Best whale watching in Monterey County

Check out the top whale watching in Monterey County, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Sanctuary Cruises
1. Sanctuary Cruises
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7 local reviews
7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 831-350-4090
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Aubree
Whale watching! Sanctuary runs a smaller boat out of Moss Landing. It's a more environmentally friendly…
Trish
The best whale watching on the Monterey Bay guided by an expert marine biologist. 99.9% chance you'll see…
Jill
Whale watching on a clean-burning biodiesel boat!
1. Sanctuary Cruises
1. Sanctuary Cruises
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7 local reviews
7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 831-350-4090
Aubree
Aubree
Whale watching! Sanctuary runs a smaller boat out of Moss Landing. It's a more environmentally friendly operation staffed with wonderful…
Trish
Trish
The best whale watching on the Monterey Bay guided by an expert marine biologist. 99.9% chance you'll see whales on a trip!
Jill
Jill
Whale watching on a clean-burning biodiesel boat!
2. Crab House
2. Crab House
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21 local reviews
60 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 831-717-4898
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Gayla
Catch a whale watching boat or simply window shop along the wharf. Sample every restaurant's special clam…
Gloria
Visitors can get a Whale watching trip, try all the samples of sea food and shops full of touristy things and…
Sage And Leona
A good place to see some sea lions or book a whale watching cruise. The restaurants are expensive but offer…
2. Crab House
2. Crab House
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21 local reviews
60 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 831-717-4898
Gayla
Gayla
Catch a whale watching boat or simply window shop along the wharf. Sample every restaurant's special clam chowder. Have a nice lunch or…
Gloria
Gloria
Visitors can get a Whale watching trip, try all the samples of sea food and shops full of touristy things and good prices. Close to Custom…
Sage And Leona
Sage And Leona
A good place to see some sea lions or book a whale watching cruise. The restaurants are expensive but offer free clam chowder samples out…
3. Fishermans Wharf
3. Fishermans Wharf
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16 local reviews
Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
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Dennis And Toni
Features some of the best restaurants in the area with views of the wharf and bay. Fishing and whale watching…
Jim
Great place to eat or catch a whale watching boat and it's an easy 20 minute.
Annee
Fun place to walk around and some whale watching boats leave from here.
3. Fishermans Wharf
3. Fishermans Wharf
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16 local reviews
Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Dennis And Toni
Dennis And Toni
Features some of the best restaurants in the area with views of the wharf and bay. Fishing and whale watching excursions leave from here…
Jim
Jim
Great place to eat or catch a whale watching boat and it's an easy 20 minute.
Annee
Annee
Fun place to walk around and some whale watching boats leave from here.
4. Moss Landing
4. Moss Landing
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16 local reviews
Moss Landing, Moss Landing
LocalityPolitical
John And Mary
Moss Landing is a gem! The Monterey Bay Aquarium has it's offices here at MBARI and you can step in and…
Melanie
Whale watching Estuary tours Lemon Grass Thai food Whole Enchilada - Mexican food Lighthouse - Breakfast…
Linda And He Is Larry
Whale watching, kayaking, restaurants antique shops. The Whole Enchilada, The Haute Enchilada, Phil's…
4. Moss Landing
4. Moss Landing
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16 local reviews
Moss Landing, Moss Landing
John And Mary
John And Mary
Moss Landing is a gem! The Monterey Bay Aquarium has it's offices here at MBARI and you can step in and visit. Phil's Fish Market for…
Melanie
Melanie
Whale watching Estuary tours Lemon Grass Thai food Whole Enchilada - Mexican food Lighthouse - Breakfast Monterey Dunes - Beach
Linda And He Is Larry
Linda And He Is Larry
Whale watching, kayaking, restaurants antique shops. The Whole Enchilada, The Haute Enchilada, Phil's Fishmarket.
5. Monterey Bay Whale Watch
5. Monterey Bay Whale Watch
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7 local reviews
84 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 831-375-4658
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Ben
Abundant marine life attracts year-round whale watching cruises that depart from Monterey and Moss Landing in…
Jennifer
Go whale watching! Pretty much every month of the year (maybe except end of Feb/early March) there are tons of…
Nicole
Another outlet closer to Monterey with a great reputation for whale watching, which is seasonal so call ahead.
5. Monterey Bay Whale Watch
5. Monterey Bay Whale Watch
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7 local reviews
84 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 831-375-4658
Ben
Ben
Abundant marine life attracts year-round whale watching cruises that depart from Monterey and Moss Landing in Monterey County. The tours are…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Go whale watching! Pretty much every month of the year (maybe except end of Feb/early March) there are tons of whales! Go in the morning on…
Nicole
Nicole
Another outlet closer to Monterey with a great reputation for whale watching, which is seasonal so call ahead.
6. Santa Cruz Whale Watching
6. Santa Cruz Whale Watching
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12 local reviews
1718 Brommer Street, Santa Cruz
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 831-427-0230
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Daisy
Ahoy, mates! You'd best get your sea legs under you for an outing -- a true adventure at sea with salty air,…
Geoffrey And Colleen
Whale watching on the Monterey Bay is one of the best spots around. Last year when we went we saw the elusive…
Matt
Best whale watching tours in the bay - year-round (and I designed the website). Tell Ken I sent you...
6. Santa Cruz Whale Watching
6. Santa Cruz Whale Watching
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12 local reviews
1718 Brommer Street, Santa Cruz
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 831-427-0230
Daisy
Daisy
Ahoy, mates! You'd best get your sea legs under you for an outing -- a true adventure at sea with salty air, rolling swells and some of the…
Geoffrey And Colleen
Geoffrey And Colleen
Whale watching on the Monterey Bay is one of the best spots around. Last year when we went we saw the elusive Blue whales. Tons of fun.
Matt
Matt
Best whale watching tours in the bay - year-round (and I designed the website). Tell Ken I sent you...
7. Fishermans Wharf
7. Fishermans Wharf
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17 local reviews
Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
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Kay
Generally good food there. Aquarium on Cannery Row is a must-see; Cannery Row is fun but touristy, has a few…
Maria
Ok it is as touristy as you can get, but the food is better than SF's fishermans wharf and the rec trail…
Carie
Shops, Restaurants, Sightseeing, Whale Watching.
7. Fishermans Wharf
7. Fishermans Wharf
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17 local reviews
Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Kay
Kay
Generally good food there. Aquarium on Cannery Row is a must-see; Cannery Row is fun but touristy, has a few outlets: the Pendleton outlet…
Maria
Maria
Ok it is as touristy as you can get, but the food is better than SF's fishermans wharf and the rec trail entrance is right at the front of…
Carie
Carie
Shops, Restaurants, Sightseeing, Whale Watching.
8. 275 Lake Ave
8. 275 Lake Ave
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3 local reviews
275 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz
Street address
Rex
Board the 65' O'Neill catamaran for public and private charters throughout the Monterey Bay National Marine…
8. 275 Lake Ave
8. 275 Lake Ave
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3 local reviews
275 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz
Rex
Rex
Board the 65' O'Neill catamaran for public and private charters throughout the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Whale watching tours…
9. Old Fisherman's Wharf
9. Old Fisherman's Wharf
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6 local reviews
6 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
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Marci
Great place to dine right at the waters' edge & watch the boats sail by & be entertained by the sea otters &…
Ben
A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn't complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman's…
9. Old Fisherman's Wharf
9. Old Fisherman's Wharf
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6 local reviews
6 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Marci
Marci
Great place to dine right at the waters' edge & watch the boats sail by & be entertained by the sea otters & sea lions at play. Many shops…
Ben
Ben
A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn't complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman's Wharf. Experience a myriad of: •…
10. Princess Monterey Whale Watching
10. Princess Monterey Whale Watching
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2 local reviews
96 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Closed · Opens in 14 minutes
+1 831-372-2203
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Cecelia
The best operation for whale watching in town.
Susan Elaine
More Whale Watching...just go do it.
10. Princess Monterey Whale Watching
10. Princess Monterey Whale Watching
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2 local reviews
96 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
Closed · Opens in 14 minutes
+1 831-372-2203
Cecelia
Cecelia
The best operation for whale watching in town.
Susan Elaine
Susan Elaine
More Whale Watching...just go do it.
11. Monterey
11. Monterey
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30 local reviews
Monterey, Monterey
LocalityPolitical
Anne & Natasha
Lots to do here. Good restaurants, weekend festivals, harbor tours, whale watching, water sports, biking,…
Generosa
About 2 hours drive from here. Great for whale watching, kayaking and cold water scuba diving.
11. Monterey
11. Monterey
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30 local reviews
Monterey, Monterey
Anne & Natasha
Anne & Natasha
Lots to do here. Good restaurants, weekend festivals, harbor tours, whale watching, water sports, biking, beach trails, and shopping. Leave…
Generosa
Generosa
About 2 hours drive from here. Great for whale watching, kayaking and cold water scuba diving.
12. Blue Ocean Whale Watching on the Monterey Bay
12. Blue Ocean Whale Watching on the Monterey Bay
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5 local reviews
7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing
Closed · Opens in 14 minutes
+1 831-600-5103
Travel agencyPoint of interestEstablishment
Tamara
Whale watching at its best! The crew are engaging and knowledgeable- I've seen whales every time! Boat is…
Captain
Whale watching cruise that is less than a 5 minute walk from the Captain's Inn at Moss Landing.
12. Blue Ocean Whale Watching on the Monterey Bay
12. Blue Ocean Whale Watching on the Monterey Bay
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5 local reviews
7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing
Closed · Opens in 14 minutes
+1 831-600-5103
Tamara
Tamara
Whale watching at its best! The crew are engaging and knowledgeable- I've seen whales every time! Boat is large enough to be comfortable-…
Captain
Captain
Whale watching cruise that is less than a 5 minute walk from the Captain's Inn at Moss Landing.