With some 20,000 gray whales migrating North along our coastline from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, there will be plenty of whales to view from boat or shore through April. Come witness these amazing and beautiful mammals first hand. It is an experience you will not soon forget.
Whale Watching Package:
Package include: Lodging, two tickets for a two hour whale watching cruise , and unlimited mini golf passes Friday-Sunday.
Discounted package starts at only $204 plus tax* for single queen
*Room upgrades and weekends will be higher. Rates are based on dbl
Stay 3 nights or more and enjoy even bigger savings!
3 Night Discounted package starts at only $250 plus tax* for single
*Room upgrades and weekends will be higher.
Rates are based on dbl occupancy.
**Please note: Discounted packages are not available
during holiday or event weekends, however, Whale watching tickets can still be booked!
Fort Bragg Whale Festival March 20-22, 2015
FORT BRAGG, Calif. –—Enjoy Wine, Chowder and microbrew tasting while visiting our local shops and Inns, and whale watch from the Pomo
Bluffs Park in Fort Bragg, as well as from miles of beaches.
Soroptimist of Fort Bragg Annual Whale Run Saturday, March 21, 2015 -
10K, 5K Run * 5K Competitive Walk * 5K Run Walk * Kiddie Race
Passport Wine Tasting Event (Saturday only): $25 advance tickets and
$30 at the door. Taste some of Mendocino County’s finest varietals in shops and galleries in Historic Downtown Fort Bragg.
Tasting (Saturday only). Sample chowders from some of the best chefs on the coast!
Microbrew Beer Tasting: (Saturday only). Taste
beer like you’ve never tasted it before.
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park The Coast Guard Auxilliary will give lens
tours, on-site docents will be available to answer questions, help visitors find whales and tell stories about the Station and its
For more information and a schedule of events visit:
Amazing 2 hour cruises are only $35 per person!
Mendocino Whale Festival March 6 & 7, 2015
MENDOCINO, Calif. — Explore the beautiful village of Mendocino where there are plenty of
whales to view from the surrounding Mendocino
Headlands State Park,
while tasting chowder and wine, and discovering art exhibits, local shops and Inns.
MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDE: Wine
Tasting (Saturday only) Taste some of Mendocino County’s finest varietals.
Chowder Tasting (Saturday only) Sample chowder from some
of the best chefs on the coast.
Whale Watching Docent-led whale watch walks
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park The Coast
Guard Auxilliary will give lens tours, on-site docents will be available to answer questions, help visitors find whales and tell stories
about the Station and its history.
Whale Festival Attractions THROUGHOUT THE MONTH:
· Whale Watching Charter Boat Tours (Noyo Harbor,
Fort Bragg) · Point Cabrillo Lighthouse · Horseback Riding
· MacKerricher State Park Docent led Whale Walks · Walking Whale Watching
Tours at the Botanical Garden
· “Whale Tales” Exhibit and whale watching tips from Docents at the Ford House Visitor’s Center
The celebration is all about the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale with their newborn calves from the protected lagoons of western
Baja to their ancestral feeding grounds in the cold waters of the Bering Sea. The migrating whales, numbering 18,000 - 23,000 individuals,
pass by the Mendocino Coast twice each year: once going south between the months of November and February, and again going north between
the months of February and June. Since they don't migrate simultaneously, not all the whales make it all the way to Baja. Some linger
off shore and observations suggest that these are primarily the younger males. Newly pregnant females lead the northward migration,
followed by males.
The California Gray Whale travels the longest distance on migration of any mammal. This species is the only whale
whose year-round habits and whereabouts are well known.
Examinations of the stomachs of whales during the whaling days indicated that
gray whales eat very little while migrating and while in calving areas. Thus, many whales may go without food for three to five months.
animals travel south to the three major breeding and calving lagoons on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico: Laguna Ojo de Libre,
San Ignacio Lagoon (also known as Scammon's Lagoon), and Magdalena Bay. Captain Charles Scammon charted many of these areas in the
mid-1800s as he hunted gray whales.
The northbound migration begins with immature animals (some of which may not have gone all the
way to Mexico), adult males, and females without calves. Breeding sometimes is observed at this time.
Calves usually are rambunctious
but stay close to their mothers as they become more coordinated and develop an insulating blubber layer. Calves are at least a month
old before they migrate north with their mothers. Mothers and calves are the last to leave the lagoons and move somewhat more slowly.
the spring migration, if the weather is good, you can see whales within a few hundred yards of coastal headlands.
The full round-trip
migration from the Baja calving lagoons to the Bering Sea and back is 10,000 miles (16,000 km), the longest known for any mammal.
Other whales also are known to migrate between summer high latitude feeding grounds and more temperate low latitude breeding and calving
areas. However, researchers know more about the gray whale because it moves so close to shore. This near-shore movement has led to
speculation that gray whales navigate by staying in shallow water or keeping the surf noises to one side or the other depending upon
their direction of travel.