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

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    What to Expect

    Meet at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey to begin your whale watching experience at 10am. Monterey Bay is considered to be a premier destination for whale watching year round as these animals are often spotted there. Your whale watching trip will be narrated by a marine biologist or naturalist, who will provide you educational and interesting information about marine wildlife.

    In addition to teaching you about the wildlife, your marine biologists and naturalists will provide information about the natural history of the local area and talk about conservation. While out on the ocean, your marine biologists and naturalists will also be collecting sighting data for scientific research. During your trip, the crew will show you how to spot whales and dolphins as well as give you advice on how to best capture photos and videos of the wildlife. You will return back to the original departure point between 12:30pm and 1pm.

    Stop At:

    • Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA
    • Discovery Whale Watch, 66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    3h 30m
    • 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
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    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 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    One of my goals has been to do whale watching. We choose Discovery Whale Watching for 2 reasons -- reviews and the offer of refund if they could not make the trip on our reserved time. The crew was knowledgeable and helpful and the trip...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank jjison
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We had not realised there were so many companies offering these trips. Discovery whale watch was recommended to us and we were not disappointed! The boat was not too big and not too small. There was enough space for all to get clear views without...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank 911Lizzie
    Reviewed 3 September 2019

    WOW!.This was fantastic, we had a great, great time, it was truly amazing. The crew was knowledgeable, great people, Pete was so nice, personable, funny. The trip was truly amazing, There was no hurry, they even stopped on our way back to shore to watch...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank cherylm462017
    Reviewed 1 August 2019

    Was nervous about doing this and not seeing any whales. No chance of that. The boat chugged out a while passing lots of sea lions and sea otters basking in the clouds. We went away from the other tours, but came across a unique whale....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Whino06
    Reviewed 30 July 2019 via mobile

    We love nature trips and Discovery Whale Watching was a super trip. We see more than 20 humpbacks, countless Sea Lions and tons of different species of birds. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and food a great job of telling us about everything we saw....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank deepcdj
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    Response from 64lovetheparks | Reviewed this property |
    The captain and crew make every effort to get you in position to see whales. The best suggestion is to follow the online presence of each of the companies. (Facebook, webpage, Twitter) They give daily reports on the... More
    3 January 2019|
    Response from foodie831 | Reviewed this property |
    May may be too late for the gray whale northern migration (although sometimes a few may still be coming through) but it should be the beginning of the humpback whale sightings. Also, in the spring our afternoons can be... More
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