8 Best Locations for Whale Watching in Los Angeles
You might think one whale watching touring agency is just the same as the next. If you read about these eight locations, you might just change your mind.
Whale watching is something you want to do right the first time. Whether your touring priorities involve comfort, consistency, or education, the following paragraphs contains some pertinent information to help you decide where to put your money down. May your Los Angeles whale watching tour be the most vibrant success imaginable!
Newport Coastal Adventure
A small agency that is less prominent than other nearby chains, Newport Coastal Adventure promises a great time filled with glowing adventure. Delivering an exceptional experience with a knowledgeable captain, Newport Coastal is situated right next to Balboa Island Ferry in Newport Beach. The agency's website gives tips on what to wear for optimal comfort, even advising pregnant women and children under age five to forgo the trip for the sake of their own safety. Passengers know their guide as Captain Ryan, who is knowledgeable and personable and seems to be the main captain for all tours. Though slightly more expensive than the larger chains, Newport Coastal's quality service and attention to detail are part of what make this agency one of the best in the area.
This photo was taken by Captain Ryan himself!
Newport Landing Whale Watching
Offering a terrific opportunity to see whales with its large vessels, Newport Landing Whale Watching is a whale watching tour agency in Newport Beach just next door to its partnering restaurant, Newport Landing Seafood Restaurant. With cruises available to the general public or private charters for a more intimate experience, Newport Landing is staffed with an education team who are prepared to answer questions and educate passengers during the tour. Some of their vessels are equipped with a snack bar and are ideal for families with children. A large company, Newport Landing uses large boats with limited seating. Come prepared to claim a good spot!
Davey's Locker Whale Watching and Sportfishing
With some tours for fishing and others for whale watching, Davey's Locker Whale Watching and Sportfishing is located in Newport Beach on the Balboa Peninsula. Just a few blocks from BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, where travelers can stop for a meal after a day’s boating excursion. A one-day fishing license is available upon arrival. Passengers may also rent a rod and tackle if they don’t bring their own. Known for its knowledgeable and experienced crew, Davey's is great for family fun whether you've chosen to fish all day or just get a view of marine life.
Image by @slatermoorephotography (instagram) while on a tour.
Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari
Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari is a whale watching tour agency in Dana Point that believes in eco-tourism. They don't offer fishing tours, nor do their tours run on a fishing boat. Known for their many conservation and whale rescue efforts, the crew at Captain Dave's provides a lot of educational information to passengers and is very courteous to wildlife. Vessels are equipped with an underwater viewing pod that allows passengers to see marine life swimming alongside the vessel, as well as an underwater hydrophone that allows passengers to listen to dolphins. The highest-rated whale watching tour agency in Orange County, Captain Dave's ensures the comfort of passengers by never allowing more than forty-nine people per trip, that way, tours don’t get too crowded. The agency also strives to give everyone a chance to see whales, whether they have a good spot or not. They even give out triple fudge brownies after the tour!
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
Established in 1971, Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching offers whale watching and fishing trips as well as burials at sea and social events chartering. Located in Dana Point, this tour agency is known to give half-off tickets to customers who don't get to see any whales so they can return and try again. Dana Wharf provides food and cold drinks aboard fishing trips. They also give a Certificate of Coordinates to signify the location of scattered ashes so loved ones can return for a future visit. Along with whale watching tours, Dana Wharf supports children's charities and offers free children's clinics.
Marina Del Rey Sportfishing
Marina Del Rey Sportfishing provides whale watching and fishing experiences, offering passengers a nice, comfortable ship with food and drinks for purchase in the galley. Only cash is accepted in the galley. They tend to cancel trips if they don't get a minimum number of passengers on each trip, so it's a good idea to call two days prior to reserve your spot and to verify by phone the day of. With Coast Guard licensed vessels, Marina Del Rey Sportfishing offers twilight fishing from May to September and keep private fishing charters available year-round. Fishing licenses are available with the agency, plus, parking is free at dock fifty-two! Boasting a personalized service for passengers, the Marina Del Rey also offers rod rentals and tackle, and provides bait, fish cleaning, and packaging.
Harbor Breeze Cruises
A touring agency connected to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Harbor Breeze Cruises is located in Rainbow Harbor just next to the aquarium and offers whale watching tours in well-maintained boats. Tours often include a wildlife specialist aboard, and vessels are eco-friendly and low emission. Harbor Breeze also provides ceremonies for spreading ashes at sea, as well as wedding cruises. As is expected based on their connection to the aquarium, Harbor Breeze offers one of the most educational options for whale watching tours.
No matter the circumstances, taking a tour to view some of the world's most magnificent animals is hardly a mistake. With the right tools, advice, and perspective, your next tour should leave you in awe of nature and itching to return to the great ocean very soon.
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