Whale Watching Package

Duration: Full Day

Location: Due to multiple check-in locations, refer to your custom itinerary*



Senior (55+)


Child (4-11)


Prices may vary based on your transportation port of departure.

Catalina Island is the premier destination for whale watching in Southern California!

  • Explore Catalina Island's rugged coastline with your knowledgeable captain & guide
  • Look for the gray whales on their annual migration along the coast of California
  • Enjoy an invigorating, high-speed boat ride on the open ocean
  • Whale-Watching trips around Catalina Island may encounter gray whales, common, bottlenose, & Risso’s dolphins, blue & fin whales, & more!
  • This package includes your round-trip Catalina Island ferry transportation

Round trip Catalina Island ferry transportation is included in this Catalina package.

Get ready to explore our coastline in search of amazing wildlife.

Minimum age to ride is 4 years of age.

Minimum 2 passengers, Max 6 passengers.

Guests must be ambulatory and be able to transfer on their own accord.

This package is available for most guests. Please see restrictions below.

What to Expect

Sample Itinerary:

5:30 a.m. – Check in at Catalina Express, Downtown Long Beach Terminal
6:00 a.m. – Depart for Catalina Island
7:15 a.m. – Arrive Catalina Island
9:15 a.m. – Check in with Catalina Coastal Tours
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Whale-Watching Trip
11:30 a.m. – 7:10 p.m. – Experience Catalina Island on your own or add a golf cart rental, electric bike rental or snorkel gear rental (not included in this package).
7:10 p.m. – Check in at Catalina Express
7:30 p.m. – Depart from Avalon to Long Beach aboard Catalina Express ferry
8:45 p.m. – Arrive Long Beach
Please note, this is a sample itinerary. Earlier departure times are available to return to the mainland.  Your final itinerary will be sent to you in your confirmation email.

What kind of wildlife will I see on the Whale Watching Trip?  This 2-hour adventure takes full advantage of Catalina Island’s abundant wildlife and scenic coastline. The gray whales will be on their annual migration (January – March) and we are already starting to see a good showing in the waters around Catalina in the last few weeks of this year! Our six-passenger boat will take you from Avalon out into the Pacific Ocean in search of whales and dolphins.  Frequent visitors to our coast include gray whales, common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, blue whales, fin whales, harbor seals, sea lions, resident bald eagles, and sometimes even a buffalo along the coastline. Although we cannot guarantee we will see whales and dolphins on each trip, we can guarantee your captain will work his/her hardest to locate them and use all of our local connections to find their whereabouts!

What type of boat is used for this tour?  C-STAR is a 24′, Coast Guard inspected, center-console boat that has been specially modified to comfortably accommodate up to six passengers on coastline tours. She has ample seating at the front and rear as well as numerous hand rails to hold onto while you are gazing over the side at the dolphins playing in the bow wake. She has a brand new Yamaha outboard motor that boasts  EPA “Ultra Low Emissions” as well as the utmost reliability and quietness. She also has all new seat cushions for comfort and a 9 speaker sound system.

Where does the Whale Watching Trip travel?  Our six-passenger boat will take you from Avalon out into the Pacific Ocean in search of our favorite species.

What to bring and wear:  The Whale Watching Trip is in an open-air boat. Please dress warmly. A jacket and/or a windbreaker is a must. Hats or beanies are good for extra warmth and sunglasses are helpful with glare on the water. You can bring your own camera with you. If you just want to enjoy the ride, there is a photo package available for purchase when you check-in. The $20 high-quality photo package allows you to fully experience the excursion and still take home memories of your time cruising around Catalina Island.

Restrictions:  For your safety, you should be in good health & free from high blood pressure, heart, neck or back problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this tour. This activity is generally not wheelchair accessible. Due to the nature of this Catalina Island activity, guests who are pregnant cannot attend. Catalina Island weather may impact this excursion. Please contact us in the event of inclement weather.


*Choice of departure point (several options available) may change the rate of your package pricing, departure time, return time, and activity times.  Please make sure to refer to your custom itinerary for the details of your specific booking.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Yes, please speak to our Custom Packages and Groups Team. Rates and availability may vary.

Walking time to common locations:

  • Cabrillo Mole Area: 3-4 minutes
  • Basketball/Volleyball/Old Ben Park Area: 1-2 minutes
  • Green Pleasure Pier/Island Tour Plaza: 5-6 minutes
  • Casino Building: 10-15 minutes
  • Descanso Beach: 15-20 minutes

While food is not provided, you are welcome to bring bottles of water. Please no food.

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"We went out with captain Sandra and had an amazing time. She was very knowledgeable and she had a keen eye for spotting wildlife. She found a Grey whale within the first 10 minutes of our trip. On our way back we saw a small pod of Pacific white Dolphins, along with tons of California Sea lions!"

- Sabrina G from Los Angeles, California - TripAdvisor
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