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Destination: Monterey Bay

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

It's no secret that Monterey Bay is one of our favorite places to watch whales. We will be running trips in April out of Moss Landing CA with Blue Ocean Whale Watch. These 6 hour trips are an excellent time to search fora wide variety of wildlife.

Spring time in Monterey Bay is incredible! This is the peak time of year to see killer whales as they hunt for marine mammals. While sightings of killer whales are not guaranteed - this is the best time of year to try your luck. We also have the possibility to see humpback whales, gray whales, blue whales, fin whales and a wide variety of dolphins. We might also spot migratory pelagic birds, ocean sunfish, sharks, and more.

Our spring time trips depart early in the day to take advantage of the calmest sea conditions of the day and get out ahead of most of the daily boat traffic. Join us on an ocean safari from Moss Landing CA aboard the High Spirits at Blue Ocean Whale Watch. We are operating these trips at a limited capacity for your comfort on board. We will only be taking 25 passengers per day.

Trip Dates & Schedule:

April 21 and 22 of 2023 (single day tickets)

Check in : 7am Moss Landing Harbor

Departure: 7:30am Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Return: 1:30pm Moss Landing Harbor

Trip Duration: 6 hours

Price: $225 per person (ages 14+)

What is included

We will be providing a very light breakfast (donuts/pastries), coffee / tea, and a water refill station on board. If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please indicate that during booking and we will follow up with you via email. We will also be giving each guest a small welcome gift with whalenerds merchandise and a photo package from the trip sent via email at the conclusion of the trip.

What is NOT included

We will not be providing any meals for this trip. Please pack your own lunch, snacks, and drinks to enjoy throughout the trip. A lunchbox or cooler is recommended for keeping your items cold if you need.We will not be providing hotel accommodations or transportation for this event.

If you are flying in for this event we recommend flying in to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), San Jose International Airport (SJC), or San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and renting a vehicle. The events of the weekend will be taking place in Moss Landing, CA and Pacific Grove, CA. Ride sharing is also available from these airports and in the Monterey Bay area via Lyft or Uber.

There are two hotels in Moss Landing CA, very close to the harbor we will be departing from for all whale watch trips. Otherwise you are welcome to stay in Marina CA, Salinas CA, Watsonville CA, Seaside CA, Monterey CA or Pacific Grove CA if you wish to drive in from a nearby town.

Other Notes

This is a weather dependent activity. Sea conditions are very dynamic and change very quickly. Your safety always comes first when making decisions about the trips.

About the High Spirits:

High Spirits is a luxurious 60ft U.S. Coast Guard certified and inspected non-smoking vessel certified for 47 passengers plus crew. Plenty of space outside on the decks and indoors as well for a break from the weather. High Spirits is powered by twin John Deere eco-friendly diesel engines. Our engines are muffled below deck for a quiet ride.

There’s an awesome upper deck accessible to passengers 18yrs+—the perfect vantage point for spotting wildlife and taking great pictures.

Vessel Restrictions:

Children under 3 yrs of age and pregnant women are not allowed on trips aboard the High Spirits.

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