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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

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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!
    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    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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    Captain's Seating Whale Watching

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    This tour is guaranteed to be two things: boatloads of fun and a whale of a time! You'll climb aboard a comfortable and well-equipped ship where you can choose to sit indoors or outdoors -- either way, you'll be treated to incredible views of an exciting ocean bursting with undersea life! As you set sail into the beautiful, blue waters off the coast of Los Angeles and Orange County, the scavenger hunt will begin. Keep your eyes peeled to spot a wide variety of marine animals, like dolphins, sea lions, and, of course, whales. Plus, you'll enjoy a ship that has all the modern amenities you need to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable. So, go ahead! Kick back, sip a soda, and watch out for whales!
    Captain's Seating Whale Watching

    400 Main Street, Newport Beach,

    • Experience an exciting whale-watching tour through the crystal waters off the coast of Los Angeles and Orange County
    • Feel the excitement of seeing a wide variety of amazing aquatic life, which may include whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more
    • Enjoy taking your tour on a 65-foot long ship complete with wraparound outside seating, a large sundeck, a snack bar, and indoor seating with large windows
    • Discover an aquatic adventure of tropical proportions in an unlikely place that not likely to soon forget
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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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    29 positive reviews
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    Couples Whale Watching

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    Looking to add a more porpoise to your relationship? Treat yourself and your significant other to a Santa Monica Bay sailing adventure! The cool waters of the bay are a haven for harbor seals, pelicans, and dolphins. They also make a year round home for the non-migratory blue whale, the largest animal in the history of all animals, and gray whales from January through the end of March. Your captain will take you to some of the best spots in the bay to watch these amazing creatures do their thing. You'll sit back, enjoy the luxurious accommodations of your 36' yacht, and watch the magic unfold. Whether you're looking to up the ante on date night or celebrate a special occasion, this unique opportunity is sure to make a splash for you and your loved one! It's going to be whaley special.
    Couples Whale Watching

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Ray

    • Treat yourself and your significant other to a whale-watching cruise aboard a 36' yacht
    • Spot blue whales, grey whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and pelicans
    • Relax in the sun and enjoy the cool spray of the water as you travel at full sail
    • Up the ante on date night with a luxurious, romantic water adventure
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    11 positive reviews
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    Couples Harbor Tour

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    Celebrity yachts and pelicans? That's a lot of bills! Marina del Rey is a place to see and be seen, and this couples harbor cruise is your chance to do both! With Old Plank Productions, you'll get first rate service as you sail the largest man-made marina in the world, which happens to be home to over 6,000 private yachts. You'll sit with your feet up, enjoying the view from a 36' sloop. From your sailboat, you'll be able to see happenings in Fisherman's Village, such as trendy restaurants serving hungry patrons. Not to mention you'll also catch harbor seals and pelicans looking to grab a bite of their own, routinely hanging out at the live bait depot. The stylish comfort of the yacht and dazzling surrounds make this adventure perfect for a luxurious and romantic gesture. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply spicing up date night, it yacht to be pretty special time!
    Couples Harbor Tour

    13650 Mindanao 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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    11 positive reviews
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    Group Whale Watching (3-6 people)

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    Best buds with vampires? Or maybe you and your friends are just a bunch of nightowls. Either way, this lunar tour ought to cast just the right amount of light for your tastes! You and your companions will come aboard a 36' yacht, the perfect setting for an evening cruise, for an experience made all the more impressive by a backdrop that includes moonlit waters and distant city lights. Out on the water, you'll be able to sit back and relax, while enjoying the cool evening breeze as you cut across the water at full sale. You're going to go loony for this moonlight ride!
    Group Whale Watching (3-6 people)

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Ray

    • Treat your group of 3 to 6 people to an evening cruise on a 36' yacht
    • Explore Santa Monica Bay by moonlight, taking in distant city lights
    • Revel in the moonlit waters and the cool breeze cutting across the bay
    • Enjoy a luxurious and romantic sailing experience
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    11 positive reviews
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    Group Harbor Tour (3-6 people)

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    Trying to plan a group tour and looking for a win? This sailing tour of Marina del Rey will help you bring home the gold! You'll get first rate service as you sail the waters of the largest man-made marina in the world, which happens to be home to over 6,000 private yachts. You'll sit with your feet up on a yacht, enjoying the view from a 36' sloop. From your sailboat, you'll be able to see happenings in Fisherman's Village, such as trendy restaurants serving hungry patrons. Not to mention you'll also catch harbor seals and pelicans looking to grab a bite of their own, routinely hanging out at the live bait depot. The stylish comfort of the yacht and dazzling surrounds make this adventure perfect for a luxurious outing with friends. All in all, it yacht to be pretty special time!
    Group Harbor Tour (3-6 people)

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Ray

    • Treat your group of 3 to 6 people to a 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
    • Enjoy a luxurious sailing tour around the largest man-made marina in the world
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    11 positive reviews
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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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    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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    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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