Predators arrive when baby whales are in the area2182 link
Views of these amazing creatures can be seen almost year round2183 link
Orcas approach the baby Grey Whales during migration season.2184 link
Worlds largest living mammal can be see just off the coast here in oxnard.2186 link
North and south bound migrating whales travel the Santa Barbara Channel to give birth in the Sea of Cortez2193 link
Blow holes may be seen up to 10 miles away by air and can reach heights of 30ft.2194 link
Pods of humpback arrive yearly to feed in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary2196 link
Channel Islands Helicopters is the only tour operator in the Northern hemisphere with this type of service, our pilots even radio the position of the whales to the local Whale Watching Boats! This tour ventures offshore, over the Santa Barbara Channel for a whale and dolphin spotting extravaganza. We have the ability to spot whales and dolphins in a 10 mile radius, so keep your eyes peeled and bring your camera.
Like other offshore tours we lift off from Oxnard Airport and head straight out to the ocean. This tour also offers incredible views along Channel Islands Harbor, Silverstrand Beach and Port Hueneme before heading back home!
Sites and Attractions: depending on the Season you may see, Blue, Grey, Minke, Orca, Humpback or Risso's whales. Dolphins by the hundreds are almost guaranteed, as well as breath taking views of the Channel Islands National Park including Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands!
Up to 3 Passengers
Add $25 for our Champagne Package!
Tour Length: 40 Miles
What began as a casual conversation several days ago, ended with a day that I will remember for the rest of my life. I could go on for pages, and probably lose all of you who read these blogs, so I will try to do my best to keep it mildly interesting. Liz from Channel Islands Sportfishing Center asked me a few days ago if I was interested in taking a flight with Josh from Channel Islands Helicopters. I admit, I was apprehensive, yet have always wanted too…so I agreed…pending weather, schedules, etc (giving myself an out).
The day finally arrived.
The weather was great, the boat was out and I had cleared my desk. I had no excuse. Scheduled to fly were Liz, myself and Larry from The Final Code…our website creator. I had told my dad the day before over breakfast, just probing to see if he would be interested…and of course he was…but the helicopter only seats 3. I asked him to take our pics as we lifted off, and he agreed arriving at the airport 15 minutes prior too.
As fate would have it, Larry decided to give up his seat for my dad and my dad was on!
Liz and I sat in the back and the old man armed with his Nikon was up front with Josh. Liz is a seasoned veteran, and between her and Josh were kind of feeding on my apprehension. We lifted off, and well, all I can say is just incredible. If you have never done this before, I highly recommend it.
While I am no stranger to flight, and having spent 35 years on the water around the Channel Islands, this was a totally new experience.
Seeing the Islands from the air puts it all in perspective.
On our way across the channel we observed pod after pod of common dolphin and then, there it was…the grand prize…a Blue Whale.
I have observed these magnificent animals for years at sea level, but to observe from above was indescribable.
The animal was beautiful, simply flawless. Hydrodynamic by evolution, designed to move through the water with the least bit of drag. The sight of the largest animal on our planet moving effortlessly below us was just humbling.
We then left our Blue as it headed for the depths and toured both the rugged North Shore of Anacapa as well as the dramatic South Shore. To see the Island from the air after having circumnavigated it countless times throughout the past decades adds total new perspective.
We were able to fly by the Ranger 85 as they were observing the same Blue Whale. Edward of course was onboard and captured amazing images of our Blue as it rose to the surface time and time again. He managed to get a few images of us in the air as well. Thank you Ed…these are forever.
Many thanks to the team of Channel Islands Helicopters. Josh, you run a first class operation…I look forward to flying with you again.
Liz…thank you so much for planting the seed. I always marvel with your stories from past flights, but now I know. Thank you so much.
Larry, you missed a great flight. Thank you however, as it afforded me a lifetime memory with my father.
Pop, I’m so glad we had this opportunity. I’m sure it brought back memories. (My father loves to fly…he has a long history dating back to his early days in the Navy…he’s 82 now).
See you all back on the water,
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