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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
  • 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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UpstateNYFamilyMan wrote a review Feb 2020
Upstate New York88 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
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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
Sharmaine wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
This was an amazing experience for the three of us! We enjoyed the knowledgeable, friendly staff both on land and on the boat. We felt safe and learned so much about each of the three species of whale we encountered--blue, orca, and humpback. Of course, you never know what
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Date of experience: November 2019
About the operator

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By: Discovery Whale Watch
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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Great day out with Discovery Whale Watch
Joined for two trips - in the morning and afternoon - and had an absolute blast. Highly skilled team in Danny the c
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Awesome day
Fantastic friendly crew and a great fast boat. Found the crew very passionate about their job. We easily found hug
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Discovery Whale Watching
The crew was very nice, informative and accommodating. They took us out a little further and kept us out a little
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Janine T
Crabulious and Sandabby
Had a great time with J&M Sportsfishing! Reid was a great deckhand and helpful whenever you needed assistance. I've
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Lovely, informative and lots of fun!
Discovery Whale Watch people were all very friendly, informative and very clear with instructions on what to do on
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So much fun!
We had the best whale watch!! We saw grey whales, humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions. It was amazing. The crew
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Great to see wildlife in their natural habitat
We booked on the afternoon tour and due to choppy waters in the morning they weren’t sure if we would go out. Lucki
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Good experience, just missing the whales
The boat was nice, the staff was incredible, my family of 4 didn't get sea sick thanks to dramamine, but we only sa
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Wonderful experience
This was wonderful! Boat was comfortable. Crew were very warm and friendly. There was a bathroom and inside seating
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Fun, fun, fun
What a great experience. Many thanks to Pete and all the rest of the crew for an enjoyable and informative trip.
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Great Crew!
We went out for a 3 hour trip to look for whales. Unfortunately since they ARE wild animals you cannot always coun
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David S
Great Experience
We had a great time and we caught a lot of crab and sand dabs. YumYum. We would recommend this trip and the compa
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Great day
Everything was awesome saw two grey whales despite not being necessarily migration time. Just being it in the ocean
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Great experience
Crew was knowledgeable and cared about both us and the whales. Boat was in top shape and very comfortable. A grea
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Key Details
  • Old Fisherman's Wharf
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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