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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey
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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

By Discovery Whale Watch
Recommended by 96% of travelers
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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.
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$80.00
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Ages 0-99, max of 30 per group
Duration:3h 30m
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • 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

  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.

Departure details
  • 66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA Parking Address: 250 Figueroa Street Monterey CA 93940 Once parked, please walk down the tourist pier to our office.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 53254P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 53254P1

About the operator

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trinabowtell
trinabowtell
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Whale Watching
Great trip with Discovery Whale Watch. Saw a large number of whales, dolphins and sea life. Very informative crew a
lesleyannwhite22
lesleyannwhite22
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Fantastic, Excellent, Awe Inspiring Trip
We saw humpback whales, killer whales, Risso dolphins, seals, sea otters, elephant seals, lots of birds. Captain D
Vacationer313291
Vacationer313291
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Awesome adventure
Awesome adventure. The guide , Isiah, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The whole crew were very nice and en
jmtwo2
jmtwo2
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Excellent Whale Tour
Excellent and informative guides! We saw humpback and orca whales and their calfs. Very educational and fun trip. I
nfg1971
nfg1971
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Rock fish fishing
The sign-up and paying was done online. The check-in a couple days before was a survey for safety, and to let them
mariadth
mariadth
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It was a fantastic experience!
We had a great experience! The crew had a lot of knowledge about the whales, dolphins and fishes and always seemed
Caro K
Caro K
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Amazing whale watching tour
The tour was amazing and we would really recommend it! The tour guides (Isaiah and his colleague) were answering al
CSVH2022
CSVH2022
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Fantastic!
Amazing to see the whales up close and personal! The crew was very nice and very knowledgeable! Great day out!
stuartmarshall7
stuartmarshall7
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Whale feeding frenzy!
Exceeded our expectations in every way. Our guide, Isaiah, was engaging, knowledgeable, humorous and even sang an
tebshew
tebshew
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Incredible!!!
Our trip with Isaiah and Captain Danny was absolutely amazing. Very informative about not just the whales, but the
johnx285
johnx285
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Monterey Bay whale watching with Discovery Whale Watch
We had a spectacular whale watching tour this past Sunday with the Discovery Whale Watch team. The weather was fogg
31aaron
31aaron
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Amazing
Our 32nd anniversary. Andrew and Greg were wonderful great experience and we had our first siting in the first 45 m
Lisa G
Lisa G
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Amazing Experience
We had an amazing experience with Andrew and Rod from Discovery Whale Watch in mid-September. We booked last minute
Susan W
Susan W
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5 days, 5 trips
A fabulous experience whale watching. The crew were knowledgeable and kept us informed throughout the trip. We saw
briannamS1271OT
briannamS1271OT
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Great Whale Tour
Isaiah and crew were extremely knowledgeable and engaging the whole tour. They made sure we really saw the whales u
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Laura K
Cambridge, UK32 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Wow!! What an absolutely incredible trip. We couldn’t have wished for more from discovery or the viewing. Andrew was a fantastic guide. We came across around 10 humpback whales very early into the trip and spent time watching them feeding. They did not seem bothered by us and came up lots. A young girl had requested dolphins so we headed off in search. A few mins later we found a pod of 40 risso dolphins! I then joked and requested a blue whale (knew this was a possibility but sightings not as common) 15 mins later, the call came to say a boat had spotted 2 blue whales. We made our way over to the boat and jacket pot! We saw them! They came up about 4 times, diving for 6 mins or so each time. Incredible. A large male, as big as Andrew had seen. The boats were very respectful, didn’t follow or stay too long, allowing other boats to have a chance and not to crowd the whales.
I researched this trip before leaving the UK and generally found better reviews for a smaller boat like this, more personal and also the 9am tour as you have longer. Thank you discovery for an unforgettable experience!!
Written August 11, 2022
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Cruiser740965
5 contributions
Sep 2022
This was a wonderful experience and by far much better than we had expected. We scheduled the morning tour because we thought the sea would be calmer. We experienced some swells and one person got little sick. The crew went above and beyond for our experience to be a unique one. They were all very enthusiastic about the outing - guiding us to look out for sightings and moving the boat to get a closer or better view. We were very fortunate as we got to see more that 20 whales, some 5 killer whales , sea lions and a pod of dolphins! As we waited for the sightings, the crew went to explain details about each species, they made sure to answer everyone’s questions and went around and spoke to all around the boat. The trip was not only beautiful but also a learning experience. Highly recommended! Do layer up as it can be cold out on the bay.
Written September 29, 2022
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Kathleen C
Market Rasen, UK4 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Discovery Whale Watch used a smaller boat which meant more personal attention from our excellent marine guide Isaiah. We had an amazing morning trip which lasted over the four hours expected, due to seeing so much whale activity.

In addition to seeing several humpback pods, we were fortunate enough to witness four orcas being chased by a group of around 6 humpbacks which was an incredible sight.

We also saw a humpback breach, some Rossi's dolphins, seals feeding and sea otters.

Free coffee and hot chocolate was a nice addition, it did get quite chilly so do wear layers as suggested.

We would highly recommend using these guys for your whale watching experience.
Written September 30, 2022
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mrrus2021
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
So much fun! Captain Danny and his crew were great. They took us as close as possible to several wildlife. We saw several humpback whales and 4 or 5 species of dolphins. Sea lions and otters, too. The guys were very knowledgeable about all the animals we saw. They were also very environmentally conscious. We went out of our way to pick up a mylar ballon out of the water that animals can mistake for jellyfish. And they explained to everyone on board the dangers of letting those balloons fly away because more often than not they end up in the ocean. Thanks Captain Danny!
Written August 4, 2022
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J_whu__
London, UK47 contributions
This was a good trip. Didn't really get close enough to the whales, or at least what I'd hoped. Don't get me wrong, you see them but don't expect real up close and personal. But I think on another day it's definitely possible. I left feeling underwhelmed whale wise but the (hundreds) of dolphins came very close and were very playful. You see thousands of seals. Did see plenty of whales (10+ maybe 15) but as I said was just unlucky with the distance/interaction of the whales. It wasn't for the lack of trying for the crew though. They didn't cut any corners time wise and the man (Andrew I think) was genuine and passionate. For the money, it's worth it. The boat ride out alone felt nice. Wind in your hair, out in the Pacific. Very comfy little boat too, not one bit overcrowded. You feel very safe and not just another number in a tourist trap. You can't go wrong for the money. All in all it was a pleasant experience. Minus the wow factor but even without that it was still lovely. California is so expensive and this trip cost relative peanuts and for what you get, I'd definitely recommend.
Written September 21, 2022
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Diana Luz O
4 contributions
George was great with safety instructions and keeping everyone comfortable on board (not everyone has sea legs that day). Isaiah did a wonderful job describing the different wildlife we might see and then providing great “National Geographic” level of narrations about the animals that we did see. The most amazing moment was when Captain Rod turned off the props so the baby whale “fluke sky Walker” felt safe coming close to explore our boat. It was a once in a lifetime experience that we will never forget. We have been on “dolphin and whale” watching tours before but none have compared to this experience.
Written August 29, 2021
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Huw W
Greater London, UK14 contributions
Great trip. Boats aren’t huge, but they have three, so don’t let crowds at check-in worry you. We had a great team - knowledgeable, friendly, and the skipper somehow seemed to be able to get us closer to whales than any of the other boats out at the same time. Smaller boat seems to be more manoeuvrable and less off-putting to whales.

All in all, highly recommended. We saw blue and humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and otters. Great trip.
Written August 7, 2022
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Ian P
Chesterfield, UK69 contributions
Pre booked the tour before we arrived and the tour didn't disappoint. Very knowledgeable guide and even though the weather was misty we got to see whales 😁. The crew took us further offshore to try and get out of the mist, which did clear and again we sighted whales. The boat isn't packed to the rafters with people, so we able to move around quite easily. My wife was unsure about the tour initially but she totally enjoyed it. We would totally recommend discovery whale watch for a fabulous time.
Written June 15, 2022
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Jennifer U
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Our tour was the highlight of our Monterey visit! It was incredible to see the multiple humpback whales and sea lions feast on the anchovies. The crew did a great job of pointing out what we were seeing with knowledgeable info. You could tell that they were experienced and knowledgeable. They made sure to provide the best experience they could give by checking on the tourists, helping those that were sick and most of all finding and narrating the animal sightings. Great sea shanty that brought us into the dock! Boat size and tour group size was good. Not too crowded and was able move about the boat to get good views. Definitely bring jacket and hat.
Written August 13, 2022
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Home-in-TX
Asheville, NC21 contributions
Jun 2021
This was our first whale watching tour and we could not have asked for a better experience. The Pacifica is a great boat as it is smaller and provides a much more personal experience with the crew; while being large enough for all on board to have easy access to excellent viewing. The crew is what really makes the experience special. Captain Tommy does a great job keeping the boat in the right place for the best viewing. Eric is a marine biologist with a great deal of passion and knowledge. He provided so much helpful information about the different wildlife we viewed during the trip. Andrew is a yacht captain that serves as first mate on this tour. He is focused on safety, but also knows how to keep all passengers engaged and entertained. Be sure to request a shanty sing-a-long to find out what you do with a drunken sailor.
Written June 24, 2021
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