We went on a whale watching cruise (is it still a cruise if it's only 2 hours long?) on Saturday off of Balboa Island. We saw no whales, but we did see two amazing kinds of dolphins who swam playfully so close to our boat I was afraid they'd get plowed over. We also saw some pretty amazing sea lions who played king of buoy. Highly entertaining! Of course, we would have loved to see a whale, but we were happy to watch all these playful sea mammals instead.