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.
 
 
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 – Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during a 2-hour-long whale watching program. Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. Various specialty cruises are offered during the year, such as Bioluminescence Night Cruises, 4th of July Cruise, Mother’s/Father’s Day adventures and more. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 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 above.
 
 
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.2seewhales.com, and San Pedro, (310) 547-9916, www.lawaterfrontcruises.com.
 
 
Ocean Institute, see listing above.
 
 
Newport Landing Whale Watching, 309 Palm St., Ste. A, Newport Beach, (949) 675-0551, www.newportwhales.com.