in Los Angeles
Harbor Breeze Cruises has provided public seasonal whale watching cruises in LA for the past 18 years. Our experienced captains offer a comprehensive narration detailing all of the whales, dolphins and other marine life one encounters on a Harbor Breeze whale watching cruise in Los Angeles. For example, during the Gray Whale season, typically from December through April, our experienced staff offers information about the characteristics of the Pacific Gray Whale and its annual migration from the Bering Sea in Alaska to Scammon’s Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico. Year-round we look forward to watching the majestic Humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, and orcas. This is the perfect LA adventure for every age group!
A common question we receive is, “what is the best time of day for whale watching?” To best accommodate your schedule, our Los Angeles whale watching tours run at different times throughout the day. While whales can be spotted throughout the day at any point, those who embark on LA tours that leave earlier in the morning will spend more time locating the sea life. On the other hand, families that choose an afternoon departure time will spend more time viewing the already located whales. No matter the time you choose, you are sure to have a spectacular LA whale watching adventure to discuss for years to come!
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See the Wildlife
Here in Los Angeles, Blue Whale season is typically May through November. During this time, you can expect to see the beautiful creatures in their natural habitat as they breach the surface. Nature here is diverse.
Throughout the year along with Gray and Blue Whales you may also see Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Killer Whales (Orcas). Other wildlife frequently spotted are Dolphins including Common, Bottlenose, Risso’s, and Pacific White Sided. This Gallery will let you partake in the majestic wonder that is our whale watching LA experience. Please take the time to enjoy.
Groups of all ages that have taken whale watching cruises in Los Angeles have found their experiences to be both enjoyable and educational. Biologists from the Aquarium of the Pacific and experienced staff provide engaging commentary and narratives. Learn about different species of whales and dolphins while watching dolphins frolic back and forth. Sometimes they even travel with the boat, jumping in and out of the water.
Our ships have comfortable accommodations that include lounge areas with snacks and drinks provided by our galley service. We also have lavatories and expansive deck areas for viewing and photographing the scenic wildlife and coast of Los Angeles.
Join Us And
Explore the Pacific
Booking your unforgettable Los Angeles whale watching excursion is quick and easy. Group reservations may be made over the phone, purchased on our website by credit card or purchase orders. We recommend making your group reservations as early as possible as dates begin to fill up rather rapidly as the migration season approaches.
A Harbor Breeze Cruises’ whale watching trip in Los Angeles is truly a memorable experience for all ages! Call for reservations or information on how to best prepare for your trip, or to discuss the beautiful wildlife you might see out on the water. We’ll be happy to hear from you, and we’ll be sure to provide your group with the most extensive and informative whale watching cruise available in Los Angeles. Come join the fun and excitement that we experience every day and view one of nature’s most incredible mammals. You won’t soon forget your one of a kind LA whale watching tour with Harbor Breeze Cruises!
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Helpful Tips For
Los Angeles Whale Watching
Whale watching in Los Angeles can be a truly breathtaking and unforgettable experience for individuals of all ages. In order to have the best experience possible, there are a few tips to keep in mind before you embark out onto the sea.
1. Dress in layers. Though Los Angeles is known for its sunny, warm weather, always dress in layers when participating on a LA whale watching trip with Harbor Breeze. Out on the water, the temperature can be significantly cooler than on land. Be sure to pack a light jacket and a change of clothes in case you get wet.
2. Pack the necessities. To be best prepared, make sure to pack items including sun screen, water bottle, a camera, and binoculars. A Los Angeles whale watching tour can often last up to a few hours, meaning you may get thirsty or be out in the sun for quite some time. Protecting your skin and staying hydrated will be key to a pleasurable experience. Further, binoculars and your camera will come in handy to view whales farther off into the distance.
3. Prepare for motion sickness. If you are prone to having motion sickness, make sure to pack a remedy to address this unpleasant issue. Nothing ruins a once in a lifetime LA whale watching tour than a bout of dizziness and nausea. Dramamine or Bonine are over the counter options safe for children and adults to use. Additionally, Sea-Bands are a non-medicinal product that works well to prevent motion sickness.
4. Be patient. When embarking on a whale watching tour, there is no guarantee of when or what you will see. Remember to stay patient and optimistic while you are waiting to view the many majestic sea creatures that inhabit the area. Take in the sights and enjoy your time out on the water.
5. Have Questions ready. On each Harbor Breeze whale watching LA cruise, our knowledgeable and experienced captains will provide in depth narration on the sea life that inhabits the area. They are happy to answer questions you may have on the whales and other wildlife you might see. Come prepared with questions to get full use of the expertise on hand.
Why Whale Watch
In Los Angeles?
Whale watching in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California has been a favored pastime for decades. In fact, Southern California is believed to be the birthplace of whale watching. The Pacific waters of the Los Angeles region continue to be a favorite spot for whale watching tours, because such a diverse set of whales and other sea life migrate to the area year round. In these waters, you can spot whales socializing, playing, and mating at any given point during the year.
Now an activity that easily attracts thousands of visitors each year in Southern California, the area is a hub for whale watching tours. With rigorous safety standards and regulations in place, Los Angeles is the ideal location for participating in this unique activity.
Ready for Your
Whale Watching Excursion?
We strongly encourage you to experience the magic that whale watching tours have to offer in the LA area. Although there are many great opportunities to see whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and more, it will take time spot sightings of these creatures. Always keep in mind, this is nature and anything goes – our captains cannot guarantee the spotting of any specific sea creature, but the chances are good! At Harbor Breeze, we also have experienced naturalists on board that provide lively commentary on action you will observe on board, making the journey both exciting and educational. We CAN guarantee you will learn something new about the LA ocean waters and its inhabitants when you walk away from the trip.
Now that you have all the information you need, you are ready to enjoy all the marvels your whale watching tour can offer. For an unforgettable whale watching experience, you can count on Harbor Breeze Cruises, Long Beach’s top trusted whale watching cruise company. Every whale watching excursion at Harbor Breeze is conducted by a knowledgeable captain expertly trained in manning your vessel while also narrating all the wonders of the marine life you may see. We are confident that individuals of all ages will love their one of a kind adventure out on the ocean. Contact us today for more information!
Items to Bring on
Whale watching tours are breathtaking experiences that create unforgettable memories between friends and family. Although a magnificent sight, finding the majestic sea mammals takes time as the ship navigates through the ocean, so it’s important to be prepared with all the essentials to keep you and your party comfortable along the journey. If you’re planning to take a whale watching tour soon, be sure to take the following items on your trip so you can be well-equipped.
Items to bring on your whale watching tour:
- Camera / phone
- Rubber-soled shoes
- Rain jacket or windbreaker
Whale watching is a breathtaking experience that’s actually available all year-round. There are different whales that can be seen during the winter seasons versus the summer seasons. Check out this blog post that details which whales can be spotted during winter, summer, fall, and spring. Depending on which season your whale watching tour is in, it’s important to dress appropriately for the most comfortable experience on the boat. Below are recommendations on how to dress for whale watching tours in winter versus summer.
Fall & Winter Tours:
Winter whale watching tours are a great way to experience some of nature’s most majestic creatures, but be sure to dress the part! Layers, layers, layers. Even though the air on land is already cold, expect it to be much colder and windier on the boat. Bring comfy hats, scarves, coats, sweaters, and flannels to stay warm on your trip. Blankets are also a great option to protect you and your group from the cold. If you’re planning on using your phone during your trip, gloves come in very handy to have when using touchscreens.
Spring & Summer Tours:
Even during summer tours, it’s still important to dress in layers on the boat. Expect the temperature to be about 20-30°F colder on the water, so we recommend dressing in light layers to stay comfortable on your excursion. It’s easy to get wet on whale watching tours, so we find that light windbreakers or raincoats are the best layering options for warmer days.
Whale Watching in Los Angeles
Whale watching is a must-see attraction in the Los Angeles area for locals and tourists alike. There is no better place to experience a whale watching tour than in Los Angeles, where whale watching began. Whale watching originated in San Pedro, an LA neighborhood located on the southern tip next to Long Beach.
Whale watching originated in San Pedro as early as 1950, when it was discovered that Gray Whale migration routes cold be clearly seen near the Carbillo National Monument. After it was officially declared as a public spot for whale watching, the organized activity quickly grew popularity. Within the first year, it was recorded that over 10,000 visitors came to view the majestic sea creatures. From that point on, the whale watching industry spread throughout the West Coast. Soon after, the industry grew internationally and became quite popular in New England, where a dense population of Humpback Whales could be seen.
Today, organized whale watching serves an important attraction for developing countries, where coastal communities profit significantly from industry revenue. A survey conducted in 2009 estimated that around 13 million people went whale watching the previous year which was up 45% from a previous decade. In 2009, it was also estimated that direct revenue generated from whale watching trips was estimated at $873 million worldwide.
One very important thing to consider before your whale watching tour is your propensity to motion sickness. Sea sickness will without a doubt will ruin your whale watching experience, so it’s important to take precaution and prepare accordingly. If you or your family members are susceptible to nauseous from being out on the water, we strongly urge you to take a motion sickness pill such as Dramamine. Motion sickness is caused by conflicting information sent to the brain from the eyes and the vestibular system found in the inner ear. This contrast of sensory information can cause dizziness and nausea. The active ingredient in most motion sickness pills work to block the signals from the vestibular system, which lessen the information that conflicts with the other senses.
How to Prevent
The best time to take your motion sickness pill to prevent nausea throughout the excursion is 30 minutes to an hour before stepping on the boat. It’s safe to take another motion sickness pill 4-6 hours after the first (for children and adults above the age of 12), but you shouldn’t need another one on the trip. Be sure to read the label instructions carefully and follow all necessary directions.
If you have never been at sea before and are unsure if you are prone to nausea, we still recommend taking a motion sickness pill before you begin your tour. This way, you can rest assured knowing you can enjoy the whale watching experience from beginning to end (you won’t want to miss it!).
Whales You Might See
on Your LA Harbor Breeze Cruise
While there is no guarantee of which wildlife you might see on your Harbor Breeze whale watching cruise, there is a vast list of sea life that frequents the waters in Los Angeles. Whales you could see out in the ocean include:
Gray whale season typically runs between December and April, so be sure to book your cruise during these months if the gray whale is at the top of your list of sea mammals to see. The gray whale is known for its incredibly long migration taken between feeding and mating grounds, which can last between 9,000 and 16,000 miles. Gray Whales make their way to the Pacific waters of Los Angeles to mate from the cooler waters of the Bering seas. When whale watching, gray whales can be identified by their dark, grey coloring.
Always a crowd favorite is the blue whale, which can be identified by its deep blue coloring when submerged or breaching the water. Blue whale season usually runs between May and November in Los Angeles. The blue whale is the largest animal on earth, weighing as much as 150 tons and growing to be up to 100 feet in length. After feeding in cooler waters near the poles, blue whales make their way to the Pacific waters near Los Angeles to socialize and mate.
Killer Whales (Orca)
Arguably the most widely recognized whale is the killer whale, or orca. With their trademark black and white skin, killer whales can grow to weigh up to 4 tons and 30+ feet in length. These whales have been spotted in all parts of the ocean, though the best chance to see them in LA waters might be between December and January.