Our Whale Watching tours take place in the pristine waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary, just off the coast of Southern California. Our boats depart from Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, California, just a one hour drive north from Los Angeles.
There are eight islands that form the Channel Islands chain. Of these eight islands, five make up Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands together form this eco wonderland. The islands are an area of unsurpassed natural beauty and are considered the Crown Jewel of our National Park System. Here, life abounds both in and out of the water, with many endangered and protected species calling the Channel Islands home.
Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary has become one of the premier whale watching destinations on our planet. Over the past 10 years, the population of Humpback whales and Blue whales in the Santa Barbara Channel has grown tremendously with multiple sightings common during a seasonal whale watching expedition.