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!

Current Season and Sightings

It is spring season here in Monterey! This time of year brings an amazing mix of wildlife. The northbound gray whales are passing through Monterey Bay, including moms and calves. This is also the peak time of year to sight killer whales (otherwise known as orcas). As the spring season progresses, our local humpbacks will return to the bay for the summer and fall seasons. Other species that could be sighted this time of year are blue whales, fin whales, and a variety of dolphins and porpoises!  Learn more about seasons in Monterey Bay.

I had no idea how amazing whale watching could be.  I didn’t expect to see very many whales, but we encountered a large pod and I was left speechless.  These are some of the largest and most impressive animals on the planet.


I was gifted a tour to watch the whales and had never been on the ocean.  I was excited to go.  It only took 15 minutes before we started to see the whales, and oh my goodness, it was breath-taking!  This is an experience of a lifetime which everyone should share.


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.  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 tours include a naturalist who is well versed in local wildlife. Our naturalist team also participates in opportunistic whale research and helps passengers become citizen scientists!  Learn more about our crew here.