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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Monterey, United States
Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Look for whales as they migrate through the waters of the Pacific Ocean off of California on this half-day whale-watching cruise from Monterey. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the whales and their habitat as you search for gray whales (most common), humpback and blue whales, and other marine life such as dolphins and sea lions during your cruise. Get tips for great photo ops and learn all about the mighty creatures at one of California's most famous whale-watching destinations.
  • Half-day whale watching tour, from Monterey
  • Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, sea lions, and birds during this cruise on the Pacific Ocean
  • Learn about the whales and California's marine life from the guide
  • Set out from Monterey Bay, a premiere whale watching destination
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

Parking Address: 250 Figueroa Street Monterey CA 93940 Once parked, please walk down the tourist pier to our office.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Warm layers are recommended
  • Sun protection, camera, binoculars, water, and snacks are recommended
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If prone to motionsickness, please take precautionary measures and we also sell motion sickness remedies in the shop
  • DUE TO THE COVID19 SITUATION-All guests and crew are required to wear PPE/Masks in order to board the trip and throughout the entirety of the tour
  • We have limited capacity on our tours to ensure guests can maintain at least a 6 foot distance at all times
  • Increased cleaning/sanitiation procedures have been implemented in order to ensure the safety of all guests on board
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discovery Whale Watch
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Please bring warm clothing, woolly hats and gloves - just in case you need them, as I was frozen to my bones by the time we got off." See review


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, Dec 2021
My boyfriend and I went for our first time whale watching and we had a great time! The staff on board were kind and very knowledgeable which made the experience even better! We will absolutely book another whale watching tour and I have already recommended Discovery Whale Watching Tour to a friend who has booked! You guys are great and do such an amazing job!
Highly recommended tour
, Dec 2021
Exciting tour, excellent and experienced guide and crew, definite worth the fee, highly recommended.
, Nov 2021
Fantastic!! These guys know where to find the whales and what a spectacular view it was! Highly recommend and would definitely do again!
Had a great time! The...
, Nov 2021
Had a great time! The tour guides were amazing and knew so much about the bay’s ecosystem. Would absolutely recommend!
Forever memories
, Nov 2021
Learned so much about the area, and saw more than we thought we would. Friendly staff. Such a great trip!!
Amazing experience!
, Nov 2021
It was an amazing trip! We saw sea lions, sea otters, breaching humpback whales (!!!) and 2 huge groups of dolphins!!! The staff was also great and very knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend. We also liked it was a smaller group and boat so we felt even closer to all the wildlife! My husband said this was like swimming with the whales and dolphins instead of watching!
This has been on my wish...
, Nov 2021
This has been on my wish list forever and it was a blast! All my loves were with me too!! The crew was fantastic!
Great fun whale watching!
, Oct 2021
Following the whales to each new spot. Abundant sea wildlife and birds, otters, dolphin, gray and humpback whales, seals and sailfish. The guide , Isaac , was fabulous! Well informed with great sense of humor.
Just book it already!
, Oct 2021
If you are on the fence, book this tour! We saw 7 humpbacks including 2 calfs feeding with sea lions. They came up within feet of the boat. It was worth every penny.
Awesome views!
, Oct 2021
Staff was very nice and knowledgeable. Great time! They answered questions and it was wonderful!! Will definitely be back and highly recommend

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