Sailing in Monterey


Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour: Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour (Up to 50% Off)

Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour (Up to 50% Off)

Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

$48 $25

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Sea Goddess Whale Watching: Up to 24% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Up to 24% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Moss Landing

From the merchant: Welcome aboard Sea Goddess, the premier whale watching vessel in the whale watching Capital of the World - Monterey.

$45 $34

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Sea Goddess Whale Watching: Up to Three Hours of Whale Watching for One, Two, Four, or Six at Sea Goddess Whale Watching (24% Off)

Up to Three Hours of Whale Watching for One, Two, Four, or Six at Sea Goddess Whale Watching (24% Off)

Sea Goddess Whale Watching

Moss Landing

A marine biologist narrates a nearly three-hour cruise of Monterey Bay, during which Humpback, Grey, Killer, and Blue whales can be spotted

$45 $34

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Leal Vineyards: Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Leal Vineyards

Hollister

Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

$30 $11

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Santa Cruz Food Tour: $40 for a Culinary Walking Tour for One from Santa Cruz Food Tour ($79 Value)

$40 for a Culinary Walking Tour for One from Santa Cruz Food Tour ($79 Value)

Santa Cruz Food Tour

Santa Cruz / Monterey

Guides lead groups to multiple tasting locations and spotlight neighborhoods’ cultural, historical, architecture, and epicurean highlights

$79 $40

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Smart Destinations: Two-Day All-Inclusive Go San Francisco Card Including Free Admission to 30+ Popular San Francisco Attractions

Two-Day All-Inclusive Go San Francisco Card Including Free Admission to 30+ Popular San Francisco Attractions

Smart Destinations

 

Card grants free admission to 31 San Francisco museums, tours & attractions. Save up to 55% off combined gate prices if purchased separately

$60 $54

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  • Monterey Whale Watching
    Princess Monterey Whale Watching Princess Monterey Whale Watching’s two 100-foot vessels slice through the Bay waters with ease, following currents, wave patterns, and other subtle signs to spot whales in the distance. While the 3-hour excursions—which feature full narration by a marine biologist and naturalist with at least 10 years of experience in local waters—don’t always result in whale sightings, they most always yield close wildlife encounters of one sort or another. After all, the bay teems with life in the form of dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, otters, seals, and sea lions, not to mention all of the wild birds overhead. The Wild Side of Monterey Bay The Monterey Bay Area is renowned for its stunning views and picturesque beaches. It also holds a reputation for the incredible diversity of its wildlife. Here are just a few of the creatures that regularly inhabit its waters: Whales: The Bay provides sheltered waters for migrating whales of many species, most particularly grey and humpback whales. In winter, when grey whales most frequently swim the waters, one can also find orca pods hunting them. In the summer months, the bay has even been known to house a mighty blue whale or two. Porpoises: While the big whales are easy to spot from a distance, their smaller cousins, porpoises, are perhaps more frequently sighted. You’ll know them by their low triangular dorsal fin and stubby rounded snout. In addition to these small-toothed mammals, bottlenose dolphins, northern right whale dolphins, and Pacific white-sided dolphins also reside in the Bay, and frequently frolic along the surface. Birds: Not all that soars above the sea is a gull. The skies over the Bay, in fact, contain an equally impressive number of species as the water itself. Cormorants and jaegers dip and twil, loons and grebes cry out over the wind, and black-footed albatrosses hunt from on high, delivering omens to would-be sailors. Other Wildlife: Sea mammals and birds only describe a fraction of the bay’s population. Its waters make an ideal home for otters, as well as the sharks that hunt them. The bay also acts as a fertile breeding ground for elephant seals, and provides safe beaches for amphibious sea turtles to lay their eggs.
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    96 Fishermans Wharf
    Monterey, CA US
  • Quarter Deck Marine Supply
    Adventures by the Sea is owner Frank Knight’s love letter to Monterey Bay. As an avid cyclist, kayaker, and surfer in his youth, Frank decided to share the gift of the bay by providing land- and sea-activity rentals for tourists. But, what started out as a small bike-rental shop frequented by local hotel guests eventually transformed into a four-location recreational company that now offers kayaking, bicycling, SUP paddling, and surrey-carriage rentals and tours. Bicycle renters can cruise along 17-Mile Drive and the rocky shorelines of Pacific Grove, while surrey-carriage rentals provide a low-key communal pedaling adventure for up to four riders. Patrons can also enjoy the serene environment of Monterey Peninsula as they glide through the waters of Cannery Row and Stillwater Cove—both part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—on the company’s kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUP). During tours, knowledgeable guides rattle off facts about the area while pointing out its wildlife, such as harbor seals lounging on the rocks and otters snapping pictures of kayakers. Along with providing land and water activities, Adventures by the Sea helps guests build stronger relationships with one another through their local group adventures, which include scavenger hunts. When customers are ready to invest in their own trustworthy gear, the company’s pro shop helps them stock up on boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards from brands such as Surftech, Naish Hawaii, and Paddle Surf Hawaii.
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    32 Cannery Row
    Monterey, CA US
  • Bella On The Bay
    In Focus: Bella on the Bay Monterey Specialty: cruises The vessel: a 47-foot Italian sailing yacht The owner: Captain Christian Hestness has been a seafarer since he was 5, when his dad worked aboard a crab-processing ship. Types of cruises offered: There are a variety of packages designed for wildlife watching, golfing at Pebble Beach, or even getting engaged. For those with well-developed sea legs: Multiday charters are available. Animals that might appear along the way: dolphins, sea otters, blue whales, humpback whales Animals that won’t appear along the way: Loch Ness monsters, sabertooth tigers outfitted in wetsuits Amenities on the yacht: a 40” HDTV, video games, cable, and the internet
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    32 Cannery Row
    Monterey, CA US
  • Monterey Bay Kayaks
    Set your course for Monterey Bay Kayaks in Monterey for a relaxing afternoon of boating on one of their ship-shape vessels. With food just the way you like it, this center elevates your restaurant experience just on the level of taste. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this center — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad. Monterey Bay Kayaks is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
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    693 Del Monte Ave
    Monterey, CA US
  • Randy's Fishing Trips and Whale Watching
    Around Fisherman's Wharf, the name Randy has been associated with whales for more than 65 years. Salvatore "Randy" Randazzo opened up Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips in 1945, and his legacy lives on today aboard the Chubasco and Sur Randy. Along with their crews, these two vessels take passengers out on fishing charters and sightseeing tours into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where whales often hang out and swap favorite krill recipes. Captains narrate the tours as blue whales, grey whales, humpbacks, minkes, and other aquatic giants breach the surface. Even sea otters and dolphins make appearances. Other members of the Randy's crew lead sports fishing expeditions out in search of salmon, crab, rock cod, and halibut. The experts give instruction as needed, and they'll even filet the fish once caught.
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    66 Fishermans Wharf
    Monterey, CA US
  • Adventure Bearcat Marine
    Set your course for Adventure Bearcat Marine in Salinas for a relaxing afternoon of boating on one of their ship-shape vessels. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    12260 Alp Cir
    Salinas, CA US

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