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Monterey: Whale Watching Tour with A Marine Guide

Monterey: Whale Watching Tour with A Marine Guide

From US$ 70 per person

Spend a memorable day on the water as you venture off shore from Monterey to find whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife, on a fully narrated cruise.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Experience the splendor of the Monterey Bay, your window to marine wildlife
  • Relax on a spacious cruise and watch whales and dolphins riding the waves
  • Choose from outdoor or indoor seating with large windows for viewing
  • Visit Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, home to 34 species of marine mammals
  • Learn more about wildlife behavior from your marine specialist guide
Full description

Hop onboard one of the largest vessels in Monterey for a guided whale-watching tour. Leave the harbor and head out into Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary in search of whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife that migrate through the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Relax in the heated cabins of the 110-feet Princess Monterey and the 100-feet Atlantis Monterey. Grab a snack or drink from the onboard bar, enjoy spacious indoor and outdoor seating, and never miss a moment with a 360-viewing walkaround deck.

With deep nutrient-rich waters just offshore, Monterey Bay hosts humpback whales and blue whales during summer and fall. Gray whales pass by the coastline as they navigate one of the longest migrations of a marine mammal during winter and spring, while dolphins come to the bay throughout the year.

Every trip is different, so whether it’s your first time on a marine wildlife cruise or you’re a whale-watching veteran, see what Monterey Bay has in store for you.

  • Cruise
  • Marine guide
  • Brochure
  • Food and drinks (available onboard)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Look for the bright yellow building at the end of Fisherman's Wharf next to the shops and restaurants. It's a 5-10 minute walk from the car park.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Walking frames

Know before you go

  • Vessels and departure times are subject to change without prior notice
  • Guests are always welcome to bring their own food or drinks
  • Toilets are available onboard
  • Limited VIP Upper Deck seating can be bought at an additional charge upon check-in, limited to availability
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

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We had a good experience aboard the Atlantis Monterey on the 9am tour. A chilly morning- be sure to bring a sweater, beanie, and long pants! We took some Dramamine prior to the ride and thank goodness we did. The boat was rocking for sure! We sat on the top deck and had gorgeous views of the animals. Seals swimming in large groups and eating fish along with the sea birds. Lots of whale activity- many were breeching and tail flapping, it was incredible! The captain and the crew were very knowledgeable and kept the ride interesting by sharing lots of info about the local area and sealife. The only downside I can think of is that all of the people crowd to one side or the other when there is some activity happening. Doesn't leave much room to see or get good photos/videos. I just gave up after a while- the same people wanting to push to the front of the boat all the time. But I could still see everything well from my seat. Overall a fun experience and highly recommend!

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September 19, 2022

A good experience. Make sure and wrap up well. Seen whales but not too close up.

November 1, 2022

Great tour!

October 27, 2022

Product ID: 428731