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.
1,223 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 161 417 0 = 417 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 200 517 1 = 516 99% 4.8
Last 12 months 878 2,407 4 = 2,403 100% 4.9
All 1,223 3,344 12 = 3,332 99% 4.9
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Incredible experience!
Fri, May 27  10:30 AM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
This was my second time on sanctuary cruises- both experiences were excellent but this recent trip was one for the books. We saw a HUGE pod of blue whales and one of them came up right next to our boat! At one point we just sat and watched all the spouts going off and listened to them breathing- wow! We also got to see a baby humpback floating gracefully right in front of the boat as well as tons of humpback tail slapping. The biologist on board was great and super enthusiastic! I think her name was Bonnie and our captain was Mike. They were a great team and really enhanced our experience with all their knowledge! Thanks Bonnie and Mike and thanks Sanctuary!
Rating: 5
Fri, May 27  10:30 AM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
The Blue Whales were out in forces. Bonnie was attentive, and knowledgeable. Captain Mike gave us a great ride (no one got sick). All in all it was a fantastic 3 hours.
Rating: 5
Great day whale watching
Thu, May 26  10:30 AM Female 60-69 Local Other
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
The crew was friendly & helpful, we saw 20 whales, and the fact that the boat uses bio fuel was icing on the cake.
Rating: 5
Wonderful whale watching trip
Thu, May 26  10:30 AM Male 70+ Combination Other
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
Rating: 5
Excellent Trip
Wed, May 25  10:30 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: Sanctuary Monterey Bay Whale Watch (3-3.5 hours)
We saw plenty of Whales, some 200 yards away it seemed, others 500 yards away or more.

It was a smooth ride May 25. We experienced no sea sickness.