Fast Raft
Boat Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Fast Raft Ocean Safaris are a fun and exciting way to explore the beautiful Monterey Bay Sanctuary! Our low to the water boat, Ranger is comfortable and highly maneuverable, offering an incredible perspective of ocean wildlife and beautiful coastal scenery. With a maximum of six passengers, each Eco-Tour is custom designed to the unique desires of our guests.
Monterey, California
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2022

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Julie F
7 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
So fun to get out on the water even though it was a foggy and chilly day: seeing whales, sea lions, otters, and a seal was a magical experience. I took Dramamine 1 hour before and had absolutely zero problems even though I easily get motion sickness. (A fellow traveler did get sick, so if this is a concern or possibility for you, I recommend Dramamine.) Worth the price: lovely small group; and our skillful and delightful Captain Kate was very informative, joyful, and sensitive to be mindful of everyone’s needs.
Written October 22, 2022
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CHERI K
PORTLAND6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
We had a such a nice outing with Captain Kate and First Mate Don. Both took the time to tell us about the Whales, the life style and what was happening with all the sea life we encountered. The Fast Raft is so smooth with the ability of the passengers to see very close to the water. The highlight was a large Humpback that did a full body breach out of the water right in front of the boat. If you want to go on a tour with a small group I would highly recommend Fast raft with Captain Kate. I am a repeat customer and plan to take another tour soon.
Written July 23, 2021
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F5757CHkens
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
I can not think of a better way of doing some whale watching and just plain getting in some water time. Our guide put us in the right places to see a good number of Humpback whales. The ocean is big and whales are relatively small and they move around so luck is always involved when you go whale watching, but knowing where the luck is usually best takes experience which she seemed to have in double handfuls. She was knowledgeable and happy to share. Make sure to ask her about the whales' names. They are fun. We got lucky and found other critters too. The thing that really sets Fast Raft apart from the others is the boat. We saw a few other whale watching boats while we were out. They were exactly what you might expect. A decent sized fishing boat with a lot of people on board. Plenty of deck space and probably a decent potty too. The Fast Raft is in a whole different world. It's a large(ish) RHIB with seats for 6 and the quietest big outboard motors I've ever heard. You could practically touch water by kneeling down and reaching over the side. I don't think that there's any experience like it short of being a marine bio grad student doing field research in a little bitty rubber duck boat. If the ocean intimidates you, pick a big boat. If you want to feel the ocean and be right down there with the critters, spend the money on Fast Raft. It's worth every penny and then some.
Written July 12, 2021
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Rob F
Michigan8 contributions
Jun 2022
This was an incredible experience with Kate leading our trip. She is so knowledgeable and kind. I would definitely recommend this for people who want a more exciting experience with viewing ocean animals. We saw humpback whales, Rizzo dolphins, sea lions, seals, pacific loons, terns, cormorants, and a friendly group of common dolphins (who put on a SeaWorld show for our group), and many other birds. I especially loved that it was a small group tour experience. Spectacular!
Written June 20, 2022
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judith_bellaiche
Kilchberg, Switzerland27 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
This whalewatching trip was just stunning. It is pricey, but worth every cent, so if one can save any money to spend on this, do it. Skipper Kate is very professional and knowledgeable, too. With her speedy raft, she is able to move quickly and adapt the route to whereever whales were reported. She is also well connected to other operators and thus always on top of things. The raft itself is very comfortable and accomodates only six passengers which gives everybody a great view on the spectacle. This really makes a difference to the other large boats with crammed with people. If there is one thing you do in the Montere region, make it this one.
Written October 22, 2022
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James
Frome, UK3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Wow, what an afternoon. Joey delivered and then some, well done. Covered maybe 20 humpbacks one breaching around the boat for 30 minutes, epic afternoon, felt like David Attenborough!! Joey had a lovely pace in communication and clearly still holds both enthusiasm and professionalism in his duty as guide and captian. An intimate experience only 6 passengers max and tailored to your groups wants, certainly didn't need the binoculars as everything was so close up.
Written October 15, 2022
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Cathy8312014
Santa Cruz, CA3 contributions
Oct 2021
Fast raft with Capt. Lisa and Don the naturalist/birder was a highlight like no other. The ability to respond quickly and with agility in spotting whales, several types of dolphins, sea lions and the myriad of birds was awesome!
Just being on the ocean and in such a special craft is spectacular. On top of all of the sightings, we felt safe and acknowledged for being stewards of the sea. Many thanks for offering this opportunity and high recommend it to all interested in experiences close and personal 5-10 miles out in the Monterey Bay....
Cathy Stefanki
Written October 15, 2021
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Murali S
Antwerp, Belgium167 contributions
Oct 2022
Sensational whale watching trip. Fast raft only has 6 people per boat so it feels like a private boat trip. the captain is always attentive to the needs of his/her clients.
we went at peak humpback whale season. Fast raft posts their sightings on facebook, so if its possible visit when the season is peaking. they are also very responsive on email and offer great advice on when to visit and how to prepare for the trip. the boat was extremely comfortable and spacious and fast, with not even a hint of seasickness but we came pre-medicated!
the sightings were straight out of a nat geo documentary. we started seeing whales within a few minutes of leaving moss landing. the monterey bay is simply spectacular for its sightings. we probably saw around 50 humpback whales in our 3 hour trip. in addition, we spent nearly 30 min with a big group of Rissos dolphins. And we saw 100s of sealions, many of them jumping out of the water and having fun. we observed humpback whales surface feeding (coming out of the water with their mouths opens), breaching (jumping out of water), playing with each other and feeding and swimming. it was incredible to see so many whales in all directions. usually, on whale watching trips you see a few whales from afar but here you were spoilt for choice on which whales you wanted to spend time with. our captain was constantly communicating with other boats and then decided where to stop for sightings. because of the abundance of sightings, there were just a boat or two along with us.
overall, our best whale watching experience ever and i am so excited to go back many times to see gray whales, orcas, sharks and other sea mammals with them.
Written October 5, 2022
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graywater
Pacific Grove, CA1 contribution
Sep 2020
We have been on several whale watching trips on Monterey Bay, but never on a "Fast Raft" - six passengers, low to the water, quiet, and, as the name implies, fast! This tour was out of Moss Landing; winter tours leave from Monterey. First, Captain Kate took us through all COVID19 precautions, sanitizing everything, and staggering seating to keep us distanced. We were supplied with optional waterproof pants and jacket to put over our clothes. She had warned us to dress for cold wind and I was glad we heeded her advice. (I was also glad that I had taken Dramamine prior to boarding, although the ride was relatively smooth.) Very comfortable and secure seats, with unobstructed views of the water and wildlife. Kate is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalist, and pointed out many kinds of birds, sea lions and otters, answering our questions and adding interesting information about their habits. But the whales. So amazing. We saw at least 20 in 2 1/2 hours, humpbacks and grays, many came up quite close to the boat, staying near the surface of the water for long periods of time. Two gray whales did spectacular breaches, coming almost entirely out of the water. Captain Kate knows her whales, she is serious about safety, and she knows how to make these tours memorable. Highly recommend!
Written September 30, 2020
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rdhsummit
Newbury Park, CA2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
If you really want the best up close and personal whale watching experience then Fast Raft is the ONLY way to go. There are only seats for 9 guests so every seat gives you excellent viewing. Staff is very experienced and knowledgeable about all forms of marine life and the boat is equipped with the latest technology. Our experience was truly a once a lifetime event. There was heavy fog for about the first hour as the crew searched for sightings. Then the fog opened up to a bright blue sky with about 20-30 Humpback whales feeding on anchovy, along with three specie of dolphins and lots of marine birds. There was so much action, I didn't know where to point my camera. Whales were breaching and lunging to the surface two at a time. There was even a Netflix boat filming.
Written May 8, 2021
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