For our 2007 trip out to Santa Cruz Island, we took kayaks with us and ended up with an experience of a lifetime!
Doug, the only other camper on the island, caught a few photos. Mike (right) and I (left) took kayaks with us for the first time.
He also caught this photo of an approximately 40' California Gray Whale.
Then, the three of us met. For about 90 minutes we paddled along with him. At first it was a bit scary and daunting but after several dives and returns to us and one time-stopping moment when our eyes met, all felt perfectly safe, even when we were as close as about 8 feet away. It was an absolute high hanging out with him.