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Monterey Bay Whale Watching

Humpback whales. Blue whales. Gray whales. Orcas. The rich waters of Monterey Bay is a favorite destination for the world's largest animals,who migrate and feed here from March through November. Set sail from Old Fisherman's Wharf on a whale watching cruise on beautiful Monterey Bay.

Before You Go

  • Tour Hours
    • Monterey Bay Whale Watching companies offer morning and afternoon trips daily from June through November.
  • Prices
    • Check with tour companies.
  • Tours
    • Sunset Cruises
    • Charter Trips
    • Wildlife Viewing
    • Coastal Scenery
    • Ocean Cruising
  • Whale Watching Tour Companies
    • Monterey Whale Watching
    • Adventures by the Sea
    • Princess Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    • Discovery Monterey Whale Watch

Questions & Answers

  • 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.
  • What should I wear on my tour?
    Comfort is key when you go whale watching in Monterey, CA. Dress in warm layers, including long pants and a warm, windproof jacket. Temperatures are usually lower on sea than on land. Shoes should have flat soles and closed toes, and you may also want to wear a sun hat or warm cap. Bring sunglasses, sun block, and chapstick, and make sure that your camera has a charged battery and plenty of space in its memory.
  • Do I need to book whale watching tours in advance?
    Advance reservations are highly recommended especially during weekends and the summer months. Tickets for whale watching tours in Monterey Bay can be purchased in advance online or over the phone. Contact the front desk at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa for help arranging your whale watching tours and adventures.

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