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Stagnaro Sport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises

2896 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
+1 831-427-0230
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Ranked #8 of 32 activities in Santa Cruz
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: The Stagnaro family has been serving the Santa Cruz area for over a century, ever since Italian patriarch Cottardo Stagnaro settled in Santa Cruz in... more » Owner description: The Stagnaro family has been serving the Santa Cruz area for over a century, ever since Italian patriarch Cottardo Stagnaro settled in Santa Cruz in 1879. This historical landmark business is still leading the way in ocean fun on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There is something for everyone: Whale Watching, Scenic Bay Cruises, Fishing Trips and Private Parties for any occasion. Whichever your choice, today's fourth generation Stagnaro Charter Boats will surely make your trip fun and memorable. « less
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Natural Bridge, Virginia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
48 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Foggy day... bundled up for cool weather but when we hit the deep feeding area in the bay we saw over a dozen whales..humpbacks this time of the year..mom and youngster in the viewing. we even had the special delight in seeing one jump and splash down dozens of times while we were there!!! Saw tails and flukes slapping...wow was... More

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I booked Stagnaro in Santa Cruz when the local outfits in Moss Landing were booked solid for several days recently in April, and we were very pleased with the trip. We saw a Calif. Grey whale and her calf right at the end of the migration period, right in the Monterey Bay close to shore, and a group of 6... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Whale watching in Monterey Bay ? We saw whales within 5 minutes. Then spent an hour with humpbacks. Trip was meant to be from 10am til 130 ish - we got back 2250 because they stayed with the whales so long. Great trip, nice crew, good expert on board. Another Bucket List item done.

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Pavia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I've been several times and tried different fish dishes. The place is gorgeous is located on the pier from there you can see and hear the sea lions Managers are not Italian, and the food is not Italian but the quality is good and the service is very fast and accurate

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San Leandro, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is by far the worst customer service I have ever experienced in my life! I showed up at the dock at 9:30 (first person there) as prompted by the man at check in; we were there ready to board at 9:45. However, the crew was not ready, one of the ladies told me that they weren't ready and that... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

On a beautiful day, January 4, we went with the crew and saw multiple whales. Spouting, diving, and breaching. Boat is 65 feet. Crew is professional and fun. It is a bit nippy so wear layers and bring a hat and gloves. One of he best experiences ever for both my wife and myself. We felt fortunate to be on... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Whale watching is a must-do in the list. Be prepared it is going to be very cold so bring along your winter jacket and gloves even in summer as the Pacific ocean is cold. The boat goes far out till you do not see the Montery shoreline at all. Fantastic as I saw Humpback whales even in winter.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Our family had as good a trip whale watching with Stagnaro as we could have hoped for. Saw two species of whale, up close and for extended periods, as well as sea lions and sea otters. Naturalist Maureen and Captain Gabe were friendly and knowledgable, especially with our two young children, the captain making a detour at the end of... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We took a whale watching trip with Captain Gabe and Maureen (our naturalist for the afternoon). We had a wonderful trip. We saw dolphins and many humpback whales. Both Gabe and Maureen were very attentive, trying to make sure we had an awesome experience. We will definitely go whale watching again with the Stagnaro's crew!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We saw so many whales!! Now that's not under the control of the stagnates whale watch company. Nature provided archives and they attracted 30 humpback whales that day on Monterey Bay. But if I take the whales out of the equation I still say it's a great trip. It was a smaller boat than what we took out last year... More

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