We Offer Year Round Whale Watching And Nature Tours Fully Narrated By Experienced Marine Biologists/Naturalists.
During our 2 1/2 to 3 hour trips, we provide you with a unique opportunity to view the diverse inhabitants of the Monterey Bay. Depending on when you choose to join us, you’ll have the chance to observe marine mammals such as the Gray Whale, Humpback Whale, Blue Whale, Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Beaked Whales, Orca (Killer Whale), Bottlenose Dolphin, Northern Right Whale Dolphin, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Harbor Porpoise, Dall’s Porpoise, California Sea Lion, Pacific Harbor Seal, and Southern Sea Otter. You’ll also have the opportunity to view seabirds such as Loons, Grebes, Black-footed Albatross, Shearwaters Pelicans, Cormorants, Phalaropes, Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, and Alcids. And don’t forget about sharks, the Ocean Sun Fish, jellyfishes, and even the Leatherback Sea Turtle!
Our trips depart daily. Please check our current schedule on Zerve
for trip departure times. Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to departure. Whale watching cruises are approximately 2½ to 3 hours in duration. Our experience is that this length of time gives you ample opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.
Sorry, no children under age 5 and no expecting mothers.
While we can’t guarantee a whale sighting every trip, our experience has allowed us to maintain an unsurpassed record for success in this area. We follow the federal whale watching guidelines; stopping the boat at least 300 ft (91 m) away from the whales and allowing the whales to approach us. The California coast offers a unique opportunity to observe whales and other marine wildlife year round. We offer a safe, fun, and educational trip for the whole family to enjoy.
California Gray Whales (December through April)
Traveling from the icy waters of the Bering and Chuckchi seas, to the majestic lagoons of Baja California, Mexico, the gray whales have followed the same migratory route along the west coast of North America for thousands of years. These whales generally travel a few short miles from the coast, making the Monterey harbor an ideal departure point for intersecting what is known as the “Gray Whale Migration Highway”.
Summer Whales (April through November)
Visit us in the summer months as Monterey Bay becomes the feeding grounds for multiple whale and dolphin species. Journeying from their warm-water breeding grounds, various whales travel to the Monterey Bay to indulge in the rich food sources available. This is your opportunity to see humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, orcas (killer whales), and the mighty blue whale (the largest animal to inhabit the earth). In addition to these large whales, Monterey Bay is frequented by porpoises and large pods of Risso’s dolphins, northern right whale dolphins, and Pacific white-sided dolphins.