- 210 to 240 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Embark on a 4-hour whale watching tour. All trips are narrated by a naturalist or marine biologist guide, who will also spend one on one time with guests while on deck. Professional photographers are often sent to capture the spectacular sights seen from on board and are available to offer tips for your own photography.
- Family friendly
- Treat a loved one on a special occasion
- All entrance fees included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- 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, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Returns to original departure point
The Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf is a historical destination in Monterey, California. The tourist pier hosts restaurants, gift shops and charter boat companies.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Location: Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA
- 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
- 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
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Overall pretty good. Didn't realize visualizing whales would be so far away. Dolphins were incredible.
Be prepared for sea sickness.
My wife and I booked a whale watching trip to fill up some time on our trip to Monterey, not realizing that this would be the most memorable part of our trip!
Staff were funny, friendly, and knowledgeable. We started out from Monterey Bay, stopping by to check out the seal colony. The first two hours of our trip were somewhat slow, but eventually we came upon a large bait ball of anchovies. Starting here, we saw a ton of wildlife, including some seals hunting, a random Sunfish, sea otters, and over 150 dolphins (who sped next to our boat for around 15 minutes). The crew found 8 Himpbacks through the trip, one group of 5 that we followed for sometime.
Sighting their spouts, seeing one breach, and watching their tails drift down into the water on a dive was not something I ever thought I'd see.
At the end of the 4 hour excursion, we headed back to the dock. However, near Pacific Grove we circled and came upon a Blue Whale! It was amazing to see the largest animal to ever live (this one was about 80 or 85 feet long, twice as long as the boat).
Would absolutely recommend this! If you haven't been on a boat on the ocean, be sure to take an anti nausea (they offered them for I think $1). The staff took care of those that got sick, but you don't want to be sea sick for this awesome experience!
Don't let the smallness or look of the boat deter you! Our travel agent booked this trip, so it was sight unseen for us. She did a great job! While there are other boats available for whale watching, most of them are HUGE - think 100-200 passengers, which means that everyone is stuck where they sit. We had options of inside and outside - aft or bow - sit or stand. I think because we were smaller, we were able to see dolphins swimming around and under our boat - I can't imagine that those huge ships had that option. By "look" of the boat, I mean that it's not a super cruiser but it easily handled the waves and got us there fast. The guide was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about marine life and willing to share with us. His excitement made us want to rush to the rails to see the baby dolphin swimming on mom's back! A couple of suggestions - read their suggestions - bring at least a windbreaker and warm clothes - gloves help with the wet, cold rails. And, buy one of their seasick pills for $1. We didn't anticipate getting sick but read enough reviews to go ahead and take one. A family of 5 was near us and 2 of the teens were clearly struggling. The mate was hospitable and kind - making us hot chocolate and with a great sense of humor - my name is Pete - like Peter without the r. Highly recommend this boat and the trip!
We went on the 9am trip at Discovery Whale Watch at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. The weather was sunny and beautiful. Get this, there were about 50 humpback whales, 1 Gray Whale and dozens of dolphins. About 15 whales came pretty close to us while we were over the 2 mile deep canyon. Only reason a star was lost was the dirty bathroom had only an empty bottle of sanitizer. There was a working sink/soap in the middle of the ship near the snacks and drinks. Staff were helpful, polite and fun.
When we set off, I thought 'wouldn't it be nice to see a whale?!' what I didn't expect was to see so many and to see two jumping out of the water within the first 15 minutes! We actually saw so many whales that it started to become 'normal' rather than a special thing! Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The only downside for us and it was our fault! was that we hadn't brought enough warm clothes for summertime in this part of California, where there is often a low fog and cloud at this time of year. So even with our hoodies and sweatshirts, we were freezing on the boat. 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. Oh and it was quite choppy so those who suffer from sea sickness were not faring too well on our trip!
a very exciting experience. the crew is very friendly. I recommend it to everyone. but skip breakfast. Thank you!
Trip was cut short due to weather but we still out on the boat for over 3 hours and received a partial refund! Saw sea lions, seals, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and Hump Backed Whales. Dolphins were in great abundance and played along side and in front of the boat! Even though I came to see the whales and I was not disappointed on that account, the dolphins for me were the stars! Absolutely brilliant trip, with a wonderfully well informed and personable guide.
This trip was worth every penny the guides on the boat were fantastic we saw an amazing amount of seal life including about 30 different whales too many to count dolphins sea otters to name but a few. Value for Money go if you get the chance