Join us Friday, Saturday, and Sundays in March and April for Gray Whale Watching Tours out of Oak Harbor. The Miracle Migration of Gray Whales will be taking place between Whidbey & Camano Islands. You may even get to spend the morning with a pod of Transient Orcas!
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.
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!
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 Gray Whale Watching passengers will check in at Oak Harbor Marina 1401 SE Catalina Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Passengers will “suit up” over their clothing, and then wait to board the vessel.
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!