles of water pretty well. Having hauled mail for the Post Office, salvaged wrecks, assisted in oil spill cleanups, and ferried passengers throughout the San Juan Islands, he has built quite a resum? of seafaring. This relationship with water isn't so surprising considering he began boating at the age of 3 when he was allowed to pilot a single-horsepower boat by himself with his trained rescue dog, Rusty.

Regardless of the actual job he's performing, Terry is always drawn to whales. By 1978, this fascination lead him to chartering trips specifically for whale watching, especially toward the schools of orca that made the region their home. Looking back, he's pretty certain his boat was the only one in the area at the time dedicated to the thrill of witnessing some of the world's largest and most beautiful animals. Today, the waters are spotted with various boats filled with passengers snapping pictures of the great aquatic beasts and shouting ululations whenever one smacks its enormous tail against the water, takes a playful leap, or belts a Mariah Carey song.

Terry's boat, the 110-foot Island Caper, provides generous sightlines to all passengers via its spacious outdoor deck and ample indoor viewing areas, and is decked out with a 34-speaker sound system. In business for 53 years, Island Mariner Whale Watching's unparalleled time and experience on the water offers cruise-goers an ideal experience, and also employs a seaplane to help spot whales and guide tours. With his chief navigator??a 8-year-old airedale terrier also named Rusty??Terry is right out there amid the excitement, ferrying whale watchers and sharing his life-long passion.

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