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Sanctuary Cruises

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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
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Sanctuary always a 10!

Went out with friends from South Dakota -- saw 5 pairs of Humpbacks, sea lion raft, harbor seals... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
tamarat545
Caring and informative staff.

We went out mid May. I was a little disappointed that the orcas had moved on. We saw Risso's... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lisa O
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Explore Monterey Bay year-round with a marine biologist aboard Santuary, a beautiful boat that is only booked to 80% of her capacity for a more personalized passenger experience. We run longer trips with fewer passengers. We really care about the environment and run 100% local biodiesel. Knowledgeable, warm owner/operators engage and enchant. Responsible captains who don't crowd the animals but ease into the area, which often results in fantastic sightings. We have a great device for avoiding seasickness. Located in Moss Landing at the heart of the Monterey Bay & beginning of the submarine canyon for awesome sightings. We are the boat the locals prefer and the National Marine Sanctuary recommends.
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went out with friends from South Dakota -- saw 5 pairs of Humpbacks, sea lion raft, harbor seals. otters. While the whale activity was moderate compared to other trips, our captain and biologist kept us engaged the whole time -- almost 3.5 hours.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went out mid May. I was a little disappointed that the orcas had moved on. We saw Risso's dolphins, and bow riding Pacific white sided dolphins on the way to the big prize. Chase, our marine biologist, was thrilled by the sighting of 6...More

Thank Lisa O
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Reviewed 3 days ago

From the beginning of the trip the Pilot and the Marine Biologist did everything to ensure that their whale watcher guests were comfortable. Though the boat is somewhat small and we pitched about while going out on the bay, there were motion sickness bracelets available...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In 41 years teaching Marine Science I've been on many whale watching trips… this was by FAR the BEST! The boat ride was comfortable, affordable and just a small group which was very nice! Eric skippered us out 10 miles to the perfect spot to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thiis was a great trip. We saw Orcas and a lot of breaching Humpback Whales. We were out for around 5 hours cause we kept finding more things to look at.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were four friends, one from Italy, one from Tahiti and two Californians, that went on this whale watching cruise. Everything was well organized and we were happy with the excursion. In the bay we saw various seals, sea otters, and many different birds. But...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the morning whale watching cruise; the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and went out of their way to ensure everyone was enjoying the trip and feeling OK. We were really lucky and saw an amazing variety of birds and sea creatures including...More

Thank Philippa G
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Amazing experience. Having Chase, a professional photographer on board to help was a great help and as a photography novice, I learned quite a bit and my photos were fantastic. Both Chase and Capt Mike are so knowledgeable about the marine life. Each trip I've...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

This is a small boat with limited space so it means you will likely meet and chat with fellow watchers on the boat and have time and access to talk to the very knowledgeable crew. Having taken the larger, Monterey-based ferry type trips, I highly...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Enthusiastic crew, quite knowledgeable (although bit more detail insight rather than the standard David Attenborough/ Living Planet, would have enhanced the experience) Nice mid size boat, sea sickness aids, ginger biscuits Would recommend (been on 2 whale watching trips elsewhere, this was the best)

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Stephanie G
27 July 2017|
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Response from Andrea R | Reviewed this property |
We made reservations a week before. They were booked up the morning of our adventure.
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mgsom
28 May 2017|
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Response from Jo C | Reviewed this property |
I concur with previous response. Additionally there is seating for about 5 people at the bow of the boat which is where we sat for the duration of cruise.
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jocat94
7 May 2017|
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Response from sxghosh | Reviewed this property |
My advice is to call them rather than go through the website. Plus save $5 on each ticket (service charges for doing it online!)
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