FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Ticket Info: Buy tickets online or call zerve purchase whale watching tickets at (800) 979-3370 or (212) 209-3370 (int'l)
Custom Charters: Email Us or call (831) 600-5103

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 email us at blueoceanwhalewatch@gmail.com if you have a child 3 years and under in your party.

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. Check out our Vessel Page to view a video tour of our yacht.

Can I do a private charter?

Yes!In addition to our weekly whale watching tours, Blue Ocean Whale Watch allows you to customize your own trips any day of the week.

Possibilties include:

See our Custom Charter page or Contact Us for more information about chartering the boat for a private trip or event.

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Eye of a Humpback Whale

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.

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!

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 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.

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.

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.

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 email us at blueoceanwhalewatch@gmail.com.

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.

Are any souvenirs available?

Yes, T-shirts are available for purchase on board. Prices range from $10-$15. We also have products on zazzle

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! If you wish to purchase gift certificates for any amount, please email BlueOceanWhaleWatch@gmail.com or call 831-600-5103.

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 email us at blueoceanwhalewatch@gmail.com.

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