Whale Watching in California


Freelance Ocean Tours: Whale Watching with Binocular Rental for One or Two Adults or Kids from Freelance Ocean Tours (Up to 70% Off)

Whale Watching with Binocular Rental for One or Two Adults or Kids from Freelance Ocean Tours (Up to 70% Off)

Freelance Ocean Tours

Newport Beach

Groups survey the waters off Newport Bay in search of giant blue whales, gray whales, dolphins, and more

$41 $15

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Shark Camp: $55 for $100 Worth of Wildlife Watching at Shark Camp

$55 for $100 Worth of Wildlife Watching at Shark Camp

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $55

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Marina Del Rey Sportfishing: Whale-Watching and Nature Cruise for One or Two from Marina Del Rey Sportfishing (Up to 50% Off)

Whale-Watching and Nature Cruise for One or Two from Marina Del Rey Sportfishing (Up to 50% Off)

Marina Del Rey Sportfishing

Marina Del Rey

For about three hours, a sightseeing boat searches the ocean for whales, porpoises, dolphins, seabirds, seals, and sea lions

$35 $18

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Dana Wharf Whale Watching: Two-Hour Evening Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 52% Off)

Two-Hour Evening Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 52% Off)

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Multiple Locations

Experienced crew guides sightseers on two-hour evening tours to catch views of scenic seascapes and blue and gray whales

$29 $14

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Davey's Locker Whale Watching: Tickets for a Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker Whale Watchings (Up to 70% Off)

Tickets for a Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker Whale Watchings (Up to 70% Off)

Davey's Locker Whale Watching

Newport Beach

Cruises sail into the waters of Orange County to spy blue whales and finback whales during their annual May–October migration

$30 $9

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Newport Landing Whale Watching: 2.5-Hour Blue Whale-Watching Cruise for One or Two from Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 65%)

2.5-Hour Blue Whale-Watching Cruise for One or Two from Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 65%)

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Beach

Spot giant blue whales, California gray whales, finback whales, dolphin pods, and other native creatures in their natural habitat

$36 $13

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Ocean Explorer Cruises: One or Two Junior or Adult Whale-Watching and Drink Tickets from Ocean Explorer Cruises (Up to 63% Off)

One or Two Junior or Adult Whale-Watching and Drink Tickets from Ocean Explorer Cruises (Up to 63% Off)

Ocean Explorer Cruises

Newport Beach

2.5-hour tour takes passengers around the Newport and Laguna Beach coastlines in search of whales, dolphins, and other marine life

$41 $16

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  • Old Plank Sailing Adventures
    A yacht that goes by the name of First Star that was voted one of the favorites of Cruising World magazine. A captain who goes by the name of Matthew Mancini, who loves introducing people to sailing. An array of islands that go by the names of Catalina, Santa Barbara, Anacapa, and San Miguel. Put all of these elements together and you have Old Plank Sailing Adventures. Old Plank Sailing Adventures' Captain Matthew Mancini corrals visitors aboard a luxury yacht and then whisks them on various adventures throughout the sparkling waters. The sailor keeps guests closer to home on jaunts around Marina del Rey's picturesque harbor or leads them on multiday adventures to nearby islands. He also captains dinner cruises, whale watching expeditions, and moonlight sails in Santa Monica Bay, where all the fish are named Monica.
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    1765 N. Sycamore Ave #317
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • Flagship Cruises and Events
    Flagship Cruises and Events hosts more than harbor tours. On a given evening, a party floats out onto San Diego Bay. The stars overhead combine with the skyline's twinkling lights to become a giant disco ball, which sets the mood for dance after dance aboard one of Flagship Cruises and Events'?signature vessels. These nighttime dinner cruises send gourmet chefs, DJs, and ample bottles of champagne out on 25-mile voyages up and down San Diego's waters. Yet this is only one of the events Flagship's team has dreamed up since they chartered their first cruise back in 1915, the year water was discovered not to be poisonous. You'll also find their boats basking in the glow of fireworks on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July, as well as carrying sprawling brunch buffets during weekends. Additionally, Flagship's captains charter private cruises and lead sightseeing trips. These include thrilling Patriot speed boat rides and more leisurely harbor tours, which float past area attractions such as the city shipyards, U.S. Navy ships, and the Coronado Bay Bridge. From December?April, some 20,000 gray whales swim through the area and give passengers even more to look at.
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    1050 N Harbor Dr
    San Diego, CA US
  • SF Bay Photo Club and Eco Tours
    Every day, millions of tons of snowmelt from high up in the Sierras rushes hundreds of miles downstream and pours into the San Francisco Bay. There, it slams into a surge of seawater to form an ecosystem at once constant and constantly changing. It?s there that the photographers and naturalists of SF Bay Whale Watching set out to observe and capture stunning images on daily adventures. Onboard the stalwart Kitty Kat, captain Joe Nazar skippers wildlife-seeking tours that might spy migrating whales, local sea lions, or killer whales. The spacious deck and large-windowed cabin make beautiful views bountiful. While a naturalist lectures, the ship sails past such landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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    Pier 39 Beach and Embarcadero Streets
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Harbor Breeze Cruises
    Harbor Breeze Cruises has run whale-watching cruises for over 15 years, regaling passengers with breathtaking views of marine animals. Aboard one of Harbor Breeze's vessels, passengers are educated on the characteristics of whales while looking out for gray and blue whales during their respective seasons. Other varieties of marine life commonly seen are fin, humpback, and minke whales, along with orcas and several species of dolphin. Customers aboard the ships, customers also enjoy lounge areas where they can enjoy a snack or drink, and expansive deck areas for viewing and photography.
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    100 Aquarium Way
    Long Beach, CA US
  • Channel Islands Whale Watching
    Captain Frank has navigated Californian waters for more than 30 years, earning his 100-Ton Captain's license in 1980 and consequently became the youngest person to do so at the time. After working for the next 19 years chartering boats and educating students aboard the Channel Islands Marine Floating Lab, he purchased the 85-foot Ranger 85, the very ship he worked on as a teenager. Along with a sister vessel, the Coral Sea, Captain Frank helms his Ranger 85 to carry visitors on scenic tours around Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary, allowing them to glimpse rare species of animals and stretches of untamed Californian landscapes where there are two distinct ecosystems. On some trips, passengers may even occasionally spot up to five different types of whales. He also embarks on private charters and bookings for groups or special occasions, such as corporate events or graduation parties for the family harbor seal.
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    4151 Victoria Avenue
    Oxnard, CA US
  • Miller's Landing
    Nestled against the edge of the Kenai Fjords National Park, Miller's Landing retains much of the natural scenery and charm that surrounded the area when the Miller family first built its homestead on the site in the 1950s. The small community has withstood earthquakes, fires, and the Earth's transition from black and white into color to grow into a premiere camping destination where wilderness seekers can pitch tents or rent quaint cottages. The location surrounds its visitors in panoramic views of Resurrection Bay, Mount Alice, and Fox Island, inviting them to hike across its coastal trails. Relaxing and adventurous activities complement Miller's scenic landscapes, with local experts leading boat tours and chartering fishing expeditions. Horseback tours trek across secluded terrain, whereas sea-kayak classes float in the shadow of snow and whipped-cream-capped mountains.
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    13890 Beach Blvd.
    Seward, AK US
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