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Monterey: Monterey Bay Whale Watching Tour

Product ID: 246507
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Monterey Bay is the premier destination for whale watching all year! There are whales seen every day here in Monterey. Trips are narrated by a marine biologist or naturalist who provides educational and interesting information about the wildlife.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See whales in their natural habitat
  • Explore Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Admire some of the most incredible animals on earth
Full description
The tour departs from Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf, where the boat sets sail into the harbor, home to breathtaking sea views. As the tour leaves the dock, catch a glimpse of the hundreds of Californian Sea Lions inside the harbor. Take advantage of the view and snap a photo to capture the memory.

Upon leaving the harbor, the boat passes the historic Cannery Row and then enters the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Monterey is one of the world’s best locations for whale watching due to the deep submarine canyon close to shore. This is where the search for the wonders of the bay’s marine life begins. With whales spotted almost every day, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Keep your eyes peeled as you scan the water for the abundance of marine life that lives here. Search for feeding humpback whales, a variety of dolphin species, porpoises, blue whales, fin whales and more. As you sail, listen to the onboard biologist provide fascinating insight into the creatures of the bay, and what is done to protect them.
Includes
  • 4-hour narrated whale watching cruise
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are provided in the office at check in and on the boat
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Food
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please park in the main water front parking lot at the address: 245 Washington Street, Monterey CA 93940. This is a gated parking lot, to enter you must take the ticket at the gate and drive in. Park as close as you can to rows A through D. Once parked, walk down the tourist wharf past all the shops and restaurants. When you reach the Crab House restaurant and Glass Bottom Boat ticket booth you will turn right on the extended pier. The office is on the right hand side of the extension. Our building is light blue in color and has a sign on the roof that reads "Discovery Whale Watch".

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• Pregnant women are not allowed on this tour
• Motion sickness remedies are available for purchase at the office before the tour, but you are welcome to bring your own
• Bringing a small packed lunch and non-alcoholic beverages is allowed
• There are restroom facilities on the vessel
• Friendly dogs are permitted on board
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 34 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.9/5
Value for money
4.6/5
Safety
4.8/5

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Discovery Whale Watch

Product ID: 246507