Whether you love dropping a line or making like Melville and spotting the biggest mammal of all, this humble shop is your gateway to the blue Pacific. Whale-watching trips head out from the harbor about 6 to 7 miles into the ocean. The best time to spot gray whales is winter, blue whales in summer, and year-round you can see humpback whales and dolphins.

Open-boat fishing trips are available year-round, departing 6am. It does 45-minute harbor tours, too.