Details about the Western Explorer
Looking for something a little more adventurous?
The Western Explorer seats 15 guests and cruises at up to 35 knots. It is a 30′ Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (Zodiac style), similar to the boats the Coast Guard uses for search and rescue.
Speed gives us more range and gets us where we need to go quick. To ensure your comfort, every guest receives a full length Coast Guard approved anti-exposure suit (cruiser suit).
Western Explorer can certainly be an exciting ride, given the speed of this boat, this tour is not suitable for: Children 5 and Under, Pregnant Women, or Guests with Back or Neck Injuries.
Please be courteous to your fellow passengers and arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure time after you’ve had a bathroom break. It takes time to sign waivers, get suited up and down to the boat.
Of course, while the “Western Explorer” is a thrill, it is not just a thrill ride. Every trip is guided by an experienced Captain and Naturalist. Killer Whales (orcas) are usually the primary focus of our tours and you can expect to see them on the vast majority of our trips between mid May and mid October, and to a lesser degree in March, April and late October. Faster boats, flexible trip times, and our departure location help ensure that our sightings are as high as, or higher than, any company in the area. We will also search for Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Dall’s Porpoises, Harbor Seals, Bald Eagles, Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Porpoises, and many interesting Sea Birds. Occasionally, we are treated to the sight of Gray Whales and Pacific White-Sided Dolphins.
If you are looking for a wind in your hair “expedition style” adventure with the opportunity to learn about the amazing whales and wildlife of the San Juan Islands, then the Western Explorer is for you.
*There is no alcohol, smoking, or vaping onboard the vessel
- All discounts are taken off the base price and may not be combined.
- 10% off for AAA. Use voucher code: AAA. (Must show card at check in)
- 10% off for Military. Use voucher code: MIL. (Must show ID at check in)
- 10% off for Teachers. Use voucher code: TEACH. (Must show employment proof at check in)
- 10% off for AARP. Use voucher code: AARP. (Must show card at check in)
- 10% off for Discovery Sea Kayaks and Zip San Juan customers.
- Group discounts available.
- Ask about our discounts for San Juan Islands residents.
Refunds and Cancellations
Refunds are available on regular reservations with 3 days notice if you need to cancel. Cancellations with less than three days notice are charged 50%. A 100% charge will be made for cancellations within 24 hours of departure.