From October through mid-March more than 25,000 Gray Whales swim along the California coastline. Gray whales migrate 6,000 miles south every October from their feeding grounds in the Bering Strait to mate and calve in the warm lagoons of Baja, Mexico. This means that if you take a whale watching tour in the Fall or Winter, you’re far more likely to get a glimpse at these majestic creatures. Below we have listed some of the best places across the California coast to see the Gray Whale migration.
Newport Landing offers year round whale watching cruises multiple times daily departing from Newport Bay, Newport Beach. The Newport Landing website gives a comprehensive guide to what kind of whales you could expect to see depending on the month you are going whale watching. The website states “Although a little early, later in the month may be the fist viewings of gray whales as they head south on their annual migration.” You can also see other amazing creatures this time of year including Blue Whales and Finback Whales which according to the site “can be quite numerous” throughout November. For tickets and more information on whale watching excursions, click here!
The closest to us here in Silicon Beach, is LA’s premiere whale watching company “LA Waterfront Cruises.” The company offers daily cruises with courteous, experienced crew and knowledgeable Aquarium of the Pacific marine mammal educators. According to their website, this time of year feature “Blue whales, the largest living animal on the planet.” We are also just starting to being the Gray Whale migration which will begin to pass the Southern California coastline throughout the end of Fall. Throughout the year, you can also expect to see Fin Whales, Orcas, Minke Whales and more! To learn more about this tour, and order tickets online, click here.
Davey’s Locker in Newport Beach provides whale watching and deep sea fishing excursions year round. Located approximately 40 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and just minutes from most of Orange County, Locker is the most popular option for those considering whale watching in Southern California. “Along with viewing the giant blue whales and the annual gray whale migration, finback, minke, humpback, and even killer whales can be viewed on one of Davey’s Locker 2- 2 ½ hour whale watching cruises,” state’s their whale watching site. To purchase tickets to their whale watching cruise click here!