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Bella Monterey Bay

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32 Cannery Row Ste 8, Monterey, CA 93940-2924
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If you are in Monterey, you gotta do this!

My friend and I were looking for a cruising/sailing outing that was not the big whale watching... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
AnabellaT
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Santa Monica, California
A true sailing experience!

We loved our sailing experience with Captain Christian and his first mate Scott! After another... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Adam B
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Chicago, Illinois
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47'Luxury Italian Racer Cruiser sailing yacht for your personal and intimate pleasure for sailing our beautiful Monterey Bay Sanctuary. Bring all your own goodies and party with Bella on the Bay Monterey. All amenity's you will need on board. Only 6 guests per cruise for our groups so its spacious and intimate. Or private Charters for up to 6 max. Please! its just me and my boat so if I don't answer right away leave me a message and I will return the call as soon as I am able. Thanks Your Captain Christian...;) My Whale watch trip is 4 hours and goes from 10am til 2pm its my half day special for 650.00 for up to 6 total guests. You bring your own lunch and goodies for the trip, beer and wine is OK too. Its private only so it would just be you guys . We will see whales almost for sure on my half day special and plenty of time to enjoy them . The seas and wind is usually calm in the morning and will pick up typically around 12 or so for a great sail coming home. My 2 hour group sales are 85.00 per person and go from 2 to 4 or 4 to 6. You also can bring your own beer and wine and snacks if you wish. On the 2 hour sails we see whales and dolphins all the time but there are definitely no guarantees to see everything every time because they need to be in the area we are sailing and close enough to get to them in the one hour out that we sail. We are blessed to have some whales here year round and plenty of Dolphins come through all year too. My private sails are 175.00 an hour with a 2 hour minimum for up to 6 total guest and we could go any time that I am not already scheduled. Again you can bring your own goodies aboard .On the 2 hour sails we see whales and dolphins all the time but there are definitely no guarantees to see everything every time because they need to be in the area we are sailing and close enough to get to them in the one hour out that we sail. Hope to see ya here for something . Thanks You Your Captain Christian....:) PS The evening sail is rare to see whales..
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32 Cannery Row Ste 8, Monterey, CA 93940-2924
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I were looking for a cruising/sailing outing that was not the big whale watching boats. We found Bella on the Bay on TripAdvisor and we are so grateful that we did. There were two more guests and the two of us. Capt....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our sailing experience with Captain Christian and his first mate Scott! After another couple canceled, we had the whole boat to ourselves. “Getting sideways on the Bella” was the perfect way to end our trip in Monterey. Thanks to Christian for letting me...More

1  Thank Adam B
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

Captain Christian is super sweet, knowledgeable, and responsive. My friend and I had a great time even though it was super windy. Christian made sure we were comfortable, and asked us whether we needed anything. It was fun looking for whales, checking out the sea...More

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Reviewed January 16, 2018

Great day out on the water. A true independent owner-operator who cares and also has great charisma for sure. We did the sunset sail, winds were pretty low but we still had a great time. When booking, the Captain was very responsive and worked out...More

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Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful afternoon sailing with Captain Christian! He obviously loves what he does, and the feeling is contagious. He was completely attentive to any needs we had, from making sure we were warm to refilling our wine goblets! I HIGHLY recommend this for...More

1  Thank Kathy V
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Reviewed December 1, 2017

Fantastic service! We had the best day today on the Bay with Capt. Christian. He was super attentive and went out of his way to make sure we had the best time. From the blankets for us to wrap our legs to the care in...More

1  Thank Sonia E
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

best whale watch "tour" ever made. Family trip, found this yacht by pure luck. Great 2 hours private trip. Worth each moment spent on the boat watching humbacks everywhere. We'd definetivelly recomend this to all of our friends visiting Monterrey! Thanks so much Christian!

1  Thank vindrulaire
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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

I am not an experienced sailor but Captain Christian made me feel at ease. We tacked a few times and with Caption Christian's direction we did it with ease and did not spill a drop of wine. The boat is huge, plenty of seats, you...More

2  Thank Julia D
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Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

What an amazing trip we have just had. Christian looked after us every step of the way. We spotted so many whales, many tails and at least 5 breaches. The sea lions we plentiful and very close to the boat. We opted for the private...More

2  Thank lekywarner
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

I would highly recommend this activity while in Monterey. I booked the 2-Hour Sunset cruise for my wife and my another couple. After doing a market survey, Bella Monterey was very affordable when compared to other boats! When we arrived, Captain Christian informed that there...More

5  Thank Th0mas0Brien
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Duy L
March 17, 2017|
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Response from CaptainChristian | Property representative |
the law is 100 yards , but when we are sitting and just hanging out if they come right up to the boat some times . its all up to the whales.have a nice day.
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Cathyflorida
August 11, 2016|
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Response from costaricagregg | Reviewed this property |
In September, the chances are reduced but you never know. This is a great ride out in the bay in any event.
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Maryhaskins
June 6, 2016|
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Response from Peter C | Reviewed this property |
I'd tend to agree with the previous responder. Also, we went out on a reasonably calm day but the force, magnitude and relentless action of the waves would make it difficult, in my opinion, for someone not too steady on... More
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