Rates & Seasons

Monterey Bay CA Whale Watching – Rates & Seasons

sealionsThe Monterey Bay is richly diverse in marine life and has become a gathering place for marine mammals, sea birds, and fish alike. Our feature cruises are for Whale, Dolphin, & Sea Life Excursions, Monterey Sanctuary Scenic Bay Cruises and Sunset Cruises. Details are further down on the page, so keep reading!

Note: If you do not see a trip on a specific date you are looking for on our online ticketing page, please call us at 831-427-0230.

Whale, Dolphin, & Sea Life Excursions 3-4 hours / OUTER BAY
December through April
(Private Charters year round)

This trip mostly focuses on the annual migration of the California Gray Whale. Approximately 20,000 whales pass by the Santa Cruz coast south and then north again in a 5-month period. Peak migration usually occurs mid January and mid March. There is also an increased chance of spotting Killer whales in March, April, and May.
$46.95 Adults
$32.95 Children under 14
Buy tickets online at Zerve

Whale, Dolphin, & Sea Life Excursions 3-4 hours / OUTER BAY
May through November
(Private Charters year round)

This trip focuses mostly on the Humpback whale. The local herd comes to Monterey Bay and the central coast for seasonal feeding. They feed on anchovies, sardines, and krill (shrimp like crustaceans). There is also an increased change of spotting Blue whales in summer and Fall.
$46.95 Adults
$32.95 Children under 14
Buy tickets online at Zerve

All of our whale and sea life tours will try to include as much marine life as possible. Time available, sea conditions, distance from shore, location and diversity of marine life on any given day is unpredictable and quiet variable. Every trip is different.

Monterey Sanctuary Scenic Bay Cruise 1 hour / INNER BAY-CALM WATER:
Summer Only
(Private Charters year round)

Our best value and very popular with families, this calm water cruise offers spectacular views of our coastline and local marine life, usually including sea otters, sea lions and occasionally dolphins. Narrated stops include the Giant Kelp Forest, Seal Island, world famous Steamer’s Lane surfing spot, the beautiful Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and an historical narration of the venerable Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring your camera!
$19.95 Adults
$12.95 Children under 14
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Sunset Cruise 2 hours / INNER BAY-CALM WATER
Summer only
(Private Charters year round)

This longer version of our 1 hour Sanctuary Scenic Cruise includes stops listed above plus a trip along the surf line deeper into the bay to visit the WWI era cement ship “Palo Alto”. Of course we always hope for a beautiful golden sunset perhaps while sipping wine or your favorite beverage on your return voyage. Fully narrated.
$29.95 Adults
$19.95 Children under 14
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All trips are weather and sea permitting.

Check availability & buy tickets online:

Advance purchase strongly recommended. Trips sell out quickly!
To purchase by phone, call Zerve at 831-205-2380 or 888-237-7084.
Or call us direct at 831-427-0230

Note: If you do not see a trip on a specific date you are looking for on our online ticketing page, please call us at 831-427-0230.