We have been on a whale watching tour before, but it was in Alaska a few years ago. At that time we saw several humpback whales.
We have seen Orca whales before but only… at Sea World.
Listening to the news on TV, we learned that Orcas were spotted with three newborn calves. From the TV, I came directly to the computer and booked a whale watching tour with Island Adventures. Wow!
We just returned from our day trip to the USA (we live in Vancouver, Canada), and the experience was so awesome that I can’t go to bed without writing about it before getting some sleep.
The tour departs from Anacortes, the “main door” to San Juan Islands, where all adventure takes place.
Check-in Process: The check-in process with Island Adventures was friendly and efficient.
During the check-in we got instructions of how to get to the pier and where to park our car. Parking is free.
The boat: The boat is stable and its possible to sit inside or outside. There are toilets on board and there is also a bar where it’s possible to buy snacks, hot dogs, coffee, etc.
The crew: They were awesome. Everyone was professional and with a lot of experience and knowledge. Friendly atmosphere with passengers relaxed while having fun.
What we saw: Ohhh! We were lucky!!! We saw eagles. porpoises, harbor seals, birds, j pod and k pod Orcas. And… yes, we also saw the newborn calves! Everyone was very excited and Carl, the Captain, didn’t rush to return to the pier as soon as we spotted the Orcas. He gave us enough time to appreciate those magnificat animals, take pictures and enjoy this great opportunity. We had a blast!
We drove home with memories that will last forever.
I wish a healthy and long life to the newborn calves and let’s hope everyone will take good care of the environment, with no more oil spills. Let’s protect and respect the wildlife.
Two more reasons to go with Island Adventures:
On every tour, they document where they’ve seen whales. They record spot transmissions to their website in real-time.
Island Adventures also keep a blog where they write about what happened in every particular day. Reading it we are able to know what we have seen with more detail, including the names of some of the wales.
My Flickr gallery has more pictures of our excursion.