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Whale Watching in Monterey by Chris' Whale Watching

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See migratory whales off the coast of beautiful Monterey, California on this unforgettable whale watching cruise that will send you home with a greater appreciation for these gentle, giant marine mammals, and their neighbors!

Take this opportunity to see migratory whales breaching, slapping, and playing in the waters off Monterey, California with a 2-hour or 3-hour cruise. Chris’ Whale Watching Tours of Monterey depart daily at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM, beginning in May and running through December. Their boats are United States Coast Guard approved, and include life saving equipment, marine radios, sonar and twin engines, guaranteeing you a safe and smooth ride into the Pacific.

Approximately 20,000 gray whales pass through Monterey’s waters in their 10,000-mile annual, epic migration from the Bering Sea to Baja California. Your fully-narrated adventure will deliver close-up views of the behemoth California gray whale, the blue whale, and in warmer months, the humpback. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, dolphins, sea lions, and migrating birds as well. Before you go, here are some facts about the gentle giants you might see on your whale watching cruise:

The gray whale is a dark, slate-gray colored baleen whale that can reach lengths of 52 feet and weights of up to 36 tons, with a lifespan of up to 70 years. The gray whale migrates annually through the Pacific waters off the coast of America and parts of Asia, at distances of up to 10,000 miles in a given migratory pattern. Gray whales feed mostly on crustaceans and sediment on the ocean floor which they filter through their “baleen” (‘whalebone’).

The humpback whale, more likely to be seen in the summer months, is a baleen whale that ranges from 40-55 feet, and weighs around 80,000 lbs on average. The humpback whale is recognizable by its knobby head and long pectoral fins. Humpbacks are particularly playful, and often are seen slapping, breaching the water, and “singing” long, and complex sonar songs that can last for up to 20 minutes.

Take this unique opportunity to see one of the most impressive examples of marine life off the Pacific Coast in its natural habitat and thriving in waters that were once hostile and filled with whale-hunters. Don’t forget your video camera!

Getting In

Proceed to ticket booth and present your admission pass to any ticket window for cruise.

Reservations are recommended. Call 831-375-5951 and identify yourself as a Go Select pass or Go San Francisco Card holder.


2-Hour Winter Whale Watch (December-April): Daily, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm;
3-Hour Summer Whale Watch (May-November): Daily, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm.


Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, News Year's Day and Easter. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


Chris’ Whale Watching is located in Monterey, CA (approx. 2-2.5 hours south of San Francisco).


48 Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940

Driving Directions

Most direct route: From San Francisco/San Jose, CA: Take US-101 towards Los Angeles. Exit CA-156 West towards Monterey Peninsula Continue on CA 1 South towards Monterey. Exit on Del Monte Avenue. Turn right into Fisherman's Wharf.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Well worth it, amazing
By Patti- mother of 9 and 6 year old. Verified Reviewer from Alameda, CA on
Knowledgeable captain, They'll lend you a coat, Lots to see
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chris Whale Watching in Monterey:

We had fun. Saw lots of humpback whales and even saw 4 blue whales. At the end we saw a bunch of hunchbacks breaching which was really cool. We also saw 1 dolphin, tons of seals and jellyfish (sea jellies) you know what I mean. It was truely an amazing adventure. If you get seasick take your meds. We had perfect weather. I was glad I took snacks as well for the kids.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Spectacular views of Whales
By Fun in San Francisco from Dallas, TX on
See many Humpback Whales, See many Blue Whales
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chris Whale Watching in Monterey:

Chris's Whale watching trip was wonderful. We saw many Blue and Humpback whales on our July 13th trip. It was unbelievable. Whales were jumping in and out of the water sometimes two at a time. My family and I really enjoyed the tour.

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