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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey provided by Discovery Whale Watch

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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Take an exciting ocean adventure on this whale-watching cruise from Monterey. You might see gray (most common), humpback, and blue whales as they migrate along the Pacific coast, along with sea lions and dolphins. Hear commentary from your naturalist guide, and get photo ops of the scenery at one of California's premier whale-watching destinations. And because the tour lasts just half a day, you have time left for sightseeing.
  • Go whale watching from Monterey, a top whale-sighting locale in California
  • Learn about whale behavior and conservation from the naturalist guide
  • Get tips from the crew on taking photos of the marine life
  • Experience a cruise on the Pacific Ocean and the California coast
What to Expect
Make your own way to Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey to board the boat and meet your guide, a marine biologist or naturalist. Hear commentary about whale behavior and the natural history of the California coast, as you look for gray whales, which are the most frequently sighted species. If you’re lucky you may see blue whales or humpbacks as well. Any whale-sighting data collected is used to help track the health of the species’ population. Learn how to spot whales and dolphins, and get advice on making your best photos and videos of the wildlife. Your cruise returns to shore in early afternoon, leaving you ample time for other activities later in the day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Warm layers are recommended
  • Sun protection, camera, binoculars, water, and snacks are recommended
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If prone to motionsickness, please take precautionary measures and we also sell motion sickness remedies in the shop
  • DUE TO THE COVID19 SITUATION-All guests and crew are required to wear PPE/Masks in order to board the trip and throughout the entirety of the tour
  • We have limited capacity on our tours to ensure guests can maintain at least a 6 foot distance at all times
  • Increased cleaning/sanitiation procedures have been implemented in order to ensure the safety of all guests on board
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Robin G wrote a review 6 Jul
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Great trip. We saw a Blue whale and Humpbacks as well as otters, etc. Crew was excellent and it was overall a wonderful day.
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Date of experience: July 2020
UpstateNYFamilyMan wrote a review Feb 2020
Upstate New York86 contributions25 helpful votes
Fantastic trip. Captain Rod was great. Naturalist Pete was fun and super informative; really knows his stuff. Reed was kind and helpful. Boat was comfy. Saw many grey whales, Risso’s dolphins, sea lions, otters ... a great trip. Fun, safe and educational. I’ve been on multiple
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DeniseMB7 wrote a review Jan 2020
Hinckley, United Kingdom19 contributions
Afternoon whale watching last October in Monterey. Everything about this trip was great. The boat was a perfect size and the crew really looked after you. We only saw humpbacks and they took a while to make an appearance but when they did it was amazing. I booked this trip based
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william g wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions
We had the best time. The crew was so friendly and knowledgeable. They went the extra mile. Fantastic
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Date of experience: December 2019
Lisa B wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution
Had a really great day today with Alfredo, Eric and Capt Rod. We saw 3 humpback whales, dolphins, sealions, a harbour seal, sea otters, and harbour porpoise, as well as lots of birds including pelicans and a black footed albatross. The team were great at explaining all the
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Salmon fishing forth of July 2020
It was ok. The Andew was very nice and helped set up our weight and hooks. But out of 19 people on the boat only th
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Great time. Great Crew. Great fishing
I took my Dad out for a rock fish trip mid week after Father's day. We had a lot of fun. The captain put us on fish
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Great Trip!
Overall Great Trip! It was my family (5) and one couple (2) and the Crew (3). So, pretty much the whole boat to our
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Great trip. I am a bit of a pessimist and went out thinking I might see a whale or maybe a couple off dolphins. B
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Great tour! The crew was very good, the whales were active and we had an amazing time! (plus they took all the meas
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Successful Whale Watch while social distancing!
Our group of 3 really enjoyed our trip with Discovery Whale Watch. We saw, bay dolphins, otters, sea lions, 4 hump
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Fantastic Father’s Day gift!
My sixteen year old son and I took the fishing trip together as my Father’s Day gift. It was awesome. The Captain a
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Eveland J
Best fishing outfitter in California
For open boats, J & M Sport-fishing Monterey is the best at what they do. The deck hands and captains are professi
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Late start but still limited out
We have enjoyed fishing with J and M for years. The Staff has obviously change. The Captain was great. He was helpf
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Class Act Characters! Had a great time we all caught our limits! Crew were very helpful and accomodating. Would go
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Joseph N
No whale watching, I went fishing with J & M Sportfishing
Great trip with a fun and friendly crew. Reed, the deckhand, was very helpful and was on top of the things as the s
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Great Service and Lots of Fish!
We had a wonderful experience with J&M Fishing. Alfredo was a amazing deck hand! We don't remember the captains nam
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100% worthwhile
Such a cool experience! We went as family of three - parents with a 7 year old child. Saw many whales and dolphins,
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Already booked our next trip!! Definitely recommend! Caught a ton of fish. Professional. Great time.
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Great tour
Last tour out before flu virus shutdown the tours in Monterey. Had a wonderful day on the water. Saw gray whales
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Key Details
  • Old Fisherman's Wharf
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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