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2017 Summer Whale Watching

Join us Saturday mornings and evenings from May – September 2017 for Whale Watching Tours out of Deception Pass! The Endangered Resident Orcas will once again be dining on our massive salmon runs in the Salish Sea, and Humpbacks, Minke, and Gray Whales often hang out for an extended summer break as well. You may even get to spend the morning with a pod of Transient Orcas!

Deception Pass Tours offers an exciting tour through the whirlpools of Deception Pass, and out to visit with our resident whales in their natural environment- not in captivity. Deception Pass Tours has the crew and the right equipment to get you with these whales quickly, and safely. In fact, our vessel the ‘Island Whaler’ is a high-speed, catamaran style jet boat that will travel at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. This means, you get on scene with the whales faster, and you get to visit with them longer.

Passengers aboard the Island Whaler will “gear up” at the Store prior to the tour. Cruiser Suits rated for extreme negative temperatures will keep passengers toasty warm for the duration of the tour. And, a special cover will be installed for any rainy day weather. Otherwise, the Island Whaler offers a 360 degree view of the Olympics and San Juan Islands.

Departures: May-September 2017

Saturdays: 10 am  &   6pm


Adults$89 ea. +tax
Seniors (62+)$79 ea. +tax
Children (12 and under)$79 ea. +tax
Groups of 20 or more$69 ea. +tax


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Deception Pass Tours?
Deception Pass Tours has professional crew members that are experts in their field. Not only will you get to the whales faster because our high speed catamaran can travel at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour when other boats are pushing 12 miles per hour, but you’ll get to have more time viewing the whales- which is the whole point!

How long will it take?
Summer Whale Watching tours last 2.5-3 hours.

Will I get cold?
The Island Whaler is equipped with high tech cruiser suits to keep you warm. We also recommend that you dress in layers and wear gloves or mittens. The Island Whaler has been uniquely designed to deflect the majority of cruising wind off of passengers. We also have a heated compartment on the boat for extra warmth.

Where do I park?
All Summer Whale Watching passengers will check in at our store located at 5596 SR 20, Anacortes, WA 98221. Passengers will “suit up” over their clothing, and then drive to our dock. Our dock is located in the State Park. Since you’ll be parking in the State Park, they require a Discover Pass to park there, or you can use the daily pay station near the dock. Discover Passes are available at many sporting goods stores, and online for $30-$35 for the year. The daily charge for parking is $10. All parking fees go directly to Washington State, and are used for the parks.

What if it rains?
The Island Whaler is equipped with a special “roof” for rainy days. So, this means, we will run tours in nearly all weather conditions. However, we may take an alternate route during high wind warnings.

Do People Get Seasick?
Over 100,000 people have taken our tour without a single seasick encounter! This is because our catamaran style prevents the side to side rocking motion of larger single hull vessels. However, you may be the 1 person in 100,000 that does- so we recommend that anyone concerned about seasickness take a non-drowsy Dramamine the night before and the morning of the tour.

Am I Guaranteed To See Whales?
Whale Insurance from Deception Pass Tours is available before your tour for $10. If we don’t see whales, you’ll get to ride for free for life until you do!

Why should I drive up from Seattle?
Every Summer Whale Watching adventure gets to go through the whirlpools of Deception Pass! Our crew has navigated the waters of Deception Pass literally thousands of times, and will share tales of the history and notorious characters of Deception Pass during your tour!