Water activity

Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: Discovery Whale Watch

Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: Discovery Whale Watch
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From US$ 65 per person

Monterey Bay is the premier destination for whale watching all year! There are whales seen every day here in Monterey. Trips are narrated by a marine biologist or naturalist who provides educational and interesting information about the wildlife.

About this activity

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See whales in their natural habitat
  • Explore Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Admire some of the most incredible animals on earth
Full description

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.

Includes
  • 3 or 4-hour whale-watching cruise (depending on the option booked)
  • Biologist guide
  • Hot beverages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Fishermans Wharf to begin your tour. If you are driving you can park by the main waterfront parking lot at 245 Washington Street, Monterey CA 93940. This is a gated parking lot, to enter you must take the ticket at the gate and drive-in. Once you are parked, walk down the tourist wharf past all the shops and restaurants. When you reach the Crab House Restaurant and Glass Bottom Boat ticket booth you will turn right on the extended pier. The activity provider's office is on the right-hand side of the extension. The building is light blue in color and has a sign on the roof that reads Discovery Whale Watch.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  •  Due to the short distance from the “gray whale super highway”, the trips can be shorter in duration for the winter time
  •  Summer and fall morning tours last 3.5-4 hours, while the winter morning tours and the afternoon tours year-round last 2.5-3 hours
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  •  Please bring your confirmation and ID card with you
  • Pregnant women are not allowed on this tour
  •  Motion sickness remedies are available for purchase at the office before the tour, but you are welcome to bring your own
  •  Bringing a small packed lunch and non-alcoholic beverages is allowed
  •  There are restroom facilities on the vessel
  •  Friendly dogs are permitted on board
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 391 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Absolutely fantastic trip. Isaiah the marine biologist was really knowledgeable and provided great commentary. The captain Danny and crew were very friendly. We got to see sea lions, dolphins, sea otters and the best display from humpback whales. One was breaching for over an hour right by our boat which was amazing ! Would 100% Recommend !

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June 26, 2022

Was an excellent experience! The crew was knowledgeable and careful - we had an amazing experience - the whales were SO CLOSE to the boat, and we saw SO Many! The crew had such interesting facts and stories - really made the whole trip come alive. I highly recommend this! Our crew: Danny, Caila & Isaiah - were out of this world!

May 29, 2022

Just wow! We thoroughly enjoyed our whale watching experience. We were incredibly lucky to come across whales feeding; our guide estimates we saw 60 whales on our tour. The staff were all lovely and the boat was very comfortable. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see some whales!

May 27, 2022

Product ID: 246507