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Sanctuary Cruises

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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
+1 831-350-4090
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Experience an amazing time on the ocean with good stewards of the marine life and the marine environment of Moss Landing

My wife and I have had excellent trips with Sanctuary Cruises. Skipper Mike, Skipper Eric and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mrpaulprado
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Redlands, California
Wonderful -again.

We did this cruise two years ago and had no hesitation booking them again for our holiday this... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Taughy
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Ireland
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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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+1 831-350-4090
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I have had excellent trips with Sanctuary Cruises. Skipper Mike, Skipper Eric and Skipper Jackson try their very best to get the people on the boat to see whales. Naturalists Erica and Chase are quite knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We did this cruise two years ago and had no hesitation booking them again for our holiday this year. The biologist on board - Chase was super. He was knowledgeable, informative and also took us to see the most magnificent great white sharks! Sanctuary are...More

Thank Taughy
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did visit Moss Landing while cruising with an RV true the West Coast. We stopped to see the whales with Sanctuary Cruises.. And we did see them !! :-)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First whale watch in Monterey and did not see much, although whales in the area when we first stopped, the boat quickly moved onto a different area where no whales were found! Very disappointed as this was supposed to be a highlight of our holiday,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my partner for her birthday and we had an amazing experience. I highly recommend, this should be a "must do" Our guide, Chase, was knowledgable, enthusiastic and very thoughtf ul of everyone.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks to previous reviews I booked myself and my other half on the early morning whale watching experience as I had read that the water is less choppy early on and the tour it self was usually shorter and being a non-swimmer and not really...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was an amazing trip, well worth the cost, especially compared to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Chase was our marine biologist and was friendly, kind, and knowledgeable! We had a great time and I hope to go again sometime!

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

Since humpback whales have taken up residence in Monterey Bay year round, seeing humpbacks on any trip shouldn't be difficult. Lots of other things to see though including other types of whales. We did see several humpbacks, a baby sunfish (the big version is just...More

Thank Sally T
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

We went on a 4-hour trip with Sanctuary Cruises and had an amazing time. We were greeted by our biologist, Chase, and then had Captain Jackson driving the boat. Both of them were wonderful and added so much to our time out on the water....More

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

My Husband and I went on the morning Whale Watching trip yesterday. This was our second trip with Sanctuary cruises and they keep getting better. Last time we were lucky enough to see a Blue Whale, this time Chase the Marine Biologist on a the...More

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Stephanie G
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.
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mgsom
28 May 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
7 May 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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