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Our most recommended Los Angeles Cruises & Boat Tours

Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

1. Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.

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Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

2. Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Climb aboard a 12-seater bus for an intimate, small group sightseeing tour of Hollywood’s celebrity homes. Meet your fellow travelers on Hollywood Boulevard, and set off to drive past some of the city’s most iconic attractions. Equipped with canopies to protect you from the elements, the tour bus will drive right up to the front gates of the rich and famous. Go to the Hollywood Bowl outlook, nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Take pictures of, and from, the Hollywood Sign. Marvel at the views of Downtown LA, and the Pacific Ocean (on a clear day). Drive the storied streets of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Hollywood, snapping landmarks and gorgeous mansions in many different styles as you go.

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Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

3. Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

Join the captain and crew and set off on a 45-minute exploratory mission through Lover's Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area sanctuary. Traverse amazing undersea gardens and ocean habitats in a semi-submersible vessel designed after America's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, on a trip that is both educational and entertaining. Let your imagination descend into the depths of the ocean as you explore the magic and wonder of undersea life on the Nautilus. Venture into the ocean and through the kelp forest in a state-of-the-art vessel. Learn about what you see with the crew and research team, and let them entertain you with their stories. As you learn and explore, interact with the fish through a specially designed feeding system. Launch fish food torpedoes right from your seat (at an additional cost) and instigate feeding frenzies right outside your personal porthole.

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Marina del Rey: Sunset Cruise with Wine and Cheese Board

4. Marina del Rey: Sunset Cruise with Wine and Cheese Board

Enjoy wine and charcuterie board with a selection of meat, cheeses, and fruit while cruising in a fully electric Duffy boat along Los Angeles' largest marina. Start from the dock where the boat is parked and make your way towards the main channel of beautiful Marina del Rey, a charming coastal community with yachts, beaches, and cycle paths. Keep your eyes peeled for sea lions and bird species as you explore the surroundings. Get a closer look at the boathouses and luxury yachts parked along the way. Relax with a glass of wine while relishing the tranquil water and connecting with nature.

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Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

5. Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

Start your tour at Mother's Beach. Your guide will provide information about the local environment and marine life, kayaking/paddle-boarding techniques, and safety while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Los Angeles boaters realm. Then board your kayaks and paddle towards the main channel of the Marina. On the way, observe the beautiful and extraordinary boats. Begin your search for sea lions, birds, dolphins, and other marine life.

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Long Beach: Private Sailboat Rental with Licensed Captain

6. Long Beach: Private Sailboat Rental with Licensed Captain

Charter your own sailboat and see Long Beach Harbor from a unique perspective in the company of a licensed captain. Feel the ocean spray, witness racing dolphins and sleepy seals, and watch the sunset over the horizon. Take in the views of the gorgeous Southern California coastline with your favorite people and a drink in hand. Chartering a sailboat is great for a special occasion or a fun outing with friends and family. Join your captain for a serene afternoon or sunset boat ride alongside the company of your choice with your favorite drinks and appetizers in hand (BYO). Let one of the USCG-licensed captains take the wheel so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Alternatively, feel free to take the sail and helm — your captain will be happy to teach you some tips and tricks.

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Los Angeles Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner

7. Los Angeles Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner

Starlight Dinner Cruise offers a sublime evening of sightseeing, and dinner, and it all starts at Marina del Rey’s famed harbor. Guests board a sleek yacht and settle in for a 2.5-hour experience headlined by a duet entrée freshly prepared on board. All the while, grand homes, city lights and playful marine animals serve as an only-in-Southern-California backdrop.

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Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Newport Beach

8. Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Newport Beach

Relax and unwind on a 2-hour cruise departing from Newport Beach. Enjoy a buffet brunch prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients and sip on unlimited champagne or sparkling cider. Set off on a morning cruise from Newport Beach, where sunlight bounces of the water and a bottomless glass of bubbly or sparkling cider awaits. In addition to salty breezes and abundant sunshine, your champagne brunch cruise includes free-flowing champagne and a delicious buffet brunch to enhance your magical escape. Newport Beach is classic California, with wide beaches and expansive oceanfront mansions. The community boasts a well-known small-boat harbor as well as popular destinations such as the Balboa Peninsula, Fashion Island and bustling Mariner's Mile. Sample Buffet Brunch Menu Served upon seating: -Assorted Danish, cinnamon rolls, mini muffins, churro donuts with butter & fruit preserves-Fresh fruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple, grapes & berries Buffet Table #1 -Caesar salad, focaccia croutons, roasted garlic dressing, aged parmesan cheese & romaine hearts-Asian broccoli salad, tender broccoli, carrots, scallions, snap peas with sesame tahini dressing-Penne pasta salad, bell peppers, olives, garbanzos, baby tomatoes, zucchini, pesto vinaigrette Buffet Table #2 -Atlantic salmon , roasted with cherry chipotle glazeShrimp on ice display, red sauce Buffet Table #3 -Scrambled eggs , green chilies, bell peppers & cheese -Breakfast meats, smoked bacon & sausage -Cinnamon French toast , berries, bananas & maple syrup -Tri color potatoes, roasted onions & peppers -Roasted Turkey breast, cranberry-apricot chutney & pan gravy Final course -Desserts, delivered to your table, an assortment of mini pastries, tarts, dessert bars & cookies

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Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Marina Del Rey

9. Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Marina Del Rey

Relax and unwind on a 2-hour cruise departing from the famed harbor at Marina Del Rey. Enjoy a buffet brunch prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients and sip on unlimited champagne or sparkling cider. Set off on a morning cruise that offers a magical escape, even if only for a couple hours. In addition to salty breezes and abundant sunshine, Hornblower’s Champagne Brunch Cruise includes relaxing background music, free-flowing champagne and a delicious brunch buffet. Sample Brunch Buffet Menu Served upon seating: -Assorted Danish, cinnamon rolls, mini muffins, churro donuts with butter & fruit preserves -Fresh fruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple, grapes & berriesBuffet Table #1 -Caesar salad, focaccia croutons, roasted garlic dressing, aged parmesan cheese & romaine hearts -Asian broccoli salad, tender broccoli, carrots, scallions, snap peas with sesame tahini dressing -Penne pasta salad, bell peppers, olives, garbanzos, baby tomatoes, zucchini, pesto vinaigrette Buffet Table #2 -Atlantic salmon , roasted with cherry chipotle glaze -Shrimp on ice display, red sauce Buffet Table #3 -Scrambled eggs , green chilies, bell peppers & cheese -Breakfast meats, smoked bacon & sausage -Cinnamon French toast , berries, bananas & maple syrup -Tri color potatoes, roasted onions & peppers -Roasted Turkey breast, cranberry-apricot chutney & pan gravy Final course -Desserts delivered to your table, an assortment of mini pastries, tarts, dessert bars & cookies

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California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

10. California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

This 3-day tour includes highlights of the Golden State, such as Santa Barbara, Solvang, the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. Day 1: Monday Departing north, travel along the spectacular and scenic California Coast to Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, and browse the local shops. Your trip continues along Highway 1 through Big Sur to charming Carmel, home to actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through town before heading on to Silicon Valley for overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites Day 2: Tuesday See for yourself why San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your day at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise on the world famous San Francisco Bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Visit Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch and a peek at the sea lions before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown, and the magnificent Nob Hill neighborhood, home to the rich and famous. The tour ends with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge. Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn (In Winter: Monterey/Holiday Inn hotel) Day 3: Wednesday Today’s route goes through farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes, and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and the Half Dome before walking to the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach the highest waterfalls in North America, the 730-meter-high Yosemite Falls. In the winter, depart south to route no 1, for a visit to the world famous Hearst Castle, built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. Tour the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th century.

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What people are saying about Los Angeles

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4.4 / 5

based on 66 reviews

You never know if you will see a whale or not, and we didn’t, but we came across a “mega pod” of over 1,000 dolphins, which was totally awesome. They were riding our bow wave, sometime as many as 8 or 10 at a time, as we stood literally four feet above them looking down over the bow. And they were jumping out of the water all around us. It was the coolest thing we saw while we were in California.

Excellent tour through the marina. We got to see a handful of sea lions and enjoy a nice day on the water. Walker was an exceptional tour guide that helped us understand the equipment and feel safe the entire time. I brought my 60 year old parents and they were able to easily navigate the waters on a tandem kayak

It is amazing. For those who book online, remember to check in at the store to get a paper ticket as that's required to get onboard.

Was a lot of fun. The bus came right on time and alexy was a great instructor.

Jacob was very helpful as a tour guide and the hotel was excellent