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Central Coast Sailing and Avila Beach Whale Watching

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Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-540-4667
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Brilliant whale watching trip!

We took the 2 hour powerboat catamaran at 11.30. What a great trip- sea otters, sea lions, Pacific... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mal_Hudson
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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Best sailing trip!

I loved this trip. Captain Mark is the best. He knows everything about whales and has amazing... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Flurkes
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San Francisco, California
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Sailing and Powerboat tours on the pristine waters of San Luis Obispo Bay. We have fantastic whale watching and wonderful weather year round. Both of our boat tours are family friendly and appropriate for all ages from infants to great grand parents. Experience an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities on every tour and see for yourself why locals and visitors alike consider our tours their favorite way to share the beauty of the Central Coast with friends and family. Our boats are very comfortable and with only 6 passengers on each tour you are guarantied a personalized experience and an unobstructed view when stop to see the sights and animals. Our 44 ft sailboat SPIRIT has become famous along the coast for amazing interactions with the Whales that frequent our waters and has introduced over 7000 guests to the magic of sailing. Our new 26 ft Powerboat is the fastest and most comfortable whale watching boat on the central coast! Eco friendly and educational boating adventures.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took the 2 hour powerboat catamaran at 11.30. What a great trip- sea otters, sea lions, Pacific dolphins , a porpoise and hundreds of seabirds. And the whales...wow!! We maybe saw 5 or 6 - at most 4 together (including great views of a...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I loved this trip. Captain Mark is the best. He knows everything about whales and has amazing stories of you get him talking. Did I mention the whales! We saw quite a few and a ton of sea lions in a feeding frenzy. But whether...More

Thank Flurkes
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was a great outing - 2 hours whale watching in a zippy catamaran on a perfect day. With only 5 people on board, and freedom to move around, we could all get good views all the time. Captain Mark is knowledgeable, very personable and...More

Thank Angela C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just finished a whale watching tour with Dax as our guide. We took the speed boat...be prepared to dress in layers as it can be chilly even on a warm day. Dax met us on time, gave us lots of additional information about the area...More

Thank Jamie D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was perfection. Called Mark (owner) for a private tour with 5 people. My sister, parents, and 82 year old grandmother. They told us what to expect and worked with us for contingency plans in case my grandmother got to cold or father for...More

Thank Lauren B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

perfect for families that enjoy a nice boat ride. An hour was the perfect length of time. Captain Dax was very knowledgeable, informative, and fun. Learned a lot about the history of the area and the sea life. Just loved it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Jax was friendly, accommodating, and enthusiastic. We saw at least 20 whales, hundreds or dolphins, and hundreds of sea lions. I’ve never seen so many marine animals at one time. Captain Jax was great at knowing where to go and keeping the trip moving...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this trip in advance for my family of 6 during a July family vacation in Pismo Beach, a very short (15 min) drive from where were staying. We arrived early and meandered around the pier, where we spied many jellyfish, pelicans, cormorants and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm from New England and have been on many whale watches but never one like this one. We went on the power boat catamaran and it was amazing. The ride was fast and smooth and we were with the whale pods within minutes. The captain...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My brother and I booked a private sail for my mom's 60th birthday. It was so much fun! We've been in the Avila/Pismo area for years and never took to the water. I can't believe we waited so long. We saw several whales, including one...More

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Angie M
27 May 2018|
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Response from Mark K | Property representative |
Hello Angie, Both of our boats offer fantastic whale watching opportunities. The powerboat gets you to the whales fast and enjoys wonderful experiences with the whales. The sailboat is a more tranquil experience and has the... More
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Sandra M
21 April 2018|
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Response from Mark K | Property representative |
Hi Sandra, Thank you for the question do we give a refund if clients cancel a trip. Yes we do when the trip is canceled more than 7 days in advance or if we can rebook the day and time we were holding for you we give a full... More
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Karen D
22 March 2017|
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Hi Karen, We tend to have calmer sea conditions here than up in Monterrey bay as we are in a more protected area. That said it really depends on the weather the day you decide to go. My suggestion for you would be to come... More
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