Whale Watching in Monterey, California

On the way back from our recent visit to San Francisco we spent a night in Monterey. It’s less than 2 hours down the coast from SF and feels worlds apart. After a few days in the city it was nice to be in a small town by the sea. I’m clearly not a city girl!

We arrived in the afternoon and spent a few hours exploring the town before eating lots of shrimp at the original Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

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The next morning we had booked a trip to go Whale Watching. Monterey Bay is famous for seeing a variety of different whales all year round, so we were hopeful to spot a few even though it was November.

There are lots of different whale watching tours available from Fishermans Wharf in Monterey. We went with Chris’ Whale Watching and it was about $37 each for 3 hours on the boat. The good thing about it being a chilly Tuesday morning in November was that there weren’t that many other people on the boat. I’d imagine in summer these tours get pretty packed.

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We boarded the boat and even in the dock we had our first glimpse of ocean life. The boat was surrounded by jelly fish!

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As we headed out of the harbour we got a great view of the sea lions hanging out on the rocks.

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We were out on the boat for over an hour before we spotted any whales. Apparently we had to go quite far from home to see any that day. But we were greeted by the sight of killer whales which was absolutely incredible. My pictures aren’t great as I spent most of time actually watching them rather than using my camera!

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It was amazing seeing these animals in the wild. We stayed and watched them for about 20 minutes before moving on as our skipper had heard reports of humpback whales nearby.

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This was such an awe inspiring trip. I had never seen whales in the wild before and there is something so special about seeing them in their natural habitat. If you are ever visiting Monterey a whale watching trip should be high on your agenda!

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7 thoughts on “Whale Watching in Monterey, California

  1. Wonderful. Your trip was probably worth it for the jellyfish and the sea lions. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been on a trip before from Vancouver Island in Canada and saw Humoback and Killer Wales too. An amazing experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Oooh wonderful. Didnt manage to stop in Vancouver but stayed on the island in a log cabin at a resort called Crystal Cove near Tofino. 11 years ago now! Beautiful beaches and lots of wildlife. ๐Ÿ™‚

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