Loads of fun with 11+ humpback whales and more.

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A look inside the Painted Cave. Photo by Captain Dave.

2021 09-14 SB Channel

Seas were calm, a little bit of high stratus kept the sir temperature moderate.  We had a total of 11 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 200 California sea lions. 

Captain Dave and the crew ran southwest, out towards the NOAA East Channel Buoy area and located a group of 6 humpback whales among lots of dolphins and California sea lions too.

After some quality looks at this encounter, Dave took the Condor Express along the sea cliffs of Santa Cruz Island to the world-famous Painted Cave.

After exiting The Cave, out in The Lanes, we watched another good group of 5+ more humpbacks and lots of dolphins. There was one nice breach in this second group and lots of subsurface feeding activity all day.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry
Condor Express, and


After having such wonderful sights further offshore (we were several miles south of San Miguel Island at one point) on our special 8-hour whale watch last month, Captain Dave is going to do it again! We’ll have plenty to time to explore every nook and cranny known to cetaceans and look for pelagic birds along the way.

Make your reservations now: Saturday, September 25 – 8am to 4pm


phone:  888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088

My report from the August trip is here:

I look forward to seeing you on board!


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