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Address: 4151 South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93035
Phone Number: +1 805-382-1612
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Even a calm day is rough without sea legs

If you've got any type of motion sickness, this may be worth skipping unless you've found good pills that work for you. The boat is small enough that even a gentle swell may cause... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 March 2016
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Riverside, California
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

The kids loved this as much as the adults. Long day of 8 hours plus on boat. Sunscreen and jacket a must. We saw 2 adults and 1 baby humpbacks along with about 50 dolphins. There were otters and sea lions as well. Once in a lifetime thing for us Midwesterners.

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Daly City, California
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75 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

It's hard for me to give an adequate review of this place. We set out for a 3-hour whale watching tour which turned into an hour log in-and-out ride because of the choppy seas. I honestly felt like I was going to puke on a few occasions. This really isn't the fault of the company, but I didn't have a... More 

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Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We try very hard at Channel Islands Whale Watching to provide a quality experience for our customers. When the weather proves inclement, and makes wildlife observation challenging, we opt to try on a day when the experience will prove productive. Those are the things that are beyond our control. We... More 

San Marcos, California
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86 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

It was a fun ferry boat ride. We originally made a reservation for the Channel Island day trip but due to weather conditions, we had to reschedule and ended up doing the 3 and 1/2 hour whale watching ride that went to Anacapa islands. It was a really good experience for my teenage boys. We loved the dolphins swimming everywhere... More 

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Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review More 

Riverside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

If you've got any type of motion sickness, this may be worth skipping unless you've found good pills that work for you. The boat is small enough that even a gentle swell may cause you to feel sick, and it's a long time to feel sick. Bring a jacket to stay warm and dry. The views are spectacular and you... More 

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Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. The Channel Islands have become a global destination to observe wildlife. At times the water may be choppy, though typically great conditions exist. There is no better place to observe such diversity when it comes to marine wildlife. We hope that you will have the opportunity to join us in... More 

Santa Barbara, CA
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Went end of January, not the height of whale season, but the weather was perfect, so we went. Just the right amount of time on the water, and the dolphins were all following the boat when we would come upon them. Really cool. Saw 2 young whales, and probably a large pregnant female humpback. It was wacking it's tale from... More 

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Thank fromSantaBarbara
Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. The Channel Islands have become a global destination to observe wildlife. Our captains and crew have decades of experience and love to share their knowledge with our customers. See you on-board soon, Capt. Frank More 

Anaheim
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

The Whale Watching employee told me that we would be notified the evening before our trip date if it was going to be cancelled due to inclement weather. We were NOT phoned the evening beforehand. We had to leave at 6 am to arrive for a 9 am departure. It was difficult to find as the building is blocked from... More 

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Thank karenadonner
Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Hi Karen, We are sorry to hear of the miscommunication regarding your trip. We make every possible attempt to communicate, especially under these circumstances. We hope you will give us the opportunity to earn your business in the future and allow us to show you a trip that not only meets, but exceeds your expectations. More 

Dayton, Ohio
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 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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Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review Sean. There is an incredible amount of wildlife just waiting for folks to observe. We enjoy what we do, and enjoy spending the time showing others the wildlife of the region. More 

Oxnard, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 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.

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Thank Janet B
Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip Janet. We try very hard to highlight the wildlife of the region. Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife. On any given trip, we typically see whales, dolphin, seals, sea lions and a host of birdlife. There are no borders, boundaries or fences, so... More 

Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 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 

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Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. It sounds as if the weather was not conducive to the experience on your particular trip. Typically, when a trip is preempted, our policy is to "Wind Check" our guests for another trip. We have been in business for over 30 years, and take pride in our customer service, as... More 

Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 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 

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Frank U, Owner at Channel Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review Rosario! More 

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