Tuesday, July 3, 2012

No. 62 Island Adventure Cruises, Anacortes Washington

Distance from Seattle 90 miles
aprox 1hr 30min

Recent Whale Sightings

Island Adventures Whale Watching is based out of Anacortes, Washington, only 90 minutes north of Seattle and 90 minutes south of Vancouver, BC. Anacortes is located on the mainland and is known as the “Home Port” to the San Juan Islands, providing the perfect departure point for our Orca Whale Watching & Wildlife Cruises.
Island Adventures operates a 101 ft. long, 24 ft. wide, 2 story, 99 ton whale watching vessel called "Island Explorer 3." The vessel has a range of 750 miles but daily wildlife excursions are limited to 5hr & generally are 60-90 miles in duration.

image from Island Adventure Cruises

The staff and crew of Island Adventures are all about finding the San Juan wildlife. They boast a very high spotting percentage. All sighting are of "WILD" marine and bird life. No 2 days out on the water are the same. As much as the weather changes in the north west so do the areas of where the animals can be found. None of the whales are geotagged so its up to the passengers and crew to find the animals. Throughout your trip crew will comment on the wildlife of the region, as well as local landmarks and some of the history associated with them. Naturalists aboard the vessel will circulated through the groups, answering questions and give  presentations on the Humpback, Orca, and Minke whales.
When you arrive on scene the boat size allows for plenty of room to view the wildlife along both sides of the boat either along the lower or upper rails . Its 3 diesel engines provide fast cruising speeds to cover a large distance even into canadian waters. Creature comforts include 2 restrooms, it's great to have a toilet on board, heated cabin with padded benches and booths, or outside on one of the decks. Galley serving cold & hot drinks, snacks & hot food, and some clothing items you may have forgotten such as hats and gloves.

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Male Orca Whale Breaching Puget Sound

21 year old Orca Male heading towards shore to meetup with his mother and brother to hunt for salmon

Orca Whale on the hunt for salmon with rainbow

2 Humpback Whales in calm waters off Port Angeles, WA

J-Pod Orcas playing in the rip tieds off candian shores

Family Seafood Buffet outing


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Pelican Anacortes, WA

Special Thanks goes out to the staff of Island Adventures for selecting my shot to win a free trip.
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