Why Choose Us?


Respectful & Responsible

For over three decades we have worked hard to keep a respectful and responsible focus on our Whale Watching Tours. We stagger our departure times, reduce our operating speed and are working to have our boats acoustically tested. Join us today and find our for yourself!

Family Owned & Operated

Deer Harbor Charters has been family owned & operated since 1988, and Established by Tom Averna, and now run by his son Nate, Deer Harbor Charters was the first whale & wildlife tour company on Orcas Island. Let our family show yours the magic of the San Juan Islands.

We Work for You

Although we operate hundreds of tours each year we never forget who is in charge. With the best customer service in the industry, Deer Harbor Charters staff are friendly, educated, and easy going. Feel free to give us a call today!

Professional Crew & Boats

At Deer Harbor Charters we take our impact on the local economy seriously, so we strive to only hire people who live locally, and we pay all employees an honest livable wage. Additionally, our vessels  are purpose built for touring to make your experience one in a million.