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Join Outer Island Excursions on a group tour or build your own custom private charter.


Our new fleet of vessels are included in the fastest tour boats in the region: equipped with bathrooms, seating, and indoor and outdoor viewing platforms. Combined with the most experienced Captains and Naturalist guides, we find whales on over 95% of our trips.


Whale Watching

use promo code "heliotrope" for 10% off!




Whale & Orca Tour

  • Available March to November

  • 99% Success seeing all Whales

  • 75% Chance of seeing Orcas

  • Adult $119, Child $79

    • Heliotrope Guests:
      Adult $107, Child $71 

  • 3-5 hour Tour

  • Suitable for all ages

Spring & Fall Departures: 1pm

Summer Departures: 10am & 3pm

From Skyline Marina in Anacortes




  • Available Memorial Day to Labor Day

  • 98% Success seeing Orcas

  • $199 per person​​

    • $179 for Heliotrope Guests

  • 3-5 hour Tour

  • Suitable for all ages

   Spring & Fall Departures: 1pm

   Summer Departures: 3pm

   From Skyline Marina in Anacortes



Custom Private Charters

Reserve a vessel for a private excursion to do the activities of your choice, and get picked up directly from Squalicum Harbor in downtown Bellingham!

The possibilities are endless: life is your oyster when you take the helm with us!

We would love to plan

your next event:

Family Adventures

Sunset Cruise



Corporate Retreats

Popular Charter Activities:

Whale & Wildlife Viewing

Fishing & Crabbing

Island Hopping


Lighthouse Tours

For groups over 80 please call us directly at (360) 376 - 3711

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Sucia Island Day Trip

Embark on a high speed power boat ride to Sucia Island and spend the day exploring the many coves and rocky shores of this remote State Park. Renowned for fossil beds, stunning sandstone formations, and abundant wildlife, there are over 15 miles of trails to explore. After the adventure of a lifetime return directly to Bellingham. 

  • $199 per person, Lunch included by Lighthouse Pub & Grill

  • Groups of 5 to 20 people

  • Every Friday in Summer

  • 9:30 am Departure, ~4:30 pm Return

Departs from Hotel Bellwether's Dock

in Bellingham

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Our Fleet

Custom built locally, our new high-speed vessels are fuel-efficient and whisper quiet once we arrive with wildlife. Get where you want to go fast and spend more time where you want to be!

Charter our boats and have complete control over the itinerary. Custom tours are our specialty, call us to talk with a charter consultant. We have the perfect vessel for any aquatic activity for groups of 2 to 250!

No trip to Washington is complete without a whale watch and Outer Islands Excursions is a great choice. Capt Jim, and naturalists Delaney and Sophia were friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable hosts. We saw Orcas, a humpback, seals, sea lions, porpoises and eagles. The boat was a perfect size with both inside and outside viewing opportunities. Such a perfect way to experience the natural beauty of the San Juans.
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