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. 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.)
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Rating: 5
Fantastic trip
Fri, Oct 9  10:00 AM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Very well run, and you can't beat the entertainment
Rating: 4
Had a Great time.
Thu, Oct 8  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was the first time we went Whale Watching. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of whales we saw. Overall the experience was GREAT. The crew was informative and friendly.
Rating: 5
Wonderful Whale Watching w/ Blue Ocean Whale Tours
Thu, Oct 8  10:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
We had a fantastic time. The guides were great, the whales were wonderful, and the entire trip was exhilarating and educational. I highly recommend Blue Ocean Whale Watching Tours!!
Rating: 4
Viewing of a lifetime!
Wed, Oct 7  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
It was an amazing trip filled with dozens of humpback breaches, dorsal waves and slaps and tail waving. Could not have even imagined seeing so many whales and their most prized actions. It was a really exciting trip.

I was disappointed with the boat though because so much of it was enclosed. It was not an ideal boat for whale watching.
Rating: 5
Great boat and crew, awesome whale watching
Wed, Oct 7  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
We had an exceptional day on the boat, large school of dolphin and over eight humpback whales gave us plenty of sights to see. Multiple breaches, a double breach, plenty of fluke and tail flapping. Great weather and calm seas really helped. Even the crew was excited by the sights and whale activity which helped raise the excitement level. The boat was not overcrowded and the crew was extremely helpful in all aspects. They were especially attentive to my wife's bout with sea sickness.

At first I thought it would get a little redundant watching little black lumps in the water at 1000 feet away, but when you start seeing the whales breaching and dolphins racing and playing around the boat, and all within 100-500 feet away (I guess), it is just awe inspiring to see such magnificent creatures in their domain (SAY NO TO CAPTIVE WHALES!). It is a totally feel good event.
Rating: 5
Wed, Oct 7  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We lucked out with weather - blue skies and no wind. Whales were abundant as were the Common dolphins. Highly recommend. One minor complaint though - when the guides point out whales, dolphins, etc. they will say "breach at 3:00." Our guide kept mixing up her "times." A whale would be on the port side of the boat (the left side or 3:00) but the guide would say it was at 9:00, the complete opposite side.
Rating: 5
Wed, Oct 7  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
It was an amazing day! Will go again.
Rating: 5
Awesome day!
Sun, Oct 4  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Local Unspecified
We were incredibly fortunate to experience one of the most beautiful days ever. The temperatures were very mild, the sun was out the whole time and the sea was gentle (the four of us, parents with teens, had taken dramamine 30 minutes before departure, to pre-empt any issues). The crew consisted on a captain and two young women who were super friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. The commentary was very helpful and still allowed for moments of silence that was only broken by the blows of the whales. There were really too many humpback whales to count, probably more than 40 over the course of of three hours. They were usually in groups of three and some came very close to the boat, accompanied by what the naturalist called a "raft" of sea lions. We did not see breaches but lots of gorgeous tails. We also saw dolphins and a mola mola sunfish (massive and very impressive), moon jellies and egg drop jellies, and lots of pelicans, cormorants, and thousands of common murres. We've had the good fortune to go whale-watching in Hawaii several times, also a wonderful experience (it is Hawaii, after all, what's not to like?) but never saw as many whales as on Sunday's trip.Even our teens were ecstatic! It was a day we will not soon forget. This is an incredible whale season and I've recommending this outing to everyone I know. Loved every minute of it!!
Rating: 5
Great trip!
Sun, Oct 4  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We had an amazing morning watching SO many whales with Blue Ocean. Guides were knowledgable and helpful and our kids loved it too. Highly recommend!
Rating: 5
Best whale watching experience we've ever had!
Fri, Oct 2  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I've been on many whale watching excursions over the years, but never one as good as this one. We must have seen 30-40 humpback whales and probably 100+ dolphins. The whales were jumping out of the water and waving their fins and being very playful. There were large groups of them swimming by our boat for most of the morning. The captain of the boat did a great job getting us out to where the whales were and then finding the dolphins. The entire staff on board was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It was an unforgettable morning and I would highly recommend it.
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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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