Monterey & Carmel

Whale Watching Tour

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Whale Watching Tour
  • 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


Go on a spectacular whale watching tour of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary with your experienced captain narrating the entire way. The boats range from 53’ to 70’, and they are equipped with bathrooms and plenty of seating. Your captain will guide you through the bay and find where the whales are playing. You just need to be ready and waiting with your eyes and cameras.
  • Relax on 53’ to 70’ boats of one of the longest running whale watching companies in the area
  • Rest easy as there is a bathroom on board for passenger use
  • Be entertained by your captain’s commentary on board
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary and the powerful whales

What's Included

  • Restroom on board
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water

Meeting And Pickup

Departure Point

  • 48 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Return Details

  • You may disembark at any of the available stops.

Ticket Redemption Point

48 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

What To Expect

Whale Watching Tour

1 Stop

1 Point of Interest

Duration: 3 hours

Operating Schedule: Departures daily at 10am & 1:30pm. Check in is at 9:30am or 1pm.

48 Fishermans Wharf

Points of interest passed by on this route

Monterey Bay

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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241 reviews
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Amazing trip
Sherri_T, Nov 2023
The crew was amazing and knowledgeable! We saw lots of whales, including tons of sea lions in pods jumping around us.
Whales delivered
Marianne_B, Nov 2023
Saw humpback whales up close and personal. Crew was great and informative. Absolutely would go again.
Not as expected
Yaokang_W, Oct 2023
Didn’t see many whales jumping out. And the duration was less than 3 hours, just about 2.5 hours. :-I
Annette_C, Aug 2023
The trip was incredible as we watched 6 humpback whales and sea lions for about an hour. Weather was great and the guys were very knowledgeable. I’m not sure if the main guy in the shop was Chris but he was lovely and lots of fun x
jimmy_g, Aug 2023
We were taken to a good spot to see the whales. There was a small cabin you could go into. The water was pretty choppy, it does say that in introduction, but, should be more duly noted and try to have sea-sick pills available. Most did real good on this trip and had some good pics of seals and whales
Book this trip immediately!
Juli_R, Jul 2023
Bucket list- check! What a great trip! The weather was great, the water was a little rough and one poor family yacked the entire time. But the Captain & crew were amazing! Very knowledgeable and full of fun facts. The whales were amazing & so so beautiful.
Bucket list checked on this trip!
cwvzhbq9jy, Jul 2023
Everyone was very nice and provided great commentary along the trip. We saw all types of wildlife to include, birds, seals, dolphins AND whales on our trip. They were very accommodating with advice on avoiding my severe motion sickness. Ship is very basic, but comfortable and does the job. Would have been nice to have water on board. Great overall trip.
Christine_P, Jun 2023
Seeing the whale and her baby. It was breath taken if. The captain did a great job with the boat we felt safe.
Bucket list event!
Kimberly_N, Jun 2023
I Recommend seeing whales in the wild! I don't want to write more do you want the review or not I don't want to write more do you want the review or not
Great experience! Very...
Gayle_T, May 2023
Great experience! Very great tour guides. Got to see whales, but was a bit cold. Would definitely go again.
Lewis_K, May 2023
The team at Chris’s whale watching tour were brilliant, very informative and knowledgable , great morning seeing. The whales Breach, excellent tour. Keep up the good work guys
Amazing experience not to be missed
Rachel_M, Apr 2023
Due to nad weather we had to rearrange which the team were amazing about due to our limited time in the area. Booking in, and boarding/leaving the boat were spot on organisation wise. The tour was fantastic. Captain and staff team were so knowledgeable. We had a great time and saw lots.
I didn't see anything
Alexander_R, Feb 2023
The boats leave later than the initial time, I could not see anything you see in the photos, I am not really satisfied with the experience.
Grey Crew and Experience
Lindsay_T, Dec 2022
It’s a little late in the season to catch the whales migrating but our boat crew knew exactly where to head. Wildlife is unpredictable and once the whales go underwater there’s no way to know where they’ll come up again. But we followed along a group of 4-5 Grey Whales and got some good views.
Saw whales! = WIN 🐳
Nirelia_I, Nov 2022
Saw 4-5 humpback whales, loads of seals (or was it sea lions?), many birds, otters, and jellyfish. Be prepared for the cold at this time of year though, and a fairly long ride out to where the whales are at. Also, keep your eyes on the horizon to best avoid seasickness 🤞🏾
The operator had alot of...
Lavell_B, Oct 2022
The operator had alot of knowledge and useful information about the animals and the environment. This was very useful for understanding where the animals would be and why they were there
Wonderful time whale...
Colette_W, Sep 2022
Wonderful time whale watching!! Beautiful experience and also enjoyed the cute sea otters and sea lions!!
Wonderful and Then Boredom
John_B, Aug 2022
The tour was an hour too long and the waters were very rough. More people were discomforted than appeared to be enjoying the trip. Maybe a Dramamine warning in the company's advertisements.
Well worth it!
Rhiannon_C, Aug 2022
Great experience! Was a little worried about sea sickness and yes it was rocky in places but I didn't feel ill. The whales were amazing-saw humpback and blue. Also saw dolphins. Was a really enjoyable few hours!
Amazing experience and opportunity to get up close
Gary_S, Aug 2022
Such an amazing experience. So much sea-life to see. Pelicans, sea lions , dolphins, sea otters and humpback whales. We got up close to these amazing creatures. Tickets were easy to pick up from the ward on the way and they were very helpful and welcoming. The crew were very informative and knowledgeable about the sea life which added to the experience. A calm sea on the day of our trip. Really thoroughly enjoyed and worth the cost.
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