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“Whale watching”

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Owner description: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the sanctuary encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean. The sanctuary contains our nation's largest kelp forests and one of North America's largest underwater canyons. Its diverse marine ecosystem also includes rugged rocky shores, wave-swept sandy beaches, and tranquil estuaries. The sanctuary is managed to balance recreational and commercial uses with protection of natural resources, water quality, habitats, and its bountiful resident and migratory marine life. Visitors will find in the southern half a mostly undeveloped shoreline of rocky shores and steep mountainsides. The northern shoreline is similar but is dotted with settlements of small towns and moderate-size cities. Visitors to Monterey Bay National Marine Sancuary can enjoy surfing, diving, snorkeling, tidepooling, and camping. Hiking, biking and touring by car are just a few ways visitors can view this stunning coastline.
Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

2 friends and I had a great day of whale watching! Tons of whales , very knowledgeable marine biologist , Doris and great mate Katy! Thanks for a memorable time guys!! A must do adventure !

Thank mrmobley
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Reviewed January 30, 2016

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is truly the highlight of any visit to Monterey and it would be shame to go there and not get in out into the water. I did a great kayaking trip with Adventures by the Sea and saw otters with pups, dolphins, sea lions, migratory birds, and even a gray whale. This was in a 2-hour trip in January. Too many people just walk along the shops of Cannery Row and miss the true beauty that is present in the Sanctuary.

Thank Tony K
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Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

My friends and I are so glad this place exists. It's beautiful, and sea life watching is phenomenal! My friend is a marine biologist, and she had so much fun telling us what was what and fun facts about all the animals and plant life. I recommend a lengthy visit!

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
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Reviewed November 30, 2014

There are plenty of places in the area to enjoy views of the coast and the wildlife. It's a great area to spot seals, otters and lots of birds. There are nice beaches throughout, where you can park and explore or just relax and enjoy the wonder of nature.

Thank Steven W
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Highway 1 provides great access to the hundreds of miles of coastline in this sanctuary. We stopped at many locations and were impressed by so many working to protect the animals. Volunteer docents roamed the paths overlooking the elephant seal beaches providing interesting tidbits. The views are gorgeous and my wife has thousands of photos to prove it.

4  Thank TJ T
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