Gift Certificates for Whale Watching and Excursions to the Channel Islands National Park

Island Packers Whale Watch gift certificates can now be purchased over the phone through the holiday season. Customers have the option to have gift certificates mailed or emailed to you or your special someone. Make shopping for the nature enthusiast on your list easier by purchasing a half-day Whale Watch or an all-day trip that lands on Anacapa or Santa Cruz.

A winter Whale Watch is a perfect way to gather with family and friends to view Pacific Gray whales migrating through the Santa Barbara Channel from their feeding grounds in Alaska to their breeding grounds in Baja. Pacific Gray Whales are normally sighted in the National Marine Sanctuary near Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island starting mid-December and extending through early April. This mammoth migration of over 10,000 whales and 6,000 miles remains a major attraction in Southern California.

Other possible sightings include Humpback, Fin whales, and occasionally Orcas, all of whom visit the productive waters of the Channel to feed on the rich resources found here. Common Dolphin are enjoyed year-round, delighting passengers as they frolic with the boat, and ride the bow and stern waves.

The half-day Winter Whale Watch Cruise provides stunning views of the Ventura coastline or the Channel Islands; depending on where the whales may be sighted.

Visit or find us on Twitter to follow our most recent sightings.

Winter whale watching off our beautiful coast runs from December and extends to mid-April. Rates for half-day trips are $40 for adults, $36 for seniors, and $29 for children 3-12. Children 2 years old and younger ride free.

Island Packers, boat concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park, starts Whale Watching Dec.26th with scheduled winter whale watching excursions from Ventura and Channel Islands Harbor departing at 9:30 a.m. and/or 1:30 p.m.

All-day trips with landings to Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island are also available year-round. All-day trips run from $ 59.00 to $ 82.00 per adult. Camping is also available on the Channel Islands.

Prices for camping range from $ 79.00 to $ 147.00 per adult depending on island. Advance reservations are advisable by calling 805-642-1393 or visiting our web site at

Also available in the Ventura location are souvenirs, books, t-shirts, sweatshirts for sale that make a nice addition with your gift certificate. You may also view popular items on our website and then email to place an order for shipment.

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