Standup paddleboarding, or SUP for short, combines all the best aspects of surfing and kayaking. SUPers eschew the hours of practice required to catch a wave for the paddleboard's calm-water stability, still enjoying an upright position so they can easily see any merfolk in the waves below. Paddle House even arranges VIP-style board valet, parking, and a launch slip so guests can enjoy their time on the water rather than worrying about logistics. After a day paddling across the deep blue, guests return to relax in the onsite sauna or calm their minds in a yoga class. Paddle House members can even rent one of the club's boats and enjoy free refreshments on the open-air lounge.
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.
First String Sportfishing sails the open seas off of Southern California, taking passengers on both fishing voyages and educational marine tours. Its largest boat, First String, can hold up to 147 people for its whale-watching tours. On board the 93-foot boat, you’ll find two 9-ton fish holds, two radars, a large-screen television, and a dolphin-to-English dictionary. First String Sportfishing’s other boats depart for both Californian and Mexican waters on fishing excursions. These trips typically yield shallow-water rockfish such as Sculpin and Whitefish and larger varieties including yellowtail and barracuda.
Operated by Harbor Breeze Cruises, L.A. Harbor Sportfishing allows passengers to experience the South Bay from an up-close perspective. Three vessels with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities stand ready to cast off and lead groups on various excursions. From December–April, wintertime sightseeing trips track the gray whales migrating just off southern California's coastline and in summer, visitors have the opportunity to spot dolphins, seals, sea lions, birds, and other diverse species. The captains also offer fishing trips to scour the waters for everything from whitefish to barracudas, depending on the season.
"Barracuda" isn't just a classic rock song by seminal rock band Heart—it's also a fish often caught on fishing trips with 22nd Street Landing Sportfishing. The waters near 22nd Street Landing are brimming with a variety of fish including barracuda, rockfish, whitefish, yellowtail, calico bass, and halibut. Guests head out on expeditions aboard one of the company's many charter boats, reeling in an array of fish or relaxing on the deck and daydreaming about sushi dinners.
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.