In youtrip along the coast of Californiaat western United States, a recommended stage is the Monterey Bay.
This area stands out for being a natural site with sandy beaches and rocky headlands, which is located on the coastal route of the highway 1.
But a great attraction of the Californian city of Monterey it focuses on the Fisherman's wharfor Fisherman's Harbor.
Monterey Pier in California
This old fishing port has now become a busy recreational port from where daily departures boat trips to watch whales and dolphins in freedom.
Excursions to see whales
The offer of companies that organize this type of excursions is wide.
The usual thing is that in summer the boat tour to see whales It is done in the morning from 9 am, and according to the contracted company, it can last between four or five hours.
In the summer season, excursions are also offered that leave around 2 pm and usually last about three hours.
In winter there are usually only excursions in the morning, and also do not last more than three or four hours.
Excursions from Monterey to see whales and dolphins
These excursions are hired in it Fisherman's wharf from Monterey, although there are also companies that offer this service from other places in the Monterey Bay, how can the town of Moss Landing, located north of Monterey, half an hour down the coast.
Depending on the time of the year, and depending on the migrations, different species of whales can be observed, the most common being Humpbacks whalesand the gray whales.
Also, you can also see dolphins and killer whales.
You have to keep in mind that on these excursions it is not always easy to spot the whales. It may happen that you are four hours sailing and only in the last hour you can see whales.
Another factor to consider is if you are sensitive to possible dizziness, as is my case.
These excursions are done in small fishing boats, in groups of no more than 30 or 40 people, and given the length of the excursion, you can get dizzy. So I advise you to prevent it with the right pills.
Monterey Pier in California
In conclusion, if finally in yourvisit to Monterey you decide to take a boat trip to watch whales, you have to consider it as a pleasant morning of navigation during which, in addition to dolphins, you can see whales.
Price excursion to see whales in Monterey
The prices of excursions for observe whales in Monterey Bay (2017) is usually $ 55 for adults, in the case of a 3-3.5 hour excursion, and $ 45 for adults on the 2-2.5 hour excursion.
Companies that organize excursions to see whales
How to get to Monterey from San Francisco
Monterey It is located 190 kilometers south of San Francisco, two hours trip by road, although in heavy traffic conditions it can take up to two hours and three quarters.
To get to Monterey you have to take Highway 101 south, to turn off to Highway 156 West at the exit Castroville, to finally take Highway 1 towards Monterey.
If you prefer to sign up for an excursion from San Francisco in an organized group with a guide in Spanish, here is the information Monterey and Carmel Tour.
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