Summer Whale Watching

Photo by Bob Forbes

2020 Summer Whale Watching Schedule

Click to view available dates in our Reservation System. 

Additional dates to be added as our schedule develops.

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 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.

Map by U.S.G.S. - Santa Barbara Channel