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Princess Monterey Whale Watching Tour

Humpback Whale under water in Monterey Bay

Princess Monterey Whale Watching Tour

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 the unforgettable adventure of whale watching with Princess Monterey Tours

Princess Monterey Whale Watching Tour

Enjoy your Monterey Whale Watching Tour on one of the two largest and finest vessels in the fleet: the Princess Monterey and the Atlantis Monterey.

You’ll enjoy:

  • heated cabin
  • hot and cold beverages
    snacks
  • spacious seating
  • beautiful scenery and wildlife

Every trip is different, so whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran, come on out and see what the magical Monterey Bay will reveal today!

The Atlantis Monterey and the Princess have limited upper deck seating available at time of purchase for an additional fee.

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Worried about seasickness?

Due to the size of our boats, the Princess Monterey & the Atlantis Monterey provide stability and are an excellent choice for people who may be prone to sea sickness. Check out more tips to avoid seasickness here.

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Short on Time?

No need to spend thousands on a two week long cruise to enjoy amazing whales and marine life. During our 2.5-3 hour, fully narrated tour, you will spend a memorable day on the water.

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Safety Concerns?

Our vessels exceed all United States Coast Guard safety requirements with full inspections and certifications. Our vessels meet the latest USCG regulations carrying life vests for all passengers and all other required safety equipment.

Cruise Rates

  • Adults – $50- Ages 12 and up
  • Children – $35 – Ages 3 to 11
  • Adults (Upper Deck) – $70 – Ages 12 and up. Limited availability. Optional access to upper deck for premium viewing.
  • Children (Upper Deck) – $55 – Ages 3 to 11. Limited availability. Optional access to upper deck for premium viewing.

2018 Departure Schedule

  • The Atlantis Monterey departs at 9am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm
  • The Princess Monterey departs at 10am and 2pm and 5pm
  • Trip times vary by season so check out our calendar for the current schedule.

FOR SAFETY REASONS WE DO NOT TAKE KIDS UNDER 3 YEARS OLD OR PREGNANT WOMEN ON OUR TRIPS

What Is Not Included?

Beverages and snacks are available on the boat from the snack bar but are not included in the price of the cruise (around $2 each). You are always welcome to bring any food or drinks of your own that you would like to enjoy along the way!

Meeting Location

Fisherman’s Wharf (Monterey Bay, CA)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Enjoy your Monterey Whale Watching Tour on one of the two largest and finest vessels in the fleet: the Princess Monterey and the Atlantis Monterey.

You’ll enjoy:

  • heated cabin
  • hot and cold beverages
    snacks
  • spacious seating
  • beautiful scenery and wildlife

Every trip is different, so whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran, come on out and see what the magical Monterey Bay will reveal today!

The Atlantis Monterey and the Princess have limited upper deck seating available at time of purchase for an additional fee.

Cruise Rates

  • Adults – $50- Ages 12 and up
  • Children – $35 – Ages 3 to 11
  • Adults (Upper Deck) – $70 – Ages 12 and up. Limited availability. Optional access to upper deck for premium viewing.
  • Children (Upper Deck) – $55 – Ages 3 to 11. Limited availability. Optional access to upper deck for premium viewing.

2018 Departure Schedule

  • The Atlantis Monterey departs at 9am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm
  • The Princess Monterey departs at 10am and 2pm and 5pm
  • Trip times vary by season so check out our calendar for the current schedule.

FOR SAFETY REASONS WE DO NOT TAKE KIDS UNDER 3 YEARS OLD OR PREGNANT WOMEN ON OUR TRIPS

What Is Not Included?

Beverages and snacks are available on the boat from the snack bar but are not included in the price of the cruise (around $2 each). You are always welcome to bring any food or drinks of your own that you would like to enjoy along the way!

Meeting Location

Fisherman’s Wharf (Monterey Bay, CA)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Sea Sickness icon

Worried about seasickness?

Due to the size of our boats, the Princess Monterey & the Atlantis Monterey provide stability and are an excellent choice for people who may be prone to sea sickness. Check out more tips to avoid seasickness here.

Time Icon

Short on Time?

No need to spend thousands on a two week long cruise to enjoy amazing whales and marine life. During our 2.5-3 hour, fully narrated tour, you will spend a memorable day on the water.

Warning Icon

Safety Concerns?

Our vessels exceed all United States Coast Guard safety requirements with full inspections and certifications. Our vessels meet the latest USCG regulations carrying life vests for all passengers and all other required safety equipment.

Mouse over the silhouettes to discover some of the sea creatures you will have the opportunity to see during this 2.5 – 3 hour fully narrated tour:

Dec – April

  • Gray Whale  Eschrichtius robustus
    Weight: Up to 90,000 lbs
    Lifespan: 50 to 70 years
    Length: 42+ feet
    Threats: Commercial Whaling, pollution, shipping, offshore gas and oil development in the Okhotsk Sea
    Location: Pacific Ocean
    Learn More

April – Nov

  • Blue Whale  Balaenoptera musculus
    Weight: Up to 330,000 pounds
    Lifespan: likely 70+ years
    Length: Up to 110 feet
    Threats: Vessel strikes, Fisheries interactions, Ocean noise
    Location: Alaska, New England/Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Islands, Southeast, West Coast
    Learn More
  • Humpback Whale  Megaptera novaeangliae
    Weight: Up to 40 tons
    Lifespan: 80 to 90 years
    Length: Up to 60 feet
    Threats: Entanglement in fishing gear, Vessel strikes, Vessel-based harassment, Habitat impacts
    Location: Alaska, New England/Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Islands, Southeast, West Coast
    Learn More
  • Orca 
    Orcinus orca
    Weight: Up to 11 tons
    Lifespan: 30 to 90 years
    Length: Up to 32 feet
    Threats: Food limitations, Entanglement, Chemical contaminants,Disturbance from vessel traffic and noise, Oil spills
    Location: Alaska, New England/Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Islands, Southeast, West Coast
    Learn More

Year-Round

  • Dolphin
    Tursiops truncatus
    Weight: 300 to 1400 lbs
    Lifespan: 40+ years
    Length: Around 8 feet
    Threats: whaling, entanglement in fishing gear, climate change, oil and gas development, toxic contamination
    Location: Most species live in shallow areas of tropical and temperate oceans throughout the world
    Learn More
  • Seal
    Arctocephalus townsendi
    Weight: 110 to 400 lbs
    Lifespan: About 20 years
    Length:
    Threats: Entanglement and incidental hooking on (longlines) in commercial and recreational fishing gear, Oil spills, Coastal development, Military activities
    Location: Alaska, West Coast
    Learn More
  • California Sea Lion 
    Zalophus californianus
    Weight: 240 to 700 lbs
    Lifespan: 20 to 30 years
    Length: 6 to 7.5 feet
    Threats: Entanglement in fishing gear, Biotoxins resulting from harmful algal blooms, Human-caused injuries
    Location: West Coast
    Learn More
  • Sea Birds
    various
    Enjoy various seabirds on your excursion in Monterey Bay including Cormorants, Gulls, Pelicans, Albatross, Shearwaters, and Sea Ducks.
    Learn More

Dec – April

Grey Whale Model

Grey Whale
Eschrichtius robustus

Weight: Up to 90,000 lbs
Lifespan: 50 to 70 years
Length: 42+ feet
Threats: Commercial Whaling, pollution, shipping, offshore gas and oil development in the Okhotsk Sea
Location: Pacific Ocean

April – Nov

Blue Whale Model

Blue Whale
Balaenoptera musculus

Weight: Up to 330,000 pounds
Lifespan: likely 70+ years
Length: Up to 110 feet
Threats: Vessel strikes, Fisheries interactions, Ocean noise
Location: Alaska, New England/Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Islands, Southeast, West Coast

Humpback Model

Humpback Whale
Megaptera novaeangliae

Weight: Up to 40 tons
Lifespan: 80 to 90 years
Length: Up to 60 feet
Threats: Entanglement in fishing gear, Vessel strikes, Vessel-based harassment, Habitat impacts
Location: Alaska, New England/Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Islands, Southeast, West Coast

Orca Model

Orca / Killer Whale
Orcinus orca

Weight: Up to 11 tons
Lifespan: 30 to 90 years
Length: Up to 32 feet
Threats: Food limitations, Entanglement, Chemical contaminants,Disturbance from vessel traffic and noise, Oil spills
Location: Alaska, New England/Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Islands, Southeast, West Coast

Year-Round

Dolphin Model

Dolphin
Tursiops truncatus

Weight: 300 to 1400 lbs
Lifespan: 40+ years
Length: Around 8 feet
Threats: whaling, entanglement in fishing gear, climate change, oil and gas development, toxic contamination
Location: Most species live in shallow areas of tropical and temperate oceans throughout the world

Seal

Harbor Seal
Arctocephalus townsendi

Weight: 110 to 400 lbs
Lifespan: About 20 years
Length:
Threats: Entanglement and incidental hooking on (longlines) in commercial and recreational fishing gear, Oil spills, Coastal development, Military activities
Location: Alaska, West Coast

Sea Lion Model

California Sea Lion
Zalophus californianus

Weight: 240 to 700 lbs
Lifespan: 20 to 30 years
Length: 6 to 7.5 feet
Threats: Entanglement in fishing gear, Biotoxins resulting from harmful algal blooms, Human-caused injuries
Location: West Coast

Sea Bird

Sea Birds
various

Enjoy various seabirds on your excursion in Monterey Bay including Cormorants, Gulls, Pelicans, Albatross, Shearwaters, and Sea Ducks.

Whale Party!

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We had an amazing tour, about 3 hours, and we travel about 30 minutes into sea and we found a spot with lots of whales and sea lions feasting on anchovies! Our tour guides said our tour was one of the most sightings they have experienced in a while! This tour was really worth it! The boat is comfortable, with clean toilets and option for inside or outside seating. They also sell some snacks and drinks in the boat. I will highly recommend this tour!

– Simo M. | TripAdvisor

Great Tour!

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Start off your day with a good breakfast to fill up your belly. Don’t bring binoculars because the boat brings you close. But do bring a nice camera with a nice lens to be sure you can get a nice shot of the whales. We saw a big feeding group of about 100 sea lions, 200 seagulls and about 6-10 whales. It was really awesome and something I’ll never forget. None of this would be possible without the great crew aboard the Princess Monterey! You won’t regret it!

– Grant W. | TripAdvisor

Great Trip!

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We had a great trip with Princess Monterey. We saw a great show and the naturalist on board did a great job of explaining the details of the whale and wildlife behavior. The captain also was very adept at positioning the boat for viewing multiple surfacing of the whales and their activity. We also followed the advice of others about layering for weather and were glad we had warm clothing!

– Steve S. | TripAdvisor

Princess Monterey and a group of Whales feeding
Princess Monterey and a group of Whales feeding

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