Orcas Island Whale Watching
Join one of our Whale and Wildlife tours departing from Smuggler’s Villa Resort and West Beach Resort both near Eastsound on Orcas Island. Come out and see orca whales, gray whales, humpback whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, otters, bald eagles and much more. Our boats are faster and have a much longer range than any other tour boats in the region. We find Orca whales far more often than any other company in the San Juans or Bellingham. We will head deep into Canadian water - even past Victoria or Vancouver to find Orca. We will travel up to 50 miles each way, 100 miles round trip if it means seeing Orca. We are so confident that you will see whales that if you don’t you can come again for free!
We offer Whale and Wildlife Tours Year Round
Mid April to October we offer:
On a scheduled trip we sell tickets to individuals to create groups no larger than 26 for a day or an evening on the water. These trips depart from April through October. These trips offer a wonderful day on the water, a chance to meet some new friends and an opportunity to enjoy abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery. In April and May we spot Gray Whale or Orca Whales. June thru mid September we spot Orca and Minke Whales while in late September thru October we see Orca and Humpback Whales. We see whales on over 95% of these trips. When there are no whale sightings in the area we look for pods of porpoise, sea lions, seals, eagles, otters and other marine life. When possible we will delay or reschedule trips so whales may be spotted. If you don’t see whales you can come again for free.
We ask you to be at our office at Smuggler’s Villa Resort 30 minutes before the departure time. For directions consult our location/map page.
Afternoon Whale Watch Trip
Departs Orcas Island at 1 PM and lasts up to four hours.
Rates: Adult $99
See Whales Or Come Again For Free!!
Sunset Whale Watch Trip
We are the only charter company on Orcas Island to offer a sunset whale watching trip. The evening is our favorite time to be on the water. Most of the boating activity has stopped and the seas are normally tranquil and calm. It is often just us, the whales and the sunset. The Sunset Trip departs Orcas Island at 5PM and returns around 8PM. The trip lasts up to 4 hours.
Rates: Adult $99
See Whales Or Come Again For Free!!
With a custom charter your group can schedule one or more of our vessels at an hourly rate for a minimum of three hours. The custom charter ensures total privacy and complete control over you trip’s itinerary. The custom charter gives you an opportunity to get way out into the Straight of Juan de Fuca where other local whale boats rarely go. In this area we can go looking for Humpbacks and Gray whales in addition to the local Orca Pods. Other activities such as, fishing, kayaking, island stops and gourmet meals can be combined with whale watch during a custom charter. We can build you an adventure you’ll never forget. Custom charters are available year round. Pick up by boat is available from any location including any of the San Juan Islands such as Lopez Island, San Juan Island or Lummi Island. We can even pick you up from mainland locations such as Bellingham or Anacortes.
Pick up by boat or van is available anywhere on Orcas Island. We have a maximum capacity of 80 passengers.
6 Passenger Boat “The Loki” or "Yellow Eye"
Winter Season: $500 for first three hours and $150 for each additional hour.
Shoulder Season: $550 for first three hours and $175 for each additional hour.
Summer Season: $650 for the first three hours and $175 for each additional hour.
12 Passenger Boat "The Triton”
Winter Season: $650 for first three hours and $150 for each additional hour.
Shoulder Season: $700 for first three hours and $160 for each additional hour.
Summer Season: $750 for the first three hours and $170 for each additional hour.
This is the scheduled charter that we run from early November to late mid April. Sucia Island is home to an amazing array of wildlife. Eagles nest there and otters live on its banks. Pigeon Guillemots, Oyster Catchers, Rhinoceros Auklets and many other shore birds nest here. During most of the year Stellar Sea Lions weighing in at close to 3000lbs haul out on Sucia’s rocky points. Porpoises and harbor seals feed in the water around the island. Spring is unique because bald eagles are raising their young and we can often spot eaglets in their nests. Occasionally, we even spot transient orca whales on this trip. Transient orcas frequently stop by the reefs of Sucia Island to have a seal or porpoise for lunch. If weather and tides permit we stop off at the island to explore the beautiful sandy beaches and fossil beds.
Trip Departs at 1 PM
Outer Island Expeditions is based on the North shore of Orcas Island at Smuggler’s Villa Resort, but we pick up customers from all the San Juan Regions including Lopez, San Juan, Shaw, Blakely, Lummi Island, Anacortes, Bellingham and most anywhere else you might be in the San Juan Islands.
Interview about whale watching on Orcas Island: Part 1
Interview about whale watching on Orcas Island: Part 2
Outer Island Expeditions