Island Mariner Whale Watching Cruises


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70- to 90-mile whale-watching cruise travels around San Juan Islands, launching from marina about 2 miles from I-5, with free parking

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Schools of whales inspire awe with their majestic size and the way they understand the lyrics to "Louie Louie." Marvel at a versatile beast with this Groupon.

$54 for an Orca Whale-Watching Excursion ($109 Value)

During the 70- to 90-mile cruise around San Juan Islands––and sometimes the Canadian Gulf Islands––qualified naturalists focus on orca spotting with opportunities to spy gray, humpback, and minke whales. Tours begin May 19 and last six to seven hours.

Island Mariner’s rates vary according to age. This Groupon presents the best deal for adult tickets. Children under 3 can accompany their parents free of charge.

Island Mariner

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 resumé 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.

Customer Reviews

It was great :)
Limor S. · January 5, 2013
That was a great trip. Friendly crew and we achieved what we wanted: we saw whales. Thanks a lot guys !
Tibby · August 15, 2012
Fabulous trip. The naturalist that guides the tour is super knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He sounds like he lives & breathes this stuff and not like he had memorized a cheesy script (like some other tours I've been on). The captain did a great job of finding wildlife and took great care to make sure everyone was comfortable & not seasick. I would recommend bringing your own food. They have okay hotdogs, burgers and a bunch of snack foods. I didn't try the soup but others around me said it tasted burnt. I whole heartedly recommend using this group, just bring your own food.
Wanda A. · September 27, 2015
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