Whale Watching Trips in California

Whale Watching Trips in California
A visit to California is not complete without some fun in the water. From surfing to kayaking, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. One excursion visitors to California will want to consider is a whale-watching trip. Lasting anywhere from a few hours to the whole day, many cities offer trips into the ocean to look for whales and other sea life.

Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower invites visitors to San Diego to enjoy a first-class whale-watching experience aboard one of its yachts. From December through March each year, tours depart twice daily, offering a 3 1/2-hour experience in the Pacific Ocean. Whales, dolphins and sea lions can be spotted from three different viewing decks. Best of all, Hornblower offers vouchers for another cruise if no whale is spotted.

1066 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Davey's Locker

Whale watchers looking for a day on the water will enjoy Davey's Locker's Catalina Island whale-watching trip. Tours depart at 9 a.m. from Newport Beach, drop off tourists at Catalina Island for two hours and then return to Newport Beach by 5:30 p.m. Throughout the day, gray whales, humpback whales and blue whales may be seen from the large sundeck on board. This trip affords tourists views of the open ocean, marine life as well as the beautiful Catalina coastline all in one trip.

400 Main St.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 673-1434

Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Year-round, Monterey Bay Whale Watching offers both morning and afternoon trips. The trips are always accompanied by a marine biologist, who is happy to help tourists spot and identify various marine life creatures throughout the trip. Among other sea creatures, dolphins, blue whales and killer whales are often seen. The main vessel used can accommodate 70 passengers, and the trip promises fantastic photographic opportunities.

84 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 375-4658


Article Written By Lara Webster

Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.

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