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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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. 

Meeting Location

Moss Landing Harbor off Sandholdt Rd. (Moss Landing, CA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
766 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Mother & Calf amazing!
Tue, Jul 28  10:00 AM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Although the day started off rather hazy we were still able to locate some beautiful humpbacks, thanks to our vigilant captain and crew.

The highlight was when we headed out west after a tip off from a fastboat dinghy and were enraptured with the antics of a baby humpback who breached...and breached...and kept on breaching, to the delight of all on board.

We followed this calf and mother for a considerable time while watching the calf having a "whale" of a time...pardon the pun!!!

Truly magical!!
Rating: 4
Had a great time!
Sat, Jul 25  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
The trip was great, the crew was informative and fun! I will recommend this tour to my friends!
Rating: 4
Pleasant experience
Sat, Jul 25  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
The vessel was very comfortable and well-suited for whale watching. Just enough attention by the crew to feel comfortable and not so much as to be bothersome. Nice interpretive narration from well informed naturalist.
Rating: 4
fascinating experience perfectly delivered!
Fri, Jul 24  10:00 AM Unspecified 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
I went on more than one whale watching your but this one was so well organized, enthusiastically explained that we all got so much impressed and we enjoyed every moments!
Rating: 5
Nature experience
Wed, Jul 22  10:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Perfect way to get up close to see not only whales but other marine mammals and birds in their true element..
Rating: 4
Nice variety of whales, dolphins & other animals
Wed, Jul 22  10:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Nice experience
Rating: 5
Great. Informative.
Sat, Jul 18  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
Love it!
Rating: 5
Beautiful day on the Water
Thu, Jul 16  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
 
It was a great day to go Whale watching!! Kate was our Captain & she was fantastic & really very informative about the area, whales, & all the sea creatures. She had an "eye" for locating the whales & gave us plenty of notice. We saw lots of whales!! Kate got a call about a whale in distress, so she took our boat to observe the whale, & to help the Coast Guard locate it. (It was tangled in crab pot lines, so we followed it & it surfaced 3 or 4 times, dragging 3 buoy.) It was a fantastic day & an activity we will do again with Blue Ocean Whale Watch!!
Rating: 5
Great experience
Thu, Jul 16  10:00 AM Female 70+ Local Couple on a Date
 
Saw many whales initially surface feeding and displaying beautiful tails when the submerged. Then.....went to try to help a whale who had become entangled in some crab nets and was towing 3 buoys. For the disruption we were offered free vouchers for a future whale watch...even though we had seen whales initially. Captain Kate is amazing in her vast knowledge of the ocean and all that are in it. Recommend whole heartedly.
Rating: 5
Great Trip on Monterey Bay
Thu, Jul 16  10:00 AM Male 70+ Local Individual
 
It was another Great trip on Blue Ocean Whale Watch. This is the only Boat I will go on. The people are wonderful and make it a Great day for all.
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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?
Trips run around 4 hours. Duration of the trip depends on where and when we find whales. We will not cheat you out of a fulfilling sighting.
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. Please click on the "Contact BlueOceanWW" link on the left of the page if you have a child 3 years and under in your party.
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?
Pregnant women are advised not to participate in whale watching trips due to the inherent motion of the boat. We recommend consulting with a doctor beforehand.
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 deck up top which can carry 15 passengers.
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 in the Moss Landing Harbor parking lot. Parking permits are $6.24 for the day. There is also street parking on Moss Landing Road and Sandholdt Road which is free.
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.
Not recommended for pregnant women.
Pregnant women are advised not to participate in whale watching trips due to the inherent motion of the boat. We recommend consulting with a doctor before purchasing tickets.

Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Our company is owned by a licensed captain and naturalist.
 
Captain Jim Davis
has over 32 years of experience sailing and cruising around the world. Jim began his life on the sea when he joined the Naval Academy and spent years in active service as a Navy Officer for the NATO forces and then as a Coast Guard Commander.
 
Kate Cummings worked as a deckhand on a whale watching boat as she was graduating from UC Santa Cruz. Shortly after she began working with whale researchers on the bay and became a naturalist leading whale watching tours. Several of Kate's photos have been used in whale research.
 
Blue Ocean Whale Watch is the newest company on the bay; fresh and driven by enthusiasm!
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