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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Monterey, United States
Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Look for whales as they migrate through the waters of the Pacific Ocean off of California on this half-day whale-watching cruise from Monterey. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the whales and their habitat as you search for gray whales (most common), humpback and blue whales, and other marine life such as dolphins and sea lions during your cruise. Get tips for great photo ops and learn all about the mighty creatures at one of California's most famous whale-watching destinations.
  • Half-day whale watching tour, from Monterey
  • Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, sea lions, and birds during this cruise on the Pacific Ocean
  • Learn about the whales and California's marine life from the guide
  • Set out from Monterey Bay, a premiere whale watching destination
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
66 Fishermans Wharf , 66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Parking Address: 250 Figueroa Street Monterey CA 93940 Once parked, please walk down the tourist pier to our office.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Warm layers are recommended
  • Sun protection, camera, binoculars, water, and snacks are recommended
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If prone to motionsickness, please take precautionary measures and we also sell motion sickness remedies in the shop
  • DUE TO THE COVID19 SITUATION-All guests and crew are required to wear PPE/Masks in order to board the trip and throughout the entirety of the tour
  • We have limited capacity on our tours to ensure guests can maintain at least a 6 foot distance at all times
  • Increased cleaning/sanitiation procedures have been implemented in order to ensure the safety of all guests on board
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discovery Whale Watch
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Please bring warm clothing, woolly hats and gloves - just in case you need them, as I was frozen to my bones by the time we got off." See review

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Friendly, knowledgable...
, Aug 2022
Friendly, knowledgable staff. Fantastic to see whales (and other wildlife) in their natural habitat.
Lovely way to see the Sea-life so close to Monterey
, Aug 2022
Great tour, well looked after and crew are so helpful and knowledgable - big thanks to Alfredo! We were lucky enough to see Hump-backs, Sea Otters, Dolphins and Seals!
Zay and entire crew did a...
, Aug 2022
Zay and entire crew did a great job of mixing info and adventure. Blue whale siting a huge plus plus sea otter and pup.
We saw a whale completely...
, Aug 2022
We saw a whale completely jump out of the water!! And also a huge group of Dolphins! Completely exceeded our expectations! And the crew was so friendly and insightful. Would 100% recommend them.
The Ocean is Alive!!
, Aug 2022
Seeing the humpback whales heading right toward the boat and swimming under the boat. Loved seeing the large group of sea lions, including their youngsters going out fishing together. Seeing the 2 blue whales in the distance...& their out breath...even from a distance you could tell how large they are.
, Aug 2022
Great trip although the sea was quite bumpy and people (inclusing myself) got seasick. Lots of humpback whales and a group of Risso's dolphins. At least 2 black-footed (see pricture) and 1 short-tailed albatros were hanging around. A huge blow at quite some distance might have been a blue whale (the official Monterey sightings mentioned that at least 2 of those animals have been seen that day).
Well worth it
, Jul 2022
Seeing the whales and the commentary was excellent , really enjoyed the trip and would recommend . The boat was the right size and the number of people was just enough to ensure everyone was able to see.
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A beautiful experience
, Jul 2022
A lovely morning out at sea. We saw some humpback whales hunting with lots of sea lions. A beautiful experience. Andrew (sea shanties) and Captain Dan were great. Would highly recommend (and wrap up!)
Awesome adventure
, Jul 2022
Love the fact that we could stay a while close to the whales and follow them. It was magical! We appreciate that the crew took the time to explain so many things and also the time they stayed near the whales.
Great time in Monterey
, Jul 2022
My wife and I had a great time! We were late for a viewing and they rebooked us for the same day with no hassle. We saw sea lions, dolphins, and whales! Our naturalist was friendly and informative and the two person crew was also friendly. Really great afternoon!
Sea shantys and whales, who could ask for more!
, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed our trip, the whales were breathtakingly beautiful and the crew were great fun and informative. We particularly enjoyed the stories and the sea shantys.
Beautiful whales and amazing crew
, Jul 2022
Amazing crew!! So fun and informative, the sea shantys really added to the trip! We saw several humpback whales who were so beautiful.
Very educational. Our...
, Jul 2022
Very educational. Our guide was very knowledgable. Crew was friendly! I would recommend this excursion while in Monterey. Bring a stocking hat and light gloves. This made the trip very comfortable. Some people had shorts on and not even a jacket--they looked miserable.
Fantastic experience
, Jul 2022
This was amazing - we saw six humpback whales in pairs of two, each for long periods of times, and other sea creatures too. Guide Andrew was so interesting and happy to answer all our questions. Highlight of our trip to Monterey.
Great time
, Jul 2022
Seen several cow whales with calfs in tow also seen dolphins that were showing out. It was a great day capt Danny and Andrew were awesome
Wonderful experience
, Jun 2022
Seeing orca’s Crew very helpful Guide so knowledgeable, love’s what he is doing Wonderful experience Dolphins and sea otters Rough seas felt safe with the captain
Fun family day trip
, Jun 2022
Andrew was very friendly and knowledgeable and he made the trip very enjoyable. Getting to see the Humpbacks and dolphins up close was an unforgettable experience.
A very special day
, Jun 2022
We really appreciated that Discovery used smaller boats and was not all crowded. We saw over 10 different whales and also dolphins . The crew were very informative and helpful. Highly recommend .
Fantastic experience with a great crew.
, Jun 2022
The entire experience was absolutely fantastic. Isaiah and George were fantastic tour guides and very full of knowledge. They provided a very personable experience and left my dad and I extremely happy with our experience. We got to see whales, dolphins, sea otters and sea lions galore.
Excellent couple of hours
, Jun 2022
Excellent trip, saw dolphins, sea otters and a pod of Orcas, Andrew even sang a sea shanty on the way back into the harbour. Would highly recommend

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