Water activity

Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

Monterey Bay: Whale Watching Tour

From £47.28 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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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 option booked)
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are provided in the office at check in and on the boat
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Please park in the main water front parking lot at the address: 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. Park as close as you can to rows A through D. Once 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 office is on the right hand side of the extension. Our 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

  • 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
  • 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 219 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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From the very beginning of the trip, to the last second, this trip was PHENOMENAL! We had amazing crew and a whale that literally breached out in front of our boat... UNREAL! I've been on numerous whale watches in the past and this one is by far the BEST! Thank you for so much for an unforgettable adventure! ❤️

19 September 2021

Like Gilligan's Island it was a 3 hour tour. 1.5 hours in we had reserved the fact that we may see no animals and then before you know it a school of porpoises, seals and 7 or so humpback whales all feeding on a school of sardines up close around and at one point even under our boat. Thanks to our parient Capt and crew and for their vast knowledge of these animals and their habits. Well worth it.

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11 September 2021

Our whale watching experience was fantastic for the adventurous person! We saw 5-6 whales as well as some sea lions. Three of the whales were breaching for about an hour, so we saw some amazing jumps. Forewarning, the water was choppy on the day we went so it would be a less pleasant experience if you are sensitive to sea-sickness, as some others on the boat were. Also, be prepared to get a wet and bring a poncho. All in all, we had a great time!

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8 September 2021

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