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Captain Jack's Whale Watching Tours
- Year Round Whale Watching - The “Wonders of Our National Parks” on the
Discovery Channel highlighted the outstanding abundance of marine life in
the Santa Barbara Channel and named it “One of the 10 Best Places in the
World to View Wildlife.” The Channel Islands are on the migration path of
the California Gray Whale. The islands offer an opportunity to watch the
whales on their way to Baja where they give birth, and then again as they
migrate north with their babies. More than 30 species of whales, dolphins,
porpoises, seals and sea lions frequent the area, including the majestic
blue whale, the acrobatic humpback whale, the barnacled gray whale, the
powerful orca, the playful long-beaked common dolphin and the gregarious
California sea lion. This 4 1/2 hour trip takes place on a 75-foot catamaran
with beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Schedule
Departs 10:00 am Returns 2:30 pm. Typically lasts 4.5 hours
Santa Barbara is in an excellent location for whale watching. Our city is on a southern facing coast and sheltered behind the Channel Islands. It offers us a fabulous opportunity to witness the migration of the gray whales, as well as spot other species of the large marine mammals.
Over 27 different types of whales and dolphins inhabit the Santa Barbara Channel at various times of the year, making these waters one of the best whale watching areas in the world.
There are two windows of opportunity to see whales around Santa Barbara. During February, March and early April you can see California Grey Whales. From May to September you can see Blue Whales, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales. Occasionally, you can see Right Whales or Orcas. All season long you have an excellent chance of seeing dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions.