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


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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
Horrible experience
, Jun 2022
They did not warn us that the boat was so small and crowded. We did see the whales but they did not come close to the boat. The operators of the boat just walked around and talked to passengers and did not explain the habitat. Finally the waves were huge and they should not have held the tour, I got sea sick from the turbulence. Even if I took the motion sickness pills they sold
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello, We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience. Sometimes we are met with bouncy sea conditions in Monterey Bay as we are exposed to the open ocean & our crew does the best of their ability to warn people ahead of time about conditions so that they may take motion sickness med properly if they are needed. Unfortunately we have no control over how close to the boat the whales come as they are wild animals. We get in the best position possible to view them and then from there it is up to them since the last thing we want to do is to disturb wild animals in their natural habitat. Our boats are smaller for a more intimate experience and allows for plenty of time for Naturalist/guests to interact and get all of their questions answered. Please contact us at so that we may further discuss your trip.
Worth every penny
, Jun 2022
Despite the challenges that fog presented the crew was determined to locate some whales for us to see, which we did finally find and it was well worth the efforts. The crew was very informative, but also very personable and friendly. An all around great experience!
Fabulous trip
, Jun 2022
Amazing day on the boat, we saw sea lions, 2 types of dolphins, loads of whales and even a porpoise! Crew were all so knowledgeable and fun, we even got a cheeky sea shanty at the end which was fantastic! Loved this trip - 100% recommend
An amazing day watching whales!
, Jun 2022
Watching the humpback whales feeding! Also saw a mama & her baby! So exciting! Tour guides were helpful & very knowledgeable!
The crew was incredible...
, May 2022
The crew was incredible and personable. We would do this again! The sea was rough and the captain did an wonderful job of trying to keep it as smooth and safe as.possible
Whale watching
, May 2022
Great experience- Saw so many whales. Crew was great- better than some of the "commercial" companies -- marine biologist on board this crew
Saw so many whales!
, May 2022
We saw so many whales! Also saw dolphins and thousands of birds. Guides were very knowledgeable and knew where to go to find the whales.
Whale breath!
, 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!
Best trip EVER !!!!
, 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 !!!!!
Humpback Heaven
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, May 2022
Clear skies, clear ocean. Closest we came to swimming with Whales and Dolphins. Such beautiful trip. Amazing staff! :)
Must try
, 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.
An experience of a lifetime.
, 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.
Amazing experience
, 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.
Whales, Rizzos dolphins and Smooth Seas
, 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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