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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

Complete Whalewatch
Join Diane Alps, cetacean scientist, for an informative and fun slide presentation about the fascinating life of the Pacific gray whale in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Following the presentation, head out to sea on a local whale watching vessel in search of gray whales, other marine mammals and sea life. Only one date, don't miss the boat! The trip returns to the dock by noon.

For information and reservations, please call 310-548-7562.
The deadline to register is Thursday, February 20.

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

• Sunday, February 23, 2020 • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Friendly Whales of Baja
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA), February 26 through March 5, 2020, 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 $3,000, plus a $175 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 2020, call Jim DePompei at (310) 548-7562 x248.

• Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Thursday, March 5, 2020


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.


• Thursday, December 26, 2019 - Wednesday, April 15, 2020