A recent survey ranks whales' bellies ahead of safety deposit boxes and mattresses as the preferred place to store valuables. Experience one of nature's most priceless resources with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a gray whale watching tour from Island Adventures (up to a $69.25 value, tax included). Admission is free for children age 2 and younger.
With more than 100 years of combined experience navigating the islands, the passionate, seasoned stewards at Island Adventures have conducted more than 5,700 wildlife excursions, leaving more than 200,000 whale aficionados blubbering with joy. With convenient departures out of the protected waters of Everett, this voyage allows voyeurs to marvel at the springtime miracle of gray whale migration.
Setting sail in the Island Explorer 3, patrons can bask in the comfort and spaciousness of this mighty vessel, loaded with upper and lower decks of outside seating, with hearty viewing pulpits at the bow and spacious viewing windows for the land-legged. Spotting a gray whale is a difficult task for untrained maritimers, especially since the popularity of Free Willy drove most whales into seclusion away from screaming tweens. Yet Island Adventure's captains are such confidantes of the sea that they offer guaranteed gazings of these gorgeous, gargantuan blow-holed beauties.
Conveniently located 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, this award-winning tour spans up to three hours. While the vessel has a capacity of 249, Island Adventures tries not to book more than 150 folks per trip. Because of a short season, it’s best to take advantage of this tour while the waters are open, before the gray whales retreat from pontooning tourists and party barges loaded with vengeance-seeking descendants of Captain Ahab.
- The entire staff and crew were friendly and knowledgeable. The boat crew seemed like they were on a personal mission to find whales, no matter what... and they found some. – VBrauer0001, TripAdvisor
- The cruise was wonderful and I plan to take another some day. I highly recommend this cruise to anyone who enjoys watching whales, dolphins or just sea life and nature. – kogrone, TripAdvisor
On a childhood fishing trip with his dad in the San Juan Islands, Shane Aggergaard noticed a group of orcas swimming toward his boat. Rather than steering clear of human contact, they swam directly under the boat—one even looked Shane right in the eye. It was a moment of whale-human connection he never forgot, and nowadays tries to approximate through Island Adventures. The whale-watching tour company, which Shane founded with his wife, Jennifer, brings passengers into close contact with the aquatic mammals of the Pacific Northwest.
Depending on the season, wilderness-savvy guides—who’ve led more than 6,000 collective wildlife tours during their careers—can introduce passengers to minke whales and the San Juan’s three resident orca pods, migrating gray whales, or humpbacks. Their 101-foot vessel, The Island Explorer 3, boasts a large bow pulpit and a viewing deck with more than 400 feet of railing, ideal for seeing whales in their entirety, from their tails to their trusty sets of water wings. The team backs each tour with a whale-sighting guarantee and strives to ensure future sightings by making sustainable choices, from its ecofriendly cleaning products to the boat's cabin floor made from recycled tires.
1726 W Marine View Dr.
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