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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.

Let's Go Whale Watching!
Gray Whale Facts

Click here to see photos from past whale watching trips!

Want to hear a gray whale singing? (.mp3)

Learn more about gray whales.

Upcoming Voyages

Channel Islands Adventure: Santa Rosa Island
Journey with CMA's education staff on an adventure to Santa Rosa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park.

Hailed by scientists as the "California Galapagos,” trips to the coastal Channel Islands offer impressive glimpses into California’s rich human and natural history in addition to the amazing endemic animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth.

On the boat voyage to the island, we will keep a weathered eye out for pelagic birds, pinnipeds, dolphins and whales. On the island, participants will have the opportunity to follow along on a naturalist led hike (by CMA education staff and CINP volunteers) to observe the diverse coastal habitats, amazing geologic formations, unique animal and plant life, human history and fantastic panoramic views that this exceptional island has to offer. Participants will board a boat in Ventura at 7:30am and return approximately at 6:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Island activities are very strenuous. Moderate physical agility is required of all passengers to climb a short ladder off of the boat to the pier. Once on the island, the hikes will take place on loose sand and gravel along cliffs and canyons with various elevation changes. Please judge your ability and fitness accordingly.

Adventure fee:
$82 for adults
$74 for seniors
$70 for Friends members
$65 for children

Reservations are required. Please call 310-548-7562.
Be sure to register early, as spaces fill up quickly for this popular excursion.

• Saturday, September 8, 2018 • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM


Friendly Whales of Baja
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA), March 6 through March 14, 2019, 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.

The per person cost for the trip is $2,950, plus a $150 gratuity for the very hard working boat crew, payable in cash on-board. Cabin assignments are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To reserve your spot for 2019, call Jim DePompei at (310) 548-7562 x248.

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.


• Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Thursday, March 14, 2019


See the Sea, Si? Floating Oceanography Lab
Come Aboard a Floating Lab and See the Sea, si’?

Join us on the water for a Cabrillo Marine Aquarium floating oceanography lab. This hands-on trip will be aboard a specially equipped vessel where you’ll have opportunities to study some of the near shore animals. Learn about the fascinating world of plankton, animals that call mud their home and some of the fish that prefer the sandy bottom.

The trip starts with a “fish-eye” view of the underwater world living on and around the dock, which will be revealed by an underwater camera. Passengers will be able to watch this real-time ocean documentary featuring sea anemones, sea stars, tunicates, and fish via monitors on the boat.

Once the boat enters the harbor, a specialized net called an otter trawl will be set. Any fishes collected with this net will be placed in tanks on the boat giving passengers up close and personal looks at several types of flatfish, perch and croaker. A trap will also be set on the ocean floor to try to catch sand bass, scorpion fish, crabs and other bottom-dwelling critters. Critters caught in the trap will be displayed onboard giving everyone a chance to touch some of the animals.

During the trip, Cabrillo staff will point out birds in the area, explain what identifying characteristics to look for and share fun bird facts. Here’s your chance to see and learn more about gulls, brown pelicans, cormorants, terns, and herons.

In addition, there may be a chance to see sea lions and maybe even dolphins! See all this marine life and more within the comforts of the harbor. Cabrillo’s expert staff will be onboard to discuss marine life and answer questions.

Pre-registration is required. Please call 310-548-7562 to reserve your spot today!

Member Price:  $25, Non-Member Price:  $30

• Saturday, August 18, 2018 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Summer Whale Watch
Join CMA to search for the great whales, such as blue, fin, humpback and minke whales, that visit our coast during the summer. Some of the largest whales in the world feed along our nutrient-rich coastline. CMA wildlife experts will join you on this adventure to catch a glimpse of these magnificent leviathans of the deep.

One of these great whales is the largest of all whales, the endangered blue whale. Researchers believe there are only about 10,000 blue whales left in all the world’s oceans, but a thriving population of 2,000 of them can be seen along the California coast during the summer feeding on massive amounts of krill, small shrimp-like organisms.

The waters between Los Angeles and Catalina have become a regular stop for feeding blue whales as they migrate to breeding grounds off of Costa Rica during the winter.

Guests will board the 90-foot yacht, Spirit, in Long Beach and head out to sea in search of whales and other marine life, including dolphins and seabirds.

Reservations are required. Please call (310)548-7562.

Member Price:  $25, Non-Member Price:  $30


• Sunday, August 5, 2018 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM