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The RV Tortuga is owned, operated, and maintained by Whales & Co. LLC . Our personell is hired after carefull review of references and experience, and if there is the need trained to serve at sea. Passengers assume all responsibility for themselves while onboard the vessel and they are liable to disobey direct orders coming from the Captain or any crew member as precetted by Federal Laws.

Our tours are subject to schedule changes, prices increase, sometime fuel surcharge (the latter apply only to private charters for circumstances beyond our control).

Being at sea on a boat is Dangerous! The RV Tortuga is very spacious, notwithstanding that it is very easy to get a head bump when passing from a deck to another or coming on board.  The RV Tortuga is a working boat; meaning bare foot, flip flops and heels are strongly discourage. Inherent risks of injury from the nonskid floor of our deck such as cuts can be prevented by wear a normal pair of sneakers. Also bring protective eyewear, long-sleeve shirts, gloves, and other warm gear. We provide blankets to warm you up but out there can be really chill sometime. Please use your best judgment in deciding what to wear or bring aboard, based on the anticipated weather, sea conditions, and type of tour you've booked. If you are not sure, just check in with us, send a message on our chat or an email to

If we take you out fishing, we do not guarentee you will catch fish. It is up to the individual to understand the different fish you may encounter in the different seasons around Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island. Please read more about it in our dedicated webpage section (Fishing off the Islands) which introduce the most common fish species of California and their seasonality from educational material provided free of cost by NOAA and the California National Park Service. In case Fish Counts has to be reported it shall be the Captain to do so and the customer paying the fees.

Whales & Co. LLC is not responsible for any forgotten, lost or stolen articles, including, tackle, phones, clothing, sunglasses or anything else. Please make sure you have all your personal belongings before you disembark. Please report us any missing items and in case, you shall just pay the postage to get back your stuff.

At Whales & Co. LLC we DO NOT tollerate bad manners. Meaning the captain is the only person that can avoid to use the word "please" while asking you or his crew to do something. Everyone else onboard is expected to show courtesy to the crew and each other. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone or desenbark who does not comply with our courtesy policy which is guaranteed to anyone disregarding race, religion, color, national origin, sex, childbirth and related conditions, lactation status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or military status,  or any other protected status as required by the Federal Law of the United States of America. 

After more than 30 years in the marine industry at different levels (from tourism and accademia to sea exploration) we guarantee the informations contained within the site is periodically updated, and based on scientific references as well as educational and travel material  provided at no cost from the Government of the United States of America through the NOAA and the National Park Service, instead the way we present it to assist our prospective clients  in planning an unforgettable experience here at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is based on our expertise and training. Hence we guarantee all the informations provided in this website are up to date and will be updated if such necessity come to light from new brake trough scientific discover.

The materials contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or other professional advice on any subject matter. Whales & Co. LLC and its partners do not have any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site.
Some links within this website will re-direct the viewers to other websites, including those operated and maintained by third parties. These links direct to official Governamental Agency webpages solely as a convenience. The presence of such links does not give any responsibility to Whales & Co. LLC and it is a clear and proper use of educational material provided by the United States Government.

Permission is given for the downloading and temporary storage of one or more of these pages for the purpose of viewing on a personal computer. The contents of this site are protected by copyright under international conventions and, apart from the permission stated, the reproduction, permanent storage, or retransmission of the contents of this site is prohibited without the prior written consent of Whales & Co. LLC.
This website and its contents are provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Reproduction, distribution, republication, and/or retransmission of material contained within this website are prohibited unless prior written permission of Whales & Co. LLC  has been obtained. Permission may be given for use ONLY with Whales & Co. LLC provided credit is given in any media of use where our intellectual properties will be share (both in pubblic or private venues).
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