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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Take an exciting ocean adventure on this whale-watching cruise from Monterey. You might see gray (most common), humpback, and blue whales as they migrate along the Pacific coast, along with sea lions and dolphins. Hear commentary from your naturalist guide, and get photo ops of the scenery at one of California's premier whale-watching destinations. And because the tour lasts just a half day, you’ll have time left for sightseeing.
  • Go whale watching from Monterey, a top whale-sighting locale in California
  • Learn about whale behavior and conservation from the naturalist guide
  • Get tips from the crew on taking photos of the marine life
  • Experience a cruise on the Pacific Ocean and the California coast
What to Expect
Make your own way to Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey to board the boat and meet your guide, a marine biologist or naturalist. Hear commentary about whale behavior and the natural history of the California coast, as you look for gray whales, which are the most frequently sighted species. If you’re lucky you may see blue whales or humpbacks as well. Any whale-sighting data collected will be used to help track the health of the species’ population. Learn how to spot whales and dolphins, and get advice on making your best photos and videos of the wildlife. Your cruise returns to shore in early afternoon, leaving you ample time for other activities later in the day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Departure Time
9:00 AM
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Warm layers are recommended
  • Sun protection, camera, binoculars, water, and snacks are recommended
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Great trip with no guarantees but managed to see a whale so very pleased! The crew were very helpful (and entertaining!) ; especially thanks to Pete who, apart from his scientific knowledge, also took some fantastic photographs then shared them with us after the trip...at no
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These guys were great. The whales were not in abundance but they made sure that we would see some. We did and thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved it!
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The company did a great job splitting the 50 person 9am group into 2 small boats, so everyone had plenty of space and a great view. We saw 3 different types of dolphins and 2 blue whales on our trip. Eric was a marine biologist and great narrator about both the animals and local
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First time I have seen whales and dolphins in wilderness. Amazing trip, funny and competent crew with respect for the animals. We were lucky and have seen 4 blue whales. Everything was smooth and nice. Would do it again with this company!
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I can't express how amazing this tour was. I had no expectations going into the tour and was blown away by the crew's knowledge and the amount of wildlife we saw. Highly recommend this tour for anyone who is thinking of a whale whale watching tour.
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