Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Exploring Whale Watching Catalina Island With Two Harbors Tours

By Margaret Taylor

While there are often a number of different harbor tours out of San Francisco and Newport, California, some are better than others. When it comes to the North Bay, there are a number of tours including those to Angel Island and Alcatraz. Whereas, when it comes to those sailing from Newport, the most popular is often a trip related to Whale Watching Catalina Island.

Whether cruising the Atlantic to participate in deep sea fishing or the Pacific on the hopes of seeing majestic sea creatures, both have a lot to offer. When it comes to the West coast, taking a cruise to Catalina Island for a two hour stay while whale watching aboard the cruise makes for a nice escape from everyday life. For, this trip offers a two-hour stay on the island along with the opportunity to see a great deal of sea and wildlife.

As with most layovers, the captain will provide a pick-up time for a return to Newport. It is important that guests arrive back at the dock early or on-time as the vessel will not wait for late comers. If and when missing a return trip, there is a Catalina Flyer which can be called for a return to Newport.

On the return trip, the cruise continues along the coast, allowing ocean enthusiasts to view a variety of whales including Grey whales during migration and occasional sightings of larger whales along with Harbor seals which are often playful and plentiful in the area. In addition, it is not uncommon to spot bald eagles catching fish along the shoreline.

Once the vessel returns to home port on the mainland of Southern California, it can often be a great opportunity to explore one of the many harbor side restaurants and watch the sun set over the harbor. In addition, there are a number of docks which allow for a nice stroll either after or before dinner. For, there is nothing quite like a nice stroll, a lovely dinner and watching a beautiful sunset after a day of whale watching and sight seeing.

Pricing can vary between $50 to $100 with a number of different discounts available. For more information on pricing, interested parties can visit the Two Harbors website for more information and to make reservations. It should be noted that if needing to cancel a paid reservation, the cancellation must take place 48 hours in advance in order to acquire a refund.

When it comes to eating and seating aboard the vessel, indoor and outdoor seating is available, with the outdoor seating accommodating approximately 30 individuals on a sundeck. Whereas, for those desiring a small snack or minimal lunch, there is a snack bar with food and drink available for a nominal fee. While this is the case, it should be noted that there are a number of restaurants on Catalina Island which offer amazing choices and lunch specials.

In all cases, Two Harbors can not be held responsible for anyone missing a departure or return trip. The company has an outstanding reputation for departing and arriving back at the dock on time. When it comes to pricing, purchasers may want to note that additional fees related to fuel charges, taxes and fees can often appear on credit card statements at a later date.

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