Monterey Bay Whale Watching
Home to one of the world's largest submarine canyons, Monterey Bay is a protected marine sanctuary that hosts an abundance of spectacular marine animals and plants. The cold, nutrient-rich water and deep canyon of the Monterey Bay draw a diverse array of marine mammals and sea birds there to feed in the underwater canyon and along ithe bay's shoreline. Visitors to Monterey can get a closer look at these unique animals on year ‘round whale watching tours originating from Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. Enjoy up-close encounters with dolphins, right whales, humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, seals, sea turtles, fish, and sea birds.
Hotel Lodging for Monterey Whale Watching Trips.
The Best Western PLUS Monterey Inn is centrally located in historic downtown Monterey, just half a mile from whale watching tours and other attractions on Fisherman's Wharf. Our newly renovated hotel features spacious rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, underground parking, and fireplace rooms. Enjoy affordable elegance, superior service and relaxed comfort when you stay at the Best Western PLUS Monterey Inn. [Top]
When to Visit.
Monterey is a haven for whales and other marine animals all year long, and visitors can see an abundance of marine life in the bay throughout the year. Visitors will see migrating gray whales and their calves in winter and spring. Summer offers glimpses of humpbacks, dolphins and porpoises. Tours tend to be less crowded during the winter months.
Come Prepared for Whale Watching.
Monterey's climate can be cool, even during the summer months, so it is a good idea to dress in warm layers, including long pants, a windproof jacket, non-slip shoes, and a protective hat. Sunscreen and SPF lip balm are also highly recommended. And don't for get your camera! [Top]
Book Monterey Whale Watching Tours.
Monterey is home to several charters offering whale watching tours throughout the year. Most tours last 2-3 hours and leave from Monterey's famous Fisherman's Wharf. Ticket prices vary by season and generally range from $18-35, depending on age and season. Whale watching tours are extremely popular and tend to sell out, so advanced reservations are highly recommended. Chris Whale Watching Tours offers competitive prices for whale watching tours and charter fishing tours www.chriswhalewatching.com. [Top]