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Whalewatch Trips and Voyages

    Take a whalewatch trip in search of Pacific gray whales to observe these magnificent giants as they migrate along the Pacific coast. Groups please call 310-548-7770 to make reservations. Individuals please contact the boat landings directly. Click on the link below for more information.

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Let's Go Whale Watching!

Upcoming Voyages

* Whale Watching!
Go to sea any day of the week through mid-April in search of migrating Pacific gray whales and a host of other marine life including dolphins, seals and sea lions. Whalewatch naturalists, trained by CMA and the American Cetacean Society, lead two-to-three-hour boat trips from various landings (fees vary).

Groups can make reservations by calling Cabrillo Whalewatch at 310-548-7770 Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 am to 1 pm.

Individuals can make reservations by contacting the boat landings directly. Please click on the link below for more information.


• Friday, December 26, 2014 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Catalina Above and Below
Join CMA staff on an all-day hands-on scientific observation and collection trip to Catalina Island. “Catalina Above And Below” is one of the Aquarium’s most popular boat trips.

Throughout the trip, staff will be on the lookout for marine birds, dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and wide variety of other marine animals. Learn about methods and techniques used to capture marine animals such as swell sharks, moray eels, lobsters, and the rarely seen, very slimy hagfish.

Passengers will assist with pulling in traps and get up-close looks at animals, while CMA staff and experts will be on-hand to identify, teach and answer questions. Explore the seldom-visited isthmus of the island, then head out to mid-channel to bait for pelagic sharks. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-registration is required: Larry Fukuhara 310-548-7562 x223

Member Price:  $85, Non-Member Price:  $95

• Saturday, June 20, 2015 • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Channel Islands Adventure: Anacapa Island
Discover the wonders of the Channel Islands as you join CMA educators on an adventure to Anacapa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. During the crossing we'll watch for marine birds and mammals, then join a guided walk and check out nesting gulls and their chicks as you greet spring on Anacapa Island. This trip leaves from Oxnard.

**To get from the boat to Anacapa Island, participants will need to climb a vertical ladder of approximately ten rungs then climb up a stairwell of 153 steps to reach the top of the island.**

Reservations are required: 310-548-7562
Fee: $51 ($34 for children under 12); $47 FRIENDS members

• Saturday, May 16, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Channel Islands Adventure: Santa Cruz Island
Discover the wonders of the Channel Islands as you join CMA educators on an adventure to Santa Cruz Island, part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Board the vessel in Ventura and enjoy a narrated voyage, observing sea life along the way. We'll cruise along the island coast, then go ashore where participants will follow along on a naturalist-led hike to observe the diverse coastal habitats and panoramic views.

**To get from the boat to the pier on Santa Cruz Island, participants will need to climb a vertical ladder of approximately ten rungs.**

Reservations required: 310-548-7562
Fee: $55 ($35 for children under age 12); $50 FRIENDS members


• Saturday, May 09, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Friendly Whales of Baja
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA), March 5 through March 13, 2016, for a trip that truly is the journey of a lifetime! During this nine-day ocean voyage we spend three exciting days anchored in San Ignacio Lagoon where friendly gray whales and their curious calves swim within arm’s length of the skiffs.

We will also visit Todos Santos Island and land on San Benito, Cedros and San Martin Islands where we’ll enjoy naturalist-led hikes on these remote, offshore islands that are home to elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seals, a multitude of birds, diverse geological formations and a wide range of native vegetation.

CMA's experienced naturalists, including experts on gray whales and other marine mammals, birds, native island plants, and marine biology, will lead hikes and give shipboard presentations to add to the educational aspect of the trip. Each passenger will receive an illustrated natural history guide containing information about animals sighted and locations visited.

The 113-foot Royal Polaris out of San Diego will provide comfortable accommodations, a roomy galley/lounge and a friendly crew that furnishes hardy, flavorful meals. To reserve your spot today, call Larry Fukuhara at (310) 548-7562 x223.

Fee: Please check back for pricing.

Interested in more information about the CMA Baja Adventure? Click here for a trip map, a complete trip itinerary and photo galleries from past trips.

• Saturday, March 05, 2016 - Sunday, March 13, 2016