We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Sanctuary Cruises

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
Phone Number:
+1 831-917-1042
Website
Today
10:30 am - 1:30 am
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 1:30 am
Description:

Explore Monterey Bay year-round with a marine biologist aboard Santuary, a...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 456 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 384
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Whales every time!

I love Sanctuary Cruises and their commitment to the environment! Besides the obvious- amazing wildlife sightings- they use BIO-DIESEL to power their vessels, and have great... read more

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Reviewed January 2, 2017
jheaanne
,
Ben Lomond, California
Add Photo Write a Review

456 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 441: English reviews
Ben Lomond, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 2, 2017

I love Sanctuary Cruises and their commitment to the environment! Besides the obvious- amazing wildlife sightings- they use BIO-DIESEL to power their vessels, and have great marine biologists on hand to give you informative talks on the species you are viewing. I have seen whales EVERY time I have gone on one of their cruises! THANK YOU Sanctuary Cruises!!

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
1 Thank jheaanne
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
211 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2016

We decided to drive up to Moss Landing and booked with Sanctuary. You could pay to park in the car park, but we crossed the bridge and parked for free in the beach parking. From here we saw our first sea otter! And a harbour seal! With all the excitement, we nearly missed check in for the boat. The guide... More 

Helpful?
3 Thank VanessaB_107
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2016

It was very well organised cruise to meet whales. I never seen them before. The nice lady Vicky was all the time with us and explain everything what we see or what we will see. Even weather was not perfect we enjoyed it and I can recommend this company.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank Pavel E
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2016

My husband and I had a fabulous time on the Sanctuary Cruise last Sunday. We had multiple humpback whale sightings, along with several other marine mammals. Vicky and the skipper extended our trip from the expected 3 hours an additional 45 to accommodate a longer search and to view a feeding frenzy near the harbor's mouth. Our weather was beautiful.... More 

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
1 Thank Betsy A
Glendale az
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed November 8, 2016

Great staff - lots of personal time to ask questions. Efficient process getting on and off. Loved the honor system drinks and snacks. Wonderful experience.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank ktst9888
Munich, Germany
1 review
Reviewed November 7, 2016

Thank you for the great trip. The staff was amazing. We will join again when we return to Monterey. We had a wonderful day out on the sea and saw several Humpback whales.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank bhaskar869
Menlo Park, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 7, 2016

lovely boat, lovely, gracious service, we were all treated like special guests by Dorris, interesting information over a loudspeaker so all could learn about where we were and what we saw

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
1 Thank ewatsonsemmons
Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed October 31, 2016

This was our second trip with Sanctuary Cruises and it didn't disappoint. Although the weather was threatening we were once again lucky. We spent most of our time watching several whales and were treated to entertainment by a 'mob' of sealions. The knowledge shared by Dorris - our onboard marine biologist was second to none and she made everyone feel... More 

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank louise_dawes
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
Reviewed October 31, 2016

Staff were professional and friendly only a few riders interfered with the view. Not too cramped. Restroom was indeed public had a porthole with no curtain so I could see people standing outside and the door was slightly ajar so could see if anyone was standing nearby. Two whales breached I got to see one!! A fellow passengers shared their... More 

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank ria916
San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed October 31, 2016

It was simply fantastic!!! Saw a lot of whales and other seamammals and the Marine biologist as well as the captain were very competent and very polite and helpful!!! Could not have been better! Michael, Maria and Manuela from Germany

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Helpful?
Thank I9066XImanuela

Travelers who viewed Sanctuary Cruises also viewed

 

Been to Sanctuary Cruises? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Sanctuary Cruises and other visitors
12 questions
Ask a question
Ein Bokek, Israel
UK

See all questions (12)

Questions? Get answers from Sanctuary Cruises staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?