Special extended whale watching
Our 8-hour trips provide more time to spend with whales, cover
more area to find a variety of whales, dolphins, and seabird species
in an unrushed atmosphere. We don't have to turn back if the whales
start breaching, lunge feeding or any other exciting circumstances
that we may find! We also have time to search for and watch Killer
Whales which are unpredictable in general and worth spending extended
time with if found on our trips.
These are natural history trips with a focus on whales, dolphins,
and seabirds; we look at all wildlife we find. In the harbor,
we will likely spot sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters. During
the summer/fall we may encounter: Humpback Whales,
Blue Whales, Killer Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales. Dolphins:
Risso's Dolphins, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Northern Right
Whale Dolphins, Common Dolphins (long or short beaked), Bottlenose
Dolphins, Dall's Porpoise, Harbor Porpoise. And chance of rare
species: Beaked Whale (spp.), Sperm Whales. Each trip is different,
and we never know what we will encounter, as with all wildlife
adventures, we cannot predict the number of animals or variety
of species we may encounter as some days are more productive than
This is an excellent chance for photographers to spend more time
with a variety of animals with opportunities to observe and photograph
different behaviors on a relaxed time schedule.
Reservations are required as space is limited. Passengers 12 years
and older are welcome to join us for our 8-hour excursion. These
All Day Trips leave at 8:00 a.m. (7:30 a.m. check-in), and last
for at least 8 hours (weather dependent). We are charging $150 per person for trips in April and May (Killer Whale season), and
$140 per person for other dates. We do not allow children under age 12 (or pregnant
women). If we encounter Killer Whales, it is possible that we
may stay out until dark - or even later, especially if we see
a predation event. So please do NOT book any dinner reservations,
flights, etc. on the evening of your All Day Whale Watch trip!
We set a maximum passenger limit of 30, well below our ship's
capacity, to provide extra space for you during this special extended
More Trip Details:
Trips will include a variety of snack foods and drinks. However,
you should bring a lunch and any other food you want. Please be
prepared for any type of weather while out on the water.
All Day trips will be an adventure within Monterey Bay, on the
open ocean, or even off the coast of Carmel and Big Sur - offering
spectacular views of California's Central Coast.
We "guarantee" whale sightings: at this time of year it is possible
to see Killer Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales,
and several species of dolphins.
It is important that you have some experience boating; these trips
are not for the faint of heart! Sea conditions can be variable;
seasickness medicine (Bonine or Dramamine 2) is highly recommended
in case we encounter rough seas. If you have any tendency toward
seasickness, we do not recommend these trips, since we will be
on the ocean for at least eight hours and cannot turn back to
port for seasickness; we will return early only if sea conditions
and weather become too rough.
We recommend that you consider joining us for multiple days, if
possible. Monterey Bay Whale Watch is a central hub for a thriving
whale watching community in California. Many of the people who
come out on our all day trips keep coming back for more; Monterey
Bay Whale Watch has the most repeat customers and locals year
round. Please join us and become a part of our community of whale
The following dates for 2021 are available for reservations for 8-hour
all-day whale watch trips:
January 23 and 30
February 6, 13, 20, and 27
March 20 and 27
4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, and 30 (Killer Whale Season)
May 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, and 24 (Killer Whale Season)
May 29 and 31
June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28.
July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26.
August 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 22*, 23, 28
September 4, 5*, 6, 12*, 13, 18, 19*, 20, 25, and 27.
October 2, 3*, 4, 9, 10*, 11, 16, 17*, 18, 23, and 25.
November 6, 13 and 27.
Trips marked * are 8-hour pelagic seabird trips. Learn more about the seabird trips.
Since peak times for viewing Killer Whales in Monterey are often in April and May, the 8-hour trips from April 4 through May 24 are special trips identified as "8AM All-day trip in Killer Whale Season". Learn more about these trips.
We are also offering 12-hour full-day trips, some scheduled on
the days immediately before or after the 8-hour trips. Learn more
about the 12-hour full-day whale watch trips.
Reservations can be made by calling our office at 831-375-4658
or by reserving
below were all taken by Daniel Bianchetta in April and May in previous years.
Humpback Whale breaching
Northern Fur Seal
Humpback Whale tail throw
Southern Sea Otters Mom and Pup
A few photos taken on earlier trips:
Killer Whale by Pt Sur Clipper
Humpback Whale tail
Long-beaked Common Dolphins
Breaching Risso's Dolphin
Lunge feeding Humpback Whales
Pacific White-sided Dolphins
All photos © Daniel Bianchetta