Tours are an ideal way to learn more about a new environment without resorting to drastic measures such as running for mayor. Get acquainted with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $45 for a harbor tour and nature cruise for two ($90 value)
- $89 for a harbor tour and nature cruise for four ($180 value)
A professional conductor narrates each tour as it takes guests through the Los Angeles Harbor, past the lighthouses, and Battlesip USS Iowa. Along the way, visitors should keep watch for a glimpse of the California gray whales during their annual migration, as well as pods of dolphins and other sea life.
Cruises, which last 2.5–3 hours, are available Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Customers are welcome to free parking at the landing.
The vessel, Shoreliner, is no stranger to the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Originally built in 1960s to speedily shuttle ferry passengers to and from Catalina Island, Greg Watson Sr.—a seasoned captain with 35 years of seafaring experience—purchased the vessel in 2013 and completely refurbished it to better provide a luxuriant experience for private parties as well as tour groups. The 65-foot, aluminum-hulled vessel slices through the water at a cruising speed of 14 knots, leaving the coastline behind while as many as 130 guests can enjoy the views from the indoor seating section, the upper-deck seating, or the bow or stern areas. For private parties, the Shoreliner features two flat-screen televisions and a DVD player in its main salon, as well as a fully stocked bar that can help keep spirits high throughout the cruise. The crew also offers educational cruises in the form of two-hour, whale-watching tours, which give invaluable insight into the local marine life while providing opportunities for passengers to actually see gray whales, blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, and even hitchhiking mermaids depending on the season.