Cruise participants get a chance to encounter some of Monterey Bay’s famous cetaceans, including bottlenose dolphins and gray whales
What You'll Get
- Duration of trip: Three hours
- Departure location: 48 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey, CA 93940
- Departure times: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
- What’s included: a 3-hour cruise that includes sightseeing in Monterey Bay and where attendees might observe sea creatures such as gray whales or bottlenose dolphins
- The vessels:
- 68′ Star of Monterey
- 57′ Check Mate
- 51′ Caroline
The Fine Print
About 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.