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Deer Harbor Charters

#3 of 22 Outdoor Activities in Orcas Island Features Animals
Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-5989
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Wonderful crew and trip

I chose to go with Deer Harbor based on reviews in trip advisor. I was so happy with the... read more

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Erin B
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We had an amazing time on a whale watch cruise (4 hours at noon) with Deer Harbor Charters! We saw... read more

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Deer Harbor Charters on Orcas Island was established in 1988 by well known local captain and naturalist Tom Averna, making it the longest operating whale watching company in the San Juan Islands. We are the exclusive whale watch company operating from Rosario Resort and Deer Harbor Marina on Orcas Island. Our boats provide and excellent viewing platform for an experience you will never forget. Our captains and naturalists are island residents and trained at what they do.
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Orcas Island, WA
+1 360-376-5989
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Reviewed yesterday

I chose to go with Deer Harbor based on reviews in trip advisor. I was so happy with the naturalist and boat captains that I booked whale watching tours two times during the 4 days I was in the San Juan Islands. I cannot recommend...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed yesterday

We had an amazing time on a whale watch cruise (4 hours at noon) with Deer Harbor Charters! We saw a pod of sleeping orcas (5 or 6 of them)! The ride was smooth and the captain and guide were very knowledgable and entertaining. Overall...More

Thank Y4382EYdanc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We caught a ride to Suscia Island from West Beach, and our ride was great. Ashley oriented us on the map and answered some questions about local wildlife; she even recommended a hiking trail and gave us a map of the state park. She was...More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a group of 13 high school photography students and 4 adult chaperones on one of their private charter boats. Fantastic experience, students loved it! Very knowledgeable staff and felt everyone was safe. Would absolutely book with this company again. Thanks to the great staff...More

Thank Patricia T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Orca watching was the reason we visited the San Juan Island. Deer Harbors did not disappoint! The staff was great and very knowledgeable of the area and Orcas. Thank you :)

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a wonderful time with my two teenage grandchildren. Our captain had good intel and got us to the Orcas quickly. Trey, our naturalist, was very knowledgeable and really explained all about Orcas. We followed one pod and then another joined them. Also saw...More

Thank Mrscavms
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Ashley this past week. There were six of us - ranging in age from 30 to 87 - and so we knew we wanted to do a private tour and Deer Harbor Charters offers a great three hour...More

1  Thank Taylor F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My dad and I flew up to San Juan Islands for a dad-daughter trip with the goal of seeing Orcas whales and bald eagles and boy we weren't disappointed. The naturalist and captain were both super informative, had great energy, and pointed out as many...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great trip with Deer Harbour Charters - we chose the "luxury whale watching trip" which is in fact a private charter. Our family of 4 were the only passengers on the boat (that would hold up to 6 guests) - but we...More

1  Thank WhaleLover-DK
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Deer Harbor Charters work so hard to ensure everyone has an amazing experience whale watching, and it's very evident. Even though the "whale spottings" were almost 1.5 hours north (we went into Canada) they took us there and we saw a family of 3 orcas...More

Thank vam288
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22 June 2016|
Response from FoodieSark | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. Eagles, maybe. The cruise/sailing is oriented to a relaxing sail close to shore.
Ken K
4 January 2015|
Response from deerharborcharters |
Mid April is still considered the off season. We do see whales occasionally that time of year but not as consistent as the months from May to October. April is a great month though with lots of other wildlife sightings... More