- $25.99 for one admission to a three-hour whale-watching cruise, redeemable Monday–Friday (up to $37 value)
Tours depart at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. Due to unpredictable weather, Chris’ Whale Watching Tours advises passengers to dress warmly and in layers.
Chris’ Whale Watching Tours
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is home to 27 species of marine mammals, more than 100 species of marine birds, and 345 species of fish, as well as the leatherback turtle. Captain Chris Arcoleo, Sr. and his fellow skippers introduce visitors to this wildlife menagerie during three-hour narrated tours of the sanctuary. Collectively, the skippers captain three different vessels equipped with all of the standard safety features, as well as sonar, radar, and eco-friendly twin engines. This technology—plus the captains' vast experience—gives groups unforgettable glimpses of the area's marine life, including the possibility of an up-close encounter with gray or humpback whales. Passengers should also keep their eyes peeled for Pacific white-sided dolphins, California sea lions, otters, harbor seals, and pirate ghosts.