Boat Cruises and Whale Watching

Aquarium of the Pacific’s Blue Whale Watch (summer/fall) / Gray Whale Watch (winter/spring) and Sea Life Cruise – This ocean adventure includes educational interpretation by an Aquarium marine expert as well as a variety of bio-facts for all to explore. Two daily departures. Cost includes aquarium admission: adult (12+), $59.95, children (3-11), $42.95, and seniors (62+), $56.95 for the Blue Whale cruise. Adults, $49.95, children, $33.95, and seniors, $45.95 for the Gray Whale cruise. Discounted prices available for members. Times and prices vary by season. (562) 590-3100. www.aquariumofpacific.org. See Coupons.
 
 
Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises – 45-minute narrated tours of the harbor. Long Beach: (562) 432-4900, www.2seewhales.com. San Pedro: (310) 547-9916, www.lawaterfrontcruises.com.
 
 
Ocean Institute – Various cruises explore different aspects of marine life, including whales, dolphins and sea lions (year round) and bioluminescent ocean plants and animals (fall). Reservations required. Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. www.ocean-institute.org
 
 
Whale Watching:
 
 
Aquarium of the Pacific, see listing in this section.
 
 
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, daily, from December 26 through mid-April, San Pedro, (310) 548-7562, www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
 
 
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, Dana Point, (949) 488-2828, www.dolphinsafari.com
 
 
Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Dana Point, (949) 496-5794, www.danawharf.com
 
 
Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises, Long Beach, (562) 432-4900, www.longbeachwhales.com, and San Pedro, (310) 547-9916, www.lawaterfrontcruises.com
 
 
Ocean Institute, Dana Point, (949) 496-2274, www.oceaninstitute.org
 
 
Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, www.newportwhales.com
 
 
Spirit Cruises – January – March only, San Pedro, (310) 548-8080, www.spiritmarine.com