Ocean tours in Southern California include Whale Watching tours from Los Angeles, sunset cruises from Marina del Rey, or party boats among other things

Whale watching or boozy brunch? Ideas for boating in LA

After a stressful week at work, you deserve a weekend of relaxation. One of the best ways to enjoy Los Angeles sunshine is to engage in local cruises. Whether it’s partying in Marina del Rey or going for a sunset trip in the Pacific, boat cruises are among the most fun things to do to celebrate the week-end and get some much-needed Vitamin D. We know it’s the winter but heck it’s nice all year round here!

There is a wide variety to choose from of course and they are all catered to ensure you have an amazing experience. Cruises deport in multiple locations, including Newport Beach, Long Beach or Marina Del Rey. Besides exploring the local region, many of these offer fishing trips, whale watching, gondola rides and even elaborate champagne brunches – welcome to LA life!

So which cruise is best suited to you?

A Unique Fishing Experience

Craving some fish-y fun? Set aside a day (as these cruises typically last 10-12 hours) and embark on a deep-sea fishing cruise. For $70 per person, these quality fishing cruises include adventure and freshly caught seafood meals. Pack your fishing gear and get ready to depart at 7 a.m. from Newport Harbor – I know it’s early but it’s totally worth it. If you don’t own fishing equipment, rent a rod and obtain a day-long fishing license for an additional $30. Any legal-sized fish can even be filleted for a small fee. Catch your own meal and bon appétit!

Whale Watching Excursions

Many people embark on Los Angeles cruises to watch whales and explore the sea. This cruise will take you to the best whale spots so you can enjoy the spectacle in all of its glory. For just $30, you will sail to one of the best whale watching experiences LA has to offer. Get ready to spot seals, dolphins and plenty of fish and birds. Common whales sighted during the trip include finback, minke, humpback, and grey whales. From sunrise to sunset, these cruises deport year-round from Newport Beach at 9 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Get your cameras ready and make this trip an unforgettable one.

Gondola Tours

Looking for some starlit, romantic fun? Take your significant other on a romantic gondola ride. Nothing speaks love like a gondolier singing your night away. The best part is that you no longer need to travel to Italy for this experience. Traditional Venetian gondolas have been making their way into LA, becoming a popular location for dates and marriage proposals. Gondola rides typically begin at $80. Pack a picnic dinner and head to the water. Blankets are provided and get ready to snuggle for an Italian style night. Of course you can always substitute it for a sunset cruise in Marina del Rey if you so choose.

Brunching with a View

If you are in the mood for a delicious Sunday brunch with a magnificent view, the Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise is perfect for you. This one of a kind experience offers a lavish buffet and private experience with your loved one(s). Celebrate with tapas, savory tortas, French toast and our favorite, croissants. Toast to this experience by popping a bottle of champagne and enjoying the sound of ocean waves. This cruise starts at noon and takes off at Newport Beach or Marina Del Rey. For less than $90 a person, you will catch beautiful coastal views while sailing Los Angeles.

There is no better way to end your week. Cruise away towards a weekend of relaxation and fun!


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