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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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Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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

Departure Point

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.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey.
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey.

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First ever ocean boat experience
, Sep 2021
Amazing tour! We saw dolphins immediately! Then we saw sea lions and humpback whales feeding together out in the open ocean… beyond incredible experience! Everything we could have hoped for on the first ocean boating excursion that my kids experienced.
A Must Di!
, Sep 2021
Amazing experience! The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. We saw 14 whales, and too many sea lions and dolphins to count.
Highly Recommend
, Sep 2021
I was so impressed by this tour. We seen about 15 humpback whales, 20 dolphins, and hundreds of seals. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wild life. Highly recommend.
Whales were so close to...
, Sep 2021
Whales were so close to the boat then saw them on the other side within few seconds. We were talking that they were might be under the boat.
, Aug 2021
We were able to see 5 whales. Isaac and George were great. We learned a lot about marine life. Isaac was very knowledgeable. It was plenty of space to take great photos shoots and videos. I would highly recommend it.
Thrilling adventure
, Aug 2021
Great commentary and three blue whales seen. We also saw Grey whales and a lot of other sea life. I would highly recommend this trip.
, Aug 2021
Friendly, knowledgeable staff and saw lots of whales some up very close! We brought a picnic. Boat had a bathroom.
Epic Whale Watching tour.
, Aug 2021
Awesome crew. Great boat. Saw amazing whales, otters, dolphin, and sea lions. Would definitely go back.
A-plus for Discovery Whale Watching
, Aug 2021
Wonderful experience! Every aspect of the trip was well thought through - ticketing was smooth with tickets appearing on my phone, checking was efficient and friendly, boating safety instructions were thorough but fun, plenty of room on the boat with seats both in the back and front. Our naturalist was a font of information- we learned LOTS about both the whales and why the Monterey Bay is such a popular place for them. Saw lots of whales, both blue whales (including a baby with its mama) and humpbacks. Apparently it is vey unusual to see blue whales (huge animals) because they are endangered. I can’t imagine this trip being better. This company gets an ‘A’!!!
Amazing views
, Aug 2021
The trip was amazing! Our guide crew and captain were very kind and informative! Will definitely do it again!

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