I did this last year, shortly after Ed made me an assistant organizer. It was a blast last year. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, charter companies for their whale watching tours. Through the end of this month, whale watching cruises depart from three places. Last year we left at Redondo Beach pier landing, and they seem to be the best price, and probably a little closer to everyone anyways.
Last year we did see a pair of grey whales from a distance, as well as a large pod of common dolphins. There are trained naturalists on board that can teach you about the cetaceans of coastal California, and have binoculars that you can borrow.
Cost is $10/person AS LONG as we get 25 or more people. All I need from you, is a confirmation in your reply that you WILL be there if you RSVP. Otherwise it will be $25/person. You just pay the cruise office when you get there. Its not absolutely essential, but if you can RSVP by Monday, the 25th, that would be great. Again, its 2.5, 3 hours at the most. So you can expect to be back at the pier no later than 1:00.
I chose the 10am tour as it won't kill the whole day for everyone. That means be there at 9:45.
We'll meet at the end of the pier. I believe parking is validated by Voyager Excursions if there is any cost.
Meetup details changed!! Time has changed!! The whale watching is officially now the 1:30 cruise. They were sold out and booked solid for the 10:00 ride! But lots of space on the 1:30 ride. Thought it would be the other way around. Everything else is the same.
See you Saturday!