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Sunset Whale Watching Cruise

A relaxing way to explore Monterey Bay's whales and dolphins

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Child (Ages 0-12)

Whale watching on the Monterey Bay is a year-round adventure.

Our active whale watching cruises from Moss Landing is a relaxing way to explore Monterey Bay’s whales and dolphins. Learn from our marine biologists aboard the perfect vessel for intimate whale encounters – the stout, able and sea-kindly Sanctuary!

Sanctuary is a 43-foot Delta Marine twin-engine vessel and is the only sustainable charter boat on the Monterey Bay. She has a comfortable cabin with upholstered seating as well as outside seating both covered and uncovered and we limit the number of passengers on board to 34 to ensure that the boat never gets crowded. Our boat deck is close enough to the water’s surface for you to really feel a connection with the marine life!

What to Bring

  • Wear warm clothes and dress in layers. A waterproof outer layer is helpful, but not absolutely necessary. If you run cool anyway, bring toasty gloves and a warm scarf.
  • Shoes: Hiking or tennis shoes – they are flat-soled with good traction and securely laced to your feet. Heels, flip flops and open shoes are a bad idea. Rubber boots work well, especially in wet weather
  • Hat: For shade and/or warmth. Ball caps and canvas wide-brimmed hat with cords work well.
  • Sunglasses: Polarized are best, with a keeper cord.
  • Sunscreen: Use it often; the sun can be surprisingly strong, even on an overcast day.
  • Camera/Extra Batteries & Storage Media: Your best bet is a camera with a good telephoto lens.
  • Binoculars: Not essential, unless you are a birder. If you are experienced with them, bring them along, as a steady hand can provide extra great views of whales.
  • Notebook: To jot down particulars about the trip or identifying marks on the whales. We’ll tell you how to ID whales and you can either take photographs or sketch what you see. Wouldn’t it be something to see that whale again?
  • Drinks & Snacks: We have a snack bar on board Sanctuary with good coffee, teas, cocoa, instant soup, waters, sodas and snacks. You may bring your own, but please no glass or coolers.

Whale Seasons in Monterey Bay:

Spring: Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Orcas and Dolphins
Summer: Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Orcas, Dolphins, Albatross, Mola, Sea Turtles
Fall: Humpback Whales, Orcas and Dolphins
Winter: Gray Whales, Orcas and Dolphins

Other wildlife highlights include pulsating jellies, foraging sea otters, playful California sea lions, harbor seals, local and migratory birds and a lot more. So bring your sense of wonder, awe and anticipation for what may well be the adventure of a lifetime.

If you are looking for a high-end, in-depth and highly personalized whale watching cruise, Sanctuary Cruises is the trip for you.

Seasickness Prevention

Aboard Sanctuary we take customer comfort seriously and do everything we possibly can to help you feel good and enjoy the trip. From biodiesel to relief bands to gingersnaps and aromatherapy – we have all the good tricks and tips to keep you happy.

For question or inquiries you may check our FAQ’s page or Contact Us