Wildlife Expeditions

We are proud to offer a extended Pelagic Wildlife Expeditions on our bigger boat the Magician, or shorter adventures aboard our high speed inflatable boat. Our miulti-day island trips can usually offer a combination utilizing both vessels.

Island Expeditions: Pelagic Wildlife Adventure (2-3hrs)

We'll explore places like the sea lion rookery, elephant seal cove, and the cliffside nesting areas on Santa Barbara and Sutil islands. Then (conditions permitting) we'll head offshore to the banks that are a beacon to pelagic life. After the tour we'll head back to our home base. This trip can be booked as an option when reserving space aboard our one of our Island Expeditions.

Coastal Wildlife Adventure (2-3hrs)

We'll depart aboard our high speed inflatable from our home base at 22nd St. Landing, then we'll head offshore in search of pelagic birds, whales and dolphins. This is a private trip for up to 6 passengers. Depending on the length of the trip it can include a visit to Two Harbors at Catalina island.

Pelagic Birding & Whales (8hr or 12hr trips)

Our Pelagic Birding & Whales trip will be heading to the offshore banks searching for the many species of pelagic birds that are attracted to schooling fish and krill. This is a great introduction to Pelagic Birding and we always have multiple bird experts onboard. A full breakfast, snacks, lunch and drinks are served onboard and are included.

Pelagic Wildlife Charters for your group

Options can include:

• From 2hr adventures to multi-day expeditions

• No crowds: You set the number of passengers

• Your schedule, take your time, focus on particular species

• Landing at Santa Barbara Island: hiking & birding

• Landing at Catalina island: backcountry, Avalon, Two Harbors

• Offshore: Cortez Bank, Tanner Bank, Osborne Bank

Educational components for school groups

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Pelagic Wildlife Expeditions

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Our Mission

“At Catalina Explorer we are dedicated to connecting people to the wildlife along the coast and islands of southern California through expeditions, education, and support

of ongoing non-invasive research."


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