There are many companies to choose from while searching for the right whale watching tour. Since 1992, we, Shane and Jennifer Aggergaard (company founders), have been committed to offering our passengers much more—striving to exceed our guests’ expectations each and every day. Island Adventures offers the best boat, the best location, guaranteed whale sightings, and lots of extras—but it is our highly qualified staff that really separates us from the rest. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is eager to provide outstanding service from start to finish. Onboard, we’ll entertain and educate you throughout the tour in hopes that you take away magical memories and a renewed respect for nature. Many, many lives have been touched by witnessing whales in the wild. We feel privileged to be able to provide this unique and wonderful opportunity.
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.
There’s no need to hassle with summertime ferry schedules, delays, inconvenient parking, or added expense; you can drive directly to us. Departing from Anacortes the water is generally calm and we’re in prime whale spotting waters just ten minutes from the breakwater!
Island Adventures is an owner-operated whale watching company founded by Shane and Jennifer Aggergaard in 1996. Shane has spent over 1000 days with the whales that ply the waters of northwest Washington. He is an accomplished ocean captain who has operated vessels for hire from 14 feet to 280 tons, from New York to Florida and Alaska to Baja Mexico, but calls Anacortes and the San Juan Islands home. He has recently held two terms as president and two terms as vice president of the Whale Watch Operator’s Association Northwest and is dedicated to educating the public about the southern resident Orcas.
Shane has performed seminars on Orca whales and San Juan wildlife for the last 15 years for schools, clubs, and venues like the Seattle Boat Show. Shane and Jennifer were also nominated for the Small Business Owner of the Year award in Skagit County for 2003 and for a second time in May of 2005. Shane has held a four year term as a board member for the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and takes great pride in his home town of Anacortes.
Jennifer has her degree in marine biology and directs Island Adventure’s Orca travel pattern research and education programs. She is also Vice President/Bookkeeper of Island Adventures Inc. and the mother of Andrew and Amy Aggergaard. Together, with your whale watching crew, it is their goal to create an exciting and educational whale watching program that everyone can afford.
The Island Adventures whale watching trip was great. Not being a fan of the open water, I was hesitant to go and am glad I did. Their new boat has a great, smooth ride; comfortable inside seating and very cool screens to show where you are and where you are going. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable while their enthusiasm was infectious. We did see multiple whales and had a great trip. I strongly recommend them if you are seeking a great watch.
Island Adventures offered us a great experience for us. We drove up from Seattle to Anacortes for this tour and rode their newer boat (Island Explorer 5). The boat is really nice and offers a smooth ride with many seating/viewing options both inside and out. We saw both Orca and Humpback whales on our tour. The staff was very knowledgeable and definitely there to make sure everyone had a good time. I would go on this tour again and recommend to a friend or family member.
They are professional and entertaining! The staff knows lots about the area being explored, and we got to experience Orcas in their natural habitat! Would love to go again. Make sure to take more than what you think you will need clothing wise. We encountered some storms, but it was worth it!
Loved it! It is not a big ship, so thats nice. Every person had plenty of room to see the whales. Staff was very kind and informative. Book it!
Megan Snow - CDPHE
We had an amazing time with Island Adventures. The new boat was amazing and very comfortable. We stayed up on the 3rd deck and had a blast! We would recommend Island Adventures to anyone looking for a great whale watching experience.