Outer Island Excursions Whale Watching

Outer Island Excursions offers guaranteed whale watching tours -- see whales or ride again free! -- from Orcas Island, Lopez Island, Lummi Island, Anacortes, and the Bellingham area. In 2015 we had a perfect season with 100% whale sightings on over 1400 tours in the summer & fall! Previous years we have had sightings on 95-97% of our tours, and we see Orcas or Killer Whales on over 90% of our trips depending on the year.

We’re proud of our fast vessels and our experienced operators. We operate modern, high-speed boats that travel twice as fast and far as most whale watching vessels. We have two new boats in 2015: the Blackfish III is the first marine ambulance in Washington State, and the Blackfish Express can travel over 50 mph! Orca whales travel over 100 miles per day and we can keep up with them. We offer private tours year round and scheduled tours from April to October. On a private trip we can also incorporate fishing, crabbing, kayaking, island stops and dining on a remote beach into a trip. We would love to help you design a custom adventure for your family or group.

We never have more than 30 people per boat! We have smaller boats for a more personal experience with your captain and naturalist guides. Viewing wildlife from a small boat also allows passengers a more intimate experience with the wildlife. We can handle private groups of one or two people all the way up to groups of 100 or more.

We have highly-trained naturalists on board all of our trips. All of our boats are outfitted with hydrophones (underwater microphones) to allow us to listen to the whales. Many of our trips head into Canadian waters and we are the only U.S. company to be members of the Canadian whale spotting system. In addition to orca whales, we frequently spot gray whales, humpback whales and minke whales. We also regularly encounter seals, porpoise, sea lions, otters, eagles and a wide variety of sea birds. We are based out of Orcas Island, Bellingham, Anacortes, and Lopez Island, but we can offer tours from anywhere in the region including Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Semiahmoo, Lummi Island, and anywhere else you might be.

Our tours are engineered to maximize customer experience. We take fun seriously!

Please call us or visit our website for more information or to make a reservation.