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Boat Trips Are Available All Along the Coast

December 26, 1987|PENELOPE MOFFET

Following are some of the companies offering whale-watching trips. Some require reservations. It is best to telephone before you go.


Skipper's 22nd Street Landing--Two 150-passenger boats leave on whale-watch trips, narrated by trained volunteers from Cabrillo Marine Museum, at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, also at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. Weekend prices are $10 for adults, $7 for children and seniors. Weekdays, the rates drop to $9 for adults, $6 for children and seniors. Group rates are available. 141 West 22nd St. Information: (213) 832-8304.

Spirit Adventures, Ports O' Call Village--The Spirit, an 85-foot sailing ship, sails twice a day on 2 1/2-hour whale-watch cruises from Berth W33; $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for children. Departure times are noon and 2:45 p.m. on weekends, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. Half-hour helicopter rides to look for whales can be arranged at $49 per person. Information: (213) 831-1073.

Los Angeles Harbor Cruises--Also setting out from Ports O' Call village, the 102-passenger Liberty departs from Berth 77 for two-hour trips at 11:30 a.m. seven days a week, on weekends also at 2 p.m. Weekdays, pre-booked groups can also go whale-watching at 9 a.m. Prices are $12 for adults, $5 for children. The captain tells about whales and Los Angeles Harbor on the way out. Information: (213) 831-0996.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday January 2, 1988 Home Edition View Part 5 Page 3 Column 6 View Desk 1 inches; 15 words Type of Material: Correction
Two photographs with the whale-watching story (View, Dec. 26) should have been credited to Alisa Schulman.

Los Angeles Harbor Sportfishing--100-passenger whale-watch boats depart for 2 1/2-hour trips from Berth 79 in Ports O' Call Village on weekends at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. During the week, the boats depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adult fare is $9; children under 12 pay $6. Information: (213) 547-9916.

American Cetacean Society--This organization will sponsor trips to Laguna San Ignacio and the Sea of Cortez in March. Information: (213) 548-6279.


Belmont Pier Sportfishing--The 150-passenger Billy V seeks out whales on three-hour trips leaving at 11 a.m. Friday to Sunday and at 10 a.m. Monday to Thursday. A volunteer from the Cabrillo Marine Museum serves as narrator. On weekends, adults pay $9, children $7; during the week, fares are $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. The Belmont Pier is off East Ocean Boulevard at Termino Avenue. Information: (213) 434-6781.

Catalina Cruises--Several big ferryboats are taken off their regular runs to Catalina Island through April 2 every weekend and many weekdays; the schedule will vary later in the season, but through Jan. 10, departures are at 11 a.m. After Jan. 10, departures are at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; on days after that, they will vary. The three-hour cruise is narrated by a volunteer from the Cabrillo Marine Museum or the American Cetacean Society. Adult fare is $10; seniors over 55 and children 12-17 pay $9; children 5-11 pay $8; those under 5 ride for $1 each. Group rates are offered. The ferry has large, stable viewing platforms. Information: (213) 775-6111, (213) 514-3838 or (714) 527-7111.

Long Beach Sportfishing--Every day through April 3, 75- to 128-passenger boats set out on fully narrated whale-watch trips at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adult fare is $9 each; children's fare is $6.50. The group rate for 25 or more is $5 per person. A whale museum is open at the point of departure, Berth 55 off Pico Avenue (from Long Beach Freeway, take the Port of Long Beach exit and then the Pico Avenue exit). Information: (213) 432-8993.


Redondo Sport Fishing--On weekends, the Voyager and the Jocko sail out after whales at 9 and 9:30 a.m. and at 1 and 1:30 p.m.; during the week, they depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Weekend fares are $9 for adults, $6.50 for children; weekday fares are $6.50 per person. A volunteer from the Cabrillo Marine Museum narrates the trip. Whale checks are offered if whales aren't sighted. 233 N. Harbor Drive. Information: (213) 372-3566 or (213) 772-2064.


Davey's Locker--Starting today, a 120-passenger and a 149-passenger boat will sail for 2 1/2-hour rides from the Balboa Pavilion at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays, and at 9 and 10 a.m., noon, 1 and 2:30 p.m. weekends. Rides are narrated by a docent from the American Cetacean Society. Adult fare is $10; children ride for $6 each. Groups rates and whale checks are offered. Information: (714) 673-1434.

Catalina Passenger Service--Trips aboard the Catalina Holiday are Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m. at $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. An American Cetacean Society docent narrates the journey. Group rates of $5 per person are offered to schools; for groups of 25 or more adults the fare is $8 each. A pre-trip lecture about whales is included. The Catalina Holiday is 115 feet long and has three levels. Whale checks are offered. Information: (714) 673-5245 or (714) 675-9881.

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