A WHALE OF A TIME
Monterey Bay Whale Watch in California is your chance to get up close and personal with the Pacific’s most spectacular mammals
FEW THINGS COMPARE to witnessing whales in the wild. These majestic creatures embark on astonishing migrations, have complex social structures and are a joy to observe in their natural habitat. Throw California’s balmy weather and a seasoned marine biologist into the mix, and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.
Monterey Bay Whale Watch tours are run by Nancy Black, a marine biologist specialising in killer whales. Black has studied orcas for the past 30 years, working with leading British and American broadcasters on award-winning documentaries, so you know you’re in good hands.
April and May are the perfect months to go whale watching in California, as killer whales are out on the hunt for migrating grey whales. However, Monterey Bay Whale Watch runs tours throughout the year – the area is famous for its biodiversity, which doesn’t disappoint regardless of when you visit.
Spring tours focus on sightings of killer whales, but you may also see a wealth of other species, including humpbacks, blue whales, beaked whales, dolphins, otters, sea lions and more. You can choose between a four-hour tour or an all-day trip. The best part? If you don’t see any whales on your first tour, you can go on another one for free.