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 (18yrs+).
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
- Gray whales
- Killer whales (Orcas)
- Several species of dolphins and porpoise
- Seals, sea lions and otters
Sightings are guaranteed - if you don't see a whale, come back for free until you do!
What Is Not Included?
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Great Great Great Trip
|ferdbergholz||Sun, May 22 10:00 AM||Male||70+||Combination||Family Without Children|
This trip was the Best I have been on. The Crew was terrific and my Grandson and I had a wonderful time. Thank You Blue Ocean.
Not good for serious photographers
|RoyPrasad||Sun, May 22 10:00 AM||Male||60-69||Local||Family Without Children|
Kate Cummings and Jim Davis who own and operate the High Spirits boat are good people. This is a good trip to make for rubberneckers who simply want to see whales and take meaningless pictures with their iPhones.
Problem is, the boat is terrible for serious photographers. The boat is very small, so it sways way too much to simply stand anywhere on the deck without having to hold on to a railing. That makes it very tough if you're carrying a heavy pro DSLR with a 100-400mm or 200-500mm or super tele prime lens. You need to be able to at least stand without having to use one hand for steadying yourself.
In addition to being a small boat, the walkways on the side are very narrow, and it is a real pain to move from side to side or front to back on the boat. The best you can do is to entrench yourself into a couple of spots on either side of the boat where you can find some support for your back and butt, while you manipulate your camera and lens. But that means you are limited to see and photograph only what is in front of you. If you have to move around, forget it.
The boat has a tiny deck in the front where there is some seating, but if you sit down there, your view is totally blocked by people standing along the railings. The deck on the rear of the boat is even smaller, with just enough room for 3-4 people.
The boat has an upper deck that affords excellent visibility that would be great for taking pictures. However, it has a capacity of only 8, and a bunch of regulars quickly climb up there and grab the spots for the whole trip, and never come down, so no one else gets a chance.
This boat is also terrible for people who suffer from sea sickness.
Bottom line, if you make a whale watching trip hoping to take some nice pictures, there are much better boats that are larger, far more stable, and have bigger decks that allow you to move around and position yourself for taking shots.
|Tsimmu||Sat, May 14 10:00 AM||Female||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
We saw multiple humpback whales on this trip, as well as a very large pod of dolphins. Very cool and worth the trip. Everyone was very knowledgeable and helpful as well.
Third trip - very happy
|Slassen||Sat, May 14 10:00 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
You can't go wrong with this crew. Kate is very knowable, Captain Jim funny, and they know their way around the bay. Can't wait to go again.
|susanckk||Sat, May 14 10:00 AM||Female||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
I can't say enough good things about this experience. The captain and the naturalist were the best. They provided a wonderfully entertaining and informative experience. The boat is very comfortable too. I'd go with them again.
|paleodude||Sat, May 14 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
We had a great time. The naturalist was knowledgeable and the valerian
Captain did a great going of getting us to great vantage points to see the wildlife.
awesome whale watching
|meakea18||Sat, May 14 10:00 AM||Female||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
Tour guide late was great, knowledgeable and fun!! You won't regret going!
|Micahforstei||Sat, May 14 10:00 AM||Male||50-59||Local||Family With Children|
a day with friends
|Randall1953||Fri, May 13 10:00 AM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
Had a great time, crew was knowledgeable and completely crazy!! Felt right at home
|JanetteWesch||Fri, May 13 10:00 AM||Female||60-69||Local||Group of Friends|
Fun factual lots of whales great boat.
- Whale Watching Report
- Check out Blue Ocean Whale Watch on Facebook for up-to-date sightings!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.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.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- 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
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.