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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey provided by Discovery Whale Watch

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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Take an exciting ocean adventure on this whale-watching cruise from Monterey. You might see gray (most common), humpback, and blue whales as they migrate along the Pacific coast, along with sea lions and dolphins. Hear commentary from your naturalist guide, and get photo ops of the scenery at one of California's premier whale-watching destinations. And because the tour lasts just half a day, you have time left for sightseeing.
  • Go whale watching from Monterey, a top whale-sighting locale in California
  • Learn about whale behavior and conservation from the naturalist guide
  • Get tips from the crew on taking photos of the marine life
  • Experience a cruise on the Pacific Ocean and the California coast
What to Expect
Make your own way to Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey to board the boat and meet your guide, a marine biologist or naturalist. Hear commentary about whale behavior and the natural history of the California coast, as you look for gray whales, which are the most frequently sighted species. If you’re lucky you may see blue whales or humpbacks as well. Any whale-sighting data collected is used to help track the health of the species’ population. Learn how to spot whales and dolphins, and get advice on making your best photos and videos of the wildlife. Your cruise returns to shore in early afternoon, leaving you ample time for other activities later in the day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Warm layers are recommended
  • Sun protection, camera, binoculars, water, and snacks are recommended
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If prone to motionsickness, please take precautionary measures and we also sell motion sickness remedies in the shop
  • DUE TO THE COVID19 SITUATION-All guests and crew are required to wear PPE/Masks in order to board the trip and throughout the entirety of the tour
  • We have limited capacity on our tours to ensure guests can maintain at least a 6 foot distance at all times
  • Increased cleaning/sanitiation procedures have been implemented in order to ensure the safety of all guests on board
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Marchbutterfly wrote a review Nov 23
Vallejo, California2 contributions
The staff is AWESOME!!! We were running late because we were lost and not only did I receive a call to make sure we were still coming, the staff gave us directions and guided us there. When we arrived the staff was very friendly and helpful. The on board staff was over the top
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Date of experience: November 2020
heatherbee41 wrote a review Oct 2020
Saco, Maine14 contributions3 helpful votes
Covid-era review: Passengers and crew wore masks. Distancing is harder since there are only so many seats on the boat, but I felt very comfortable the whole time. Fantastic cruise with Danny and Isaiah, who both seem to be doing it for the nature; lots of passion in whale
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Response from Escape52937303156, Manager at Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hello, We apologize that your experience with our front desk did not meet your expectations. We work our hardest to ensure we always have motion sickness tablets in stock, but there has been a major outage in supply of our normal brand that we carry. We always offer non-medicated options as well at check in such as ginger remedies. Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience and we will work to ensure this issue is remedied.
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Allan L wrote a review Sep 2020
Lodi, California1 contribution
Was looking forward to having this 1/2 day adventure w/my wife, but unfortunately we had to cancel our travel plans the week b4 due to C-19 concerns. Will try again in the near future. So glad they offered a full money back guarantee😊👍🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
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Date of experience: September 2020
Chris G wrote a review Sep 2020
Los Angeles, California17 contributions
This was by far the best whale watching trip we have been on. It really did produce the goods. So many humpbacks whales, sea lions, otters, sunfish and more. The commentary from Eric was exceptional and Isiah looked after us at all times. This was a day I proposed and will never
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Kathleen H wrote a review Sep 2020
Modesto, California3 contributions
Lovely day. The boat was clean and comfortable. We saw 10-14 humpback whales some within 30 feet of the boat. I will go back again soon.
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About the operator

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By: Discovery Whale Watch
Great tour, interesting guides!
We had a great time, and were very fortunate to see a number of whales, and dolphins, and sea lions, and sea birds
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Extremely knowledgeable
Very satisfied with our tour! We went on a weekday at the beginning of November - chose the morning session, as it
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The crew was great, and kept us all safe!
We had great fun today and saw Humpback whales feeding. The crew was wonderful. They took us to the right spots and
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Awesome Voyage
We were able to get a spectacular view of humpback whales up close and personal. My mouth dropped open with awe and
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Whales Whales Whales!
I don't even know where to start! It was the perfect day. The weather was perfect and it was an incredibly smooth r
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Orcas galore!
We came here on Sunday and loved how knowledgeable the staff were. We spent the day chasing orcas and it was a won
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Best captains around!
Always limits! Always quality fish! These guys will put you on the fish, the deck hand will filet them up, wha
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Somboon O
Great time!
Our trip was an experience of a life time. The crew was nice and very knowledgable. We learned a lot and appreciate
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We had an awesome time and will be back!
We had been wanting to do a whale watching trip in Monterey for a year now and glad we booked with Discovery. The s
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Amazing Whale Watching Trip
Let's just say these guys know their whale watching. We spent about an hour heading south from the pier and at that
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Whale Adventure
One of the highlights of our lives! We will never forget the beautiful whales who came right up to the boat, or the
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Whale Watching
From beginning to the end of our trip was Awesome. The day was perfect the water was perfect and we saw whales and
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Beautiful weekend out on the water!
I just want to start off by saying thank you to the guys at discovery whale watch for being patient when it came to
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Amazing Time
The crew, boat and other staff are all really nice and helpful. We saw so many sea creatures while on our trip. S
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Rock Cod Fishing Trip, October 2020
Review: This trip was pleasant and everyone came back with fish! The first half of the trip was foggy and the boat
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Key Details
  • Old Fisherman's Wharf
  • Duration: 3h 30m
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