Whale Watching Report

Saturday whale watch report

May 8, 2021

After a few days tied to the docks with adverse ocean conditions we got back out on the waters Saturday and the whales were waiting for us.  There were upwards of eight of them for the TW faithful to view and they were the migrators moving to the north. There were lots of whale tail shots from this group of whales.  It was a good day on a ever improving ocean.


A couple of weather days

May 7, 2021

Thursday and Friday we had some bad ocean weather days with rain, wind and some heavier seas.  Things look better for the weekend.


Wednesday whale watch report

May 6, 2021

After several days of really good whale watching today turned into a tough go with finally finding one on the last trip of the day.  These are still the migrating whales as some are coming into shallow water to feed before getting back on the northerly track north.  There should be some cows and calves beginning to show up here really soon as May is usually the month to see these them go by.


Saturday whale watching

May 2, 2021

The Mr Max reported on Saturday evening that the whale watching was excellent all day.  The remark that was made was that the whales were everywhere!!  The whales were out on the migrating grounds a little ways offshore and they were also in on the inner reefs next to the shoreline feeding.  So they were easily found and the folks on the TW boats on Saturday got to see the migrating fast moving Gray whales and also got to watch them dive and feed on the inside.  All in all this made for an excellent day.


Saturday Whale Watch Report

April 24, 2021

(Reported by Mr Max)

A little windy out there and chilly but that never seems to stop the whales from their appointed tasks of migrating northward or getting a good meal from the Depoe Bay feeding grounds. It appears that some of the whales might be dropping off already to spend the late spring/early summer with us already as a few have been seen in more shallow water and feeding.  Normally the migrating whales are moving north at a brisk pace to get to the feeding grounds in the Alaskan waters.  Today the Mr Max reported that there appeared to be possibly seven whales out front of the city that the folks onboard got to view from the vessels.  A couple of pictures to see and what the folks onboard we’re viewing.  Good day for the whales!


Sunday afternoon whale watching & breaching whales

April 18, 2021

Mr Max with captain Brad is reporting that the whales are going by in good numbers and on his first trip of the afternoon had three really active-playful whales moving by the Depoe Bay area on their way to the northerly feeding grounds.  Of course some of these whales will forgo the long trip north and stop by Depoe Bay and stay for the entire summer.  These will be our local whales and many times year in and year out they are the same ones.

There were also “breaching whales” out there this afternoon and the Mr Max got two good pictures…one when coming out of the water and the next one when it “splashed down”.  It is truly exciting when you see this and Tradewinds Depoe Bay did this afternoon.


Another good extended weather forecast

April 17, 2021

Good ocean weather with no rain forecasted thru next Wednesday so if the weekend does not work for you possibly consider playing a little “workweek hooky” and enjoy some nice coastal weather with a really nice ocean.  The whale watching has been pretty darn consistent for Tradewinds cruise boats and there is a great time for all.


Whale watching Friday report

Tradewinds had really good whale watching out there today and Mr Max reports that they had good whales that put on a good show for the folks on the boats. As you can see from the ocean we also had really great ocean conditions and we expect that to continue thru this weekend.  The whale in the picture was swimming around the boats as they continue to move up the coast on their northerly migration.


Thursday whale watch report

April 15, 2021

Not a whole lot of detail but the word off the Mr Max was that the whales are out there and because of the beautiful ocean conditions were easy to find.  We expect terrific ocean conditions from what the forecast is showing clear thru next Monday.  Should be a great weekend to get down here and go with the best whale watch fleet on the coast – Tradewinds Depoe Bay.


Ocean Whale Watch weather through Sunday

April 13, 2021

The weather coming up beginning tomorrow thru this whole weekend sounds like the best extended ocean weather since last fall.  Five days of low winds and light seas await all of you whale watchers looking to get out on the ocean and see the migrating Gray whales.  Beautiful sunny weather is in the forecast thru the whole period. Lots of spots still open so give us a call to reserve your spot or use this website to make your reservation online.

 “Thar She Blows”  !!


Watching the ocean weather – April 12th

April 12, 2021

Certainly by Wednesday the ocean will be in really good shape and Thursday and Friday look really nice with almost no wind and virtually flat oceans forecasted.  The heavy swell we have had since Saturday has remained with us now a day or two longer then expected but really nice spring weather is in the forecast in just a day or two.  Give our office a call for scheduling information.  


Saturday afternoon ocean conditions

April 10, 2021

12-13 foot swells out on the Pacific as we speak on Saturday afternoon and much too much ocean to be whale watching on.  Things look about the same for tomorrow morning/afternoon so check with our office tomorrow on conditions.

Things do look much better Monday thru Thursday so far into next week.


Whale watch report 4/5

April 5, 2021

The whales were inshore somewhat today with 4-5 vessels out watching them probably about a mile and a half off to the northwest from Depoe Bay.  All the boats were in a circle watching the migrating whales move to the north.


Happy Easter Everyone

April 4, 2021

Happy Easter Everyone !!

Unfortunately the ocean became windy overnight and with small craft advisories & rough seas out on the water today we cancelled our whale watch tours for the day. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.


Whale watching Friday and Saturday

April 3, 2021

The whales continue to move quickly past DEPOE BAY on the northerly migration and Tradewinds continues to have good trips out to see them.  We have been lucky these past 3-4 days to have real nice weather with very little wind.  The wind issue is important as it makes the whales easier to find as the spout is more easily located.  We should have really good whale watch activity now thru the summer months and soon our local whales will be here for the summer feeding on the abundance of whale food located along the shoreline.  Sounds like good weather all the way thru at least Thursday of next week by the extended forecast.


Thursday whale watching

April 2, 2021

Another real good day of watching whales off of Depoe Bay.  The whales are out their in multiples and are moving by in different pods during the day as they move north on their migratory patterns.


Lots of whales on a beautiful ocean

March 31, 2021

It was like a holiday weekend down at the coast today with the city full of visitors as we started whale watch tours at 10am and at 4;30pm we are still running them.  Last count we ran 14 of them so far today with a few more to go.  Not sure about all of the trips but we saw whales on all of the trips reported so far into the afternoon around 2;30pm. Most of the whales as we have said before on the northerly migration go by here anywhere from 3-5 miles offshore and they are in a hurry!! Today however we started out there but the whales made a right turn towards the beach and they were only about a mile or so offshore.  Possibly they decided to do a little feeding on they’re way north.

GREAT DAY !!!


Wednesday morning ocean report

When the light hit the ocean waters this morning we welcomed the sight of a nice ocean and are going ahead with a full day of whale watch tours beginning this morning at 10am.  There are openings during the day so give us a call if interested.  The weather thru the weekend also looks good as well.


A little bit of bad weather

March 30, 2021

Since mid-day Sunday we have had very rough ocean conditions but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Things should begin to settle down later this afternoon (Tuesday) and be decent for Wednesday morning.  The even better news is that the forecast looks good thru the weekend as well.   Maybe a little stretch of spring weather coming up.


Whale watching March 28th

March 28, 2021

No trips out Sunday afternoon as the ocean was much too rough to take passengers out.  Hopefully in a day or two we will be back at it.  Call our office for more information.


Saturday March 27th whale watching

March 27, 2021

There was one whale located inside today as it seemed to be feeding right off the shoreline but it was a very shy whale hard to locate.  The better whale watching was outside along the normal line the migrating whales are on around 180-210 feet offshore moving at a brisk rate to the north.  These whales are not feeding outside here and are just moving quickly to get to they’re summer destinations.  They put on a decent show but swim in pods normally between 2-5 whales & come up to spout a few times and then dive and move further north.


In Memory of Captain Dustin

The Tradewinds family is grieving the loss of one of our beloved Captains.  Captain Dustin Couch has been a part of our family for 20 years.  He started out as a deckhand, and soon discovered his passion of being on the ocean.  It was clear that being a captain was in his blood and he did it well.  He loved taking out different people everyday and sharing that passion.  He quickly became a highly requested boat captain in our fleet.  Captain Dustin had a contagious  personality and a heart of gold.  He brought so much joy to everyone around him. We will cherish the memories that we were blessed to share with him.  He was and always will be a part of the Tradewinds family.  The Tradewinds fleet will be taking Captain Dustin out on a final voyage out to sea.  Fair winds and following seas Captain.

Fish On!


Wednesday March 24th report

March 24, 2021

The ocean forecast put out daily by NOAA was right on perfect today.  They predicted the rain would begin around 9am and then the winds would kick-in around the 10am hour.  By the time the fishing trips were over it was much to rough for any whale watch cruises which were suppose to begin at the 11am hour.  Tomorrow (Thursday) as of right now things sound “iffy” at best so give our office a call tomorrow morning for any updates we will have by that time.


Tuesday March 23rd whale watch report

We ran multiple whale watch trips out today using three boats as they’re are loads of people in the area this week as Oregon schools are on they’re spring breaks.  On one of the trips the boats were really close to the shoreline just a few hundred yards south of the channel entrance to Depoe Bay and they were watching whales there.  Its is somewhat unusual to see them this time of year so close as most of the whales are 3-5 miles offshore going by quickly as they return from the Mexican coastline where they harbor in the winter months with the females giving birth to calves while they are there.  Seeing them in so close indicated that they are probably hungry as they pass by and possibly dropping off in our area for the summer already.


Sunday whale watching – March 21st

March 21, 2021

There were whales out there this afternoon even though with windy and choppy conditions staying with them as they moved north was a little difficult.  The folks onboard the vessels did see them in the migration as we got out for the first time in 3-4 days due to ocean weather conditions.


Has the Northerly Migration of the Gray whales begun?

March 17, 2021

The answer is YES.

We have run whale excursions out the past few days but never received any information regarding those trips.  Made the rounds north and south of the city this morning and found nothing south of the city area but north up around a mile up the line there were multiple whale sightings.  At one spot there appeared to be a pod of them within a very small area doing circles in the water.  At first glance it appeared to be Orca whales only to confirm that there were 3-4 migrating Gray Whales feeding in that small area. Later moving back south towards city center another was spotted just a little north of the channel entrance.  All of these whales you might expect to see them 3-4 miles offshore in there migration pattern but these were within a quarter of a mile off the beach.  Maybe just a bunch of hungry whales.


Monday whale watch trip

March 1, 2021

We do have a whale watch trip going out today (Monday March 1) if we can corral enough folks to go. It will be a good time to take a look at things out there after a long very rough ocean winter. Hopefully if the trip goes we will find some whales out there heading back to the north after their December 2020 trip down to the Mexican breeding grounds and we will let you know. Historically the whales begin to go by here in large numbers in about 2-3 week


Exciting news for Tradewinds customers

February 26, 2021

Hey folks…. the news will be coming soon out on a brand new state of the art reservation system for Tradewinds in the next few weeks along with other exciting news as we begin to gear up for the 2021 fishing and whale watch seasons. Making reservations for your next fishing trip and/or whale watch cruise will be made so much easier for our great customers and we will have much more information in the coming weeks. We are only a very short 6-weeks or so away from the spring breaks beginning towards the end of March and hopefully some real nice spring weather. Keep in touch.


January 1, 2021


The end of 2020 & into hopefully a better time in 2021

December 29, 2020

As we wind down the end of this crazy year, we wanted to give our amazing customers a quick update.  Due to restrictions set in place by the Governor of Oregon, and the “Extreme High Risk” category that our county is currently in, we are unable to run any trips.

In order to be in compliance with current mandates and ensure the safety of our customers and staff we are currently on hold until some restrictions are lifted in the county.  We appreciate your understanding and hope that you know that we are  anxiously awaiting being able to get you out on your next excursion as soon as it can be done safely.


Happy Holidays and a Great New Years from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

December 14, 2020


Winter whale watching week

December 11, 2020

Gray whales will be on the move along the Oregon coast headed south to their winter grounds off of Baja California, Mexico.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department annual winter Whale Watching Week is  Dec. 27-31. You should be able to spot them from the coastline.  Best to have a pair of binoculars with you.  There will be no volunteers at the state parks this winter due to the Coronavirus.

The Tradewinds boats on nice days will be taking folks out to see them beginning in the late morning.  After Christmas give our office a call to make reservations.


From All Of Us @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay

November 22, 2020


The Fall Whale Season Is Upon Us

September 20, 2020

Fall Whale Watch Season

Most of the whale watch activity now that we begin the fall season will be occurring on the weekend dates so we will have reports for you from time to time when there is something to report.  You can expect the whales to be in the area probably thru the middle to late October historically and then they will make the southern turn to follow the migration down to the Mexican waters for the winter.


Saturday September 19th whale watch report

September 19, 2020

Had really good whale watching today as the fog cleared by very early afternoon and the whales were just to the north of the harbor entrance out about a half mile.  The whales put on a really good show diving in and out of the kelp beds and sometimes came up with kelp draped across there backs.  Quite a good show.


Whale Watching September 15th

September 16, 2020

We finally after over a week off from the Oregon fires which produced lots of smoke on the coast got out to look for the whales today.  No one had seem any for that whole week as the smoke prevented us from even seeing them from the shoreline.  We had problems finding any whales today even though we did potentially see a spout at a distance but were never able to find them.  Good ocean weather all the way thru next weekend so hopefully tomorrow will be better day.


Friday September 11th special notice

September 11, 2020

Tradewinds boats will be closed down for the entire weekend the office just announced this morning.  There is still smoke in the area and enough which might make some people feel uncomfortable being out in it.  Probably more important your only way into Depoe Bay would be from the south as highway 18 and points north are still closed.  We are hoping to resume operations by Monday.


Thursday September 10th special notice #2

September 10, 2020

Not only do we have issues with travel and air quality but now the phone lines are down in the Depoe Bay area and we don’t have access to the mailbox or phone messages and can’t make outgoing calls as well.  Verizon wireless seems to be down in the area as well.  Please be patient while these issues in the Oregon area are resolved.

We will update as we can.


Thursday September 10th special notice

Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be closed today (Thursday) and Friday for all ocean activities due to the continuing issue with air quality and access to the coastal regions.  We are still experiencing air quality issues and getting to Depoe Bay especially out of the north is very difficult at this time.  We will keep you abreast. of the issues as they happen and are hopeful for some good news for the weekend.


Wednesday September 9th special notice

September 9, 2020

Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be closed on Thursday, September 9th for whale watching due to the Hazardous Air Quality alerts in our area.  We are hopeful with some changes in wind direction late tonight that we might able to whale watch again  Friday, September 11th.  All is subject to change however so please stay in touch with us on this website and thru our office.


Tuesday September 8th special notice

September 8, 2020

Special notice to our customers:

We were closed down today and we will not be running any fishing or whale watch charters on Wednesday due to the smoke from all of the fires in the Oregon area.  We are planning on having someone in the office tomorrow as today it was closed due to the poor air quality in Depoe Bay (Lincoln County, Oregon).  We are planning if the air quality improves to resume activities on Thursday and will keep you up-to-date when we have additional information.


Monday September 7th whale watch report

Happy Labor Day folks.  The whale watching was good today except for the final trip of the day.  We were seeing whales on all of the trips but at the start of the final trip of the day the fog came back in and the windy/choppy ocean increased some and we just could not find the whales.  There were approximately 10-12 vessels out there looking and not anyone was able to sight one.  Tomorrow is another day.


September 3rd whale watch report

September 3, 2020

The past few days we have cancelled whale watch trips due to very rough and windy ocean conditions.  Today the ocean is coming down to begin a nice stretch of nice weather beginning  tomorrow and we are planning on running trips.  The ocean weather looks good thru at least the middle of next week.


Whale watch report August 28th

August 28, 2020

It was another good day to be on a whale watch vessel with Tradewinds with quite a few whales in the area as I heard 5+ to  be exact.  They were putting on good shows for our guests with tail shots and lots of spouts.


Sunday August 23rd whale watch report

August 23, 2020

Up to three whales in the vicinity today mostly just north along the shoreline about a half mile out.  Reports said that the whales here today were putting on great shows for the folks.  Later in the afternoon the winds came up ending our day about an hour short.


Sunday August 16th whale watch report

August 16, 2020

Nothing has changed for the past 5-6 weeks as we have whales in the area feeding around the Depoe Bay area.  Today there was a really good whale out front of the city showing tail shots every time it dived.  There are good and not-so-good whales as the good ones put on cool shows where the not-so-good ones are a little shy.


Wednesday August 12th whale watching

August 12, 2020

Back on the water after a few days off due to adverse ocean conditions and the whales are still out there doing what they do–feeding.  Quite a few out there both north and south of the buoys and heard there were a lot of tail shots today.  The weather thru the weekend sounds really nice so come on down.


Tuesday August 11th whale report

Another sit-on the beach day for the Tradewinds vessels as the ocean waters were worse today then they were on Monday.  That would be the bad news but the good news is that in the summer the ocean goes from not good to good overnight and that is what will occur for tomorrow.  Boats will be going out around the noon hour.


Monday August 10th whale watching

August 10, 2020

No whale watch trips today due to rough ocean conditions.  Things look much better beginning Wednesday.


Sunday August 9th whale watch report

August 9, 2020

We have had great whale watching this summer on a continuous basis for over a month and a half now but today the ocean waters which are very choppy forced us off the waters.  We will se what tomorrow brings.


Wednesday August 5th whale watch report

August 5, 2020

It’s Wednesday and the last update was this past Sunday and nothing has changed except possibly another whale joined the mix.  There are probably at least a half dozen of them around in the are which do not leave as they found a good feeding ground right here in Depoe Bay.  We run daily trips beginning around the noon hour or so and we do take reservations.  I would tell you that your chances of seeing whale(s) are 100% but I can’t as once in a rare occurrence they disappear and might be out of our eyesight for a day but that rarely happens.


Sunday August 2nd whale report

August 2, 2020

We update this report every few days and nothing has changed with quite a few whales around Depoe Bay and very easily found on a 1-hour trip.  They are loads of fun to see as they feed in the ocean waters around the Depoe Bay area.  Come on down and see them and call the office so you get the reservation and the time that works best for you.  


Wednesday July 29th report

July 29, 2020

Three whales in the area today and all trips out today had great sightings and lots of fun viewing the whales feeding in the local area.  The next five days all look like some of the best weather we have had all summer with very little wind, no rain and calm seas so a great time to come down and go out with Tradewinds and see the whales.


Thursday July 23rd whale report

July 24, 2020

Lots of whales in the area today with whales located right outside of the city about a half mile out and whales both north and south of the city.  Great whale watching on a great ocean.


Tuesday whale watch report

July 21, 2020

Three whales were in our area this afternoon as the boats in semi-choppy conditions wee able to locate them on all of the trips.  We even found them on the last trip of the day in the fog.


Monday report

No whale watching Monday due to rough ocean conditions.  We will see what happens today.


Saturday July 18th whale watch report

July 18, 2020

We have multiple boats out on the Gray whale grounds this afternoon and they are out there doing what they do all day long and probably in the night as well.

FEEDING

Its a good time to come down as there are quite a few in the area so you get to see different whales doing things a little different then the others.


Tuesday July 14th report

July 14, 2020

There are a number of whales out there and have been out front of the city for some time now feeding in the inshore waters just off the coastline.  They will be here thru the summer into the fall period so anytime you want to come it is a good time with a very high chance of seeing them.  Today  there are three within five minutes of the harbor entrance so you get to spend almost the entire hour trip watching them feed and do there thing.

Will update in a few days if there are any new happenings.


July 10th update

July 10, 2020

Just a quick mention to the great weather we have been having and quite a few whales around so this picture was taken on where we are finding them feeding which is right out front of Depoe Bay.  Its right outside city center and lots of cruise boats out there looking at them.


July 9th report

Its that time of the year where I will be repeating the same thing every day on the whale watch reports as every day here the past 2-3 weeks we have seen whales on all the trips.  The resident whales have arrived and your chances of seeing whales if you come down are very good and maybe better then that.  So I will be updating the whale watch sight every 3-4 days unless I have something special to report.


Wednesday July 8th whale watch report

July 9, 2020

Lots of whales around the Depoe Bay area and as they usually are this time of year they are very close to the Depoe Bay harbor so most  of the hour trip you will be seeing whales.


Sunday July 5th whale watch report

July 5, 2020

Lots of whale sightings out there today as from the shoreline we were noticing whale watch vessels right out front early in the day and then they moved some to the south and others to the north.  Great weather suppose to last all the way thru this next week so its a great time to come down and see some whales.


4th of July whale watching

July 4, 2020

It is a beautiful day at the Oregon Coast and several whales are on full display outside of Depoe Bay and putting on good shows.  The 2nd trip of the day with 3-Tradewinds boats whale watching today they were right out in front of the harbor out by the entrance buoy with a crowd of people social distancing not only on the vessels but on the sidewalks watching the same show from afar.  A good day indeed.


Happy Birthday America Folks. Hope you and your family have a great day.

July 3, 2020


Friday July 3rd whale sightings

Good sightings on the whales today out there and lots of customers boarding three Tradewinds boats to go out and see them.  One of the whale reports we heard is that one of them was a very large one which was quite  larger then all of the rest of them.


Whale sightings July 2nd

July 2, 2020

There were tons of whales out there today as actually there were only two we had good sightings on.  They put on a good show for the folks onboard so it was a good day on a sunny nice ocean.


Whale Watching June 30

July 1, 2020

Lots of whale watch trips out today as we had to use three vessels to accommodate everyone.  We found whales on all of the trips from the chatter on the radio as they were found north and south of the city.  Good shows put on by the resident whales.


Monday whale watch report (6/29)

June 29, 2020

Another day stuck on the beach with very tough ocean conditions out there so another day of cancelled trips.  Very unusual to have multiple days of heavy swells out there this time of year but 2020 has been a unusual year.  The good news is that it is coming down and the forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday) is much better.  Lets wait and see what tomorrow brings.  The weekend right now looks beautiful.


Sunday (6/28) whale watching

June 28, 2020

Were taking a day off today as the ocean conditions are not ideal for taking passengers out on this day.  Hopefully will see you tomorrow.


Saturday whale watch report (6/27)

June 27, 2020

Lots of whales out there today including a cow and a calf going by.  The residents seem to be here as we had whale sightings putting on good shows both north and south of the harbor.  The operators had to choose which way to go.  Its good finally to have a good number of them here in the area.  The fishing boats also saw a few north up off of Lincoln City and they will be making there way down towards us in there feeding patterns.


Friday fishing report (6/26)

June 26, 2020

Did not hear any specific reports but the totes were full of fresh fish cascaras  and there were a good number of Lingcod in those totes as well.  Crabbing was still good but down from the past week or so probably because of the windy and current out there today.


Good Whale Watching Friday (6/26)

We had mid-morning whale watching because we have had quite the windy afternoons  the past few days. Having the morning trips proved to be successful as we had whales right out in front of the harbor on the first trip of the day.  The whales for the next two trips moved to the northern side of Depoe Bay but we still found them as they were moving and feeding.


Thursday Whale Watch Report (6/25)

We had two boats out today in the early afternoon and we were able to find whales on a very choppy afternoon ocean.  We cancelled the rest of the days activities as it was just not comfortable for the folks onboard.  We will try again tomorrow.


Whale Watching in the fog (6/24)

June 25, 2020

Ir was a semi-foggy day off of Depoe Bay today but somehow our operators were able to locate a couple of whales even in the fog. There are multiple boats out there and some whale watching Zodiac’s and they all spread out and when they find one they call the Calvary in. So even on flat ocean foggy days we can find them.


Monday whale watching (6/22)

June 22, 2020

On the first trip out on Monday we did see whales just little on the north side of Depoe Bay with more trips to come. It appears finally that we can say after a week or more of whale sightings that the resident whales are back and we should have good sightings for the rest of the summer. At least we hope so.

Also today lots of pods of Humpback whales spotted about 1-mile to 3-miles offshore as that migration begins to drive by the Depoe Bay area on the way up to the Alaskan waters.


Whales on Sunday (6/210

June 21, 2020

HAPPY FATHERS DAY out there for all you dads and we hope you are having a great day.

The whales were right outside the harbor about half way to the bell buoy which made sighting today very good.


Saturday June 20th Whale Watch Report

June 20, 2020

We did see whales today we was told on the majority of the trips with visibility limited due to wet weather and some hazy fog.


Thursday (6/18) whale watching report

June 19, 2020

We did have a single whale out there this afternoon but with strong NW winds around the area it made it difficult to get real good sightings. Better weather expected tomorrow.


A few whales North and South of the city Wednesday (6/17)

June 17, 2020

It looks like a few of the resident whales are beginning to show up now as we had 2-3 of them in different spots to the North of the harbor entrance and also to the South of the entrance. They were out there feeding so hopefully they will be joined soon by more of the yearly resident whales we see every year in the area.


No WW Today (6/16)

June 16, 2020

A little to much swell this afternoon for any successful whale watching so we will re-group for tomorrow. See ya then.


Monday Whale Watching (6/15)

June 15, 2020

We did see a whale on the 2nd cruise of the day today but not on the 1st cruise. Still not a great many whales around yet but the passed few days has been encouraging that the resident whales might be stating to show up in the area.


Good News Finally

June 14, 2020

Hey Folks, we had WHALES today. There were as many as three of them out there roaming and feeding in the area so we are hopeful that this might mean our resident whales are beginning to show back up.


Still Waiting…

June 11, 2020

I heard that they caught a glimpse of one in the distance today out there but nothing they were able to get up on for some good sightings. The resident whales will be here as they normally are after June 20th or so but we normally have others going by at this time especially cows and calves. We will let you know.


Ocean Weather Forecast

June 9, 2020

Today (Tuesday 6/9) is a miserable day at the coast (rain and wind) and not a boat in the harbor is and or will be moving. But as summer ocean weather goes tomorrow looks and forecasted to be nice and this will last at least thru the weekend. Come on down and go whale watching with us.


“Hit & Miss” Whale Watching right now

June 6, 2020

The past 10-days we have had days when we have not seen any whales and other days when we have seen them on all of the daily trips. Other days we see them on one trip and not on the next trip. W expect the resident whales will be here very soon as they have historically over the many years in there past and then it will be many sightings daily and lots for the folks to have memories about. As for right now….”Hit & Miss”.


Whale sightings on Wednesday

June 4, 2020

To be honest probably should report that it should be “whale in the area” as we did see a whale on all of our trips. We found one quite a ways south of the Depoe Bay harbor and then probably the same one on trips later in the day moving north. By the time the day was over for cruises the whale was right out in front of the city. It is still a few weeks early for the resident whales to show up and by then we will have historically plenty of them in our area.


Some bad weather but back on the water Sunday

May 30, 2020

After several days of stormy-windy weather we will be back on the water Sunday afternoon. It also looks like a nice week coming up as well so maybe some better late spring & pre-summer weather is upon us. We are open 7-days a week so give us a call for some exciting whale watching.


Memorial Day Remembrance

May 25, 2020

The annual Depoe Bay Fleet of Flowers was cancelled this year due to Covid-19 but one of our vessels took some folks out to remember loved ones and say thanks to the armed force of our country.


Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day is a sacred day in our country’s history and we honor all our military heroes, past and present and we hope that al of you will honor them on this very special day. It is also a great time to honor all of our health care workers across the country for their sacrifices especially in these past three months in protecting all of us. Have a great Memorial Day everyone.


Sunday whale watching

May 24, 2020

After the first two trips today on a beautiful afternoon ocean it was a great day to be on a boat off of Depoe Bay but we have not seen any whales so far on this day with one more trip to go. A little strange that we have not seen any for this time of year especially after a decent sightings yesterday. Lots of sea birds and sea lions out there but the Gray whales scarce today.


Whales in the area

We had two trips Saturday out looking for whales and on the first trip we had two whales out there that put on a really good show for the folks onboard. The wind came up on the 2nd trip and we did see some spouts but it was difficult viewing with the wind chop in the middle of the afternoon Saturday.


Tradewinds Depoe Bay Whale Watch Re-opening

May 16, 2020

Tradewinds Depoe Bay is re-opening for business on Friday, May 22nd for whale watching trips.  For times, reservations and information please contact our office at 541-765-2345.

Due to present requirements by the State of Oregon Tradewinds will be boarding considerably less people on all of our whale watch excursions for your protection and safety as well as our crews.  Unfortunately at this time, we cannot honor discount coupons or free children rates.   Under-12 age rates will have the same rate as published until further notice.  Thank you for understanding. 

We are determined to not only make your excursion memorable with lots of whale sightings but also most importantly make your trips as safe as we possibly can.  Face coverings and social distancing will be required on all of our vessels.