"It's on my bucket list". This was how the woman waiting in line to board the Horatio Hornblower ship replied when asked if she had ever been whale watching before. Many people put whale watching somewhere of their "to do someday"list. What many people do not realize is that whale watching need not be part of an epic journey to Alaska. In fact whales are seen daily off the California coast, and whale watching excursions can start from $15 on a weekday, depending on the boat size and port.
The migration of the Gray whale is the primary reason people believe that there is a 'season' for whale watching on the west coast, but whales are often seen off the west coast from San Diego to Alaska. Whale watching excursions usually have a whale guarantee, so take a chance the next time you find yourself on either coast.
Here's a small sampling of what the woman who had whale watching on her bucket list and 30 others saw on their late March whale watching excursion during the height of the Gray Whale migratory season.