Patrons can enjoy gorgeous views of Monterey Bay marine life and observe one of the largest creatures in the world
About This Deal
- Departure times: 10 a.m. (morning whale watch) or 1:30 p.m. (afternoon whale watch)
- Afternoon trip is year-round
- Winter morning trips start December 16
- Trip duration:
- Morning whale watches until December 15th starts at 9am and are 4 hours long
- Morning whale watches from December 16th starts at 10am and are 3 hours long
- Afternoon whale watches from December 16th are 2.5 to 3 hours long
- Departure location: 66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey
- Adult tickets are valid for 13 and older
- Child tickets are valid for 4–12
- Free admission for children 3 and younger
- Click here to view the schedule
- What to bring:
- Appropriate clothing and sun protection
- Camera, binoculars, water, and snacks
Need To Know
About Discovery Whale Watch
Massive marine mammals are a staple of the Monterey Bay area, thanks to its nutrient-rich waters and bounty of plankton blooms. Discovery Whale Watch explores this sanctuary on two vessels, the New Horizon and the Chubasco, on which friendly guides and knowledgable naturalists give passengers info about conservation and the area's natural history during whale encounters. All ages are welcome on these narrated cruises that last three to four hours.
- Daily whale watching: In the summer/fall season, tours expect to see humpback whales, which visit the region to feast. Winter-season trips focus on the south end of the bay, where whales pass by the coast during migration.
- Sunset whale watch: From May to September, guests witness the awe-inspiring combination of a breaching whale and a stunning California sunset.
- Nature cruises: Guests wave at California sea lions, harbor seals, and southern sea otters on these trips, which are narrated by one of Discovery's naturalists or marine biologists and ideal for families or photographers.