Unfortunately, we ran into a catastrophic mechanical failure on our Monday, September 6th, that has put the Island Explorer 5 out of the commission for the foreseeable future. With that being said, we have been working very hard to find a replacement vessel to run the tour you are scheduled for. We are very thankful that Glacier Spirit, a 65-foot boat, is available for us for most of our remaining season. There is an indoor heated cabin, an outside viewing deck that extends around the entire cabin, and two restrooms. She is a mono-hull vessel that is USCG certified for 72 passengers and we will carry approximately 60 guests while we have her in operation.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the vessel substitution. We look forward to seeing you on the water!
A boat built specifically for whale watching.
The West Coast's finest whale watching vessel is now departing from the homeport of the San Juan Islands.
The Island Explorer 5 is the most state-of-the-art vessel on the entire west coast, boasting impressive speed and high-tech electronics.
The height above the water gives you a much better vantage point. (The legal viewing distance applies the same to all vessels — lower profile boats cannot get you any closer, so they just can’t see as well as you will from the Island Explorer.) A state-of-the-art audio/visual system allows our naturalist to turn the boat into a floating class room. The Island Explorer is safe (it exceeds all US Coast Guard requirements for the area), fast (capable of speeds of 25+ knots, which gives us the range to guarantee whales), and comfortable for all of our guests.
- Outside rail viewing space on one side of the boat for all guests
- Indoor heated seating for all passengers
- Three viewing decks for the best possible vantage point over the water
- Best galley menu of any tour boat in the area – fresh and changing with the seasons
- High-speed catamaran with speeds capable of 25+ knots
- AED defibrillator onboard with highly trained and qualified staff/crew
Sample Galley Menu:
- Nathan’s Hot Dogs
- Chili Cheese Nachos
- Fountain Soda
- Beer and Wine
- Souvenir Mug with Unlimited Beverages
See our other incredible whale watching vessels.
The Island Explorer vessels all look very similar. Both the IE4 and IE5 have full walk-around lower decks, huge upper decks and great sound systems. These designs separate a whale watching boat from a repurposed fishing boat or crew boat. Our vessels are the only boats in the area with outside rail viewing space on either side of the boat for all guests. They are also very stable, making them fantastic photography platforms. Island Explorer vessels are safe, fast, and comfortable.