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Stagnaro Sport Fishing Charters & Whale Watching Cruises

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Address: 1718 Brommer St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3002
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+1 831-427-0230
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The Stagnaro family has been serving the Santa Cruz area for over a...

The Stagnaro family has been serving the Santa Cruz area for over a century, ever since Italian patriarch Cottardo Stagnaro settled in Santa Cruz in 1879. This historical landmark business is still leading the way in ocean fun on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There is something for everyone: Whale Watching, Scenic Bay Cruises, Fishing Trips and Private Parties for any occasion. Whichever your choice, today's fourth generation Stagnaro Charter Boats will surely make your trip fun and memorable.

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Sisters Birthday

all my sister wanted for her birthday was to go on a whale tour-- I agreed to fly to Santa Cruz over the long weekend and I was very pleasentlly surprised with this experience! I... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

all my sister wanted for her birthday was to go on a whale tour-- I agreed to fly to Santa Cruz over the long weekend and I was very pleasentlly surprised with this experience! I was expecting to see one or two whales off in the far distance but we saw a total of 7 and they were all so... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a charming trip to the heart of the Monterey Bay to watch for whales and other marine life. Our sunny Sunday morning jaunt took us to almost 20 different humpback whale sightings and a rare grey. Plenty of California sea lions frolicked around us as well, and the guidance of the naturalist on board with us, Maureen, made it... More 

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Milpitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was very enjoyable. Got to see two different types and in total 5 whales. Will definitely visit again!

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The naturalist was amazing... knowledgeable and fun. The whole crew was very helpful. They were as excited about the animals we saw as we were. It didn't feel rushed.

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter purchased this trip during my visit to San Jose. At first I figured it would be a lame experience and hated to see her waste her money. However, quite the contrary! We left very early and got to see a beautiful sunrise. Their fishfinder is amazing and we fished in multiple areas and I was catching them two... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Check in was easy and directions to the boat were clear. We had sunny, clear, weather but very cool especially with the wind. Rough seas were not a problem for any of our party, but a few folks got seasick. We only had snacks and hot chocolate but there was lunch available. The captain tried to get us good views... More 

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Sulphur, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We could not have enjoyed this trip more! We were lucky to have seen several different species of dolphins and whales both. The crew was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive to our questions. I highly recommend the Stagnaro Whale Watching Cruise!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the trip on a sunny day at the end of December. The bay was relatively calm and as we headed out on a full boat we encountered a pair of humpbacks almost immediately. It was a good day to see humpbacks- we saw over 20 and a school of seals following a pair of whales. Abundant otters... More 

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Campbell, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Through unstable weather and heavy seas our captain found us the fish! Deckhands Jason and EJ where humerus yet professional and very attentive to all anglers aboard. Note to anglers*** If the crew takes care of you; take care of them... A few extra bucks is earned and appreciated by their hard working crew!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful crew took us on wonderful trip. The crew was informative and got us to close views of several Humpback Whales feeding. We also saw two species of dolphins including the Northern Right Whale Dolphins. The ship was nice and had good snacks on board. It was a lifetime memory for my girlfriend and me.

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  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?