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Catalina Wildlife Adventure

Spend the day exploring remote coves, deserted beaches and rock reefs teeming with life on this Southern Californian adventure
Los Angeles, United States
Duration
Duration
Approx. 8 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9:30am to 5:30pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
6
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Long Beach
What's Included

  • Get up to $150 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Beat the crowds of the larger boats and get right up-close and personal with dolphins, whales and more

  • Shoreside bathroom and shopping breaks

  • Fully narrated by an experienced naturalist/licensed captain

  • Blankets, towels and refreshments provided

  • Bluetooth speaker provided

What to Expect

Spend the day exploring the local Southern Californian treasure that is Catalina Island!

Hit up the highlights of Avalon and Two Harbors, as well as the less accessible parts of the island.

From remote coves to deserted beaches and rock reefs teeming with wildlife - a whole new world of wonder is just a boat ride away.

Thanks to small group sizes, this tour can be completely customizable to your tour group, with a complimentary picnic stop including snacks, lunch and refreshments also included.

There's even an opportunity to stop for a swim or to go for a spot of shopping!

However you choose to spend your time in Southern California, there's something for everyone on the Catalina Wildlife Adventure and this tour is the best way to see a side to the city that will both surprise and delight. 

Southern California is blessed with good weather and ocean wildlife year round. There's always a great chance of finding a friendly pod of the famous Common Dolphins while the Bottlenose Dolphins are also a year-round local favorite.

 

However, many other animals are seasonal so be sure to keep an eye out for the following:

 

Summer: Expect to find Blue Whales, the largest of all animals on earth! Also, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Risso’s Dolphins, Minke Whales, Brydes Whales, Sei Whales and occasionally even Orcas appear around this time of year.

 

Fall: This time of year is when the first of the migrating Gray Whales head south. Every year, these amazing animals make the journey from north of Alaska to Baja California and back again. They pass SoCal shores in both directions and put on a great show for lucky whale watchers. Humpback Whales, Fin Whales and Pacific White Sided Dolphins also appear this time of year. 

 

Winter: This is the peak season for witnessing the incredible Gray Whale migration as they make their way to the breeding lagoons in Baja California. In fact, many give birth on the way near Long Beach and so it is possible to see extremely young baby whales with their mothers. The Pacific Whitesided Dolphins settle in for the winter and feed in the shallow waters near the coast, sometimes mingling with the year-round Common and Bottlenose Dolphins.

 

Spring: This is a great time of year for finding Humpback Whales, some early Blue Whales searching for Krill, and of course, the last of the Gray Whales returning north. Most of the Spring Gray Whales are cow/calf (mum and baby) pairs staying very close to shore and even pausing to nurse in the protected coves along the coast of SoCal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Weather and temperature can change quickly on the water, so it is highly recommended to bring at least one extra layer of comfortable clothing. That way you can stay comfortable if it cools off or heats up out there.

Sunscreen and eye protection! It is extremely important to bring and apply sunscreen, especially since a cool ocean breeze can sometimes mask the feeling of getting too much sun. Imagine that you are spending a couple hours laying out on the beach. Good sunglasses will also greatly improve the enjoyability of your experience and can even make it easier to see the animals through the surface glare of the water.

Also, don’t forget that camera!

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The wild dolphins and whales of Southern California are exactly that, wild! That is the beauty and also the challenge of experiencing them in their natural habitat. Your captain and crew are experienced and proficient at finding the wildlife and will always go the extra mile to deliver the experience our guests are here for. They have a very high success rate in finding dolphins, whales or both on every trip throughout the year, however it is not 100 percent. That is the nature of nature.

So while dolphins or whales cannot be guaranteed, the success rate is high enough that The Supplier offers a “do-over” in the rare case of a trip with no dolphin or whale sightings. That means that if no dolphins or whales are found, each guest on that trip is offered a free trip redeemable any time within the following year.

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A close encounter with one of the largest animals to have ever lived is an unforgettable experience. With that said, The Supplier's highest priority is both the safety of guests and the wellbeing of the wildlife. As a rule, you'll approach all species of whales cautiously and respectfully to avoid stressing them or interfering with their natural behavior.Sometimes these majestic creatures have other plans and approach you to interact. The Supplier always lets the whales dictate the proximity, they are gentle giants and deserve their space.

Dolphins, on the other hand, are almost always highly interested in the boat and the guests, and will go out of their way to interact. These playful and spirited cetaceans very often steal the show and are all the kids talk about the whole way back to the dock!

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  • This is an open style trip and requires a minimum of 2 guests for it to go.
  • The first booking of any departure time will require at least 2 guests.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund if cancelled 10 days before the trip
  • 50% refund if cancelled within 10 days
  • There is no refund if cancelled within 48 hours of the trip

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