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. 

Meeting Location

Moss Landing Harbor off Sandholdt Rd. (Moss Landing, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
738 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Spectacular experience with professional crew.
Sat, Jun 27  10:00 AM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Kate was an excellant guide and new exactly how to spot whales and to interpret their behaviour. We are very satisfied with the tour!
Rating: 5
Saw a Killer Whale eating a Harbor Seal.
Thu, Jun 25  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We saw a lot of action with a Killer Whale as well as four sightings of Humpbacks. It was very enjoyable.
Rating: 5
One of the Best Whale Watching Trips Ever!!
Sun, Jun 21  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
I have taken many whale watching trips and this was definitely one of the best. Captain was extremely experienced and biologist very knowledgeable. We must have seen at least 20-25 whales, along with a ton of other sea life. Lots of opportunities for fantastic photographs. The weather was perfect and the seas were very calm. Nice, large boat and very well maintained. However, I must say that if you are prone to sea sickness (I am not), you will definitely need to use the "dot" that goes behind your ear as movement can be felt (pills did not seem to do the trick for those that suffered).
Rating: 5
A beautiful Fathers Day with great scenery
Sun, Jun 21  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Super nice personnel with great results at seeing plenty of whales and many other species
Rating: 5
Amazing trip!
Sun, Jun 21  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Unspecified
We have been whale watching several times out of Monterey but this is the best trip we have ever been on. Great boat, great staff, saw many Hump Backs, Dahl's porpoises and a Black Footed Albatross. Loved it and will go again for sure.
Rating: 5
Fri, Jun 19  10:00 AM Male Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Rating: 5
3 hr Whale watching trip
Fri, Jun 19  10:00 AM Male Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I took my brother with me on his first Monterey Bay Whale Watching trip! We saw seven Humpback whales within the first 15 minutes of our trip! It was a great sighting with beautiful weather! I took some of my best photos of Humpback Whales and Pacific White-sided Dolphins! Kate is a very knowledgeable Naturalist and fun to be with on a boat. She knows the Monterey Bay very well which increases the chances of whale sightings! I've been on 6 or 7 Whale watching trips with Blue Ocean Whale Watch and always enjoy going out with them!
Rating: 5
Blue Ocean is the best
Sun, Jun 14  10:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Always a great day out. You never know what you will see, but blue ocean are always out there searching for interesting marine life for you and to make this a memorable experience. Blue ocean are very knowledgeable and will always make this an interesting and educational day out.
Rating: 5
always a good time on ocean blue whale watching
Sun, Jun 14  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Kate is wonderful. Always giving good information and details about the marine life. Very educational. Been 5

times this year. Go up top with the captain and Kate best place to see and take photos.

I'll be going again.
Rating: 4
We would definitely recommend
Sat, Jun 13  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Combination Family With Children
We had a great time on the whale watching trip. Crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. Love that you guys share pictures of the trip. It's handy to have $1 snacks for bored children.
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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?
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.


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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1 (800) 979-3370
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