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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Monterey, United States

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up to 24 hours in advance
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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

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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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
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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
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What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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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


280 Reviews
1 star

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Excellent Tour, Great Staff!
, Jun 2021
Had a wonderful time on this tour! Got to see humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters, and an albatross. The captain and crew were all lovely, informative, and obviously really cared that we all had a memorable experience. Thank you for a lovely morning on the bay!
Had a good time
, Jun 2021
It was good but the seasickness was awful. Get the seasickness pill. We got to see the whales and other species. Thank you!
Wonderful experience
, Jun 2021
Seen 5 whales!!! Staff was awesome. Had a great time even though I got sea sick. Take meds 1 hr before going if you are not for sure.
, Jun 2021
Great communication and very insightful on knowledge of wales. Very clean and spacious boat. Enjoyed!
Fun awesome amazing
, Jun 2021
Awesome experience really nice people I had a lot of fun seen all kinds of amazing sea life free coffee and hot chocolate
Nice staff and bumpy wave
, Jun 2021
The staff is nice and friendly, but it is not a good event for kids. The wave is big and the boat is bumpy along the way (2-3 hours), it is very easy to get sea sick. The whale has been seen as promised.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hello, We are very sorry to hear that you experienced a bumpy ride. Unfortunately sometimes Monterey has bumpy conditions, especially in the springtime. We do the best of our abilities to make the ride as smooth as possible under these conditions and give comfort to those who may get seasick, however, we cannot control the ocean and it's conditions. We are happy to hear that you saw whales and appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience.
This Is The Best Whale Watching Tour.
, May 2021
The professional guide was just that……professional and very knowledgeable. The Captain guided the boat to promising areas where we saw dolphins, even Casper the albino dolphin, humpback whales and a young whale born approximately 6 months before. They even have a third person on board that is available to all passengers much like an attendant on a plane. Highly recommend this tour. Smaller number of customers provides a more personal experience. I would take this tour again.
Awesome way to end a vacation.
, May 2021
Mom. And calf breaching. Captain and his mate were very informative and knowledgable making the trip exciting. I would go with Discovery whale watching again.
Whale watching
, May 2021
Phenomenal trip! In one 4 hour period I saw seals, sea lions, Rizzo dolphins and Momma and baby humpback whales. Truly a great trip and Isiah the guide was full of relevant information and has a passion for the sea.
, May 2021
What a wonderful experience! We not only saw many whales but we saw a mom with her calf. Isaiah was very knowledgeable and has a real passion for the animals and ecosystem. We picked up 4 Mylar balloons during our trip and he explained the damage they cause. One of the passengers was motion sick and he took time to help her and care for her. Amazing all around! Highly recommended!!

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