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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise and Maritime Museum Entry

Go whale-watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your 4-hour cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean. Your cruise includes refreshments and a complimentary same-day admission ticket to the San Diego Maritime Museum.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00 USD
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Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

Cruise the Pacific Ocean off Dana point with a 2-hour whale watching excursion aboard a comfortable 95’ vessel. Enjoy live narration from your experienced captain as you watch for whales, sea lions, dolphins and sharks, and learn about the stunning diversity of marine life that flocks to the California coast. Listen to the distinctive calls of seabirds from a seat on deck, or relax by a window in the fully-enclosed cabin where food and drink are available for purchase.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00 USD
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$35.00 USD
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Full-Day Farallon Islands Whale Watching Excursion

Cruise on over to the Farallon Islands in search of marine life on this 6-hour whale watching cruise. Board a boat at one of the piers of the City by the Bay, and relax as you sail the waters trying to spot whales and other creatures, such as sharks and dolphins.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00 USD
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$99.00 USD
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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

Go whale watching in San Francisco on this 2.5-hour cruise that departs from Pier 39. On an eco-friendly catamaran, glide through San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the open Pacific, where you’ll keep your eyes peeled for humpback and gray whales, as well as marine life like dolphins and seals. Learn about the history and geology of the area from an onboard naturalist, and admire the rugged California coast.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00 USD
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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

Cruise off the coast of Orange County in search of whales on this 2.5-hour excursion from Newport Beach. Watch the rugged, beautiful scenery of the Pacific Coast glide by as you listen to interesting commentary from your crew about the native California marine life. Watch for blows and tail slaps; these signal that humpback, minke, grey, finback or giant blue whales are near. Dolphins and other marine life are also in abundance during this family-friendly, year-round whale watching tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.99 USD
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Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim or Los Angeles with Optional Upgrades

Spend the day exploring Catalina Island via zipline. During this full-day tour from Los Angeles or Anaheim, ride a ferry to the quaint island. You also have the option to upgrade to a variety of different adventures to ensure your day in Avalon is packed full of fun! Round-trip transportation from select hotels in Anaheim and Los Angeles is included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.49 USD
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Half-Day Deep-Sea Fishing Cruise from San Diego

Take a break from the busy streets of San Diego and try your hand at deep-sea fishing on this half-day cruise. Head to a Pacific Ocean spot known for its game fish – sand bass, bonito, yellowtail and more – and try your hand at angling. Experienced anglers can jump right in; if you’re new to deepwater angling, the cruise’s crew will provide personalized coaching so that you’re hooking fish in no time.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.92 USD
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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

Look for whales as they migrate through the waters of the Pacific Ocean off of California on this half-day whale watching cruise from Monterey. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the whales and their habitat as you search for gray whales (most common), humpback and blue whales, and other marine life such as dolphins and sea lions during your 4-hour cruise. Get tips for great photo ops and learn all about the mighty creatures at one of California's most famous whale-watching destinations.
  • Duration: 210 to 240 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 210 to 240 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00 USD
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$48.00 USD
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Whale Watching Cruise Guided by experts from Birch Aquarium

Go on a whale-watching expedition in San Diego on this 4-hour cruise guided by Birch Aquarium experts. Get the scoop from a guide who studies the migratory patterns of grey whales as you keep a lookout for whales in the water. Board a 2-story yacht that gives you 360-degree views of the ocean. Plus, you're guaranteed to see whales or you get to ride again for free.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.00 USD
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Come fly over the Southern California coastline with Channel Islands Parasail!

Parasailing around the Channel Islands and the Southern California coastline is a sight to behold. On any given day you can see dolphins, whales and all sorts of marine life. Some of the best whale watching is done from a parasail. Come aboard as we fly up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or head offshore to the beautiful islands!
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00 USD
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$89.00 USD
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Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Watch for whales and dolphins off Newport Beach aboard a double-decker catamaran with bow seating and 360-degree views. A diverse array of marine wildlife thrives in the protected area just outside Newport Bay, and you'll have the chance to see humpbacks, gray whales, finback whales, blue whales, seals, and several species of dolphins. The boat has a 96% success rate spotting whales or dolphins, making this a great way to explore California wildlife in a gorgeous natural environment.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00 USD
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High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point

The ocean near Dana Point provides the perfect spot for catching sight of all kinds of whales and dolphins, and this whale-watching cruise combines an intimate experience limited to 12 people aboard an RHIB. Your guide, a marine naturalist, knows the best times and areas to spot wildlife, and also provides facts and commentary as you cruise.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$65.00 USD
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Three Quarter Day Private Fishing from Dana Point

Whether you're a Dana Point local, a regular visitor, or entirely new to Southern California, you cannot pass up the opportunity to enjoy one of the most renowned pastimes: Sport fishing! Upon boarding one of our private luxury yachts you’ll immediately notice they’re outfitted with highest quality fishing gear. Our Captains are part of a tight knit fishing community knowing where the fish are biting so you can experience a catch of a lifetime! Our Captains specialize in fishing inshore, offshore and to the neighboring islands. With a maximum of 6 people you can relax, with your friends, enjoy the trip and let our Captains show you everything you need to know.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$1,450.00 USD
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San Diego Winter Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

San Diego provides the perfect launching point for a whale-watching tour in California. Cruise on the Pacific Ocean in a sturdy boat with a professional crew, looking for gray whales as they migrate along the coast of North America. Dolphins, seals and seabirds are often spotted during this 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and the crew provides informative commentary about the marine animals and environment. Bonus: if the crew does not find any whales during your cruise, you receive a complimentary ticket for another trip.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.00 USD
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Coastal Cruise

Enjoy Southern California’s beautiful coastline from Dana Point Harbor, South Orange County on one of our luxury yachts. Whether you want to enjoy a romantic sunset 1 Hour Harbor Cruise, 4 Hours of sightseeing up the coast to Newport, or anything in between, our Captains are locals and will show you all the beautiful cliffs, coves, caves and sandy beaches around. Come see for yourself why Richard Henry Dana called the Dana cove as the only romantic spot on the coast.
  • Duration: 1 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 4 hours
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$350.00 USD
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Two Hour Private Sailing Cruise (up to 6 people)

This tour allows access to the offshore ecosystem on the breathtaking Monterey Bay.Take in the beautiful sights off the coast of Monterey as your yacht glides down Cannery Row and heads out to beautiful Lover's Point. See all the many wonderful mammals and exotic birds home to the Monterey Marine Sanctuary
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$450.00 USD
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$450.00 USD
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Sea Life Excursion 4 hour cruise seeking out sea animals. Includes sack lunch.

We are set apart from other operators with our clean and quite boats, included sack lunches or hors d'oeuvres and small intimate cruises. There are no large noisy crowds and the animals are not afraid of our boats because there are no noisy diesels or diesel stink. Our intimate groups allow more flexibility to explore during your 4 hour adventure!Sailing and boating lessons by appointment, please call!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00 USD
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Newport Beach Sunset Cruise by Catamaran

Watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean on an evening cruise from Newport Beach, skimming across Newport Bay in a double-decker catamaran that makes for a smoother, more comfortable ride. The departure time is tailored to the sunset so you'll see the California coast at its most scenic, as you pass the yachts and sailing ships that come out to catch the evening light. Buy a drink from the full-service bar, or simply enjoy views of Newport's waterfront estates and glittering bay before returning to shore.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.00 USD
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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

Ride along the open water in a catamaran as you keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures on this 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari. From Dana Point, cruise as your captain takes you to some of the area’s best places to spot out different kinds of whales and dolphins. An on-board naturalist also provides on-going commentary the whole way to keep you educated and in the know about these sea creatures and their natural habitat.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$65.00 USD
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Party & Play in Playa Del Rey

Looking for one of the best afternoon activities to do in LA that will make for incredible memories? Celebrate a special event or just get people together for the heck of it! Party with your group of friends right outside of the Marina looking at beautiful Playa Del Rey. From here you can see planes taking off from LAX, lay on the sun-pad and see the bellies of jumbo jets. Bring food to eat or grill out and make for one amazing day on the ocean!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$1,430.00 USD
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Gray Whale Watching Tour

Nature enthusiasts shouldn't miss the opportunity to see the majestic gray whale in its natural habitat, off the coast of San Francisco. On this half-day tour from Pier 39, cruise toward the chilly Pacific waters—or around San Francisco Bay—to spot migrating whales feasting on the plentiful anchovy. After a few hours on the water, return by early afternoon, so you can make the most of your day on the waterfront.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00 USD
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$59.00 USD
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San Diego Whale Watching Sailboat Cruise

This three-hour eco-friendly cruise will introduce you to dolphins, sea lions, pelagic sea birds and migrating whales. With no more than 6 passengers per cruise, you'll enjoy a personalized, intimate cruise on the waters of San Diego.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00 USD
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$95.00 USD
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Whale Watching Sailing Charter

Sail aboard a one of a kind ship in search of Grey Whales. Cloudia is a fully restored classic sailing yacht dated all the way back to 1934! We can accommodate 12 passengers safely and comfortably with plenty of deck space and have a clean restroom available. You will have a Licensed Captain and two crew aboard your ship as you disembark from Shelter Island and head out to sea looking for these gentle giants.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.90 USD
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Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim or Los Angeles with Ocean Runner Boat Tour

Spend a day on Catalina Island, and explore marine wildlife, island history, and landmarks on an hour-long boat tour that skims across the Catalina Channel. You’ll have free time to see Catalina Island after the tour, and since hotel pickup and drop-off in Anaheim or Los Angeles, round-trip ferry tickets, and the boat tour are included, this tour is an easy, fun way to experience the beautiful Channel Islands.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.99 USD
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