Summer Whale Watching

Photo by Michele Wassell - Blue Whale
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Once a rare sight in the waters off the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Humpback whales and the endangered Blue whales along with other species of whales can be seen as they feed on swarms of krill.  Island Packers makes every attempt to show you these gentle giants of the deep but can make no guarantee that these creature will make themselves available for viewing.

Photo by Michele Wassell - Humpback Whale tail fluke
Photo by Patrick Vertongen - Humpback Whale breaching

When we are able to locate these largest of mammals, the concentration of feeding multiple breeds of  whales tends to be near the western end of the northern Channel Islands making these whale watching trips a longer day.  These trips are 5-6 hours in length with no island landing.  Usually getting back to the harbor around 3:30 pm.  Depending on where the whales are feeding you may get to see the shoreline of one of the islands.

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While there is no island landing, there will be a brief cruise along the shoreline of  the iconic Channel Islands providing further opportunities to see sea birds, seals or sea lions.

2017 Summer Whale Watching Schedule

Additional date in September will be added in the next few weeks.

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