Water activity

Monterey: Sunset Whale Watching Cruise with A Guide

Activity provider: Discovery Whale Watch

Monterey: Sunset Whale Watching Cruise with A Guide

Activity provider: Discovery Whale Watch

From US$ 70 per person

Join an educational whale watching trip on Monterey Bay. Learn about wildlife, conservation, and the natural history of the area from your naturalist guide. Take in the incredible sunset.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide


  • See several different species of dolphin, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, and even Killer Whales on occasion
  • Learn more about the seasons in Monterey Bay
  • Relax as you take in the beautiful sunset over the water
  • Pick your guide's brains to learn more about the local wildlife
  • Enjoy an unforgettable experience
Full description

Take an ocean adventure on this whale-watching cruise at sunset from Monterey. Keep an eye out for gray, humpback, and blue whales as they migrate along the Pacific coast, along with sea lions and dolphins. Hear commentary from your naturalist guide and take in the sunset over Monterey Bay. Meet your guide at the wharf and climb aboard the boat to start your tour. Spot whales, dolphins, and a wide variety of marine wildlife in Monterey Bay. Whales are seen every day in this area. Listen to your marine biologist or naturalist guide as they share interesting information about the animals you see, the natural history of the local area, and conservation. Witness scientific research in action as marine biologists and naturalists collect sighting data to learn about the local wildlife. Then, sit back and relax as the sun sets, reflected in the water, providing lasting memories and incredible photo opportunities. Finally, return to the wharf and dry land.

  • Whale-watching cruise at sunset
  • Commentary by a marine biologist or naturalist
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

Go to Discovery Whale Watch. Look for a blue shed with a navy sign that says Discovery Whale Watch. There are many places to park near the wharf. The easiest and closest parking lot is the Wharf Lot #1, accessed on Figueroa Street. When you enter the parking area, drive as far left as possible until you arrive at the gated lot. Take the ticket to enter the gated lot and park as close to the main wharf as possible (rows A, B, or C). Keep the parking ticket with you, as you will need it to pay and exit at the attendant booth. If you are using a GPS, you can use the address 245 Washington Street, Monterey, CA 93940.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Long pants
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 112 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
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When the tour guide pulls out his mobile phone and jumps around in the boat with joy, then something special has happened: two whales came very close to the boat and observed us, the people in the boat. So it was a mutual visit. And both the tour guide and the skipper had never experienced that before. Neither do I. Great experience that was a lot of fun overall.

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October 3, 2022

Saw at least six humpback whales, a pod of Risso’s dolphins and sea lions too numerous to count. Isiah was personable and gave us an education on the ocean. Far above and beyond my expectations. Well worth the money. Sit on front of boat going out. DO NOT sit in front coming back. You get soaked.

September 20, 2022

Our sunset whale watching tour was amazing! Captain Joey and naturalist Andrew were amazing telling us everything about sea life and always keeping us safe. We saw around 10-13 humpback whales, many sea lions, otters, jellyfish, and plenty of birds. At the end of the tour when returning to the pier we were able to watch a beautiful sunset. Don’t forget to bring your jacket because it can get cold and if you are struggling to find parking in the fisherman’s parking just go to the parking garage in front called “Downtown East Parking”.

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September 6, 2022

Product ID: 402398