We picked Dockside Charters based on their good reviews and we weren't disappointed. We went out on the zodiak with Gary and another family of three (each of our kids was about 7 or 8) and enjoyed seeing two separate gray whales in their natural environment. We highly recommend the zodiak tours vs. the larger boat which can't maneuver as easily in the water to get the best view. Their prices are very reasonable. The only challenge in booking a tour is dealing with such changeable wind and weather conditions along the coast.