Blue whales migrate up and down the California coast, and the Dana Point – Laguna Beach area is considered one of the best places to see them. Grey whales, fin whales, and local dolphins are often spotted here by whale watching groups; after all, the Laguna Beach area is a major convergence point for so many species of marine mammals. My family were invited to experience “The Biggest Show on Earth,” Ritz-Carlton’s new Ambassadors of the Environment whale watching program, and it was simply incredible. My kids and other guests on the catamaran hung out in the plexiglass-walled hull, eye to eye with bottlenose dolphins. That, right there, would have made the ocean excursion worthwhile. It got even better when Captain Dave spotted a migrating blue whale.
We were too excited to remember to take a lot of photos of this part of our Ambassadors of the Environment experience, and a lot of the video my husband took is filled with excited jabbering of our fellow passengers. I like this clip of his a lot, though; it captures the thrill of seeing a giant blue whale surfacing.
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is a perfectly-turned out luxury resort near Dana Point and Laguna Beach. A Southern California coastal family vacation doesn’t get much better than this, especially with the new Ambassadors of the Environment program.
Thank you to the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and Ambassadors of the Environment for this vacation experience.