Sanctuary Cruises

Zerve Seller: SanctuaryWW

Sanctuary Cruises is both owned and operated by life-long Monterey Bay residents and seafarers Captain Mike Sack and Marine Biologist Dorris Welch. When you come aboard a Sanctuary Cruise you are entering the bay on the animal's terms and with the owners actually operating the boat and leading the cruise. Mike pilots Sanctuary and Dorris shares her considerable knowledge and enthusiasm about our local marine life and her years spent working with these marvelous animals. During busy summer months we also have a team of marine biologist naturalists aboard providing personal attention to passengers.
Mike and Dorris took over the business in January 2011 to spend their lives on the waters of Monterey Bay that they love. They are all about the ocean and marine life and its conservation. They share their lifetime of experience both on and in the bay (yes, they surf, sail, kayak and scuba dive). 

At Sanctuary Cruises, we strive to provide our passengers with the experience of a lifetime observing whales, dolphins and other marine life in their natural environment. Caring for the environment and the safety, comfort and enjoyment of our passengers is key.
Sanctuary is a Coast Guard certified, 39 passengers plus crew vessel, but we generally limit passengers to about 85% of her capacity to provide an even better experience. She is a 43-foot Delta Marine twin-engine and runs pure biodiesel. She has a comfortable cabin with upholstered seating, outside seating both covered and uncovered, and one restroom. Sanctuary has a more intimate setting which allows guests to be closer to the water when dolphins dance on her bow. She is especially clean-running and fuel efficient, which means a lot to us as conservationists.
1,158 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 115 294 1 = 293 99% 4.8
Last 6 months 170 439 1 = 438 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 839 2,304 4 = 2,300 100% 4.9
All 1,158 3,171 12 = 3,159 99% 4.9
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience.
Tue, May 3  10:30 AM Female 40-49 Combination Individual
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
Dorris Welch is a wonderful, sensitive, informative, friendly, and enthusiastic trip leader. Highly recommended!
Rating: 5
Most awesome!
Tue, May 3  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
This was our second trip in a month with Sanctuary. Couldn't resist going back for the humpbacks, otters and Dolphins. Doris is the owner/marine biologist, and it is so obvious how dedicated she is. An extra plus is the boat is powered with bio-diesel, so you don't have the noxious fuel smell, and you can feel good about protecting the Bay!
Rating: 5
Mon, May 2  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (2-2.5 Hour)
Rating: 5
Gratis views
Mon, May 2  10:30 AM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
Starting with lots of dolphins and ending with a gray whale. In beweeg whales and groups of seabirds
Rating: 4
First timer
Mon, May 2  10:30 AM Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
I thought it was great we got to see humpback whales and dolphins, but was a little disappointed that we only saw the whales tale it wouldn't jump out or get close, but tons of dolphins