- $149 for a private BYOB whale/dolphin watching cruise for up to six ($279 value)
Manfred Marine Unlimited
As all 12 tons of the Serenidad cruise effortlessly through Oceanside Harbor, the placid nature of the Pacific Coastline might almost make you forget you're on a boat—that is, until the harbor spills into the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean.
At the helm, USCG Captain Bob Olson guides the 36-foot vessel on its graceful voyage while the passengers kick back, enjoy refreshments, and soak in the surroundings. Those surroundings, however, change with each trip, especially since Captain Bob offers a variety of different boating adventures. Sunset and moonlight cruises, for instance, invite you to experience the Pacific as night falls, and whale- and dolphin-watching trips allow you to spot aquatic creatures when they pop out of the water to ask Captain Bob for directions.