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Monterey Travel Tips

When is the best time to see the whales in Monterey Bay?
Just about every month of the year is whale watching season on Monterey Bay. Whether you visit during feeding or migration season, there's a great chance you will spot humpback, blue, gray and killer whales, from march through November.
  • The best time to see humpback whales in Monterey Bay is March through November, with peak sightings during July and August.
  • Gray whales are spotted migrating through the Monterey Bay December through mid-May.
  • The best time to see killer whales in Monterey Bay is mid-April through mid-May and late August through October.
  • The best time to see blue whales is May through October, with peaks generally in July and August.