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California Gray Whale Watching

4.5 Hour Whale Watching Tour

$119/adult $79/child

The Channel Islands are the best place to view the california gray whale migration as they head back up to Alaska with their young from their calving grounds in Baja.

Whale Guarantee – If we don’t see whales, you get a full credit for another expedition in the same calendar year.

Expedition Highlights

Naturalist-led Whale Watching Adventure!

  • See whales, dolphins & other amazing wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel!
  • Experience the gray whale migration as these amazing animals make their annual northern migration up the California coast to Alaska with their calves in tow.

Expedition Details

Important Times

Trip Duration: 4.5 hours

Whale Watching from Santa Barbara

  • Boarding Begins: 9:45 AM
  • Boat Departure: 10:00 AM
  • Return to Santa Barbara Harbor: 2:30 PM

Trip Specific Information

  • This trip operates from January through mid April
  • Guaranteed Whale Season: February 14th to March 31st


  • Destination: Santa Barbara Channel
  • Enjoy a 4.5 whale watching guaranteed trip.

Departure Harbor

Santa Barbara Landing, Santa Barbara Harbor
301 W Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Pre Trip Planning

What to bring with you?

  • Snack and beverages – a small cooler is fine if you want to keep things cool.
  • Water – reusable water bottles can be filled onboard.
  • Warm boat clothing – street clothes are fine, dress in layers. Long pants are recommended. Jackets and blankets may also make you more comfortable.
  • Motion sickness medicine and personal medications.
  • Gratuity for crew.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you guarantee whales?

From February 14th to April 7th we guarantee you will see gray whales or another type of large whale species. We almost always see dolphins, which are toothed whales :), but these are not included in our promise to you.

If we don’t see whales, you can return on any whale watching trip we operate during the same season. An email will be send post trip with a code to rebook for free!

Do we land on the island?

No, this is a whale watching tour only.

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