“Reach out and touch these majestic creatures”
Monterey Bay Whale Watch offers year-round whale watching trips to observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the Bay. Monterey is the best place in the nation to view a variety of marine mammals and seabirds. The Monterey Submarine Canyon approaches close to the shore, allowing deep water species of whales, dolphins, and seabirds to occur near the coast. Shallow water species, such as the gray whale, are found very close to shore in the narrow shelf region. Depending on the season, whales and dolphins that are frequently observed include Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Killer Whales, and Dall's Porpoise. We occasionally spot Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Harbor Porpoise, Bottlenose Dolphins, and Beaked Whales. Our captains have over 20 years of experience with nature trips and offer excellent views of marine wildlife. All our trips are led by marine biologists, most with 10+ years experience, who fully narrate and answer questions during trips. Our whale watching trips are educationally oriented and our biologists collect valuable data on the marine mammals sighted during these trips, including distribution, relative abundance, and behavior of whales and dolphins. We also photo-identify individual whales and dolphins, contributing to assessments of population, residency patterns, and migration or movement patterns.
This was so much fun! Remember that these creatures are wild and that you may not get "up close and personal" with the whales because the guide wants you to actually see them and not scare them off by getting too close. They're really good at pointing out when they're spraying from their blow hole and when they fluke (when their tails come out of the water). One of my favorite parts was when we were leaving the bay and we had a pod of dolphins following us and jumping out of the water along the side of our boat! We even got to see some baby dolphins! There were probably 20-30 of them that were really close. There were also A TON of sea lions basking on the rocky wall that surrounded the bay. This trip is long (it takes a while to get out to where the whales are) but worth it. Bring a good coat because it's windy and cold in the winter months and be prepared to get wet if you stand along the rail on the outside (the boats are fast and spray up some if they hit a wave).
Missing the opportunity to take the boat trip to Monterey Bay Whale Watch would be a failure for us. We had booked this boat tour from the first moment we booked our hotel room in Monterey. Next morning, we boarded at the "Sea Wolf" and headed onto the sea.
I could not believe how fascinating this whole experience would be. We saw groups of whales, we also heard them singing, further on we saw dolphins playing joyfully in the water while seagulls were stealing fish from their mouths!
We managed to get some great close up shots and we will remember this tour for the rest of our lives!
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Monterey Bay Whale Watch
- Sun - Sat: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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