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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Monterey, United States
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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
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

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

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey.
Q:
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.
Q:
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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Traveler Tips


  • "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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Perfect Birthday Gift
Eduardo_M
, Oct. 2020
It was a wonderful experience. The crew was very knowledgeable. I have gone whale watching three times previous to this trip, but they do not compare to this trip. .
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Awesome
Mark_J
, Oct. 2020
Highly recommend this tour, the crew was awesome and they were very knowledgeable and eager to answer questions would definitely go again
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Awesome
Mark_J
, Oct. 2020
Tour was awesome and the crew did a very good job informing us about our surroundings and the whales we saw would definitely do it again
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Whales and more whales
Mark_G
, Oct. 2020
Great time and saw lots of whales, other marine life and action! I would recommend these guys, they were knowledgeable, friendly and made a great trip!
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The crew and their insight and knowledge
Richard_L
, Sep. 2020
What a great day excellent crew nice boat real informative. Learned a lot. Saw a bunch of whales and dolphins Sea lions and seals best Monterey Bay trip ever
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Perfect day in Monterey
Jessica_H
, Sep. 2020
Staff was friendly. Ride was great and we saw a ton of humpback whales! They gave great information about the wild life and the bay as well!
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star-5
Best experience ever!
Jennifer_D
, Sep. 2020
The crew were amazing! Very entertaining and managed to see action out in the ocean! Thank you guys :)
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Very enjoyable
Darrel_B
, Sep. 2020
My wife and I very much enjoyed the whale watching that we did. The captain was very nice and Isiah was very helpful when it came to explaining everything. Would definitely recommend the whale watching to anyone else . Again Thank You for the experience that we both had.
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Excellent Crew!
Padre_Pio
, Aug. 2020
Very helpful and knowledgeable crew! The tour was about 4 hours in total and be careful if you suffer from motion sickness because the waters can be very rough
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marine biologist v knowledgeable
MaryAnne_S
, Jul. 2020
the boat, the driver, the marine biologist narrator all outstanding but the customer service side fell down big time. their machine for credit card was not working and most of us HATE leaving a credit card number written down any where as we had to do. More than anything, there was NO email confirmation and many of us RAN from the parking lot to locate the exact launch location....would hve been in the confirmation. idiot checking us in insisted they were sent. Big woo, sent is not received. it stinks.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2020
Hello, We apologize for the issues you had during the check in process. This particular day our internet and phone systems were down due to a problem on the internet provider's end. Our staff did the best that they could given the circumstances. We absolutely understand your reservations with leaving credit card info written down and we assure you any information collected in this manor was immediately destroyed. All of our bookings are automatically sent a confirmation email with accurate parking information on them as well as other useful information regarding the day of. We apologize that you did not receive one and possibly there was an incorrect email address involved. While we understand your frustrations with the staff that morning we would appreciate derogatory language not be used as some are in their first few weeks of employment and this is an extremely difficult business to learn all of the ins and outs of. Thank you for taking the time to write down about your experience and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and the boat staff.
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