Recreational Activities

Whalewatching Information and Tours


Whatcom, Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties

A Trophy Charters

A Trophy Fishing Charters was started in 1993 by Captain Monty. They began by launching our charters out of Bellingham and Anacortes, Washington; in 1994 they moved our operation to Friday Harbor. Locate at: Dock #2, Spring St. Landing, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information, please call Captain Monty Runge at 360-378-2110 or visit

Adventure Quest Tours - Sea Kayaking & Whale-watching

Join our biologist guides on a "Kayak Quest for Whales!" In our 20th year of operation, we know the best places to find wildlife - from killer whales to tidepool creatures. We offer half-day tours to Lime Kiln Whale Watch Park, camping trips from 2 to 5 days to the smaller islands featuring our private Orca Camp, and family or custom trips. Discounts for children offered - our three-person kayaks are perfect for kids. Unguided kayak rentals available for experienced kayakers. We also offer birding and wildlife tours on both land or sea, led by our local bird book author. Located in Friday Harbor. For more information, please call 360-378-5767 or Toll Free 888-589-4253 or visit

Deception Pass Boat Tours Inc.

Captain Brett is a U.S. Coast Guard certified captain and would like to share this exciting and picturesque setting with you, while exploring the shores and waters of the surrounding area. Take a unique ride on a seated open deck boat and enjoy 360° unobstructed views. Located at: 160 Cornett Bay Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. For more information please call 1-888-909-TOUR or visit

Deer Harbor Charters

Whale watching, eco-tours, operating from Deer Harbor Marina and Rosario Resort. Established 1989. Located at: 414 Channel Road, Deer Harbor, WA 98243. For more information please call 360-376-5989, toll free 1-800-544-5758 or visit

Island Adventures, Inc.

Because of our very high success rate, Island Adventures was one of the first and only companies to guarantee whale sightings on every tour—but it’s our team of highly qualified crew that will make your trip unforgettable! We boast over 100 years of combined experience in the islands, over 5200 wildlife tours conducted, and have led excursions for over 150,000 satisfied customers. Located at: 1801 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA 98239. For more information please call 360-293-2428 or visit

North Shore Charters

Whether you are visiting or resident, let Captain Marty Mead be your guide on an unforgettable adventure where you will discover the many treasures of the San Juan Islands. Our service blends a personal knowledge of this incredible ecosystem and your trip goals to make yours a truly memorable experience. Located at: PO Box 316, Eastsound, WA, 98245. For more information please call 360-376-4855 or visit

San Juan Air Tours

San Juan Air Tours conducts Scenic Flights and Aerial Whale Watching from Friday Harbor Airport without disturbing whales or people. Memorial Day Weekend into October. Located at: 745 Airport Circle Dr., Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information, please call 360-378-7717 or visit

San Juan Safaris

This company is known for providing high quality, small group size whale watching & wildlife tours. Sea Lion, is a new, 55 ft vessel, warm and comfortable, walk around deck, U.S. Coast Guard Certified and fast. The faster speed gives greater range and more whale sightings. No one sees whales more than San Juan Safaris, over 95%. Enjoy the thrill of seeing one of the most impressive animals on the planet – the orca whale. Serious Fun. Limited space, reserve your adventure now! Located at: 2 Spring St. Landing #6, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information please call 800-450-6858, 360-378-1323 or visit

Western Prince Cruises

Fun, educational, naturalist-guided tours. See orcas whales plus other wildlife. In Friday Harbor only 1/2 block from the ferry. Beverages and snacks on board. April - October. Located at: #2 Spring St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250. For more information please call 360-378-5315, toll free 800-757-6722 or visit

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