‘We saw much more than we expected. In the 80s we saw no whales and no dolphins either. We saw many gray whales and tons of dolphins of a few varieties. I’m glad I went with this company. We had a variety of places to go–the wheelhouse, up on the upper deck with seating, the bow, with seating, or the rear deck, or you could go below. The boat was really comfortable and the captain and naturalist were really nice. We will use Blue Ocean again this summer–our parents want to go out. Great company.’
Blue Ocean Whale Watch
The Best Whale Watching in Monterey Bay
The Monterey Bay attracts thousands of tourists each year with many of them wildlife lovers. Whether visiting for a day trip or in the area on vacation, whale watching is one of the best activities to choose when looking for things to do in Monterey, CA.
A Monterey Bay whale watching trip with Blue Ocean Whale Watch is the perfect activity for families, ecotourists, and photographers. Tours depart from Moss Landing Harbor, which is halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey – at the heart of the Monterey Bay and the closest port to the nutrient-rich Monterey Submarine Canyon.
Monterey Bay whale watching tours are becoming more and more popular, so make sure you book your trip in advance; or you can always opt for a chartered whale watching cruise around the Monterey Bay area and enjoy some of the best whale watching in the world.
Monterey Bay Whale Watching Trips
What Wildlife am I likely to see?
It’s summer 2019 and so far this year has been incredible! We had humpback whales overwintering in the bay, gray whale sightings in the winter and spring, and plenty of killer whale sightings (including 1 sighting of southern residents!!!) in late April, early May and also the beginning of June! Humpback whale numbers have fluctuated up and down, but we’ve been finding them on every trip! Dolphins have also been in the bay for many of our trips: Risso’s, Pacific white-sided, and northern right whale dolphins. Just a few blue whale sightings so far but we hope for more! On June 11th we had our first leatherback sea turtle sighting! Get on a boat!
Killer Whales, Risso’s Dolphins, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Northern right-whale dolphins, Dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, bottlenose dolphins, Mola molas (giant ocean sunfish), jellies, sea otters, California sea lions, harbor seals, and local and migratory birds.
Humpback Whales and Gray Whales
Humpback Whales and Blue Whales
Humpback Whales and Blue Whales
Gray Whales and Common Dolphins
Why choose Blue Ocean?
Whale Watching in Monterey Bay at its Best
We know you have a choice when arranging your whale watching trip in Monterey Bay. Here are some of the main reasons to choose Blue Ocean:
- Knowledgeable naturalist and skilled Captain who love what they do
- High top deck area with 360 degree view (must be 18yrs+ for safety reasons)
- Comfortable indoor space with panoramic viewing windows
- Quiet and smooth ride due to our boat’s design and size
- Photo documentation (View Photos) of every trip
- Deep respect for ocean and its inhabitants
Check out our independent real reviews on Trip Advisor, Google places & Yelp.
Our Trip Advisor rating is 5 out of 5!
We also have loads of testimonials from clients who have been on the Monterey whale watching trips.
Still not convinced? How about having a read through our blog posts where we list the days events and you can see all the photos of the days action: -)
‘My husband, 2.5 year old and I went on their 2.19.2011 Maiden Voyage. The owners are amicable, personable, warm and knowledgeable people that made us as comfortable as they could. Our son has not stopped talking about the “big boat” since we came home and it was fun to see the orcas so up close! We will take a trip with them again in the future.’
‘My first official whale watching experience and could not have asked for anything better…weather was perfect, boat was a sweet sturdy 60′ Chris Craft with plenty of space and vantages. Very friendly, experienced and accommodating crew. Saw some Gray whales, lots of otters, jellies, sea lions, kelp forests and various fish. Highly recommend Blue Ocean and definitely plan on doing another venture with them in the future.’
‘I’ve been on many whale watching trips on other boats on Monterey Bay over the years. I liked this one the best by far. The staff were really genuinely nice and knowledgable, without the “we’re so cool attitude” I’ve experienced with other companies. And this boat was the most comfortable. And unlike the companies running out of Monterey, you get to park right in front of the boat. Very easy, especially with kids.’
‘Great trip! Very nice boat. Captain Jim and Kate were terrific as well as the volunteer crew! Guaranteed whale sightings or your next trip is free. Fun trip all around. We only saw dolphins on our trip, no whales, so as advertised, Captain Jim and Kate invited us to come back for another trip at no charge. You won’t find this level of customer service anywhere else! We highly recomend Blue Ocean Whale Watch!’
Monterey Whale Watching News
Keep up to date with all our latest whale watching news in our blog
Excellent for Photographers
Photograph Whale watching Trips
Our trips are ideal for getting that perfect photograph or video of whales in action. Our boat has very high observation deck helping you to get the best photos of whales in Monterey bay and beyond!
Many people only take photos using their mobile phone or tablet and get stunning results.