Whale Watching Tours

JOIN us for a exciting whale & wildlife tour today. Choose your departure from Deer Harbor Marina or Rosario Resort. Book Online at anytime or feel free to give us a call. 360-376-5989

Deer Harbor Whale Watch

Departures: FEBUARY - NOVEMBER 12:00(Noon) & 4:00 PM 3-4 Hour Tours Click To Learn More

Private Whale Watching Tours

Private Charters are great for couples, wedding parties, family or corporate events. Multiple boats, departures times and departure points. We offer custom trips including whale watching, resort shuttles, water taxi, birding tours, lighthouse tours and more. Available YEAR ROUND. Call today 360-376-5989

Rosario Resort Whale Watch

Departures: JUNE - SEPTEMBER 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM 3-4 Hour Tours Click To Learn More

Tour Details

About Us

As Captain and Crew my mother and father set sail towards Seattle's emerald city skyline from the sleepy Island of Vashon. The pair would spend two-weeks sailing small school groups from the urban world of Seattle to the San Juan Island archipelago and back. Along the way students would learn about the rich biodiversity in the San Juan Islands and also about the marine creatures that called the waters home.

In 1988 with a family on the way they established the first Wildlife Tour Company on Orcas Island... Deer Harbor Charters. At this time Whale Watching did not exist. Of course they would see whales from time to time on the wildlife tours but it wasn’t consistent enough to actually market Whale Watching. That all changed in 1995 when my family and a few other families band together to create the PWWA or Pacific Whale Watch Association. This new association and its tools allowed members to communicate with one another, share sighting information and split up to search with each other. As a result today, we as members of the PWWA, still locate, track and identify whale and whale pods together.

True to our roots today as we where 30 years ago, we share the same commitment to our community, a passion for learning and a hunger for exploration. We also share the same goal to limit our impact on all marine species while still providing a platform for education and outreach.

About Our Tours

Today our crew, locals who average 20 years on Orcas, strive to share their enthusiasm, love for ecology, stewardship and education with guests onboard. Our location on Orcas (Deer Harbor & Rosario Resort) are literally in the heart of the "Whale Country" allowing us ample time to visit the whales, cruise the islands and stop with different and unique marine species. Among other things our boats are fast, clean, comfortable and purpose built for wildlife tours.

Time passes very fast on the water. Tours average 3.5 hours but may run longer if needed. For most, whale watching, is a once in a lifetime experience. Which is why our crew do not mind traveling farther or dedicating more time to viewing wildlife.

Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch or snacks and something to drink for the tour. If not each boat does have a limited snack bar & bottled water available for purchase. Marine I.D. guides and other reference material, playing cards, Blankets, Binoculars and Bathrooms can also be found onboard.

Long pants, jackets, hats and gloves are great. Each boat has inside and outside seating. Nevertheless, the temperature will drop 10 +/- degrees once on the water. For any questions please feel free to give us a call. 360-376-5989