Whale Watching ExcursionMap it!
Whale Watching is happening this winter & spring!
Dates: NOW thru mid-April
Time: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Winter whale watching off the beautiful coast extends to mid-April. Rates for half-day trips are $40 for adults, $36 for seniors, and $29 for children 3-12. Children 2 years old and younger ride free.
Island Packers, boat concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park, offers scheduled Winter Watching Excursions to view the gray whale migration from Ventura Harbor departing at 9:30 a.m. and/or 1:30 p.m.
All ticket sales and excursions are pending current California Covid-19 protocols and procedures.
What makes Whale Watching a great outdoors activity:
Affordable family fun – for all age family members!
Flexible – winter trips depart twice a day, almost daily (weather permitting) until mid-April
Educational – crew aboard the whale watching cruises have many years of experience sighting whales on the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel and will narrate and inform guests about all the varieties or marine mammals seen on your cruise
Get in touch with nature – it is not just whales that make the area so special; you may also see sea birds, sea lions, and the coastline of the offshore islands while onboard
Safety protocols keeping visitors to the Channel Islands safe and comfortable include:
Passenger loads limited to under 50% capacity to better facilitate social distancing
Island Packer employees are health screened before every shift
Eating and drinking permitted outside cabin area
Passengers will be given a health inquiry before being allowed access to office or boats and everyone required to wear face covering on board vessels
Office and boat crew wear appropriate PPE when in contact with the public
Office and vessels will be sanitized during stops and between runs
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Founded by Bill M. Connally, Island Packers was created to encourage people to come out to the Channel Islands and experience the love and beauty that he saw. With the support of Bill’s family, he was able to make this happen and through the family’s continued support, Island Packers remains. To learn more about this family run company and the overall history of Island Packers, click here!
“CRUISING THE CALIFORNIA CHANNEL ISLANDS FOR EDUCATION, RECREATION AND RESEARCH SINCE 1968.”