Our tours often encounter the wildlife of the surrounding areas.
Otters, whales, eagles and sea lions are commonly seen throughout the Salish Sea and San Juan Islands.
ORCA WHALES - Also known as killer whales, Orcas are a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Growing up to 26 feet and 15000 pounds, some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses, and even large whales.
MINKE WHALES - These whales are members of the baleen whale family and are the smallest of the great whales. Preferring to feed on large schools of small fish, they enjoy the summer months in our coastal waters. The Minke whale is the most common whale in the world and is found in all the oceans.
DALL'S PORPOISE - The unique body shape of Dall's porpoise makes it easily distinguishable from other cetacean species. The main body of the porpoise is very dark grey to black, with very demarcated white patches on the flank and belly. On occasion they will swim and play with our boats.
STELLAR SEA LION - The Steller sea lion also known as the Northern Sea Lion and Steller's Sea Lion, is a near threatened species of sea lion in the northern Pacific. They have brown and golden fur and can often be found hauled up on rocks.
HARBOR SEAL - The harbor seal is a true seal found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. Feeding on fish and ocotpus, it is the most common marine mammal that we encounter on our wildlife tours.
BALD EAGLE - These majestic birds can often be spotted soaring overhead or perched on tree branches. Feeding on a variety of animals, eagles build their nests on Orcas island and can be found throughout the San Juan Islands.
RIVER OTTERS - These small creatures are part of the weasel family and can be seen swimming in coves and along the shore. Feeding mostly on small fish and crabs, otters come up on land to make underground dens.
Here is a video of some playful Dall’s Porpoises swimming and playing with our boat
Check out this video of Pacific White Sided Dolphins swimming next to our boat during one of our tours.
Simply The Best!
Deer Harbor Charters is simply the best tour company on Orcas Island. Whether you are looking for a whale & wildlife tour, a relaxing sailing charter or a water taxi to a remote State Park Island; Deer Harbor Charters has you covered.
Deer Harbor Charters has been family owned & operated since 1988. Established by Tom Averna as the first whale & wildlife tour company from Orcas Island. Join us today and let our family show yours the magic of the San Juan's.
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Although we operate hundreds of tours each year we never forget who is in charge. With the best customer service in the industry feel free to give us a call, ask a question on a tour, or help out on a daysail. After all we work for you.
Keeping it Local
It doesn't get much more local than Orcas Island. With local foods, crafts & people. That's why Deer Harbor Charters strives to hire only Local Employee's with a honest livable wage. Employ an Islander - Whale Watch with us.