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Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

1. Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

Discover a variety of whale species in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on this cruise from Monterey. Uncover one of the world’s best locations for whale watching due to its deep submarine canyon close to shore. With whales spotted almost every day, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Set sail from the Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Catch a glimpse of the hundreds of Californian Sea Lions inside the harbor as the boat leaves the dock. Take advantage of the view and snap a photo to capture the memory. Pass the historic Cannery Row as you leave the harbor and enter the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Search for feeding humpback whales, a variety of dolphin species, porpoises, blue whales, and fin whales. Listen as the onboard biologist provides fascinating insights into the creatures of the bay and what is being done to protect them. During the summer/ fall season, the tour will focus on feeding whales that come to the bay to feast on small fish and krill. Spot humpback whales daily but keep an eye out for blue whales, fin whales, gray whales (finishing migration), orcas and a variety of other dolphin species. During the winter season, the tour will focus on migrating whales at the south end of Monterey Bay where gray whales pass by. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Napa Valley: Napa River Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

2. Napa Valley: Napa River Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

Explore charming Napa Valley while cruising the crisp waters of the Napa River on a stand up paddleboard. Perfect for family, friends, or a combination of both, this rental service includes a paddleboard, paddle, and life vest. Float by riverbank wineries and restaurants while watching for wildlife. Begin your adventure in downtown Napa to collect your paddleboard and gear. Learn how to mount and maneuver your board and understand the rights of way for river traffic. Then it's time to get into the water, pausing to take a photo of the sweeping city skyline of 19th-century architecture. Feel the refreshing wind on your face as you paddle through the crisp river water. Watch for the Napa Valley Opera House, first opened in 1880, and the Oxbow Public Market, overflowing with local food vendors and produce. Continue your tour or get a snack at a riverside bakery or restaurant. Paddle further downstream and watch as the Vaca and Mayacamas mountains appear in the distance. Cruise by the Napa Valley Ecological Reserve and see if you can spot blue herons, otters, beavers, deer, or turtles. Then it's time to head back to the docks to take one last photo and return your gear.

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We chose wisely! There were a few tours we could have chosen, and this has to be the best one! The briefing in the beginning was point on, informative, and helpful. Choppy waters sometimes- don’t forget to take your sea sickness meds at least an hour before arrival. :) The guides were so knowledgable, friendly and eager to answer questions. Very engaging. Felt like you were hanging out with friends.

This was me and my wife’s first time being on a boat in the sea. I must say that the crew and the captain were very helpful as well as knowledgeable. I would recommend Discovery whale watching

Daniel the captain, Andrew and Kayla were fantastic hosts, we saw 5 whales, dolphin, sea lions and otters, highly recommend Travelling from Wales in the UK

A unique experience ! We saw dolphins, sea lions/sea lions, sea otters, killer whales and two whales. The team is really great ✨

excellent plan, no waiting, all-inclusive package, no surprises, well organized, to recommend