Whale Watching and Island Wildlife Cruises in the
Southern California Waters of the Santa Barbara Channel.
All of the following trips are sight-seeing excursions that do not land on the island.
Island Packers Offers a Variety of Wildlife Viewing Trips
Throughout the Year
Over 28 species of whales and dolphins have been identified within the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary of southern California.
Throughout the year it is possible to see Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Minke Whales, Orca Whales, Common Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Bottle-nose Dolphin, Pacific White Sided Dolphin and Dall’s Porpoise.
Many of the large whale such as Fin, Humpback and Blue Whales are attracted to the local area during periods of up-welling that produce the plankton food they feed upon. Typically the ocean conditions that produce this feeding phenomenon occur between June and September.
On all of Island Packers’ trips to the Channel Islands we cruise with an eye out for wildlife, especially everyone’s favorites, whales and dolphins. There are two seasons each year where we specifically go out into the waters of California's Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary to view the larger of the marine mammals, the Pacific Gray Whales (Winter)and Humpback and Blue Whales (Summer).