Channel Islands

Whale Watch trips run December 26 - April 30

Departure Times:

Weekdays:  9:00 AM
Weekends:  9:00 AM and 1:00 PM
(Additional trips may be added if interest is there. All trips are subject to weather cancellation right up to time of departure)

Whale Watch reservation phone - 805-382-2900

What To Wear:

It is recommended you dress casually and wear layers to ensure your comfort should the weather change during the excursion. Bring or wear sunscreen and comfortable, non-slip shoes. There is a full service galley on board to provide food and beverages for your trip.


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Individual Rates:

Adults $55.00
Children $35.00 (12 & under)
Seniors $45.00 (62 & over)
Active Military $35.00 (with Military ID card)

Private Charter:

Weekday $2,500.00 (Mon-Thur)
Weekend $3,000.00 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Schools $1,800.00

Group Rates:  20 or more people

Adults $40.00
Children $25.00 (12 & under)
Seniors $35.00 (62 & over)
Schools $25.00 (Mon - Fri)
Group rates available "Monday-Friday"

California Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours

Channel Islands Whale Watching offers breathtaking excursions through the waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Southern California. This area is a premier global destination for whale watching and marine wildlife sightings and is among the richest marine habitats in the world.

Fully Narrated, Educational Whale Watching Tours
The fully narrated whale watching tours are conducted by marine wildlife enthusiasts, dedicated to respecting the habitat and educating others about the many species that frequent the area. Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Orca (Killer Whales) Whales, Finback Whales and Gray Whales, are commonly observed in the pristine waters surrounding the park and sanctuary. Additional wildlife includes seals, sea lions, dolphins and a rich variety of bird life; some of which are endangered and protected.

Wildlife Interpretation
Additionally, wildlife interpretation is provided by Channel Islands Naturalist Corp, (CINC) volunteers, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We strive to provide you with an educational and entertaining adventure as we explore the natural beauty of what is referred to as the "Galapagos of the Northern Hemisphere." You can expect to encounter seemingly endless wildlife on the Whale Watching excursions, which typically last 3 to 4 hours.

An Unforgettable Whale Watching Journey
Channel Islands Whale Watching affords passengers the unique opportunity to experience the splendor of these giants of the deep in an awe inspiring trip. Our tours are perfect for:
    •    Individuals
    •    Small and Large Groups
    •    Homeschool Groups
    •    Charter School Trips
    •    Public School Trips
    •    Community Center Excursions

A Channel Island Whale Watching trip is perfect for families, friends, school groups and organizations. Experiencing wildlife in their natural setting is a thrill for children and adults of all ages. Call today to book your professionally guided whale and marine wildlife watching tour (805) 382-2900.

Type of Wildlife in the Channel Islands Region

There are several different species of whales that could be encountered on one of your trips. California Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Finback Whales and Orca Whales (Killer Whales) are common sightings in the waters surrounding the Channel Islands. Additional wildlife includes seals, sea lions, dolphins and a rich variety of bird life; some of which are endangered and protected.