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3-Hour Monterey Bay Winter Whale-Watching Tour in California provided by Discovery Whale Watch

3-Hour Monterey Bay Winter Whale-Watching Tour in California

3-Hour Monterey Bay Winter Whale-Watching Tour in California
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94% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Cruise on Monterey Bay to spot marine creatures on a whale-watching tour
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
35
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    35
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Wildlife enthusiasts visiting Monterey shouldn't miss the chance to try whale watching, since the cool Northern California waters are known to host whales all year round. On this whale watching adventure, you can set out on Monterey Bay with a naturalist guide to find marine creatures. Highlights include learning how to spot whales and dolphins, hearing about the region's natural history, and warming up with an included tea or coffee.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Learn about marine life—like whales, dolphins, and otters—from your guide
  • Easily fit the experience in your itinerary, with convenient daily departure
  • Depart from the must-see Old Fisherman's Wharf, on the Monterey waterfront
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn about marine life—like whales, dolphins, and otters—from your guide
  • Easily fit the experience in your itinerary, with convenient daily departure
  • Depart from the must-see Old Fisherman's Wharf, on the Monterey waterfront
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 53254P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA Parking Address: 250 Figueroa St Monterey CA 93940 Once parked, please walk down the tourist pier to our office.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 35 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • 66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA Parking Address: 250 Figueroa St Monterey CA 93940 Once parked, please walk down the tourist pier to our office.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 35 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Beth M
New York City, NY27 contributions
Aug 2021
Monterey is a fantastic place to go whale watching. Discovery Whale Watch has a smaller boat, which makes for a different experience than the boats that can fit 150-200 people. You are closer to the water and have less competition for space at the rail.

I will say that because of the smaller sized boat, you are more likely to get hit with sea spray, and it's definitely more bumpy out on the water. I always take Bonine before going on a boat, and recommend that for anyone prone to seasickness or unsure if they are prone to it. I also recommend dressing in warm layers with a waterproof jacket!

The naturalist, Eric, was terrific. He was very informative about the ecology of Monterey and the wildlife we were hoping to see, and did his very best to find us some whales (we saw a trio of humpbacks).

Highly recommend!
Written 9 August 2021
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Amy W
West Hollywood, CA4 contributions
The crew were friendly and knowledgeable, and checked in with passengers throughout the cruise. We were able to find a pod of gray whales and their narrator gave us lots of interesting information about them. I had some seasickness and they were very supportive and understanding. As we docked after the trip we were serenaded with a great performance of a sea shanty. I would book with them again.
Written 8 January 2022
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Scott H
Cookeville, United States6 contributions
Aug 2021
A great tour. We saw humpbacks, blue whales, Rizzo's dolphins, and sealions hunting. Trinity, the naturalist, was very knowledgable as was her male deckhand. A sealion had formed a bond with a whale calf, and she did a wonderful job explaining the interactions. She also explained the feeding and mating behaviors of the blue whales. Absolutely incredible experience. A little rough, so take seasickness medicine if you're prone to it.
Written 29 September 2021
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Kelli W
2 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
We had a fantastic time on our first whale watching trip. The guys were very informative and did everything they could to make sure we saw whales. We were only able to see the Gray Whales and a huge pod of Risso Dolphins, but these mammals alone were worth the trip. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to go whale watching with Discovery Whale Watch!
Written 31 March 2021
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Tammara t
2 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
This was a great way to see the aquatic wildlife, the guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The captain did a great job and we seen dolphins, grey whales, sea otters, harbor seals as well as other animals. Well worth the 65.00 would do again when in the area
Written 24 February 2021
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Barbara D
Baton Rouge, LA18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Definitely 5 stars. Kaitlyn was the crew she said and she was a delight. Helpful, checking on us and full of interesting information. The entire crew made sure we got see as many whales as we could. Really enjoyed Gregs commentary on whales and the general area and his keen eye for spotting.
Written 24 January 2020
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Jennifer S.
San Francisco, CA24 contributions
Jan 2020
We took our children (12, 7, 11) with us and we had a great time. We went in January so it was really cold, but still enjoyable. The crew was very professional and personable. You felt safe and accommodated. It was convenient to depart from the wharf. The highlight of course were the whales. It's worth the cold weather and bumpiness to get there. When we saw a humpback whale breaching that made it a once in a lifetime experience for us. We were floored by the beauty of the whales. Obviously, you don't see them up close. But that didn't take away from the humbling experience of seeing pods of whales blowing air and water in into the sky. The experience added to my already immense respect for animals and nature. You really feel dwarfed by their beauty. This excursion is definitely for nature lovers. I would recommend it for anyone 5 years old and up. If you love nature, don't have a propensity for motion sickness and have patience I highly recommend going on this journey.
Written 28 January 2020
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hczalzalah
Paso Robles, CA1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Family
For unusual circumstances, my experience was not memorable. Our trip was in the afternoon. The weather was overcast, cold, and windy. The water was choppy. The boat was relatively small. It took over an hour to reach somewhere in the Ocean where the captain spotted some Whale's activity. By that time my poor stomach was screaming for help. By the time the captain spotted a Whale far away, we all gathered on that side of the boat, and I was trying desperately planting my feet on the boat deck, securing myself against the boat railings while the boat swaying in different directions, raising my hands with my camera to take a picture, the Whale was gone. On the top of that I felt so bad due to stomach sickness.
The return trip was also challenging. It was so cold, wet, and choppy you did not dare to move. I was so glad to get out of the boat.
Written 14 April 2021
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Carol W
Glasgow, UK258 contributions
Mar 2022
Amazing experience, we saw dolphins and seals and were lucky enough to see several humpback whales including one breaching, something our party will not forget in a hurry. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable I highly recommend if you love marine life there were no shortage. We arrived on time only to find that the boat was almost leaving, we had not been told to arrive early on the email confirmation so that was my only complaint, they did let us board despite this.
Written 25 March 2022
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Jenna S
San Antonio, TX51 contributions
We stumbled across a 5 pm, 3 hour whale watching tour and decided to go on It last minute. I am so glad that we did! Not only were we lucky enough to see at least 8 whales on the trip, but Isaiah provided an in depth biology lesson as well, which we all loved. It was very interactive and fun. I highly recommend the company and crew. They have a military discount as well.
Written 29 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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alisV977RY
alisV977RY
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Awful
We bought a trip, then in the last minute they called us, told us they are overbooked and canceled our trip. I can'
rbewley2022
rbewley2022
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Greatest
We had a blast there was lots of whales right away and the crew was very informative and nice and pleasant to be wi
R4912OHlindab
R4912OHlindab
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Whale watching excellent
The crew was very informative and concerned for our safety. They wanted us to whales and wr did probably about 25.
278irinan
278irinan
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Just do it! and you won't regret it!
The tour was AMAZING 🤩 Still can’t believe it! I saw the whales and dolphins! The team was great! workers and lea
esbenlchristensen
esbenlchristensen
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Best whale Watch in Monterey
Even the boats were not the biggest, it was a very nice trip and we watched a blue whale. Crew was very friendly
jburris2022
jburris2022
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Amazing
Once again never displeased when going out the Discovery Whale Watch crew. My friend, Father-in-law and I had an am
Rowanope
Rowanope
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Magical Experience!
Our mid-May whale watch tour was amazing and informative. The boat took out ~15 guests to the center of Monterey Ba
TammyNelsonBurris
TammyNelsonBurris
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WONDERFUL!
The best whale watching experience out there! I have gone whale watching with a couple of different places & the p
DivaTJ
DivaTJ
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A fantastic experience!
We had a beautiful day for our whale watching trip. We saw loads of humpback whales only 15 minutes into our trip.
KimmyK1984
KimmyK1984
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Great experience
The staff was great. They were very friendly and knowledgeable about the marine life. I would recommend if your eve
Lenore B
Lenore B
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Best experience
The crew were so informative and knew where to gsee these beautiful creatures. They didn’t rush sightings and inter
sara b
sara b
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A.M. Whale Watch
Blues and Fins and Humpbacks, oh my!! Hands down the best whale watching experience thanks to crew Johan, Andrew B.
ohabbiedays
ohabbiedays
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A magical experience
We had an incredible time out with the Discoverey Whale Watch team. They were so knowledgeable and clearly loved wh
katieklk
katieklk
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One of the best whale watches I’ve ever been on
The whales were so active while we were out. Not only did we see them surfacing calmly, but we saw them smacking th
Babs8
Babs8
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Memories made!
We had a wonderful time! Crew was fantastic! We saw 5 Fin whales which is very rare! I was worrying about getting g
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