Whale Watching Trips

Blue Ocean Whale Watch

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Activity #2858
Enjoy a luxurious whale watching adventure on our 60ft yacht, High Spirits - every trip is narrated by an experienced naturalist!
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Climb on board and prepare yourself for one of the coolest things you will ever do. Whale watching on the Monterey Bay is never dull, because each trip is truly unique.  

Enjoy the adventure in comfort on our 60 ft luxury yacht, High Spirits. Immaculate and spacious, our boat has plenty of room on the bow, inside the cabin with plenty of windows, and up on our observation deck with a bird's eye view of the bay.
 
Sightings in May through November:
  • Humpback whales
  • Blue whales (best chance in mid-summer through fall)
  • Killer whales (Orcas)
  • Several species of dolphins and porpoise
  • Seals, sea lions and otters
Sightings in December through April:
  • Gray whales
  • Killer whales (Orcas)
  • Several species of dolphins and porpoise
  • Seals, sea lions and otters 
We never rush our trips as we want to show you as many interesting things as possible! Every trip is narrated by a knowledgeable naturalist who is always available to answer questions.   
 
Sightings are guaranteed - if you don't see a whale, come back for free until you do!

What Is Not Included?

Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price. We have a snack bar on board with both hot and cold items, so bringing cash is recommended. 

Meeting Location

Moss Landing Harbor off Sandholdt Rd. (Moss Landing, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
622 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
absolutely love this tour company, love our ocean
jdulltasha Fri, Oct 17  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
 
please protest cetacean captivity, always pick up your trash, encourage others to do the same, and protect our oceans. Remember that garbage.litter, flows downstream, that oil spills kill permanently, drove the southern resident population into extinction (they are alive but no breeding females are left). The more you learn about the intelligence of these animals the more you realize yes, we humans are not alone, we inhabit with amazing brilliant creatures - elephants, whales, dolphins, chimpanzees, bonobos (most like humans), etc. Very intelligent life, all around us. VOTE BLUE IN NOVEMBER, respect your fellow earthlings.
Rating: 5
Best Ever Whale Watching Trip!
Lcoyne Thu, Oct 16  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
It was the perfect Whale Watching Adventure. Kate was fantastic and the Captain took us to the spots where we saw more whales than we could ever imagined. The weather in Monterey Bay was perfect and the whales put on a show. There were only 25-30 sight seers on the ship so everyone had great views. By far the best Whale Watching Trip we have ever taken. Our grandkids had the trip of a lifetime. Thanks.
Rating: 5
Perfectly exciting!!
kayharmon Thu, Oct 16  10:00 AM Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
 
My family and I were totally pleased with our experience with Blue Ocean Whale Watching based at Moss Landing. We were so excited to see so many whales doing more than we expected, from spouting, peck-slapping, breaching and playing in the seaweed. Also saw sea lions, otters, and dolphins. An amazing adventure, especially for family that was visiting from Utah. Thanks, Blue Ocean and your crew!!!
Rating: 5
Get Ready for Whales!
TENWOODWARD Mon, Oct 13  1:30 PM Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
 
We had a fun and wet ride out to see humpback whales, and we saw several of them displaying various behaviors. I even got a video of one jumping. Since we got soaked on the way out, I was glad the trip was only two hours because longer would have likely become less enjoyable.
Rating: 5
Will see whales,informative,friendly
Pmbartlett Mon, Oct 13  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Travelled from Pacific Grove to join on this whale watch because guarantee viewing of whales close to shore. Did not disappoint. Kate and Captain very knowledgable and so friendly. Moss Landing great little town good food as well.
Rating: 5
Awesome!
rstrohl Mon, Oct 13  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Obviously everything depends on nature. Things lined up on our trip: good seas, great weather, and an abundance of showy marine mammals that simply "wowed" everyone on the boat. The captain and on board naturalist know their stuff and will do their best to give you the best possible experience with whatever nature has to offer on each trip. Also, since this is the only charter operating out of Moss Landing, they offer the shortest cruise time out to the feeding grounds, which means more time with the wildlife. (As compared to tours operating out of Monterey). Go for it!
Rating: 5
Clean, comfortable, great leadership
pchesluk Mon, Oct 13  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
 
Friendly capt and naturalist. Good narration and guidance. Very fun and upbeat.
Rating: 5
Would definitely do it again!
bmartinez17 Mon, Oct 13  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Individual
 
I was amazed at the show the whales (and sea lions) put on for our trip! It was amazing and would definitely recommend. Kate was a great guide and the captain was great too!
Rating: 5
View whales and sea lions
DavidSobel Sun, Oct 12  2:30 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
There was a bit of swell that day (hold on to your cookies, we were warned), but sensational viewing of whales (a pod of 15 feeding) and literally hundreds of sea lions swimming like porpoises! A real treat. Boat was a bit crowded and hard to move around narrow walkways, but the crew was very helpful and friendly and the naturalist great.
Rating: 5
Best whale watch experience I' ve had
joewiner Sun, Oct 12  2:30 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I've been out with Blue Ocean twice and both times were incredible. The crew is friendly and knowledgeable and will always bring you out to the best views. Monterey Bay also cannot be beat - on this trip we saw a group of 15 humpback whales and hundreds of sea lions feeding together. Most highly most definitely recommended!!!!
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Whale Watching Report
January 2012 Sightings: Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales (Orcas), Long-beaked Common Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins and more. Follow us on facebook for up-to-date sightings: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Ocean-Whale-Watch/176947295670628
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, and trips often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please buy your tickets well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
When is Whale Watching season?
In the Monterey Bay, every season is whale watching season! Our most common whales are humpback whales and gray whales. Humpbacks are observed feeding in the bay spring through fall, and grays are migrating from Alaska to Mexico and back during the winter. There is always something to see no matter what month of the year it is.
How long are the trips?
Trips run around 4 hours. Duration of the trip depends on where and when we find whales. We will not cheat you out of a fulfilling sighting.
Is Whale Watching family friendly?
Yes! Our tours are very family friendly. We even have a "Kid's Corner" on board with books and toys for the little ones. However, children 3 years and under are not advised to attend for safety reasons. Please click on the "Contact BlueOceanWW" link on the left of the page if you have a child 3 years and under in your party.
Do you guarantee sightings?
The chance of seeing a whale on a trip is 90%. Don't see a whale? We'll give you a voucher to come back for free until you do.
What should I wear?
Dressing warmly and in layers is highly recommended. The air is always cooler on the bay so come prepared. Closed toed shoes and windbreakers are a good idea. Watch the forecast and bring a rain jacket if necessary.
How close do we get to the whales?
We abide by all marine mammal protection laws and stay the required 100 yards away from the whales. After that, it's up to the whale. Often times they get friendly and approach the boat! Dolphins frequently seek out our boat and ride the bow.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes, we have a very clean bathroom on board.
Is the boat safe?
We carry all the necessary items required by the Coast Guard to insure your safety: EPIRB, Life Floats, Life Jackets, fire extinguishers, etc.
Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
The boat is not wheelchair accessible as there are stairs leading up to the entrance of the boat.
What time of day is best to see whales?
Whales can be seen throughout the day; whether it's the morning or afternoon makes no difference in terms of sightings. However, weather conditions tend to be calmer in the mornings as opposed to the afternoons.
Can pregnant women attend?
Pregnant women are advised not to participate in whale watching trips due to the inherent motion of the boat. We recommend consulting with a doctor beforehand.
How far off the coast will we go?
How far we go depends on where we find whales. During spring through summer, we go around 6-8 miles offshore. In the winter we may travel a few miles further to where the gray whales are traveling on their migration route. Every trip is different!
Is there shade or protection from the elements on the boat?
Yes! We have a very roomy cabin which is fully protected from the elements. Our boat is very tall which also reduces/eliminates the amount of spray that comes on board.
How many people can be on the boat at once?
Our boat is Coast Guard certified to carry 49 passengers. There is more than enough space as we have two floors indoors, a large bow area, and a deck up top which can carry 15 passengers.
What happens if it rains?
We run our trips rain or shine. We don't run in heavy storms so the rain we experience is usually on the lighter side. There is plenty of space indoors to escape from the elements if need be.
What kind of food and drink is available on board? Can I bring my own?
We sell coffee, tea, cocoa, sodas, water, and snack items like chips, candy, breakfast bars, instant lunches etc. Bringing cash is recommended. You are also welcome to bring your own food, but please no glass containers.
Is the on board galley cash only?
Yes. If you are going to be buying from the snack bar, it is recommended you bring approximately $10 in cash.
Can I drink alcohol?
We do not sell alcohol on board but you are welcome to bring your own.
Can I bring a dog or pet with me?
Out of respect for other passengers, we do not allow pets on board. If you have a special circumstance please contact us by clicking the "Contact BlueOceanWW" link on the left of the page.
Is there parking available nearby?
Parking is available in the Moss Landing Harbor parking lot. Parking permits are $6.24 for the day. There is also street parking on Moss Landing Road and Sandholdt Road which is free.
Will there be room on the boat to stow my belongings?
Yes, there is plenty of space on board to stow your belongings.
Is smoking allowed on board?
No, smoking is not permitted on our trips.
Will I get seasick? Do you offer anything on board to help with that?
We hope not! If you know you are prone to seasickness, it is advised to take precautions before boarding. We do offer ginger ale on board which may help some people with seasickness.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! If you wish to purchase gift certificates for any amount, please click on the "Contact BlueOceanWW" link.
Can I do a private charter?
Yes! Please click on the "Contact BlueOceanWW" link for more information about chartering the boat for a private trip or event.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Other Policies

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability), receive credit for a future event or receive a full refund.
Reduced rate is for specified participants only.
The reduced rate is for customers who are volunteers or members at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the Seymore Discovery Museum, military members, members/guests at the KOA campground, and all students or teachers. The reduced rate is only applicable to the specified individual and not their entire group. Proof of status must be presented at check-in for the reduced rate to be valid.
Not recommended for pregnant women.
Pregnant women are advised not to participate in whale watching trips due to the inherent motion of the boat. We recommend consulting with a doctor before purchasing tickets.

Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Our company is owned by a licensed captain and naturalist.
 
Captain Jim Davis
has over 32 years of experience sailing and cruising around the world. Jim began his life on the sea when he joined the Naval Academy and spent years in active service as a Navy Officer for the NATO forces and then as a Coast Guard Commander.
 
Kate Cummings worked as a deckhand on a whale watching boat as she was graduating from UC Santa Cruz. Shortly after she began working with whale researchers on the bay and became a naturalist leading whale watching tours. Several of Kate's photos have been used in whale research.
 
Blue Ocean Whale Watch is the newest company on the bay; fresh and driven by enthusiasm!
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