Winter Whale Watching Excursions

Photo by Kevin Bailey - Gray Whale mother and baby

Trips Available from December 26 through Mid April

Island Packers Gray Whale Watching departs from both the Channel Islands and Ventura Harbors. This 3-3.5 hour cruise takes you to the Southern California waters of the Santa Barbara Channel.

These waters are known for their marine mammal diversity and you may get to see other species of marine mammals along with the migrating Gray Whales. Seals, Sea Lions and several species of Dolphins along with occasional Orca Whale pods may also be seen on your trip.

Photo by Lon Goudey - Gray Whale Fluke
winter-whales
Photo by Doug Mangum - Gray Whale Group

Gray Whale watching is a winter event and we encourage you to dress in layers of warm clothing, and wear comfortable flat shoes on your trip. Bring along your camera and binoculars for added viewing options.

Our captains have many years of experience sighting whales on the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel and will narrate and inform you about all the varieties or marine mammals seen on your cruise.

Gray Whale migrating to the Baja showing its tail by fluking it
Photo by Kevin Bailey - Gray Whale Close Up

With our reasonable rates Winter Whale watching is affordable family fun for all ages.

Adult -$38.00     Child-$28.00   Senior-$34.00

Half Day Whale Watching trips do not land at the islands, but an island landing trip to Anacapa Island or Santa Cruz Island will give you an opportunity to view these magnificent creatures as well.