I have to admit...I was thinking this would just be an excuse to get out on the water in a boat, something I haven't done for quite a long while. But it was SO much more! It was wonderful to be out on the ocean for sure, but we began seeing wildlife right away beginning with the sea lions as we left the dock. Then there were numerous sightings of dolphins and then....the whales! The humpback whales were at the peak of their migration south and we saw numerous instances of them spouting plumes, surfacing including glimpses of their tales as they plunged into their dives.
The captain shared a number of truly fascinating factoids about the whales including various historical tidbits, etc. and I particularly appreciated his relaxed conversational style, nothing "canned" about his narrative. He also worked Diligently to position our boat in proximity to the on-the-move pods time and time again as they obviously understand well their patterns, etc., including how long it takes for them to surface again after making one of their deep dives. So I feel that our time on the water was truly maximized as a result of his efforts and myself and our fellow travelers all ooh'd and ahhh'd almost continually given all the activity surrounding us. The rocky Monterey coastline is also SO gorgeous!
I worried I might have bundled up too much re: the multiple layers of clothing but, once out on the ocean, was thankful I had done just that as it was Chilly indeed (and I was mercifully cozy) -- so DO dress warmly depending on time of day + time of year. We took the 1:30 boat.
Overall my friend and I agreed this was a true once-in-a-lifetime experience and one we'll each always look back on fondly. Hats off to the professionalism of the crew, we had an altogether Delightful and fascinating experience....!
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