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Central Coast Sailing and Avila Beach Whale Watching

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Central Coast Sailing and Avila Beach Whale Watching
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“captain mark”(199 reviews)
“whale watching”(60 reviews)
“central coast”(67 reviews)
We are a small family run tour company that offers Sailing and Powerboat excursions on the pristine waters of San Luis Obispo Bay, the hidden gem of the Central Coast. Hop aboard any of our tours and you will experience an abundance of wildlife...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Reviewed 4 days ago

You will not be let down in the lightest. Capt. Mark and his crew are possibly the best at what they do! They have been studying these animals and their patterns which makes finding them a cinch! Go go go!!!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Emily H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our second time whale watching with Captain Mark, and it was truly incredible. He immediately makes the group feel welcome! We had three children under 15 and two adults. The kids had a blast riding up front in the “adventure seat.” On top...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CorkerMD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our beautiful 2 hour whale watching excursion in Avila Beach yesterday. Captain Dax was able to get us out with the whales right away, giving us plenty of time to observe a mother and her calf as they headed north. We were...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our third outing with Central Coast, this time with Capt. Dax. It was a terrific two hours, positioned for sighting several pods and multiple whales, including a breach on the way home. Once again we enjoyed stories about the history of the region...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Robert M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky to see whales AND a huge pod of Risso’s dolphins, but what really made it nice was the fact that our guide was friendly and kind, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was worth every penny.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Justforwhalewatching
Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

I had really never been to Avila beach when we would go to Pismo beach. We stopped there last week to explore. I truly fell in love with it. The shops, the pier, the town, everything was so cute. I will definitely go back there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank L1905SSbarbarac
Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

We had such a fun afternoon with Capt. Mark today. We loved the history and stories of the coastline right here in our neighborhood while our young boys enjoyed the thrill of seeing the wildlife and being at sea. A memorable voyage that we would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Travelingjane
Reviewed November 20, 2018

Even though the whales were not around this day, Capt Mark still provided a wonderful experience on the water. We saw sea otters, pacific dolphin pods, and sea lions off shore. Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate - but we still had an enjoyable time. Will...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank bpacker1977
Reviewed November 19, 2018

Capt Dax was fun, informative, patient and sensitive. He was lovely to share the trip on and spoke about his many adventures that we quizzed him about. We managed to see whales breaching, dolphins jumping out of the water, what a great day!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Debbie S
Reviewed October 26, 2018

What a great experience. We went about 8 or 9 miles out where the previous trip had seen many dolphin and some whales. Nothing but blue water! Capt Mark followed his gut and kept searching. He didn't give up. We spotted the birds and found...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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May 26, 2018|
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Response from V8068SWmarkk | Property representative |
Hello Angie, Both of our boats offer fantastic whale watching opportunities. The powerboat gets you to the whales fast and enjoys wonderful experiences with the whales. The sailboat is a more tranquil experience and has the... More
Sandra M
April 21, 2018|
Response from Mark K | Property representative |
Hi Sandra, Thank you for the question do we give a refund if clients cancel a trip. Yes we do when the trip is canceled more than 7 days in advance or if we can rebook the day and time we were holding for you we give a full... More
Karen D
March 21, 2017|
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Response from Mark K | Property representative |
Hi Karen, We tend to have calmer sea conditions here than up in Monterrey bay as we are in a more protected area. That said it really depends on the weather the day you decide to go. My suggestion for you would be to come... More