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Sanctuary Cruises

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“captain mike”(48 reviews)
“marine biologist”(107 reviews)
“bio diesel”(22 reviews)
Explore Monterey Bay year-round with a marine biologist aboard Santuary, a beautiful boat that is only booked to 80% of her capacity for a more personalized passenger experience. We run longer trips with fewer passengers. We really care about the...more
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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
+1 831-350-4090
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All reviews captain mike marine biologist bio diesel humpback whales whale watching monterey bay smaller boat lunge feeding blue whale feeding frenzy three hours hour cruise great trip these guys sardines an amazing experience within feet
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were all a little worried we weren't going to see whales before we started the cruise. However, we weren't disappointed. The captain quickly found a pod just a few miles off shore, and we were treated to hours of whale feeding at 2 locations....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best experiences of our time in Monterey. The biologist onboard was extremely knowledgeable and shared detailed information along the way. We saw humpbacks galore and they put on a beautiful display of lunge feeding, breaching, and even came close enough...More

Thank Pamela C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the 8 am 2 hour trip. We saw some humpback resting on the surface and a few dives. We also saw a pod of risso's dolphins.The crew said the whales had been quite inactive in the morning recently and that a longer trip...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the boat two times the same week. The experience was great. We saw lots of humbacks, Rissos dolfins and many California sea lions. Mike, the captain, is a great person, and the marine biologist working with him know all the species present in...More

Thank Manu E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sailed on the 8 AM cruise with Captain Mike and Chase. When we first headed out I wasn't sure we would see any whales, then Boom! there they were. Churning up the water. Chase was explaining about the different types of whales as Capt,...More

Thank 254gordonm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I get emotional just recalling our whale watching experience. There is nothing like seeing these majestic creatures in the wild - it will move your soul. Add in that you have a marine biologist on board a small boat, and it's the perfect setup for...More

Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are planning to include a Whale Watching excursion as part of your trip - you don't need to look any further! The location is ideal because they can get you to the whales much faster than the tours out of Monterey. The smaller...More

Thank jamesftaylor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had gone on a 2 hour tour with Sanctuary Cruises a while back and decided to go today. Knowing that every day beyond the middle of October is a complete gift, we decided to make the most of it and treated ourselves to a...More

Thank ed o
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Mike and Erika were truly wonderful. We took the morning 8am tour. I had taken a tour out in SF Bay a couple weeks earlier and we just saw one humpback at a far distance so honestly, my expectations were not that high. To...More

Thank Kelli B
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We were lucky enough to sail with Captain Mike and Erica for the 5pm cruise on a monday afternoon and had a phenomenal time. We have whale watched a great many times in a number of different places and found Sanctuary Cruises to be one...More

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31 August 2018|
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Response from Awooley82 | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly, they guarantee sightings or you get to do another trip free. They really are great at what they do and being super close to the canyon underwater where the water is deeper and where the whales... More
25 July 2018|
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Response from tamarat545 | Reviewed this property |
I think if they can make it accessible they will! Please call them before booking a ticket. I hope it is possible!
27 July 2017|
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Response from Andrea R | Reviewed this property |
We made reservations a week before. They were booked up the morning of our adventure.