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A fun tour with beautiful scenery.

The Looking Glass is a semi-submersible boat, meaning the top deck is above water and the lower... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2013
catnewman
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California
Yellow Submarine (boat)

I really enjoyed my ride out to look for sea lions and fish. The captain was knowledgable and... read more

Reviewed June 28, 2016
julierH6253YZ
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed my ride out to look for sea lions and fish. The captain was knowledgable and kind. We were able to see two sea lions sitting on top of some buoys and plenty of fish during the viewing from the bottom. About a 45 minute ride. I do wish that parents would talk to their children about yelling at wildlife (in this case, sea lions). I feel that the captain was professional at the time and handled the situation properly by explaining that the loud noise would prevent us from viewing the sea lions.

Look for the paddle boats if the boat is out on a tour. I found the Tripadvisor map to be a little off.

Thank julierH6253YZ
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Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

We arrived on a quiet Tuesday out of season, and though they were not strictly running, Laura said she had to refill the fuel tanks and if we would like to tag along she would show us what she could. I think she took pity on a couple of old Brits who looked a bit forlorn that the whale watching trips had finished for the season.
We felt like VIPs as the only two on the boat and saw all the Pelicans , sea lions and fish as mentioned in the other reviews plus much to our surprise and hers a sea lion under water trying to catch the fish we were watching, brilliant.

3  Thank Paul M
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Reviewed October 9, 2014

We were blown away by the equipment, staff professionalism and caring service provided by Looking Glass Tours. We rented two double kayaks for a relaxing tour of the harbor and nearby marina. We were utterly satisfied. Every item you could think of was provided...and all was in excellent condition. Safety was briefed and stressed. We can't say enough about this first class operation. We paid only $25 per hour! Are you kidding me? In that coveted area? That's pocket dust.They also have tourist-type little peddle boats and other craft for rent. Thank you, guys! We really had a super time!

4  Thank okeedoke
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Looking Glass is a semi-submersible boat, meaning the top deck is above water and the lower deck is underneath the water line. On the lower deck there are comfortable, cushioned benches and two seven-foot-long picture windows, on opposing sides of the vessel, for viewing underwater.

My husband and I take this fun tour, as part of his birthday gift, every year. Each time we see something different, whether is it the undersea environment, a new bird or another species of fish. We enjoy viewing the natural beauty of the ocean and coastal wildlife.

Expect to see pelicans, particularly the California, also known as, Pacific Brown Pelicans, which can also be grey in color when mature. A fish you will definitely see is the Opal Eye perch, named due to their pretty blue eyes. Another regular fish on the tour is the silver Jack smelt or California smelt, used as bait by anglers. Sea lions, identified by ear flaps, are a standard sighting on buoys and abandoned docks.

The flora and fauna change depending upon the time of day, weather and year. The last time we took this boat trip, we saw orange garibaldi, which is the California State fish, a Zebra perch, a Snowy egret, a Heermann’s gull and a Western gull. On earlier boat tours string rays swam by. The skipper doubles as a docent and is very informative. The best time of day to go is in the mid-morning to early afternoon, when the sun's rays light up the sea bed.

Photo opportunities abound in this scenic atmosphere, so make sure to take a camera along. Wear comfortable walking shoes to descend a vertical ladder, to the lower deck and ascend to the top deck. Use sun screen, as half of the trip is on the open top deck. Most days the climate is pleasant, but, in the winter months a windbreaker might be needed.

The Looking Glass is open every day in the summer, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. When summer ends this attraction is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each tour leaves every hour, on-the-hour and lasts about 30 minutes. The adult fee is $15.00 and $10.00 for children. Kids really like this ride, especially the underwater part. The ship has a 19 person capacity.

On rainy days and on very breezy days, with white caps on the water, this attraction will be closed. Also, on major holidays, such as Christmas, the tour is closed. Therefore, call before going or check weather and their website.

The ship is located inside the Redondo Beach marina, by the neon yellow paddle boats, north of the fish markets. Paid parking, by the hour, is available in the underground or covered lot at the harbor.

Other activities inside the bay include sail boating, pedal boating, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and gondola rides.

We are looking forward to another trip.

8  Thank catnewman
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