Summer Whale Watching

Photo by Michele Wassell

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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


Locating these majestic mammals often requires a longer boat ride since concentrations of feeding whales tend to occur near the western end of the Channel. These trips are 5-6 hours in length with no island landing and usually return to the harbor around 3:30 pm. Depending on where the whales are feeding, passengers may get to see the shoreline of one of the islands.


Photo by Doug Mangum

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.

2019 Summer Whale Watching Schedule