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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 #5 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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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This was a fantastic trip! The crew and boat were awesome! Maureen our naturalist was personable, funny, and helpful. She made her rounds to all areas of the boat and made you feel very welcomed. We were given abundant information on all aspects of the marine life in this beautiful bay. The crew was very organized and alerted us to... More

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Please go out of your way to drive to Monterrey Bay to go whale watching, even if you are staying in San Francisco. I have been 4 times out of Dana Point (Orange County) and never saw anything close to this concerning whales. ( I did see a 5,000 strong huge group of dolphins feeding at the same time but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We enjoyed a well organized trip on the Stagnaros Family whale watching trip. The captain, crew, and naturalists on board were very engaging and eager to share their knowledge with us.

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Olivehurst, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We saw so many whales on our boat ride. It was too many to count. Make sure you bring Meclazine for seasickness. I was glad I had some otherwise I would have been throwing up the whole time. Tons of seals and sea otters. We even saw dolphin and a small shark fin as well as jellyfish floating on surface.... More

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Couldn't be happier with this trip! Jen, the Marine Biologist, was awesome! She spent time with everyone explaining what we saw and some general knowledge of the area. She was great with the kids on board. The captain had some good narrative as well. We got to see sea otters, a couple dolphins, sea lions.. but the highlight was a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

First time whale watching and I don't think I'll ever be able to top my experience! First off we upgraded to the captains deck for an extra $25 each which is worth it. There is a limited amount of space up there, I believe 6/8 but that's plenty of room to relax and not fight for a view or a... More

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Natural Bridge, Virginia
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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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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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