Throughout the year you can travel onto the open ocean with marine biologists to spot majestic whales on these top tours.
Whale watching is what puts Monterey Bay, to the south of San Francisco, firmly on the tourism map. It is considered to be among the best places in the Americas, if not the world, to see some of the most endangered and remarkable mammals on the planet. When it comes to planning your trip to Monterey Bay, it’s not a question so much of when, but of which. That’s because different species of whale can be spotted in the Pacific Ocean here at different times of year, while orcas and dolphins are present throughout.
Monterey Bay Whale Watching Tour
One of the best-value whale watching tours in Monterey Bay also happens to be one of the longest-running operations, with three boats, scores of top reviews, and many whale sightings every week. That experience counts when it comes to seeking out these magnificent mammals. From December to May, it’s high season for gray and humpback whales, while blue whales are most likely spotted on a Monterey Bay tour from May to October. Tours usually depart daily at 10am, although may occasionally not operate on Saturdays. From $60 per person.
Whale Watching Tour in Monterey Bay
When it comes to seeking out the best marine life in California, nothing beats taking a cruise with a local marine biologist as your guide. Learn all about the habits and habitats of these gentle creatures, plus keep an eye out for other local residents, including hundreds of sealions, dolphins, seabirds, and more. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may get to learn more about the whales’ feeding habits (summer/fall) or migrations (winter). From $65 per person.
Sunset Whale Watch Tour in Monterey
As if the abundance of whales and other marine life beneath the waves wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of other natural splendor above the waves, too. Combine your search for marine life – this tour’s emphasis is on spotting whales – with a sunset over the Pacific coastline. Please note that this tour is only available from Thu-Mon during the summer and fall months, which are ideal for seeing the humpback whales at their feeding grounds. From $65 per person.
Half-Day Whale Watching Tour from Monterey
A slightly longer whale watching tour involves many of the same qualities of the other tours but adds experiential value. Your marine biologist guide is on hand for some one-on-one time with each passenger, in case you have any specific questions about Monterey Bay and its resident marine life. A photographer is also on hand to give passengers tips on getting the best photography and videos during the trip. There’s also a little more time on the ocean, which means more chance of sightings. From $75 per person.