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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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
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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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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 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
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.

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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

Reviews

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Whale breath!
Kerri_B
, May 2022
We were able to see about 40 humpback whales, hear and smell them breathing! The crew was great - friendly and knowledgeable!! The only negative was that several people on the boat got sea sick but that was not the crew’s fault!
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Best trip EVER !!!!
Lisa_B
, May 2022
I have been on many whale watching tours mostly Hawaii and Mexico however this was my first in California and I live here ! On this trip Captain Rod and Isiah and the two other gentlemen whose names I can’t remember were so nice and knowledgeable we really had a great time !!! Oddly enough I saw so many more whales on this trip than any of my previous trips. Such an exciting and truly beautiful sight to see the grand creature playing in the ocean. This crew is TOP NOTCH !!! I highly recommend this trip !!!!!
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Humpback Heaven
Monica_S
, May 2022
My heart was over flowing with joy . Being able to see these majestic creatures so happy in their natural habitat was amazing. We would’ve never had this experience without this wonderful Tour company. Thank you.
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Magnificent.
Vishva_S
, May 2022
Clear skies, clear ocean. Closest we came to swimming with Whales and Dolphins. Such beautiful trip. Amazing staff! :)
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Must try
Ramshankar_S
, May 2022
Amazing guide makes for a great experience. One suggestion would be to go prepared for seasickness (eat appropriately and take proper meds in hand), otherwise your experience could be cut short.
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An experience of a lifetime.
Lisa_L
, May 2022
What a fantastic experience! We had a very engaging and knowledgeable guide who told us all about the wildlife spotted - and there was A LOT! We learned so much on this trip. Overall, a well-run, safe, caring, enthusiastic and friendly company - I’d thoroughly recommend.
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Amazing experience
Nicholas_K
, May 2022
We actually got to see some Blue Whales, lots of Humpbacks. Just the boat ride alone was awesome. Definitely had a amazing time.
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Whales, Rizzos dolphins and Smooth Seas
Richard_F
, May 2022
Andrew was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and had a great voice which we heard as he sang us in for docking.
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Whale watching with my bride
Charles_D
, Apr 2022
33rd wedding anniversary with my wife. Great experience. We got to see several pods and great videos.
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Well worth it.
amarieslosser
, Apr 2022
The naturalist was very knowledgeable and helpful. We saw whales right away even though the water was very choppy and our tour was cut short. We were given rainchecks to come back another day. We had a great time!
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Seeing the whales worked better than the dramamine :P
Nadia_S
, Apr 2022
We didn't just see multiple (at least 10!) whales - we also got to see the famous albino dolphin, Casper! It was a great time with excellent guiding.
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Whales and so much more !
Sanhita_S
, Apr 2022
Thanks a lot to Discovery whale watch for a wonderful experience. Friendly, knowledgeable, caring and making sure we made the best of the 4 hours (and more!) worth the bucks spent !
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Great experience!
Katerina_P
, Apr 2022
We saw many whales, sea lions and dolphins, including the albino one- Casper. Andrew was great and provided us all the interesting facts about whales and sea life in general. :)
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Must do
Leah_O
, Apr 2022
Really fun tour. I liked the size of the crowd. I definitely suggest layers, hats and gloves. We saw probably over 30 whales and other wildlife.
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Awesome tour saw close to...
TODD_K
, Apr 2022
Awesome tour saw close to 50 different whales. Kids were amazed with all the whales they got to see.
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Bruce_G
, Apr 2022
We saw lots of humpbacks. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Great experience! Humpbacks are awesome. So are sea otters!
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Incredible whale/dolphin tour
Pam_Q
, Apr 2022
We had a blast touring the sea with Isaiah, Andrew and Captain Danny! We were shocked to see dolphins as soon as we did and then loved seeing so many whales, birds, sea lions! Isaiah and Andrew were very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions and even entertained us with singing!!! Definitely the highlight of our Monterey trip and look forward to going again one day!
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Crew was very...
Andrea_A
, Apr 2022
Crew was very knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommend this company and Isaias. Small group and new boat.
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Whale Watching - big thumbs up!
Tony_S
, Apr 2022
The boys on board did a great job of explaining different whales and their habitat. The captain did everything possible to keep us safe and comfortable. He even sent us videos via Instagram.
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Whales!!!
Kelly_M
, Mar 2022
The staff were all great. Captaindannyfrank was great. The sealife was amazing. We saw around 20 humpbacks!
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