Guide to Whale Watching in Long Beach

California's incredible shoreline attracts whale watching enthusiasts worldwide, and Long Beach is no exception. Offering year-round whale watching cruises, guided tours, and prime locations, it'll be no time before you're up close and personal to these aquatic creatures.

1. Best Times of Year to Whale Watch

Whales migrate through California's coast year-round, so no matter what season you book your whale-watching excursion, there will be plenty for you to see and do. While there is always beautiful sea life within the Pacific waters, the species of whales and types of animals you will encounter depends on the season and the water's conditions. If you're hoping to view and learn about Gray Whales or Humpback Whales, it's best to look from January to April. Blue Whales and Finback Whales can be found from May through September, and Minke Whales tend to be seen from October to December. Other types of species you may see include Orcas and Sperm Whales, and you may even spot a pod of dolphins as they swim by!

2. Land or Sea

3. Whale Watching Tours

Harbor Breeze

Join Harbor Breeze Cruises on an exciting, two-and-a-half-hour whale-watching journey to view some of the largest mammals on the planet. Harbor Breeze offers its guests an experienced crew and knowledgeable Aquarium of the Pacific educators who will guide you on your voyage.

Spirit Cruises

Spirit Cruises' one to two hour whale-watching excursions are accompanied by naturalists from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium who provide guests with informative and interesting details about the marine life encountered on each trip.

4. What to Expect

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Dolphin and Whale Watching

Spot gray whales, orcas, humpbacks, dolphins and more when you head out on a whale-watching excursion in Long Beach, CA.
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