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San Juan Island Whale Watching

Important Public Announcement:

Please note that Island Mariner Cruises will not begin its seasonal whale and nature tours because owner and captain, Terry Buzzard, has passed away. We are in the process of contacting people who have made advance reservations to arrange for a refund of their tickets. Future operations are contingent on the new owner's plan for the business and will be announced as soon as we are informed. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please contact the office

Family Oriented & Educational. Much more than whales!
History, Stories & Tales of the 172 San Juan Islands

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BEST PRICES!   $80 Adult Fare and $49 Youth Fare.

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Welcome to Island Mariner, the best and most experienced boat cruise for whale watching in the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea of Washington State. Take time to view the San Juan Islands up close as you cruise from Bellingham Bay to see whales and other marine life. We are celebrating 54 Safe Years in 2016.

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2. Seaplane and Whale Watching Video - click to view


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You can relax and enjoy your nature cruise aboard the Island Caper, a comfortable 110' boat with modern amenities allowing you to sit and visit at a table for eating snacks, or stand up and walk around, inside or outside, while onboard. You will see the breathtaking island scenery, hear local folk lore and learn interesting facts from an onboard naturalist, who can also answer questions about the wild life you may encounter such as; Orca whales, Minke whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, bald eagles and a variety of sea birds.

Island Mariner's San Juan Island whale watching guests have commented that the beautiful island scenery, history narration and fresh sea air made it worth taking the cruise, and seeing the whales was an added bonus. Some people have even compared the islands to the Fjords of Norway. Join Island Mariner for a memorable boat cruise and find out why the San Juan Islands scenery and Orca whales are considered to be Pacific Northwest treasures. Join us on a San Juan Island encounter!

Why choose us?

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Relax on the largest whale watching boat in the Salish Sea

Learn from some of the best naturalists in the business

Join the only company with a seaplane for spotting whales

Enjoy the convenient location, only 2 miles off I-5 freeway

Find out more reasons to choose Island Mariner for your San Juan Island whale and nature cruise. Visit our Whale Watching page for details or find us on Facebook.

Read about Island Mariner's whale watching and nature cruise in recent Yahoo news articles: A Whale of an Adventure, The Wildlife of Island Mariner Cruises Whale Watching Adventure Tours, and Dream Jobs on a Whale Watching Cruise Ship.

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Whale Watching Nature Cruises
May 14 through September 2016

Click here for our 2016 Schedule

Whale Cruises depart at 10:00 AM
and return around 4:30 PM.

Cruises run on specific dates and some popular dates may sell out quickly.
Reservations are highly recommended!

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FREE Parking, no boarding fees, no Port charges, no online fees,no set gratuity = No Hidden Fees!

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360.734.8866 or 1.877.734.8866 or follow us:


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Join us for a Seaplane Ride and Aerial Photography Flight.


"The San Juan Islands are winning fans nationwide for their natural beauty and recreational activities"

Click here to read a recent article published by Oregon Live.


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