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Sanctuary Cruises

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“captain mike”(58 reviews)
“marine biologist”(125 reviews)
“bio diesel”(25 reviews)
Explore Monterey Bay year-round with a marine biologist aboard Santuary, a beautiful boat that is only booked to 80% of her capacity for a more personalized passenger experience. We run longer trips with fewer passengers. We really care about the...more
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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
+1 831-350-4090
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last weekend, I took another tour with Sanctuary Whale Watching Cruises, in Moss Landing, California. The sea was as flat as glass, and the weather conditions were perfect, for a whale watching trip in November. The boat was nicely filled with eager tourists. Captain Mike...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mrpaulprado
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We were all a little worried we weren't going to see whales before we started the cruise. However, we weren't disappointed. The captain quickly found a pod just a few miles off shore, and we were treated to hours of whale feeding at 2 locations....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Traveler94510
Reviewed November 3, 2018

This was one of the best experiences of our time in Monterey. The biologist onboard was extremely knowledgeable and shared detailed information along the way. We saw humpbacks galore and they put on a beautiful display of lunge feeding, breaching, and even came close enough...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pamela C
Reviewed October 29, 2018

We took the 8 am 2 hour trip. We saw some humpback resting on the surface and a few dives. We also saw a pod of risso's dolphins.The crew said the whales had been quite inactive in the morning recently and that a longer trip...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

I took the boat two times the same week. The experience was great. We saw lots of humbacks, Rissos dolfins and many California sea lions. Mike, the captain, is a great person, and the marine biologist working with him know all the species present in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Manu E
Reviewed October 23, 2018

We sailed on the 8 AM cruise with Captain Mike and Chase. When we first headed out I wasn't sure we would see any whales, then Boom! there they were. Churning up the water. Chase was explaining about the different types of whales as Capt,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 254gordonm
Reviewed October 20, 2018

I get emotional just recalling our whale watching experience. There is nothing like seeing these majestic creatures in the wild - it will move your soul. Add in that you have a marine biologist on board a small boat, and it's the perfect setup for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jamie K
Reviewed October 18, 2018

If you are planning to include a Whale Watching excursion as part of your trip - you don't need to look any further! The location is ideal because they can get you to the whales much faster than the tours out of Monterey. The smaller...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jamesftaylor
Reviewed October 17, 2018

We had gone on a 2 hour tour with Sanctuary Cruises a while back and decided to go today. Knowing that every day beyond the middle of October is a complete gift, we decided to make the most of it and treated ourselves to a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ed o
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

Captain Mike and Erika were truly wonderful. We took the morning 8am tour. I had taken a tour out in SF Bay a couple weeks earlier and we just saw one humpback at a far distance so honestly, my expectations were not that high. To...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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August 31, 2018|
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Response from mrpaulprado | Reviewed this property |
Hi. It varies, depending on the weather. When the season is in full-swing, they have tours at 8, 1030, 1230, 230 and maybe an evening boat. The whale action varies, as well. When I've taken an 8 o'clock trip, the action was... More
July 24, 2018|
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Response from tamarat545 | Reviewed this property |
I think if they can make it accessible they will! Please call them before booking a ticket. I hope it is possible!
July 26, 2017|
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Response from Andrea R | Reviewed this property |
We made reservations a week before. They were booked up the morning of our adventure.