LEFFINGWELL LANDING • CAMBRIA • SAN SIMEON
Cost: $110.00 ~ Seasonal
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Group: Two person minimum, Four person maximum
Approx. time: 3-4 Hours (FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED)
A once in a lifetime opportunity! Fish from a kayak like the Native Chumash people did hundreds of years ago. The vast kelp forests provide a perfect environment for a wide variety of rock fish, kelp bass, and bottom fish.
During our Summer season, Halibut and Lingcod are abundant. You never know when you might catch a glimpse of the migrating Gray Whales. Depending on the season, whales and dolphins that are frequently observed include Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Killer Whales, and Dall’s Porpoise. We occasionally spot Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Harbor Porpoise, Bottlenose Dolphins, and Beaked Whales.
The gray-whale-watching season in California varies along the coast during winter and spring as the grays migrate south to the mating and calving lagoons of Mexico, then return north to feed mainly off Alaska. In addition, during summer, blue, humpback and other whales can be seen. In 1991, there were more than 50 companies or non-profit societies operating whale-watching tours from some 20 ports all along the California coast. The impact of whale watching thus is spread out along the entire 840-mile coast.
The current gray whale population numbers 21,000. An impressive 94 percent of that number pass within a mile of the Point Reyes in the first two weeks of January. Standing on a bluff in the cold, you can see gray spouts out at sea. Californians make their own seasonal migration to greet them, and call out their support. But you have whale watching opportunities all year long along the coast.