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Channel Islands Whale Watching

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Address: 4151 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93035
Phone Number: (805) 382-1612
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Channel Island whale watching was a relaxing and beautiful time

They are a very well organized service. The boat was very nice and large. We ran into where the whales were not surfacing very much but channel island stayed out longer than... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Sean G
Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

They are a very well organized service. The boat was very nice and large. We ran into where the whales were not surfacing very much but channel island stayed out longer than originally planned to follow the whales and gives us our moneys worth. We got to see little more of the whales because they stayed out longer. We also... More 

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Oxnard, California
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Tour was disappointing. Didn't see much sea life except Sea Gulls. Should be told that it's more of a boat ride than a whale watching tour. The narrative of the history of the islands was good. I had a Groupon so price wasn't too bad. I don't think I'd pay full price for this.

Thank Janet B
Santa Monica, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

In all fairness, this would be a very different review if the water had been calm today and we had seen whales, dolphins, or really, any marine life. I recognize that the lack of those circumstances is no fault of the company but the way our trip was handled could have been very different and that would have made a... More 

3 Thank SassyinSantaMonica
Northridge, CA
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Excellent 3 hr boat ride with the most number of whales and dolphins seen, much more than the other whale watching trips near Los Angeles county. It always amazes me seeing all these magnificent creatures doing exhibitions at sea. Of course, the company does not guarantee sightings all the time but in the 3x (months of Feb, July and this... More 

Thank rosario308
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431 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Saw plenty of whales and a few dolphins. Got some good information from the boat captain and on board volunteer naturalist from the National Park Service. Great to see animals in their natural habitat. Nice smooth water, large boat. Could use a bit more protection from the sun. Make sure to bring a hat and/or umbrella for shade. It can... More 

Thank RTWtraveler213
Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had a great trip on Sunday afternoon, March 15th. The boat was full, but not too crowded. We were able to see several groups of dolphins and whales. The boat captain gave commentary, explaining about migration patterns, etc. Once we spotted some whales, he came up to them closely, but not too closely, and we followed for a while.... More 

1 Thank TinaVDH
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This was wonderful. Its about 45 min boat ride to the area to view whales. My husband had never seen the whales dive and see their tail in the air. He really enjoyed this trip. We had an unusual experience as there must have been 8 or 9 Orcas following our boat. They said this was experience that most people... More 

2 Thank maryybarra68
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103 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We have been on many whale watching trips all over the world. This was better than some but by no means the best. We purchased the trip on a Groupon but to be honest I think no-one paid what was advertised as the full price because half-price vouchers seemed to be available for everyone. So that seems a bit of... More 

4 Thank mocampion
Santa Clarita, California
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

You never know what you'll see on any wildlife excursions... That being said, this morning's outing was truly exceptional - we've never seen the whales so active! The sight of breaching whales were amazing - and to be honest, I lost count on how many humpbacks we saw. Add in all the dolphins, seal lions and birds...made it a memorable... More 

4 Thank Karen C
Humble, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This was a really cool experience. I've never been so close to dolphins before, and there were so many! Unfortunately, no whales wanted to come up for a visit the day that we went, but all the dolphins and sea lions and seals were great fun to see! It was nice to have a cook on the boat as well,... More 

3 Thank JennJ0125

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