Whale Watching: The Ultimate Guide!

Posted Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Did you know that winter is the best time to view marine life in California?

Gray Whales begin to travel down south, and scores of sea lions and dolphins can be spotted all over! It’s the perfect time to hit the water with the kiddos to show them the beauty that surrounds us here in SoCal and if you’re ready to set sail, read on…


Insider tips for taking the kids:


1. Get prepped with videos all about whales like this one here from It’s Okay to be Smart.

2. Check deal sites like Groupon for discounts.

3. Choose a morning cruise if you can. The water will be less choppy!

4. Bundle up in layers; you can peel off jackets when the sun comes out. 😉

5. Skid-proof shoes. Need we say more?

6. Slather on the sunscreen and wear sunglasses – we can still burn in winter!

7. Bring neck straps for cameras and binoculars to keep them from flying overboard.

8. Pack drinks and a snack.

9. Station yourselves on-deck. The fresh air and a view of the horizon help ward off seasickness.

10. Bring cash, just in case.


Ready to go? It’s smooth sailing with these crews:


Aquarium of the Pacific’s Gray Whale Watch and Sea Life Cruise – Two daily departures. Cost includes aquarium admission but discounted prices are available for members and check out our special KG coupon, herewww.aquariumofpacific.org.


Harbor Breeze Cruise and LA Waterfront Cruises – A 45-minute narrated tour of the harbor offered in Long Beach: www.2seewhales.com and San Pedro: www.lawaterfrontcruises.com.


Ocean Institute – Various cruises explore different aspects of marine life, including whales, dolphins and sea lions. Reservations required. Dana Point. www.ocean-institute.org.


• Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – daily tours through mid April. San Pedro: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.


• Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari – Dana Point, www.dolphinsafari.com.


• Dana Wharf Whale Watching – Dana Point, www.danawharf.com.


• Newport Landing Whale Watching – Newport Beach, www.newportwhales.com.


• Spirit Cruises – Sailing through March in San Pedro, www.spiritmarine.com.





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