Ventura Summer Whale Watching Opening – NBC Los Angeles


What there is to know

  • Island Packers Cruises
  • Ventura Harbor Village
  • Several safety protocols, including face coverings, are in place

Whales in motion and playful dolphins playing?

We might find such concepts depicted on our favorite t-shirt, the one that features several magical dolphins and whales in full leap.

We might see such a wide array of celebrated sea animals on a beloved cup of coffee or on the cute poster above our desk, the one that instantly lulls us with daydreams of seaside fun.

But finding a host of marine mammals, where they actually exist in the ocean, takes planning, time and a team of pros at the wheel of the ship.

For many Southern Californians, for more than half a century now, that professional team has been Island Packers Cruises, the boat company that ferries adventurers to Channel Islands National Park and the National Marine Sanctuary.

And as the ships head for the island’s incredible national park, new excursions are popping up, just in time to see some of the most important earthlings around.

The Island Packers Whale Watching Experiences are back, and they depart, until August 30, 2020, from Ventura Harbor Village.

You’ll cruise the Santa Barbara Channel while watching for obvious signs of whales, such as surface water trails, vent spouts, and those unmistakable flukes.

Whale sightings are never a sure thing, but recent trips have encountered fin whales, humpback whales, and that magnificent monster, the blue whale, along with a host of other H2O-loving locals.

“Historically, more than 28 species of whales and dolphins have been identified in the waters of the marine sanctuary,” the Island Packers team reveals, so it’s safe: you’ll be calling on an area that cetaceans love.

As for the animals that we see every day?

There is a handy grid for this, and it is updated regularly. In early July, Island Packers boats encountered both humpback and minke whales, as well as thousands (yes, thousands) of dolphins every day.

If spending six hours on a terrace, in the salty open air, pleases you, fabulous. But there’s also a shorter outing, if that’s more your thing.

What can we expect in terms of security policies?

There are new protocols in place, including face coverings, so please review everything Island Packers is doing to create safe adventures and ask guests, before deciding to book your day on the boat.

And, as always, checking California travel advisories before heading out on a day-long adventure is the right thing to do during summer 2020.


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