**COVID-19 UPDATE AS OF 6/10/20**

  • We are very excited to announce that starting Friday June 12th, we will be reopening our doors and running whale watching trips with modifications once again! We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all of our passengers and crew.
    *We offer 3.5-4hr whale watching trips in the mornings and 2.5-3hr trips in the afternoons.
    *In order to help traffic flow easier with phone calls and to ensure slower wait times with our reopening, please book your trip ONLINE if possible, at discoverywhalewatch.com.
    *We are asked to have our check in and payment systems as “no touch” as possible so please fill out the ONLINE WAIVER when booking trips online or when you receive your confirmation email
    *In order to ensure the safety of our crew and all passengers we have implemented some new policies:
    *In order to board all vessels, face coverings/face masks must be worn at all times
    *In order to ensure proper social distancing, a 6 foot distance must be kept at all times
    *Passengers onboard have also been limited in order to ensure proper social distancing
    *Sharing of food/drinks is prohibited in addition to unnecessary contact between passengers
    *Restrooms will be sanitized on a regular schedule throughout the trip
    *Improved sanitation procedures have been implemented for both during and between trips with special consideration being paid to high touch surfaces such as: handrails, seating, counters, and restrooms
    *Before boarding and during the check in process all passengers shall wait on the dock 6 feet apart
    *If you have experienced a fever or other symptoms please stay home
    We cannot wait to get back out there and see these incredible animals with you all!

Come and see whales year-round at one of the best places on Earth!

Our whale watch trips depart from Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf daily and guaranteed whale sightings! Join us on a cruise during your visit to Monterey and enjoy time with amazing wildlife in Monterey Bay. Our crew can’t wait to share their knowledge and passion with you onboard to ensure you have a memorable experience! Whale Watching in Monterey Bay is some of the best in the world due to the deep submarine canyon close to shore. Whales are sighted every day of the year and this is an amazing place for all marine wildlife!

Current Season and Sightings

Summer / Fall Season (Mid-March through early December)
During the summer/fall season we are focusing on feeding whales that come to the bay to feast on small fish and krill. We expect to see humpback whales daily but we can also view blue whales, fin whales, gray whales (finishing migration), killer whales and a variety of other dolphin species. The summer / fall season can be very windy in the afternoon! The wind pattern we get from spring to mid-summer is great for the ocean, but can make it difficult for a boat ride. Please consider this when you choosing between your options.
We offer a morning tour (recommended) at 9am which is 3.5-4 hours in duration. We also offer an afternoon tour at 1:30pm which is 2.5-3 hours in duration. Whale sightings are consistent all day, but the morning sea conditions are usually more favorable. We like to take extra time searching a variety of areas around Monterey Bay in the morning, while the seas are calmer so that we can make our best route plan for the afternoon when the seas can be more choppy. Join us on a Monterey Bay whale watching trip and Learn more about seasons in Monterey Bay.

Check out personal accounts of our trips on our review pages. We have reviews on Facebook, Yelp, and Trip Advisor. Or read two of our recent reviews below the photos. Can’t get enough of Discovery Whale Watch? Check out the options for gift cards!

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Why Choose Discovery Whale Watch?

Join some of the best in the business! Our crew is passionate about marine life and has been working in the whale watch industry for years. Our trips depart from Monterey Harbor, which is an ideal place for local activities before or after your trip such as Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and the scenic coast line of Pacific Grove.  In addition, it is the most convenient area to see the whales. We can easily view whales in any part of the Monterey submarine canyon system from our location. All of our whale watch and nature tours include narration and personal time with a naturalist who is well versed in local wildlife. Our naturalist team also participates in opportunistic whale research and helps our whale watch passengers become citizen scientists in cooperation with Happywhale!  Learn more about our crew here.

  • My friend and I had a wonderful experience with this whale watching team! We actually had planned on using a different place in Monterey for the trip, but we fortunately found this gem. Unlike the other places, where it is well over 80 to 100 people on one outing, there is a maximum of 45 people for this boat. And only about 16 people went on our day, so it was immensely intimate and open. The staff were friendly, welcoming, and very informative. This was quite different than the experience we had, the same morning, with other whale watching businesses. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants a charming, helpful, and incredible adventure. Best four hours and $48 ever spent. Trust me.

    –Shilin C.

    Littleton, CO

    People Love Us On Yelp

We have been ranked Monterey’s top whale watch by Trip Advisor!

Monterey is ranked 4th in the top destinations in the United States to see whales. We are so honored to top the list of tour operators in our area.

Check out the link to this 2019 Trip Advisor article by clicking here.