Dockside Adventure Center
Get on the water at our Dockside Adventure Center.
Your waterfront adventure awaits! The Portofino is the perfect South Bay destination for all ocean activities and sports. Our new Dockside Adventure Center offers kayaks, stand up paddleboards, scuba, deep sea fishing and boat charters as well as bike rentals, beer tastings, cocktail-making classes and even paint and sip events.
The Dockside Adventure Center in partnership with REI also offers a variety of specialty tours and classes.
SoCal Whale Watching Kayak Tour
Each November, the Pacific grey whales begin their southern migration from the arctic waters of the Bering Sea, passing through Southern California on their way to the warm water lagoons of Baja, returning north around March. While we can’t guarantee an encounter with a whale, we will see other marine life such as sea lions, bright orange garibaldi, pelicans and dolphins in their natural environment. We’ll review basic paddle strokes and boat safety prior to paddling out on our 4-5 mile adventure.
SoCal Wildlife Kayak Tour
From sea lions to bright orange garibaldi, pelicans and if we’re lucky, dolphins, our friendly, professional guides will take you on a scenic ocean tour. With amazing coastal cliffs and the Channel Islands in the distance, we’ll paddle along one of the most gorgeous stretches of coastline in Southern California. We’ll review basic paddle strokes and boat safety before paddling out. *Please note, this environment may have rolling water which can lead to motion sickness. Must be 12 years of age or older and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard Class
Spend time on the water and learn everything you need to get started in the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. You’ll be introduced to the basic strokes, and receive personalized instruction to improve your balance and comfort on the board. We’ll cover important gear and safety concepts before we practice moving from a seated to standing position, remounting our board after falling (or jumping!) in the water, and basic paddle strokes. This is a great way to build a new skill set or improve upon what you already know about paddleboarding. Paddleboards, paddles and safety equipment provided!
Full Moon Kayak Tour
Join our Outdoor School instructors for a moon-lit tour of one of our favorite paddling destinations. We will provide all the gear and basic paddle instruction as the sun sets, then head out for a short paddle by moonlight. This is a great way to get some extra paddling practice and meet new friends. No experience is required, but taking a Learn to Kayak Class is recommended. Advance registration is required. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating parent or responsible adult.
Sunset Kayak Tour
Break out of your usual evening routine and join our instructors for a sunset tour at one of our favorite kayaking destinations! After some basic instruction, we’ll take a short paddle tour of the area and find a nice spot to watch the sunset from out on the water. This is a great way to get some extra paddling practice and meet new friends. We provide kayaks, all the gear, and basic paddle instruction, but please bring your own headlamp. Pre-Requisite: Learn to Kayak Class or equivalent skills; ages 14 and up are welcome.
PACKAGES & OFFERS
Gift Cards Now Available
Give the gift of adventure, relaxation and marina-front dining in the South Bay. Gift cards for The Portofino Hotel & Marina and BALEENkitchen are now available for purchase.