We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Amazing Whale Watching! 5 Hour Tour!”

Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Ranked #3 of 42 Tours in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: 84 Fisherman's Wharf #1
Reviewed 30 November 2013

We went on a whale watching tour on the Sea Wolf II on November 1st this year - it was the perfect day! Calm seas and we saw many orcas, humpbacks, rissos dolphins, and sea lions. (Note - this year has been an exceptionally good year for whale watching, the captain did say that the year prior was not so great.) The marine biologists aboard narrate over the loudspeaker what is going on and what we are seeing while the captain maneuvers the boat as close to the animals as possible - so I was able to take good pictures of the killer whales on my mediocre camera; I am sure my fellow passengers with their fancy professional cameras were able to take some amazing images.

Think you want to do this trip with your young kids? Here's the low-down. We boarded this boat at 9 am. We arrived back at the dock at 2 pm. That is 5 hours. The excitement of being on a boat and watching whales dies down at about 1 hour in. Then the hunger kicks in. Pack yourselves snacks and snacks and lunch. Then more snacks. Which leads to needing the potty. Oh, there is a toilet aboard. Try not to use it. Did I mention that it was a very warm day ... on land. At sea it gets quite chilly, so bring a jacket and hat. If you give your young children Dramamine, note that it may make your child drowsy. You know your child best - so if you think that 5 hours aboard a boat, in the cold, with nowhere for a hungry, cranky, drowsy child to take a nap is worth it... then by all means, welcome aboard! Bring your good camera!

By the way, don't forget to bring some cash for the tip jar that is out while the chipper staff helps you disembark.

Thank thejoyciecat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,009)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

732 - 736 of 1,009 reviews

Reviewed 22 November 2013

I would wholeheartedly recommend this experience, the boat has knowledgeable and competent staff on it who care more that you see the whales than about making money. We saw many humpbacks, and the highlight was a humpback baby breaching and slapping itself. I only wish I could do this every day of the week! Reasonably priced as well, but it gets chilly on the water so dress warm.

1  Thank KatiushkaM
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 November 2013

The staff were great on our whale watch. Although the sea was choppy the Captain did her best to keep us safe while also trying to find some whales. It paid off and we saw about 20 beautiful humpbacks....magnificent.
I was pretty sea-sick unfortunately but it was still worth it! The staff on the boat were really helpful with tissues etc so that those of us who were not well could still enjoy the experience :) Highly recommend this company.

1  Thank Banrionnamara
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 November 2013

This was not our first trip with the Monterey Bay Whale Watch company...we go on one of their Monterey Bay cruises about every other year. This year, however, was simply amazing because of the Sardine invasion of the Bay this year. They have attracted hundreds, maybe thousands, of seals and sea lions and the largest influx of Humpback Whales ever seen there. Look at their website: www.gowhales.com and you'll see daily updates about what they are seeing in the Bay right now. When we went they said there were approximately 100 gray whales in the Bay and I bet we saw at least half of them as they completely surrounded our boat's position feeding on the Sardines. There were simply too many seals/sea lions to count - the see was rolling with feeding animals. We have never taken this cruise, which lasts about 3-1/2 to 4 hours, without seeing several types of whales, bottle nosed dolphin, otter, sharks and even a pod of 6 Killer Whales. Just fascinating! If you get sea sickness though you should take precaution and take a motion sickness pill before you leave. Fortunately for us this has never been a problem. It would not be a good trip for those of us with disabilities as you must climb into the moving boat at the dock so good balance and ability to walk is a must. This trip is a wonderful experience and your children will also love it.

3  Thank byebye2u
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Whale numbers were exceptional. This year was the highest numbers I have ever seen. There were 20 killer whales and 60 humpbacks. The humpbacks were feeding with the sea lions. It was the most amazing experience. We left the harbor at 9am and saw whales until the sunset a 6pm. We went on an all day whale watch, which is a special event the company offers on occasion. Recommend this option if you have a chance to go. I have never had a whale watching trip when there was not at least some down time looking for whales.

This company is run by a Marine Biologist. It is nice to do business with someone that actively supports the wildlife. They are active researchers and great to see their passion for the animals.

Bring a few dog treats to feed her pups. Hanna is an extra friendly dog that loves treats and to "high 5."

1  Thank AllSeven7Continents
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Monterey Bay Whale Watch also viewed

Monterey, Monterey County
Monterey, Monterey County

Been to Monterey Bay Whale Watch? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing