3-Hour Monterey Bay Whale-Watching Tour: Explore Marine Wildlife
220 Ratings
Embark on a thrilling 3-hour whale-watching tour in Monterey Bay. Learn from marine biologists and naturalists about whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife while enjoying the stunning natural beauty of the area.
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 66 Fishermans Wharf - Meet at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey to begin your whale watching experience at 10am. Monterey Bay is considered to be a premier destination for whale watching year round as these animals are often spotted there. Your whale watching trip will be narrated by a marine biologist or naturalist, who will provide you educational and interesting information about marine wildlife.

In addition to teaching you about the wildlife, your marine biologists and naturalists will provide information about the natural history of the local area and talk about conservation. While out on the ocean, your marine biologists and naturalists will also be collecting sighting data for scientific research. During your trip, the crew will show you how to spot whales and dolphins as well as give you advice on how to best capture photos and videos of the wildlife. You will return back to the original departure point between 12:30pm and 1pm.

What's Included
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Engaging live commentary
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
What's Not Included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Additional Information

Monterey Bay stands as the top location for year-round whale observing. Enjoy a daily 3-hour journey, accompanied by a commentary from a marine biologist or naturalist offering insightful and informative details about whales, dolphins, and numerous marine creatures. Alongside guiding you about the wildlife, your onboard specialists will discuss the local area’s natural past and the importance of conservation.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
66 Fishermans Wharf
Fishermans Wharf
Parking Address: 101 Washington Street Monterey CA 93940 Find beginning of Fisherman's Wharf with Pink building/Blue Lighthouse (Harbor House). Walk past all the gift shops and turn right when you see a giant clock or the Crab house Restaurant. Will be on the right the BLUE Building.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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May 20, 2024
Great, must do experience! - What a great morning spent watching whales! The crew were great, very knowledgeable and clearly care a lot about the whales and their welfare. Also saw some dolphins too, and sea otters. They claim to have a 99% success rate at seeing whales and now I can understand why - we saw loads! The ride can be a bit choppy. They offer free hot drinks too both in the reception and on the boat.
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May 14, 2024
Great trip - Great time! Saw about 10 whales and many dolphins. JJ the captain did a great job getting us to them. Kaylie and Ms. Darling could not have been any better....so helpful and such great information. I would definitely recommend this company!
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May 13, 2024
A great trip and wonderful friendly and knowledgeable staff. - A lovely trip made all the more enjoyable by the friendly and highly knowledgeable staff on board. We saw humpback whales and dolphins. The staff were passionate and enthusiastic to share their knowledge and they created a lovely atmosphere on board the boat.
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May 12, 2024
Fantastic- thanks Isaiah! - Fantastic morn whale watching with Isaiah & crew! All so friendly knowledgable & attentive. We saw humpback & killers!
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Apr 17, 2024
Amazing trip - Couldn't recommend more! - Absolutely amazing trip and would 100% recommend to anyone whoses trying to decide which company and/or whether to go on a Whale Watching trip. Andrew, Jeremiah and Captain JJ were all amazing, very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. We saw Humpback Whales, Risso's Dolphins and lots of Sea Lions in a feeding frenzy. The boat was clean, comfortable, a good size and had great facilities such as restroom, food & drinks and inside and outside areas. The trip was the perfect balance of commentary, Q&A and being left to admire and experience the wildlife and surroundings. We are so happy with our experience, thank you so much!
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Apr 16, 2024
Awesome whale watching tour - whales provided us a show. - We have been on several whale watching tours in Hawaii, and Alaska. In those tours, we see flapping tails, and nothing else. However, Isiah and crew took use to areas, where the whales put on a wonderful show for us. Well, this tour capped all other tours, and planned to use them again when we have family or friends with us.
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Apr 11, 2024
Beautiful day with humpback whales. - Very friendly service and effective trip. Seen a lot of whale and sea lions at a close range. Knowledgeable personnel, with good information.
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Mar 20, 2024
Great experience! - Efficient booking service. Friendly staff went through briefing and let everyone know what to expect, they seemed as enthusiastic as passengers to see all the wildlife! We saw lots of humpback whales, Risso’s and other dolphins too numerous to mention. Thanks to the written brief prior to the trip I dressed warmly - and really needed to, it was cold out there!! I also took the recommended sea sickness tablets and felt no nausea whatsoever, despite sitting at the front of the boat. A fantastic morning out, thanks to the crew!
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Mar 18, 2024
Fun in the Bay, and whales too! - I did the 3 hour tour of whale watching out 9f Monterrey. The first attempt the smoke detector went off, so we had to turn around at the sea lion wall. However, the company was able to schedule me for the next day. The day was beautiful. I went to enjoy the water, but seeing the humpback, 2 species of dolphins, sea lions, and otters just made the 3 hours more enjoyable. The naturalist answered questions and maintained a respectful distance from the whales. It's definitely an excellent excursion. I would do it again with the same company.
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May 2, 2024
DISGUSTING. - The person with the least empathy you could encounter at a customer service desk. My partner ended up crying after talking to her...and it was only a phone call. Dont want to think how she would have felt had we have to face this "assistant". Xenophobic towards europeans...what else to expect from the usa...?. NEVER COMING BACK, obviously, (THEY MAKE 1M A YEAR ON WHALES...)
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