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Princess Monterey Whale Watching

96 Old Fisherman's Wharf #1, Monterey, CA 93940
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Ranked #17 of 60 Activities in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Princess Monterey Whale Watching has been in the cruise business for over 30 years. We are the Monterey Bay's leading company in narrated ocean and bay tours, specializing in natural history and biology of marine wildlife, especially whales! Our whale watching trips run year-round and are fully narrated by marine biologists/naturalists, all with 10 or more years experience on the Monterey Bay.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Spent 48 years adoring this amazing mammal, championing Greenpeace back in the 80's and here was my chance to see the hump back in its natural habitat - cannot wait a trip of a lifetime!! Unfortunately one of my three teenage children, decided 15 minutes out of harbour to suffer acute motion sickness. I spent three long hours rubbing her... More

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Gilroy, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Took my two daughters, ages 8 and 5, on the Princess and had an unforgettable time. They have a great operation with an excellent crew and showed up lots of Dolphins, Otters, Sea Lions, and Humpbacks. We had a group of 10 humpbacks give us a memorable show. Will definitely go back with more family or friends.

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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A wonderful experience from start to finish. Very informative, very clean boat, and we saw sealions, an orca, common dolphins (about 60 all in one group) and about 12 humpback whales! We learnt so much about why the whales migrate to this area and when, behaviour and why 2 species or more are often seen together. We loved every second... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Not knowing anything about the area or the several whale watching tours in the area, our hotel suggested this one and I had seen them online as well. We decided on them and were not disappointed! They took us right in the middle of a humpback whale feeding frenzy with 12-15 creatures of beauty coming and diving down again and... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was our first whale watch, although I don't have anything to compare it to, I would highly recommend this place. It is on the higher end, compared to others in the area, it is the only one with the top deck, which we paid extra for. Top deck was way less crowded, and made it easier as we all... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This was a great trip! We didn't have high expectations because during late October the whale populations in Monterey are at a low, but we hoped for the best. And we weren't disappointed. We saw lots of sea lions and many humpback whales, and did the whole trip in under 3 hours (while some of the trips further north take... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I will start by saying i saw a similar attraction in australia and this just doesnt come close. The trip itself takes a long time to get out to see the whales so you don't get much time out there however they were intrested in taking you out to find a few whales that were feeding one group all feeding... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

$120 for an afternoon of nothing. It was cold, and there were no signs of seals, whales or anything else. I'm sure that the guide that talked none stop was good, but the people on the top deck couldn't hear her. The restrooms were so disgusting that I waited 3+ hours to get back to port to avoid throwing up... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The boat was clean, the trip was pleasant, we saw whales (amazing), dolphins (amazing) and other wildlife… However, the tour guide had a screechy and high pitched voice, which blared through tinny speakers in every corner of the boat - incessantly. Practically yelling, her words were impractically indiscernible, and added nothing but irritation to the experience. We could not understand... More

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Aarau, Switzerland
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

...but lousy client service. The trip was cancelled because of bad weather conditions, but the staff was not able to display any information about the cancelled trip. This provider is the only one who provide a big boat (for about max. 150 people) but still enough space not to feel as in a sardine can.

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