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Address: 7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone Number:
+1 831-600-5103
07:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Blue Ocean Whale Watch is owner operated and has the most unique boat on...

Blue Ocean Whale Watch is owner operated and has the most unique boat on the bay. Our boat, High Spirits, is a 60ft yacht with plenty of space for you inside and out. We have an observation deck up top which provides a 360 degree view of the bay - a perfect vantage point for taking photos.

Our tours depart from Moss Landing Harbor, the heart of the Monterey Bay. Moss Landing is the closest port to the beginning of the Monterey Submarine Canyon - a nutrient rich area that attracts a variety of wildlife.


Blue Ocean Whale Watch was created in 2011 and is owned and operated by Captain Jim Davis and Captain/Naturalist Kate Cummings. Both Jim and Kate have a deep respect for the ocean and its inhabitants. They also completely love their job which makes a big difference for the customer's experience.


We are excellent wildlife spotters, locating anything and everything that might be hanging out in the Monterey Bay that day - from endangered leatherback sea turtles to blue whales. We also guarantee whale sightings; if you don't see a whale, come back for free until you do.


Different whales are in the bay year-round, so there is always something amazing to see. We look forward to welcoming you on board!

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Amazing, They know where and when

It was first time for our family to go on Whale watching. After all reading and talking, we have selected Blue Ocean Whale Watch. The web page is very good and also they were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was first time for our family to go on Whale watching. After all reading and talking, we have selected Blue Ocean Whale Watch. The web page is very good and also they were present on e-mail questions. We came to Moss Landing and all the checking, etc…was as it should be. The Group was not so big, so everybody... More 

Thank DanielLjubljana
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Going whale watching has been completely life transforming for me. Seeing humpback whales, dolphins and other marine animals in person has made me realize how important our oceans are and how much LIFE is in them (and that's just the tip of the surface, literally!). To not only see whales surface, dive, tail slap and breech, but to actually feel... More 

Thank Jenn H
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

People ask me why this boat. Yesterday, my new ship guests found out why. The smaller boat allows Captain Jim to maneuver closer circles so the dolphins can surf the boat wakes and bring us guests quite a show. Dolphins love to surf the wakes. Instead of going straight to the whales they chose to bring us to 400 well... More 

Thank weedeater2016
San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We have driven past Moss Landing for years thinking,"I wish it was Whale watching season." Monterey Bay is one of the only places where whales are present all year long. We went out today with Kate and Captain Jim to see an amazing variety of sea life and a large number of Humpback Whales including a group of five feeding... More 

Thank Halfman1
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Booked 4 Whaling trips driving up the coast, they were just okay until I got to Blue Ocean Whale Watch. WOW what a difference, everything about this trip was unbelievable. From the owner Kate and her awesome staff to the yacht she took us out on. The business side could not have been better. Then we were taken out on... More 

Thank J David W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

A really good boat to go Whale watching on. Sails from Moss Landing Monterey which is very close to the deep underwater canyon that the whales use. The trip was relaxed and informative, and as the boat only does one trip per day, we stayed out a little longer when we encountered some breaching whales. The trip was so good... More 

Thank MikeWarrender50
West Malling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We read a number of reviews of a variety of whale watching cruises before booking this in advance of our trip to California. The reviews for Blue Ocean were consistently good so we booked a 3-4 hour trip and we were not disappointed - excellent service and knowledgeable crew. Small number of guests on board made the trip feel a... More 

Thank Rob121618
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was our 3rd trip with Blue Ocean Whale Watch, love how informative the naturalist is. The captain searched and found whales. Amazing amount of marine life from whales to birds in their natural environment.

Thank Debbie C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Without question the best part of our trip. It was an amazing day and we were able to see more blue whales then humpbacks plus porpoises, Dolphins, seals and a friendly little otter before boarding the boat. Actually got close up pictures of a blue whale breaching right next to our boat. The crew was very knowledgeable and very informative!... More 

Thank Jackie C
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We very much enjoyed our time with Blue Ocean, the trip was very enjoyable even though the seas were a little choppy and we had the opportunity to see sea otters, killer and humpback whales and common dolphins - the latter being something of a surprise on the way back to port. The staff were very friendly and knowledgable, providing... More 

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