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Ultimate Whale Watching Tour aboard the SuperRib- 15 Passenger Max

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    What to Expect
    36’ Super RIB enjoys advanced capabilities in speed, technology, and safety with a limited passenger count for the BIGGEST SMALL BOAT EXPERIENCE in California.


    The Shearwater is custom designed to offer key advantages over any other type of boat in its class. Taking out small groups at a time means no crowding, giving each passenger a piece of the action. And the open design offers a 360-degree view from anywhere onboard, allowing everyone a close encounter. Here are a few of the reasons why we call this the "Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure":
    • Brand new 2018 Super RIB, custom built just for whale watching.
    • Unique low-to-water design means dolphins so close you can almost touch!
    • A faster speed (30 miles per hour) means twice the action in our 2 hour trip. Our ability to get you to the whales and dolphin quickly and to travel up to 14 miles from port ensures the highest success rate and maximum viewing times of any whale watching boat in Southern California.
    • Each passenger gets their own seat. There’s no struggle to fight for viewing. The whole boat is the “good side” of the boat
    • We've built a 5 Star Reputation On Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google by treating our passengers like family.  Highest Rated Whale Watch in Southern California

    Special requirements and limitations: Due to the size and speed of this vessel we cannot permit children under 5 years of age, passengers that are pregnant, disabled, or are at risk for neck or back complications. If any of these restrictions apply to someone in your party we suggest making reservations on one of our larger general admission vessels. There are no restrooms aboard the boat, so please plan to use one before the trip. 

    Please note: The 36’ SuperRib requires a minimum passenger count of 6 people per trip to operate. You may be placed on a 25' version of the same boat if the minimum passenger threshold is not reached by the time of our departure.
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    Departure Point
    Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure is located between Adams Street and Palm Street (Balboa Auto Ferry) on the boardwalk.
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Landing and facility fees
    • Local guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Operates in cool, marine environment, please dress appropriately
    • Boat does not have an on-board restroom.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 6 July 2019

    We very much enjoyed our 2 hour experience with Taylor and Chelsea at sunset. Although we only saw a minke whale, Taylor took us towards a pod of over 200 dolphins which entertained us for some time. They came right up to the boat, jumping...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank NBarnesWSussex
    Reviewed 1 July 2019

    We had a blast on this trip. The guides did a great job trying to find wildlife. The boat ride was fun and it was definitely the right choice to do the adventure criuse as we were so close to the water! The sunset was...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank DDZCR
    Reviewed 28 June 2019

    We chose to book the "Shearwater" for our coastal adventure. The idea of taking a smaller and faster boat was more along the lines of my kind of adventure. Capt Taylor and Alex didn't disappoint!! We saw not one but 2 blue whales. It was...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Amy L
    Reviewed 25 June 2019

    We scheduled a family adventure through these guys with Grandma down to 9 yr old nephew and haven't been able to wipe the smiles off of their faces yet! We had an amazing time with Captain Taylor and Dale! Both were amazing both with knowledge...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank CrazyTrain8
    Reviewed 21 June 2019 via mobile

    We had an unforgettable experience in our California vacation because we actually saw a mother and calf blue whale up close!! Captain Taylor and Dale were very knowledgeable and resourceful in tracking down the whales. I believe no other company managed to see the whales...More

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    27 July 2019|
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    Response from NBarnesWSussex | Reviewed this property |
    I believe we had to check in about an hour before. Just allow plenty of time to get there. It took us 3 hours from LA. Journey should only be about 1 and half hours but traffic was horrendous, thankfully we had been warned... More
    21 June 2019|
    Response from flyingfananzh | Reviewed this property |
    While I trust the internet site to book reservations, it was a first time experience and we were heading home the next day. I wanted to be certain there was room for all 5 of us, as we could not reschedule. 4th of July is... More
    11 April 2019|
    Response from Caligirl247615 | Reviewed this property |
    It’s all up to Mother Nature. Usually morning or late afternoon departures offer calm conditions. So far I have had much luck with both time departures. Hope this helps.
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