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.
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!
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!
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!