Water activity

Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: Discovery Whale Watch
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Likely to sell out

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
The tour departs from Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf, where the boat sets sail into the harbor, home to breathtaking sea views. As the tour leaves the dock, catch a glimpse of the hundreds of Californian Sea Lions inside the harbor. Take advantage of the view and snap a photo to capture the memory. Upon leaving the harbor, the boat passes the historic Cannery Row and then enters the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Monterey is one of the world’s best locations for whale watching due to the deep submarine canyon close to shore. This is where the search for the wonders of the bay’s marine life begins. With whales spotted almost every day, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Keep your eyes peeled as you scan the water for the abundance of marine life that lives here. Search for feeding humpback whales, a variety of dolphin species, porpoises, blue whales, fin whales and more. As you sail, listen to the onboard biologist provide fascinating insight into the creatures of the bay, and what is 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. You can expect to see humpback whales daily but, you may also see 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. One of largest movements of mammals on earth happens just off the coast of Pacific Grove, CA – the south end of Monterey Bay. Gray whales pass by the coast, about a 30-minute ride from Monterey Harbor. Due to the short distance from the “gray whale super highway”, the trips can be shorter in duration for the winter time.
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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Date

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

  •  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 320 reviews

Review summary

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

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This was an amazing experience! The crew was knowledgeable, kind, and accommodating of all guests. The weather did not cooperate for the entire experience, which ended up being cut in half. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be handed a non-expiring rain check! Even though it was short, we still experienced the beauty of the ocean and a breaching humpback whale. We will be back for sure!

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May 6, 2022

It was an amazing experience all around. The staff was helpful friendly and polite. It was fun to be able to move about the boats to get a better look at the whales. It also helps that the day we set out were lucky enough to see plenty of animals.

April 20, 2022

The trip was fun despite higher than usual winds and a very bobly boat. The staff were great. Helpful with educational details and the puke bucket for the sick passengers. Please take dramamine an hour before boarding if you get car sick, swing sick, spinning sick or roller coaster sick!! Or even if you never get sick. Just take it. Get some pops for the kids too.

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April 17, 2022

Product ID: 246507