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    Newport Beach Whale Watching

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    Sail along the clear waters of scenic Newport Beach as you set out on a whale-watching adventure you'll never forget. See the migration of the blue whales as they swim alongside your boat and showcase their majestic wonder. Marvel at the sheer size and speed of these stunning creatures as they make their way through the waters, travelling up to 30 mph. You'll also witness other sea creature as you travel, as long as you keep your eyes peeled. Your guide will share interesting facts and answer your questions as you take photos and learn all about this stunning annual migration.
    Newport Beach Whale Watching

    309 Palm St, Newport Beach

    • Observe the incredible annual migration of the Blue Whale
    • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Newport Beach
    • Learn funs facts about the whales you see along the way
    • Experience the majestic beauty of the ocean's creatures
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    Couples Harbor Tour

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    Join Captain Mancini on his luxury sailing yacht “Prima Stella”. Enjoy the experience first-hand, the joy of sailing, the rhythm of the ocean and unique pairings of gourmet foods and wines in the sweet briny sea air. Bake in the mid-day sunshine. Play with seals, dolphins, and whales and when appropriate catch fresh seafood to enjoy al-fresco. Live the Mediterranean dream in Southern California and sharing the experience with your friends and family!
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    Couples Harbor Tour

    13552 Fiji Way, Marina Del Ray

    • Treat yourself and your significant other to a couples cruise around Marina Del Rey
    • Check out the impressive number of high-end yachts anchored in the marina
    • Spot local wildlife, including harbor seals and pelicans
    • Up the ante on date night or celebrate a special occasion with a luxurious, romantic water adventure
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    Catalina Island Whale Watching

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    Spend a full day enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean on a unique whale-watching cruise. Upon departing at 8am from Newport Beach, you'll immediately begin to experience the excitement as you take in excellent views of whales and dolphins just outside Newport Harbor. For the next 3 1/2 hours, viewing opportunities continue as you cruise across the Catalina Channel. Keep your eyes peeled for blue whales, grey whales, humpback whales, finback whales, and many more. Several types of dolphin and other unique marine creatures may also greet you as you explore the wonders of the open sea. Upon reaching Catalina, you'll have 2.5 hours to wander the island. Enjoy a bite to eat or stop in to local shops before heading back to the boat to continue on your adventure. You'll then sail along the stunning Catalina Coast and head back across the channel on a course set for home.
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    Catalina Island Whale Watching

    309 Palm St, Newport Beach

    • Spend a beautiful day exploring the waters along Catalina Island
    • See a variety of sea creatures including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and more
    • Explore Catalina Island on foot after observing the majestic aquatic life
    • Experience a day on the water you'll never forget
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    LA River Kayaking Private Group (up to 15 people - Sepulveda Basin, near Encino)

    Join in on paddling the Los Angeles River and participate in this one-of-a-kind Los Angeles experience with 15 of your friends and family in a private group tour. These guided kayak tours are in the Sepulveda Basin which is the most natural, wonderfully green part of the river which passes through one of two official Recreational Zones. It is a leisurely, 3-mile flatwater paddle which is manageable for beginners and fun for other skill levels, too. You will observe numerous bird species as you paddle along, and spot locals as they fish from the banks. You’ll pick up safety and paddling skills, all while having fun and getting some great exercise along the way. LA River Expeditions runs this trip as a loop to avoid any hassles of portaging around hazards or barriers, or waiting to be transported back to your vehicle. All in all, after this trip you won’t be able to look at Los Angeles in quite the same way again.  LA River Expeditions is the original boating outfit on the river and the only one leading tours in both Recreational Zones. They are the group that, in 2008, paddled the 51-miles of the river to help win environmental protections for the river under the Clean Water Act.  They're proud of our contributions to our city’s education, recreation and activism. They do all this because we are avid kayakers and all-around river enthusiasts. They love rivers and they love sharing the river experience with others. Their guides have decades of collective experience running rivers worldwide. They are professionally trained and certified in both river safety and first aid/CPR.  You’ll be in good hands!
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    LA River Kayaking Private Group (up to 15 people - Sepulveda Basin, near Encino)

    Woodley Ave & Burbank Blvd, Encino

    • Here’s your opportunity to organize a group of up to 15 friends or family to paddle the Los Angeles River in Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, near Encino.
    • Everyone in your party will paddle a single kayak for approximately 2.25 hours over roughly 3 miles flatwater. All basic equipment provided. Experienced and certified river guides teach paddling & river safety skills. Beginner through advanced skills welcome.
    • Our Educators provide environmental education along the way, teaching all about the LA River: Watershed, wildlife, history and the politics of your hometown river.
    • This river section is the most natural area with soft-bottom and tree-lined banks offering a serene experience with fish, flora and fauna. This is truly an eye-opening unforgettable event that should be on the bucket list of any Angeleno.
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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (Adults 13+)

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    Feel like you need a little more porpoise in your life? If you answered "No, I want to see whales and dolphins," then this is the sea-faring safari for you! You'll set sail on high-tech catamarans, in search of some of the year-round dolphins and whales famous for populating the waters off of Dana Point. What could you see? December through May the annual migration of Gray Whales between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja, CA takes place. In the months between May and November Blue Whales, the largest animal on earth, can be seen. And throughout the year Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and occasionally Orcas visit. Rare whales that could be seen at any time include Bryde's Whales, Sei Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, and False Killer Whales. And playful dolphins, some in mega-pods of up to 10,000, are seen off Dana Point all year round too! Only aboard the catamaran Manute'a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave's original catamaran DolphinSafari is so close to the water that it's like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both boats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! Lily, our luxury power catamaran, features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all trips. Along the way, naturalists will treat you with insights about how these amazing creatures live and play. It's going to be a whale of a good time!
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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (Adults 13+)

    24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point

    • Embark on a dolphin and whale watching adventure that gives you an up-close and personal view of the marine life
    • Observe dolphins and whales in their natural environment with vessel features specially designed by Captain Dave
    • Learn about the behaviors of these underwater creatures from professional naturalists
    • Enjoy an intimate look at a surreal underwater world aboard advanced, eco-friendly catamarans
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    LA River Kayaking (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, near Encino)

    Join us in paddling the Los Angeles River and participate in this one-of-a-kind Los Angeles experience! These guided kayak tours are in the Sepulveda Basin which is the most natural, wonderfully green part of the river which passes through one of two official Recreational Zones. It is a leisurely, 3-mile flatwater paddle which is manageable for beginners and fun for other skill levels, too. You will observe numerous bird species as you paddle along, and spot locals as they fish from the banks. You'll pick up safety and paddling skills, all while having fun and getting some great exercise along the way. We run this trip as a loop to avoid any hassles of portaging around hazards or barriers, or waiting to be transported back to your vehicle. All in all, after this trip you won't be able to look at Los Angeles in quite the same way again.  LA River Expeditions is the original boating outfit on the river and the only one leading tours in both Recreational Zones. We are the group that, in 2008, paddled the 51-miles of the river to help win environmental protections for the river under the Clean Water Act. Were proud of our contributions to our city's education, recreation and activism. We do all this because we are avid kayakers and all-around river enthusiasts. We love rivers and we love sharing the river experience with others. Our guides have decades of collective experience running rivers worldwide. They are professionally trained and certified in both river safety and first aid/CPR. You'll be in good hands!
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    LA River Kayaking (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, near Encino)

    Woodley Ave & Burbank Blvd, Encino

    • Paddle in your single kayak for approximately 2 ¼ hours over roughly 3 miles flatwater. All basic equipment provided. Experienced and certified river guides teach paddling & river safety skills. Beginner through advanced skills welcome.
    • Our Educators provide environmental education along the way, teaching all about the LA River: Watershed, wildlife, history and the politics of your hometown river.
    • This summer is your chance to paddle the river and participate in a one-of-a-kind experience. This river section is the most natural area with soft-bottom and tree-lined banks offering a serene experience with fish, flora and fauna. This is truly an eye-opening unforgettable event that should be on the bucket list of any Angelo.
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    Whale Watching Cruise

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    Cruising Vimbly for a Santa Barbara experience worth blubbering over? Check out the phattest show in town with this two-and-a-half-hour whale watch! You'll hit the Santa Barbara Channel aboard a 50 foot catamaran and seek out some of the majestic marine life that inhabits the serene waters. Dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals are commonly sighted. Several species of whales migrate through the area depending on the time of year. If you're especially lucky, you might spot the largest animal on the planet: the majestic Blue Whale! Most common, however, are Pacific Grey Whales. Orcas, humpback, minke, and pilot whales also often pop by to say hi. Think of all the "tails" you'll have to tell after this one!
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    Whale Watching Cruise

    133 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara

    • Enjoy a 2.5-hour ocean tour aboard a 50' sailing catamaran
    • Spot dolphins, sea lions, seals, and several species of whale
    • Relax on a spacious deck and enjoy drinks from the bar
    • Treat yourself to an inspirational ocean voyage
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    Morning Sealife Sail

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    There be monsters in these waters! Well maybe not monsters, but there is lots of other cool stuff. This tour is designed with younger children in mind. Passes around Smith Rock and then head out to the famous Port San Luis Lighthouse. Sailing in the early afternoon ensures that there will be mild winds and smooth sailing. Watch sea otters frolic in the kelp forest just off Fossil Point and take in the sea lions and seals sunning themselves on the beach. Remember to keep a sharp eye out for both California Grey and Humpback whales -- but beware; if a whale is sighted you will give chase! Hop aboard, matey, and keep a weather eye on the horizon!
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    Morning Sealife Sail

    3920 Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach

    • Test your sea legs out on this morning whale watching adventure geared towards kids
    • Sail through Avila Beach out past Smith Rock and around the historic Port San Luis Lighthouse
    • Observe the diverse wildlife of the coast and keep your eyes peeled for whales
    • Enjoy this great introduction to the area -- and to sailing!
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    Ocean Raft Whale Watching

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    Want to watch the shoreline slip away and feel the ocean breeze in your hair? Head out for an exciting day of whale-watching and more on the “PEREGRINE” powerboat. Departing from Port San Luis (about 5 minutes from Avila Beach and 15 minutes from Pismo Beach), the boat will take you and your family out to marvel at the abundant wildlife that thrives in the San Luis Bay while experienced sea captains (and seasoned storytellers) regale you with the rich history of the area. Learn fun facts about Avila Beach and the San Luis Bay while spotting sea otters and California sea lions, jagged cliffs and sea caves and spectacular panoramic views. During the summer months - from July to September - you’ll even have a high chance of seeing humpback whales and Pacific dolphins as well. Join the crew today for an exhilarating adventure perfect for the whole family!
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    Ocean Raft Whale Watching

    3920 Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach

    • Set sail on a family-friendly tour of the San Luis Bay
    • See spectacular panoramic views and a rich abundance of local wildlife
    • During the summer, spot humpback whales and Pacific dolphins
    • Learn more about the history and wildlife of the area from experienced sea captains
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    The Nautilus

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    Climb aboard the USS Nautilus and follow Captain Nemo, 20,000 leagues down, to uncover the mysteries of the sea. Ok, full disclosure-- it will be more like six feet down, and your captain's name isn't Nemo -- but this is still an epic adventure. Take a unique glance at the aquatic fauna and flora as you sail through the Catalina Marine Preserve on semi-submersible submarine, The USS Nautilus. You can take a tour during the day or experience the nightlife in the ocean with an evening tour. Your vessel is equipped with a feeding system so that you'll be sure to see some action. Want to get closer to the fray? For a nominal fee you can be in charge of firing the food cannons!
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    The Nautilus

    Green Pier, Avalon

    • Experience the seas of Catalina from a different angle in the semi-submersible the USS Nautilus
    • Join the captain and his crew on an exploratory mission that is both educational and entertaining
    • Take control of the vessel's fish feeding system
    • Adventure beneath the waves and discover fish like you have never seen them before
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