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Sanctuary Cruises

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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
+1 831-350-4090
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Amazing whale sighting!

Had a fantastic trip with Sanctuary Cruises. The whale watching was amazing - one humpback hung... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
andreakX9152MK
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We saw so many whales!

Thank you Captain Mike for exceeding our expectations! We started seeing whales 15 mins after... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chuck B
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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 environment and run 100% local biodiesel. Knowledgeable, warm owner/operators engage and enchant. Responsible captains who don't crowd the animals but ease into the area, which often results in fantastic sightings. We have a great device for avoiding seasickness. Located in Moss Landing at the heart of the Monterey Bay & beginning of the submarine canyon for awesome sightings. We are the boat the locals prefer and the National Marine Sanctuary recommends.
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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a fantastic trip with Sanctuary Cruises. The whale watching was amazing - one humpback hung out with us for about 15 mins showing us her best moves! The team on the boat was great. I really appreciated that they pointed out and let everyone...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you Captain Mike for exceeding our expectations! We started seeing whales 15 mins after leaving the harbor and had many sights during the 3 hours including one that breached about 50 yards from the boat and another one that swam under the boat! It...More

Thank Chuck B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the Sanctuary whale-watching tour on Monterey Bay out of Moss Landing while visiting the area. It was a great cruise, we saw maybe 10 whales, including a big humpback that breached spectacularly near our boat. Exciting! Among others aboard the boat were a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captain Mike took us out this past Wednesday on 1/24. We saw some humpback whales. Even though I went during a slow period, I was still satisfied with mother nature and what she had to offer. Other marine life was out... In addition to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you for a great cruise. It was great to be out with such a knowledgeable crew. Will see you again this summer!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dorris led us to lots of humpback whales, which were just lovely to see. It would have been great to get closer to some of them, but you can't command nature. She looked after us all with some great sea sickness advice (make sure you...More

Thank Jon M
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Reviewed January 13, 2018

The crew was knowledgeable and helpful. Excellent to have a marine biologist on board. They were very seasick savvy too. This was the first time in my friend’s adult life that she did not suffer from motion sickness at sea. Most importantly: you’re pretty much...More

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

Sanctuary Cruises did a very nice job, taking a group of folks out to watch humpback whales. They did not harass the animals and would bring the boat parallel so that everyone had a good view. The naturalists on board were very well informed. They...More

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Reviewed January 8, 2018

These folks know the local waters, the local wildlife, and all manner of whales and dolphins! The marine biologist on board was a font of information and was especially great with the kids on board. My second trip with Sanctuary and I’m looking forwa d...More

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Reviewed January 7, 2018

I have been out whale watching 4 times with Sanctuary Cruises and I couldn't be happier. They treat you like a good friend taking you out on their boat and get you close to whales. The boat size and location are perfect for seeing whales....More

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Stephanie G
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.
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mgsom
May 27, 2017|
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Response from Jo C | Reviewed this property |
I concur with previous response. Additionally there is seating for about 5 people at the bow of the boat which is where we sat for the duration of cruise.
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jocat94
May 6, 2017|
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Response from sxghosh | Reviewed this property |
My advice is to call them rather than go through the website. Plus save $5 on each ticket (service charges for doing it online!)
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