Island Packers Cruises offers whale watching trips from two locations, Ventura Harbor, and Oxnard Harbor. Gray Whale trips are run from the end of December to early April.
During whale watching trips it’s possible to see dolphins, minke whales, bottlenose dolphin, pacific white-sided dolphin, Dall’s porpoise and an occasional orca. Island Packers Cruises are an authorized concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park.
Island Packers is the only exclusive boat concessioner with authorization to transport guests to the Channel Islands National Park.
Three catamarans and one 80-passenger monohull vessel provide half and whole day trips year round to the Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, with trips to the Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands from mid-April through the fall months.
What you will see: December-Mid April Gray whales, April-September Humpback and Minke whales and during the summer Giant Blue whales the earth’s largest mammal.
Island Packers also offer Marine Wildlife Cruises to the Channel Islands. These trips last about three hours but do not make any landings on the islands.
Weekend Activities Guide
Passengers cruise along the shores of Anacapa or Santa Cruz Island within the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary. Highlights include sightings of sea lions, harbor seals and marine birdlife, along with the opportunity to view whales and dolphins during the channel crossing.
For the more adventurous day-trippers, Island Packers offers trips year round to the Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, with trips to the Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands from mid-April through the fall months.
Activities on the Channel Islands include hikes that showcase breathtaking views; kayaking along the shore and exploring sea caves; and snorkeling and diving in the protected waters.
The Nature Conservancy works closely with Island Packers to provide an informative and entertaining experience for visitors on their land outside the park boundaries, offering naturalist-led hikes that showcase the natural beauty of Santa Cruz Island.
Island Packers Cruises Phone Number (805) 642-1393 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105B Ventura, CA 93001