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Sanctuary Cruises

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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
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A great way to see whales and more!

We did the morning whale watching cruise; the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and went... read more

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Philippa G
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Amazing experience. Having Chase, a professional photographer on board to help was a great help... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 environment and run 100% local biodiesel. Knowledgeable, warm owner/operators engage and enchant. Responsible captains who don't crowd the animals but ease into the area, which often results in fantastic sightings. We have a great device for avoiding seasickness. Located in Moss Landing at the heart of the Monterey Bay & beginning of the submarine canyon for awesome sightings. We are the boat the locals prefer and the National Marine Sanctuary recommends.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
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Reviewed yesterday

We did the morning whale watching cruise; the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and went out of their way to ensure everyone was enjoying the trip and feeling OK. We were really lucky and saw an amazing variety of birds and sea creatures including...More

Thank Philippa G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing experience. Having Chase, a professional photographer on board to help was a great help and as a photography novice, I learned quite a bit and my photos were fantastic. Both Chase and Capt Mike are so knowledgeable about the marine life. Each trip I've...More

Thank Becky C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small boat with limited space so it means you will likely meet and chat with fellow watchers on the boat and have time and access to talk to the very knowledgeable crew. Having taken the larger, Monterey-based ferry type trips, I highly...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enthusiastic crew, quite knowledgeable (although bit more detail insight rather than the standard David Attenborough/ Living Planet, would have enhanced the experience) Nice mid size boat, sea sickness aids, ginger biscuits Would recommend (been on 2 whale watching trips elsewhere, this was the best)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took two trips out with these guys. We had first gone out with another company operating out of Monterey Bay Marina, but choose to come back out with Sanctuary twice (even though it was more of a drive for us). They were very respectful...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent!! This was our second trip with Sanctuary, and we plan to go again. Different things happen on each trip which makes for great adventure out in the bay. The boat is a good size--not too big--and the guides are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and just...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour guide was articulate, welcoming and friendly with plenty of cool tips and knowledge to share. They were able to position us by some active, breaching whales for an exciting, memorable experience.

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Great whale watching- this is a smaller boat so there are not tons of people fighting for a space on the rail when there is a sighting. There is a marine biologist on the boat with you and spends a TON of time talking about...More

Thank Eric B
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Chase and Mike were excellent guides. We hit a perfect weather day with calm waters. We saw 6-7 humpback whales, hundreds of seals, and dolphins eating, playing, and frolicking in the waters. Our guides were very knowledgable and able to get our boat to where...More

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Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I both loved our experience with Sanctuary cruises. We saw several whales and large number of dolphins. The captain shut the boat off near a bunch of dolphins, I'm guessing at least 50, that were in a feeding frenzy. It was amazing....More

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Stephanie G
July 27, 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.
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mgsom
May 28, 2017|
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Response from Jo C | Reviewed this property |
I concur with previous response. Additionally there is seating for about 5 people at the bow of the boat which is where we sat for the duration of cruise.
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jocat94
May 7, 2017|
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Response from sxghosh | Reviewed this property |
My advice is to call them rather than go through the website. Plus save $5 on each ticket (service charges for doing it online!)
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