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Whale Watching Tours
Get Ready for Your Best Boat Ride Every!
Just off the coast of Southern California it is not hard for an experienced boat captain to find several forms of these popular large and friendly sea creatures passing by. Sometimes they will put on a spontaneous show and be quite entertaining.
See magnificent California gray whales on their annual journey from the Arctic to California's Baja Coast on a whale watching cruise from San Diego. Seeing a California gray whale in the wild is an exhilarating experience you will never forget. Other marine wildlife may also make an appearance including seabirds and sea lions.
La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure
The whales' migration path is such that they come close La Jolla Shores. By paddling about a mile off-shore, you can catch these incredible animals, plus other marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins. There is no better way to experience the whale migration than from a kayak.
Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
Hop aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) whale-watching boat for a fantastic adventure off the Orange County coast! During your whale-watching cruise, learn fascinating details about California sea life from the crew, and enjoy the Pacific Coast scenery. Year-round whale-watching cruises like this one are rare, so don’t miss this chance to see giant blue, finback, grey, minke and humpback whales, along with other marine life like dolphins, on this 2.5-hour tour from Newport Beach.
Tip #1: Several boat operators will guarantee that you will have a successful animal sighting by giving you another boat ride free. A typical tour will see a few whales and dozens of dolphins and last about 3.5 hours.
Tip #2: While California Grey Whale is typically seen only from Dec-April, it is still possible to see a lot of other whales and marine life the rest of the year. California Grey Whales will travel closer to the close. For other whales you need to be about 10 miles offshore.
Los Cabos Whale Watching Tour
Year Round Whale-Watching Tour
Includes shuttle pickup from your Los Cabos Hotel in Baja California. Visit the world famous whale sanctuary at Magdalena Bay for an experience of a lifetime. You'll get the opportunity to reach out and actually touch these beautiful creatures!
San Diego Sailboat Whale Watching Tour
Get up close and personal with dolphins, sea lions, pelagic sea birds and migrating whales on this three-hour eco-friendly cruise through the waters of San Diego. With a maximum of 6 guests per cruise, you are sure to have the most personalized, intimate cruise.
Tip #3: There are only six slots available here. Buy up all six and you can have your own private guided tour.
Espiritu Santo Island Tour from Cabo San Lucas via La Paz Including Snorkeling
Experience Espiritu Santo Island on a full-day tour by coach and boat from Cabo San Lucas. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Espirtu Santo sits off the coast of Baja California Sur and supports rich marine life and a year-round sea lion colony. You’ll tour the island by boat before landing on a secluded beach for lunch, snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez and fun in the sun! Hotel transport, breakfast and lunch are included.
Tour Channel Islands National Park
During the winter and spring months, you'll typically see minke and humpback whales. The minke whale is one of the world’s smallest whales, only growing to about 23 feet (7 meters). The beloved humpback whale can grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters). Both whales love krill, and they ‘fluke’ (slap) their tails on the water in order to bring the krill up to the surface. Humpbacks are a very curious breed of whales and are often referred to as ’friendlies’ by sailors because they love to come up to ships.
Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like seals, sea lions and several types of dolphins. Your friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew all come from strong backgrounds in marine biology and will be able to answer all your questions.
California Whale Watching Tours : Jan-Mar
During the year as many as 27 species of cetaceans (whales and porpoises) visit California coastal waters, delighting visitors with upclose encounters. For the best opportunity to spot these behemoths and their cousins of the deep, catch an whale watching excursion from any of the area marinas.
The following coastal landmarks offer the best land-based locations for spotting whales - usually during the California Gray Whale migration (Jan-Mar):
Local Marine Life
California Area Cetaceans
During the year as many as 27 species of cetaceans (whales and porpoises) visit California coastal waters.
California Gray Whale - (Eschrichtius Robustus)
Every year (Jan-Mar), some 28,000 gray whales follow the coastline northwards to their nutrient-rich Alaska summer feeding grounds following their breeding season in the warm waters off Baja California. These whales can weigh upto 100,000 pounds and can be seen spouting, breaching, and smacking their tail flukes on the water.
Only member of the family Eschrichtiidae, the gray whale is a mysticete, or baleen whale. Visitors to the calving and breeding lagoons sometimes encounter the phenomenon of the "friendlies"; gray whales that closely approach small boats and allow themselves to be touched by humans.
Blue Whale - (Balaenoptera Musculus)
The Blue Whale (close relative of the humpback) is the largest mammal, possibly the largest animal, to ever inhabit the earth. Its blowholes are contained in a large, raised "splash guard", and the blow is tall and straight and over 20 feet (6 meters) high. The blue whale makes deep and rumbling sounds which can be felt as much as heard. These low-frequency sounds travel long distances through water, allowing blue whales to communicate with each other over hundreds of miles of ocean. Frequent summer (Jun-Oct) visitor to California waters.
Humpback Whale - (Megaptera Novaeangliae)
Two unique characteristics make the Humpbacks popular. They exhibit active acrobatics such as breaching, tail lobbing and flipper slapping. They also the most interesting behavior of "singing." Scientists have discovered that humpback whales sing long, complex "songs". A typical song lasts from 10-20 minutes, is repeated continuously for hours at a time, and changes gradually from year to year. Singing whales are males, and the songs may be a part of mating behavior.
Delphinus Delphis (short-beaked) & Delphinus Capensis (long-beaked)
The common dolphin is found in all tropical and warm-temperate waters. The long-beaked common dolphin is found more in coastal waters; the short-beaked common dolphin is found in offshore waters and is the species that occurs frequently in the eastern tropical Pacific. Both long-beaked and short-beaked common dolphins frequent the Southern California Bight.
Orca - Killer Whales
Baird's Beaked Whale - (Berardius Birdii )
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin - (Lagenorhynchus Oliquidens)
Risso's Dolphin - (Grampus Griseus)
Dall's Porpoise - (Phocoenoides Dalli)
Pilot Whale -
Sperm Whale - (Physeter Macrocephalus)
North Pacific Right Whale - (Eubalaena japonica)
Whale Watching Excursions
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