Whale Watching Trips (3-4hrs)

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 (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
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 (this means your tour's duration might be extended if we encounter something extra special)! 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.)
1,045 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 3
Big swells stormy
Fri, Jan 29  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Didn't get to go. Stormy. Sad. Maybe next year.
Rating: 5
Blue Ocean is the Best!
Sun, Jan 24  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Not a "fast action" day for whales on the Monterey Bay, but any day on the Bay with Kate and Jim and their crew is a grand day out. We saw a large, frisky pod of Long Beak Common Dolphins, a pair of cruising Gray Whales, and a young Humpback. The Humpback was playing in a kelp bed that must have been loaded with "whalenip"-- then the whale put on a show of acrobatics that reminded us of a kitten lit up by catnip. Spectacular!
Rating: 5
The Dolphins made our day
Sun, Jan 17  10:00 AM Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
We went on the whale watching trip a couple of weeks back and it was a great experience. We saw a few grey whales and a large pod of dolphins (nearly 500 of them). While the grey whales were sedate, the dolphins were extremely lively and even swam with our boat for quite some distance. It was refreshing to see their energy and enthusiasm and it was clearly the highlight of our trip
Rating: 5
Totally awesome
Sun, Jan 17  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Saw a bunch of gray whales and a pod of several hundred Dolphins. Pretty kick *** and would definitely recommend it
Rating: 5
Nice crew member big boat and thousand of dolphins
Sun, Jan 10  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Very good trip that I would recommend. Crew member were very nice and we learned a lot!

We felt very safe on the boat which was one of the biggest we saw among the other cruise.

I would come back to see more whales because we "only" saw 3 who didn't want to jump!
Rating: 5
Excellent Experience
Fri, Jan 8  10:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I had a much better experience here than I did with Princess out of Monterey. I will use Blue Ocean next time I am in the area.
Rating: 5
Highly recommend Blue Ocean Whale watch!
Fri, Jan 8  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I love going on whale watches with Blue Ocean Whale Watch! The Naturalist, Kate Cummings, is very knowledgeable about ALL of the wildlife of the Monterey Bay - not just the whales. I also find the boat to be extremely comfortable (even in big swells - like our most recent trip) and navigated skillfully by the Captain. The boat provides wonderful & spacious deck space and a top deck level for excellent viewing for everyone on board. I have gone on several trips with Blue Ocean Whale Watch ... And, look forward to many more!
Rating: 5
Returning customers!
Sun, Jan 3  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We always enjoy our trips with Blue Ocean. Kate, the naturist/co-captain/photographer extraordinaire is always very friendly and engaging.

We will try to go on a trip each time we are in the Monterey area.
Rating: 4
Great Way to Start A New Year!
Fri, Jan 1  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
We went out on the 10am trip on New Year's Day. We were a bit surprised at how many people chose to fo the same thing. Lovely people who own the boat and they're wonderful hosts. Within 30 minutes, we saw 3 hump back whales and a ton of dolphins. It is well worth your hard earned money!
Rating: 5
Fri, Jan 1  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
This is my second time out with Blue Ocean and it's always fun. Kate, the Naturalist and Jim, the Captain are terrific.
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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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