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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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We had the best whale watching tour, we had over 30 sightings! All of the crew members where extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend buying directly from this company while cruising. It’s right on the wharf when you get off the ship.
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My grand daughter and I really enjoyed the informative guide. We saw a pod of 3 Beluga whales, 2 Fin whales so close to the boat they had to shut the motor off, and a Blue whale.
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Luckily we were able to see blue whale, humpback, orca, and sea lions. One of the best experience ever had. Highly recommended.
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My husband, sister, brother-in-law, niece (12yrs) and I did the 9AM whale watching tour with Discovery Whale Watch. Everything about the trip was incredible. Yes, we did see a lot of animals. Sea otters, sunfish, sea lions, jellyfish, humpback whales, blue whales, and orcas
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What a great day. We saw some local inhabitants (Sea Lions, Otters etc.) on the way out to see our main sites. We ended up seeing several Blue Whales, 4 Humpbacks and 3 Fin Whales. The Fin Whales got so close to us that they had to shut down the boat motors. It was awesome.
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