Boat Cruises and Whale Watching

Aquarium of the Pacific’s Blue Whale Watch and Sea Life Cruise – The 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, $59.95 adult (12+), $42.95 child (3-11) and $56.95 senior (62+) for the Blue Whale cruise. Discounted prices available for members. Times and prices vary by season. (562) 590-3100. www.aquariumofpacific.org. Also see Coupons.

Catalina – The following companies offer passenger service to Catalina Island: Catalina Express, from Dana Point, Long Beach and San Pedro ports, also offers a free ride on birthdays, must register on their website before booking ride, (800) 613-1212, www.catalinaexpress.com; and Catalina Flyer, from Newport Bay Harbor, (949) 673-5245. www.catalinainfo.com.

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.

Long Beach – Long Beach Transit operates two water buses in the summer: Aqua Bus ($1) in Queensway Bay, includes stops at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary; Aqua Link ($5) running from the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific to Alamitos Bay Landing. (562) 591-2301. www.lbtransit.com

Ocean Institute – Whale watching cruises explore different aspects of marine life, including whales, dolphins and sea lions (year round); bioluminescent ocean plants and animals (spring and summer); and blue whales (June – August). Specialty cruises, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and 4th of July Fireworks cruises are also offered. Reservations required. Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. www.oceaninstitute.org.

Spirit Cruises – Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors, www.spiritmarine.com

Whale Watching: Aquarium of the Pacific, see listing in this section. Capt. Daves 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, see listing in this section. Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., St. A, Newport Beach. (949) 675-0551. www.newportwhales.com.