Davey's Locker: Tours aboard the 120-passenger Western Pride are offered daily at 1 p.m. The schedule will expand beginning Jan. 6, with weekday tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and weekend tours at 9 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. The 2 1/2-hour tours are narrated by a docent from the American Cetacean Society. Fare: $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under (paid child admissions include a ticket for a free fishing trip). Group rates available. The company offers "whale checks": if no whales are spotted, passengers are given a free pass for another trip. Information: (714) 673-1434.
Catalina Holiday: Whale-watching tours on this 300-passenger boat leave the Balboa Pavilion at 10 a.m. each Monday through Thursday. The trips, narrated by a docent from the American Cetacean Society, are popular with school groups. Fare: $10 for adults, $6 for children. Group rates: $5 per person for schools, $8 per person for groups of 25 or more adults. A pre-trip lecture about whales is included. Whale checks offered. Information: (714) 675-9881.
Newport Landing Sportfishing: Narrated 2 1/2-hour tours aboard the 70-foot Nautilus and two smaller powerboats will be offered beginning Jan. 9. Times will be 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. on weekends, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. Fare: $10 for adults, $6 for children (a special fare of $6 for seniors is offered on weekdays). Newport Landing is on Balboa Peninsula between Adams and Palm streets, near the Balboa Ferry. Whale checks. Information: (714) 675-0550.