Whale Watching Trips

Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Zerve Seller: BlueOceanWW
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. Gratuity is appreciated for a job well done!

Meeting Location

Moss Landing Harbor off Sandholdt Rd. (Moss Landing, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
1,023 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Awesome Have been on 5 trips with blue ocean
Sun, Nov 22  10:00 AM Unspecified 40-49 Combination Family Without Children
My son and his girlfriend from Dallas came out to hopefully see a whale... We hit the best day ever. We were just coming out of the harbor and it started. We were able to see over 20, yes 20 different whales. Pods and pods of dolphins. Then Kate spotted a Pacific whale and a calf. The kind that have a flipper on their side. You can't expect that every day so we hit the jackpot. We were out on Sunday Nov. 22. Temp was perfect, sights were perfect and crew was wonderful.
Rating: 5
Amazing Experience
Sat, Nov 21  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw a group of 7 whales immediately and continued to see multiple whales throughout our time on the boat. We also saw a very large group of dolphins. The crew does an excellent job getting you close to the whale activity and positioning the boat so every one can see. They take a small manageable group so you're not fighting for space on the boat and are able to have a clear view of all the action. Highly recommend this company and their crew!!!
Rating: 5
Excellent, informative beautiful trip!
Thu, Nov 19  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Great people running the boat. Very informative and they knew exactly where to go to see whales and dolphins. Wonderful trip!
Rating: 5
Amazing experience! Would Highly Recommend!
Sat, Nov 14  10:00 AM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I really enjoyed the commentary by Kate, our on board naturalist! She was phenomenal! We saw many Humpback Whales and about 500 common dolphin! All around wonderful trip!
Rating: 5
Awesome guides!
Sat, Nov 14  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Wonderful company. Great staff.
Rating: 5
Most awesome day ever
Fri, Nov 13  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
My wife and I took the trip on November 13, lucky Friday and indeed it was.

The naturalist onboard said it was pretty rare to have the show we did.

The entire staff was about and beyond what I would have imagined .

There are other companies out there but go with Blue Ocean!!!
Rating: 5
Fri, Nov 13  1:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We had an incredible day of watching humpback whales breaching and flapping there fins. The captain said we hit a jackpot day which was beautiful to watch. It was as if the whales were showing off for us.
Rating: 5
Thu, Nov 12  10:00 AM Female 20-29 Unspecified Group of Friends
The tour was absolutely amazing. We saw lots of ocean life including humpback whales and pods of hundreds of dolphins! The whales were unbelievably close the the boat!
Rating: 5
Fantastic Day with Humpbacks and Dolphins
Thu, Nov 12  10:00 AM Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
We weren't 5 minutes out of the harbour before we saw our first whale; then we pretty much had sightings continuously for the next 3 hours. We were able to see multiple whales top feeding together, slapping their flukes, and diving. The boat was able to locate the whales easily and the naturalist was good at telling us about their behaviour. We were also accompanying two large pods of common dolphins who were feeding on the same anchovy schools as the whales.

Best whale watching excursion I have ever had.
Rating: 5
Very nice boat & a naturalist as a captain.
Sat, Nov 7  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Wonderful experience. Captain is well knowledges on sea life. Crew paid utmost attention to us as a customer. They put the boat where we needed to be to view whales. We saw whales, dolphins and killer whales (orca's). Crew traveled extended time just to see the Orca's. Upon returning I will choose this boat and crew every time.
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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?
Our regular whale watching trips run for 3-4 hours depending on time of year and proximity of whales. We'll occasionally offer 2hr trips if whales are consistently within 1-2 miles of shore.
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 ages 3 years and under are not advised to attend for safety reasons. If you have concerns about bringing small children on the boat, please email us at blueoceanwhalewatch@gmail.com.
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?
For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted on board due to the inherent motion of the boat. Please email us at blueoceanwhalewatch@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.
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 top deck area.
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 right by the dock in the Moss Landing Harbor parking lot. Parking permits are $7.00 for the day and may be purchased from the Harbor Master’s Office. There is also limited street parking on Moss Landing Road and Sandholdt Road which is free (about a 10 minute walk to the dock).
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.


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.
Pregnant women or children 3yrs and under not permitted
Because of safety issues due to the inherent motion of the boat, pregnant women and children 3 years and under are not permitted.

Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Blue Ocean Whale Watch is owned by a licensed captain and experienced naturalist:
Captain Jim Davis
has sailed and cruised most of the oceans of the world for the last 35 years. His life on the seas began when he joined the Naval Academy and then spent years in active service as a Navy Officer for the NATO forces and then as a Coast Guard Commander. A certified diver, Capt. Davis’ resume also includes 2 Atlantic crossings, a solo sailing trip from California to Costa Rica, semi-submersible operations at Catalina Island and finally a whale watch boat captain in Monterey Bay.
Kate Cummings is the ultimate whale geek. She’s been a whale watching naturalist on boats in the Monterey Bay since 2008 and goes shore-based whale watching on her days off (seriously). Kate is a member of the Whale Entanglement Team and has assisted in several whale rescues. She’s also a photographer and posts photos after each trip for passengers to enjoy. Kate has gained most of her knowledge through experience and a passion for staying informed; so passengers receive the most up-to-date knowledge on the tours. Kate became a licensed Captain in 2015.

It makes a big difference when your tour is run by people who love what they do.
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