There are three main chocies in the area.
Long Beach has one that is associated with the Aquarium of the Pacific, order tickets through the Aquarium to assure you are on a boat with staff from the Aquarium.
Newport Beach (Balboa Pier area) is the one I normally use, you can usually get very good deals by searching online.
And then Dana Point is well known for its offering...
One more option for those who don't want to go on a boat. Point Vicente in the Palos Vefdes area has one of the best land views of whales.
I don;t believe that there are any whale watching tours departing from Malibu, as there's no harbor in Malibu. The closest place is Marina Del Rey.
For someone in LA proper, Marina del Rey or Long Beach.
When you see a "whale watching Malibu" webpage, it usually directs you to one of the links above. I am willing to bet there are some "whale watching Palm Springs" webpages out there.
Captain Daves Dolphin and Whale Safari is always in the news! Here is todays article
it is located in Dana Point
Here is tripadvisors rating
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Some photos and videos from the Newport Landing Whale Watching tour from Sunday, March 24th, 2013.
The dolphins put on a better show, we have seen a lot on the dana point cruises. Like packs of 100s.
Just read about watching from
Land- does this compare in any way to a boat trip given that it is August when we visit?
Seeing whales from a boat is much better than trying to see them from land. If you are in a boat and don't see whales, at least you will be able to see other things like dolphins or seals, or sea lions up close.
August is not in grey whale migration season, but other species are around at different times of year.
If you decide to try and see whales from land, be patient and bring binoculars, and seek out someplace high like the headlands at Dana Point.