Winter Whale Watching Cruises Begin in Ventura

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VENTURA, Calif. — With winter in full swing, Island Packers has launched its annual winter whale-watching cruises in Ventura through April 1.

The winter season marks the official start of the gray whale migration.

Visitors to Ventura can board an Island Packers whale-watching vessel in the Ventura Harbor Village. From there they will cross the Southern California waters off the Santa Barbara Channel.

The channel is known for its diversity of marine mammals. This cruise will therefore offer visitors an up-close view of the more than 28 species of marine mammals that live just off the Channel Islands.

The half-day cruise lasts three to three and a half hours and offers the chance to see grey, common and humpback whales as well as seals, sea lions and large pods of dolphins in the islands national marine sanctuary. southern Channel Islands. California.

Cruises cost $38 for adults, $34 for seniors 55 and older, and $28 for children ages 3-12. Children under three can ride for free.

To make reservations or for more information on the winter whale watching program, you can visit www.islandpackers.com or call Island Packers at (805) 642-1393.

The Ventura Harbor Village is considered Ventura’s premier seaside attraction and features 35 coastal shops, several hotels, waterfront restaurants, artisans, and live entertainment. The Village is located at 1583 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura.

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