Whale Watching Trips

Blue Ocean Whale Watch

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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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Description

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
Great day
Wed, Aug 26  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
 
Great day of whale watching. Whales everywhere along with dolphins, sea lions, jellyfish and of course the birds. The crew on this tour are very friendly and helpful. Couldn't ask for a better birthday. Will definitely do this tour again.
Rating: 5
Winning the Lottery
Tue, Aug 25  8:30 AM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
With a full understanding of the many factors beyond the control of the tour company, ie

weather, ocean conditions, cooperation of the wildlife, we won the lottery!

The weather was fantastic, the sea calm, and the dolphins were our guides as they swam along side

the boat and the whales, what can I say about the whales. Our previous experience with whale watching

was in Maui. It was cold, stormy and generally unpleasant with few whale sightings.

We were thrilled when, on our early morning excursion with Blue Ocean we witnessed over an hour of

whales having their breakfast of anchovies. Through the expert and informative comments of our guide, Kate

we discovered that anchovies which usually swim 200-300 feet below the surface have taken to dancing on the surface. Because of this the whales popped up regularly in groups to scoop a super-sized mouthful.

We even saw a few sea otters.

The added bonus was a light crowd that morning which allowed us to move around freely on the boat.

It was hands-down the hi-lite of our holiday. We highly recommend the Blue Ocean tour company.
 
Rating: 4
Really good experience
Sun, Aug 23  10:00 AM Male 70+ Local Other
 
Saw lots of whales and dolphins, seals, otters, birds. Stable boat, nice people running it. Kate the naturalist was great - informative, helpful, good attitude. Recommended
Rating: 5
Amazing Trip!
Sun, Aug 23  7:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Had the best experience ever whale watching. I have been on a couple of whale watching tours in California and more than I can count on in Maui, but this was the best one ever. Felt like family from the time we got on the boat till we got off. Loved all the information that was given to us while watching the wonderful mammals (and birds) in the bay. When they found a group of whales they would make sure that everyone, no matter where you were on the boat, could see. We celebrated our 45th anniversary while on this trip and it was more than I ever dreamed. I hope to come back before this summer is over and do this trip at least once again. We both agree that there isn't a better whale watching tour than Blue Ocean. Thank you for ending our anniversary trip on a very high note! We are going to Maui in October and we were kind of sad that we would not be there during whale season, but this trip has more than made up for that.
 
Rating: 5
Amazing breaching day
Sat, Aug 22  10:00 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Just amazing all the wild sea life that is out there. The humpback whale that breached for what seemed like an hour. Hundreds of dolphins (long beak and rissos). and various sea birds and moon and egg yolk jellies,.

Amazing crew that knows where to find these gentle giants Looking forward to my next adventures with Blue Ocean Whale Watch.
 
Rating: 5
Wounderful trip
Sat, Aug 22  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
The day was exiting watching all those whales. The breaching whale should join the circus. The crew was friendly and informative. great trip.
Rating: 5
We love to go whale watching with Kate.
Sat, Aug 22  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Unspecified Other
 
Blue Ocean whale watching is always awesome. We live about 3-4 hours away but come over as often as we can to enjoy an amazing trip out on the waters of Monterey Bay. Thanks Kate; you always make it fun.
Rating: 5
Life altering amazing!!
Sat, Aug 22  7:30 AM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The morning we went we were graced with the presence of over 20-40 whales, mola mola, jellies, Dolphins, seals and otters. My young children's mind were blown when we saw two whales breaching as a pair 3 times. Went on a 7:30 am cruise and there were only 10 People in board. The crew was nice, the naturalist amazing, I could not ask for more.
Rating: 5
A must-do trip for anyone!
Fri, Aug 21  10:00 AM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
We tried whale watching two years ago (May 2013) off Moss Landing but with choppy waters and a smaller boat we failed to see anything despite several hours many miles out.

This time we went to Blue Ocean as their boat was larger and felt it might bode well if it was rough. However, calm seas and very active time of year (August) meant whales in large numbers (dozens!) beaching, chin slapping, fluke slapping as well as dolphins galore a shark and even a giant ocean sunfish to round the trip off!
Rating: 5
Another amazing day in the bay!
Fri, Aug 21  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Unspecified Family Without Children
 
What an incredible trip! This is my fourth time this year going out in the bay with Blue Ocean Whale Watch and somehow it just keeps getting better every time. There are so many things to see out there right now but especially there are so many Humpbacks! Kate and Captain Jim are the reason that I will only go out on Blue Ocean Whale Watch from now on. My total drive time to Moss Landing and back is average 6 hours but I don't care because the trip is worth it! I've told everyone I know...#getonaboat with #blueoceanwhalewatch!
 
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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 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.

Policies

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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