Monterey & Carmel

3-Hour Monterey Bay Winter Whale-Watching Tour in California

Monterey, United States

From $70.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Look for whales during a boat tour from Monterey, the premier destination in northern California for winter whale watching. Learn about the majestic animals from a marine biologist or naturalist guide who shares detailed commentary about the whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea birds, and natural history of the region.
  • Learn about whale behavior and conservation from the naturalist guide
  • Get the chance to view humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, and other Pacific Ocean wildlife
  • Experience Monterey from the water!

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 66 Fishermans Wharf
    66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

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

Start time

10:00 AM

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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It was so beautiful being out on the water. We saw whales and dolphins. If you go make sure to take motion sickness pills so that you don’t get sick.
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Great whale watching trip on a beautiful day!
Annette_S, Mar 2023
We enjoyed the trip and the crew were excellent guides they did their best to find whales for us to see and we say a few grey whales playing , no big splashing but we did get to see rainblow from the whales
Amazing time, we saw lots of wildlife!
Gregg_N, Mar 2022
Amazing time on our whale watching tour! We saw 5 humpback whales and literally hundreds of dolphins.
Best family activity
Ammi_A, Mar 2022
It was an incredible experience. The guys giving the tour were very energetic, And also very knowledgeable. It was raining during our visit just Make sure you take a water jacket with a hoodie. The waves were not to crazy in the boat ride if you sit in the front you can feel them the waves more. Don’t feel discourage if you don’t get a seat in the beginning people move to catch the whales. Overall it was fun.
Worth the trip!
Renee_R, Mar 2022
We had a great time on the boat. Nice weather, big waves but the views of the dolphins & whales did not disappoint. The captain went out of his way to make sure we got some great views as he followed the whales.
Great trip
Kushal_T, Mar 2022
Tour guide was awesome. The office called for confirmation and Waiting with all the boarding passes as we reached. It is definitely value for money.
A perfect day
Craig_C, Mar 2022
Not only was the crew accommodating but Nature gave us her best with gentle seas and lots of whale sightings.
Super nice view
Ruby_L, Feb 2022
It was so beautiful being out on the water. We saw whales and dolphins. If you go make sure to take motion sickness pills so that you don’t get sick.
Small boat experience, great whale watching
Emily_S, Feb 2022
Fabulous small boat experience! Spent 40 minutes tracking 5 gray whales and we were the only boat in site. Isaiah was wonderful. Highly recommend!
It was an amazing trip!...
Romina_A, Jan 2022
It was an amazing trip! We enjoyed watching whales and dolphins, the people in charge of the boat was really friendly. Highly recommended
Great experience
Janis_L, Jan 2022
Excellent experience, great and friendly knowledgeable staff. Felt very safe even one day after tsunami warning.
SLT, Mar 2021
We had a “whale of a time!” Great guide, very knowledgeable and we saw a humpback whale! and Risso’s dolphins! Excellent adventure!
Great tour!
Terrell_S, Mar 2021
Lots of wildlife. Saw the albino dolphin. Saw a group of about 100 dolphins. Humpback whales we’re putting on a show. Great crew too.
Didn’t get to ho
Katina_A, Feb 2021
My trip was cancelled last minute They said it was due to weather conditions but it seemed like a nice day Kids were very disappointed
Response from Host, Mar 2021
Hello, we are very sorry that your trip got cancelled. We want each & every person to get to experience their trip. Conditions can deteriorate quickly in Monterey Bay & turn into unsafe conditions. The Captain would not cancel the trip unless it was a safety issue to go out. Often times, the water seems nice right out front of the marina, but conditons change quickly as you get out to sea. We always offer the chance to rebook or receive a refund when these circumstances arise.
A great experience
Shaun_S, Feb 2021
A well-run professional outfit. Knowledgeable about all the marine life within the Monterey Bay. All the staff was friendly and knowledgeable and check in was quick and easy. We plan to attend another tour with them when we visit the Monterey Bay area next year.
January 30, 2021
Karyn_G, Jan 2021
It was a great trip. We saw Orca whales and a baby grey whale. The crew was very friendly. My only complaint is that a videographer that was in the boat was pushing adults and a child out of the way to get his footage. I made a comment to him and an older lady also said something.
Wonderful Experience
Bryna_M, Jan 2021
Such a great trip! We saw whales and other ocean life and the marine biologist was very informative. The crew was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.
Roberta_W, Mar 2020
The crew was friendly. They worked hard to find whales and sea lions of different varieties. It was a awesome experience
Whale watch
EdgarDarron_G, Feb 2020
Absolutely FANTASTIC Tour. We saw hundreds (maybe thousands) of dolphins. In all we saw 5 species of whales
Wonderful experience. Saw about 5 grey...
Nicole L, Mar 2018
Wonderful experience. Saw about 5 grey south bound whales- and pretty close up. The naturalist talked sometimes over the speaker, but many times would have side conversations with other people. Wish he could've educated us some more. Very friendly guy though. The captain was pretty nice and really wanted us to have the best experience as well. Would do this again. Wish there was more seating as well.
Magique !
Francois_L, Feb 2022
Superbe excursion. Nous avons pu voir des otaries, des loutres de mer et 3 baleines. Un moment magique. Prévoyez des vêtements chauds (même par temps ensoleillé) et prenez un médicament contre le mal de mer comme l'indique le staff.