Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast

I’ve been whale watching in Hawaii and I’ve seen orcas breaching in the San Juans. But until now, I had never done a whale-watching excursion on the Oregon coast.
I called a few charter companies in Depoe Bay and found that Tradewinds had the best price on a one-hour trip. It was only $18 per adult and $9 for kids 5-12.

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I was a little freaked out about all of our kids roaming around the boat. I kept imagining them falling over. The captain said its never happened to him, but it was hard to relax. I felt better when the kids were standing still in one place!

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We went about four miles off shore, then puttered around looking for whales. We totally scored, as we seemed to be in the middle of a big pod! There were whales all around us. It was awesome!

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The kids were blown away by this experience. I might like to do it again on a bigger boat, and try a longer tour. As it was, I was happy to only have a one-hour trip on the small boat that felt every wave. Both for kid safety reasons, and for the sake of my stomach. I had to sit down a few times and look off out to the horizon! We all had a great time, though, and highly recommend it!

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