When most people think of California, they picture movie stars, surfers and beaches. There is another hugely popular activity among tourists and natives alike: California whale watching is a fantastic way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Before you book your outing, here are some things you should know:
You’ll see more than whales
They call it a whale watching tour, but in fact, you’ll see a lot more sea life as well. Dolphins, sea lions and a host of fish call the Pacific Ocean their home, and you’ll catch a glimpse of a few different species. You may even spot a Great White if you’re lucky.
Bundle up in layers
It’s typically about 10 degrees cooler out at sea, and there is more wind, so dress for the occasion. Bundle up in layers so you can get comfortable as needed. If you’re going in the afternoon, the sun will help warm you up, and the reflection off the water can heat things up too; on the other hand, you might catch some spray from the water so you’ll need a light jacket.
Go early if you are prone to seasickness
It tends to get windier in the afternoon, so if you get seasick, going in the morning could make for a smoother ride. If you are prone to sea sickness, its best to take a motion sickness medication the night before your trip and the morning of the trip.
It’s all about migration
Gray whale sightings are most common in January, then again in Mid-March and April (usually with calves in tow); June through September you’re more likely to see blue whales; and on rare occurrences, you can spot a pod of Orcas between November and January.
California whale watching is one of those activities that should be on everyone’s bucket list, regardless of the time of year.