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Princess Monterey Whale Watching

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Princess Monterey Whale Watching has been in the cruise business for over 30 years. We are the Monterey Bay's leading company in narrated ocean and bay tours, specializing in natural history and biology of marine wildlife, especially whales! Our...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
96 Fishermans Wharf # 1, Monterey, CA 93940-2429
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Got a little sea sick, but I'm prone to that, otherwise it was a lot of fun. We saw some humpback whales, sea lions, and dolphins

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Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Had the pleasure of taking the whale watching cruise with Princess Monterey Whale Watching while we were in the Bay Area for the National Championship. Incredible experience. Sea lions bid us farewell as we left the dock, then we had the pleasure of following 5...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ChadwickLee9
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice boat ride. Never seen that many Rissos Dolphins around before and never seen that many seasick humans around either... :) Good knowledge from the staff and overall a nice daytour on the Monterey bay.

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Antee78
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a whale watching trip after Christmas and saw 2 humpback and 2 grey whales still withing the Monterey Bay, which was nice as that meant no rough seas and plenty of time to watch the whales rather than spending most of the trip...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful day, great information provided via the staff re: migration, whale culture. Friendly staff. Definitely would recommend to people of all ages.

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Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of four: Husband (51), Me (50), Son 1 (15), Son 2 (12) prebooked online at the website. We were there 45 minutes before scheduled launch. We booked for the lower deck only because the top deck was sold out. The boat became exceedingly...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Pioneer370862
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jan 3, 2019 was a stellar day in the MONTEREY Bay. Princess Whale watching was great. The boat was clean, crew extremely kind and knowledgeable. We found s pod of 5 gray whales that kept us entertained. I will definitely do it again.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DonnaNPG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me preface this review by acknowledging that whales are natural wonders and there is never a guarantee of sightings or predicted behavior. I get it and I understand it. We have been on different whales tours in the Pacific in this area as well...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd booked the tickets for this online from home before we left for the trip and I think I chose the right one. Sure there's a boat and you get to see whales, that's to be expected (but not guaranteed). But the boat is great,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CharlotteMart
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

12/26/2018 Glad we are on a large boat, seas a little rough from the wind. Accommodations are excellent, professional informative narrative during the cruise. The crew checks on us frequently and makes sure younger children had life vest on and did not allow running or...More

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Date of experience: December 2018
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July 31, 2018|
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Response from mark0322018 | Reviewed this property |
It was on Atlantis. I wasn't aware that there was an open deck option. We were able to move around the boat inside and out. If there is, definitely select the deck option. We actually smelled the whales breath as they... More
Mario P
June 19, 2018|
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Response from tph5035 | Reviewed this property |
We paid $40 for lower level per person. If you want better view on the upper deck, the upgrade is $20 more, if I remember right.
May 29, 2018|
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Response from Beverly B | Reviewed this property |
Blue whales are unpredictable.
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Which whale watching company? (1 Replies)
Top rated on TA seem to be Monterey Bay Whale Watch, Princess Monterey Whale Watching and Chris' Fishing Trips & Whale Watching. Monterey Bay Whale Watch seems to offer the longest tour but I think the three hour trips offered by Princess and Chris will be long enough for us and leave us with enough time later in the day to see/do something else. Of Princess and Chris, which trip is the best?
April 08, 2016|
Response frombelomiser|
What criteria does one apply to best ? And I doubt most people would have been on both to give you that feedback. Ratings on TA for hotels tours etc are an enigma. I would read the reviews and go with the one you like. Don't overrun this one