Whale Watching
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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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.

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Los Angeles
Whale Watching

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.

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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!

Click here for directions to our sister location in the Port of Los Angeles.

LA Water Front Cruises
1150 Nagoya Way
San Pedro, CA 90731
United States

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.

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:

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Gray Whales

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.

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Blue Whales

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.

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Humpback Whales

Humpback whales can be seen in Los Angeles virtually year round. Catching a glimpse of this majestic creature is often a spectacle, as they are known for their athletic abilities. It is not uncommon to catch humpback whales hopping and leaping out of the water. In addition to their athleticism, humpback whales are known for their unique songs that can be heard from miles away.

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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.

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