- $65 for a 3.5-hour whale-watching trip ($109 value)
Tours depart from Orcas Island and run from March 1 through mid-October or from Anacortes and run from May 1 through September 15. Boats ferry passengers out to oceanic playgrounds where encounters with orcas, humpbacks, grey whales, and other majestic sea creatures are promised by the company’s whale-sighting guarantee.
Outer Island Expeditions
Outer Island Expeditions' fleet of kayaks and boats safely cruises at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour through frothy crests ebbing amid the striking sights and wildlife of the San Juan islands. Venturing as far as 50 miles into Canadian waters, whale-watching excursions foster personal rapport between patrons and boat-side orcas, gray whales, or humpback whales trying to learn human etiquette for future espionage missions. Tours of Stuart Island's Turn Point lighthouse begin aboard a 22-foot Kodiak skiff, which buoys patrons through 16 miles of waters inhabited by sea lions and porpoises before they disembark and hike to the lighthouse's historical museum. Fishing charters set sail in search of ocean creatures and potable salt water from all of Outer Island Expeditions' four launch points: Smuggler's Villa Resort, Semiahmoo Resort, Lopez Island, and The Willows on Lummi Island.