Whale Watching in California

Ventura is one of the best places
for Whale Watching in California

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Everyone has to experience Whale Watching at least once in their lifetime. Seeing one of these beautiful, giant creatures jump full breach from the ocean is an experience you'll never forget. Be sure to bring your camera to capture some great whale watching pictures, or if you're really lucky, videos.

Even if you don't spot any whales,  the ride out to Anacapa Island and back aboard Island Packer's 64 foot catamaran is an experience in itself.  You'll likely see friendly sea lions or a school of dolphins keeping pace alongside your boat.  Read about our first whale watching adventure in Ventura.

Whale Watching Trips - Schedules & Fares:

Island Packers - Ventura Harbor

1691 Spinaker Dr. Suite 105B
Ventura, CA 93001

Best Time for Whale Watching in California:

Depending on the season, you'll have the opportunity to catch sight of the whales during their annual migration past the Channel Islands:

    • Gray Whales migrate December thru early April
    • Blue and Humpback Whales migrate June thru September

What to bring:
    • Sunscreen
    • Sweater or light jacket (it can be chilly)
    • Sea sick medicine (for some of us), ginger ale works too
    • Your camera!

Food is available on the boat but you can brown bag it for a less expensive option.

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Other Visitors Whale Encounters

Click below to see whale watching pictures and stories from our other visitors...

La conchita Ventura 
Friday Jan 20 at about 3:30 PM I was on the 101 south bound lane, when suddenly I saw a big splash, I knew it wasn't a dolphin, so I pulled over and not …

Humpback Whale Breaching Sequence 
We saw some Humpback whales about 1/2 mile away that had dived and were waiting for them to roll up and spout and see their …

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Read about Our First Whale Watching Adventure in Ventura

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