Washington State Whales

What You'll See


native whales:
  • Humpback Whales
  • Gray Whales
    Orca Whales
    Minke Whales
other marine life:
  • Dall's Porpoise
  • Harbor Seals
  • Tufted Puffins

The California coast is home to a diverse array of marine mammal and bird species, with many easy access points for viewing tours. The coastline sees annual migrations of blue, gray and humpback whales, and nearly year-round sightings of fin and minke whales. A variety of dolphin species, including Risso's dolphin and killer whales, may also be seen. The gray whale migration lasts from January through May, peaking in March. Humpbacks follow a similar schedule, with numbers of Fin and Blue whales peaking in August.

Shorelines and offshore islands provide homes to harbor seals, California sea lions, and sea otters, as well as nesting habitat for a host of marine birds. Terns, gulls, cormorants, pelicans, and puffins occur here. The migratory bird species follow roughly the same seasons as the gray and humpback whales, summering in the arctic and coming south in the winter.


Channel Islands Sportfishing & Whale Watching - Serving Ventura County/Los Angeles County

Address: 4151 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93035

Phone: (805) 382-2900

Email: info@ciscos.com

why you should book: Channel Islands Whale Watching offers seasonal whale watching in the pristine waters in and around the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Cruises include migratory Gray Whales, Orcas, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Finback Whales, Dolphins, Sea Lions, and many many bird species.


Davey’s Locker Whale Watching-Serving Los Angeles/San Diego

Address: 400 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661

Phone: (949) 673-1434

Email: natalie@daveyslocker.com

why you should book: Davey’s Locker Whale Watching offers year round whale watching cruises viewing many varieties of whales and dolphin including blue whales, humpback whales, finback whales, gray whales, and many others. Huge Marine Park just outside Newport Bay makes Newport Beach one of the top whale watching destinations in the world. 96% viewing success rate!


Newport Landing-Serving Los Angeles & Orange County

Address: 309 Palm Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661

Phone: (949) 675-0551

Email: info@newportlanding.com

why you should book: Providing year round whale watching cruises multiple times daily. View giant blue whales, finback whales, gray whales, humpback whales, huge pods of common dolphin and many more. Over 2,300 whales viewed in 2013! Just outside Newport Bay lies the largest marine sanctuary in Southern California. So, this 2.5 hour whale watching cruise provides great viewing opportunities for frequent sightings.