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Review of Island Packers

Island Packers
Ranked #2 of 16 Tours in Ventura
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We went whale watching yesterday with Island Packers and it was terrific. The crew was helpful and the captain was very informative and enthusiastic. We saw lots and lots of dolphins and seals and one whale. The dolphins were actually the best! They also took us up near Anacapa Island which really made the trip as it was pretty and interesting. I highly recommend them. The only other time I went whale watching was years ago out of San Pedro or Long Beach and yesterday was so much better because of the island view and all the info from the captain and crew. Food was okay (not great) but nice to have available.

Thank sparkysimi
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

If you are in the area, do not miss a trip to the Channel Islands! Island Packers holds the market on this trip, but rather than take advantage of being the only game in town, they rise to the occasion making it a great experience. They are prompt and organized and well informed. The Captain did a great job guiding the trip across the bay pointing out dolphin, sea lions and whales. They even put forth the extra effort to return to the pier to pick up some late hikers from the island, saving them from a night of unintentional camping!

Thank elaineblee
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Just returned from a trip aboard the Ranger 85 to see whales. There are not enough seats for everyone who buys a ticket so I suggest you arrive at least 45 minutes early and get in line once you have checked in unless you want to stand the entire time. The seats in back are a little noisy being nearest to the engines. The captain found whales (a mother and baby, both grays) and kept them off the bow the entire time so that the only place to get a good view was up front. He did a great job of keeping up with the whales so we got lots of close ups. Because the whales were so entertaining, he stayed out an extra 45 minutes so we really got our money's worth. There are giving away 1/2 off coupons when you leave the trip, which is a good deal. We got our tickets from Groupon.

2  Thank City_Girls_CA
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Cold and cloudy but very successful whale watching trip. Full boat saw lots of seals dolphins and whales.

Thank jfd
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

On the very worst day you will only see hundreds of dolphins! On the best days you will see a variety of whales, otter, thousands of dolphins and even orcas. The narrators are funny and knowledgeable. Go in the morning when the winds are calmer.

3  Thank Katherine P
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