Whale watching - Monterey

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1. Posted by niallo (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to be in and around San Francisco in August and I've read that you can go whale watching off the coast of Monterey. Has anyone done this or any ideas as to the likelihood of seeing a whale around there at that time of year?

2. Posted by mostrim (Inactive 80 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Don't know about Monterey but I did this on a trip to New Zealand at a place called Kaikoura. We saw four whales that day but I got seasick and did not enjoy it much :((and I considered myself to be good at sea), did get some video footage of a whale though. The trip I went on consisted of a fast boat which lowered a sonar or some such device into the water, picked up the whales then powered off in that direction, as the whales are very fast so too are the boats and the boat really slammed down into the sea(think of those car chases you see in movies set in San Francisco and you get the idea). I think your whale watching might be something similar.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think you can Whale Watch along the Pacific coast but it does depend on the time of year.

I just did a quick google serach and there were websites offering tours - so l think you should perhaps start there?

On an aside - l did the whale watching trip in Kaikoura too - something l had been looking forward too and thought it was going to be the HIGHLIGHT of my trip - we saw 1 sperm whale (& were VERY lucky at that!) but l was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO sea sick - open water, fast boat - and l have taken all the precautions - sea sickness tablets of every kind, travel bands, stemmed ginger to help combat nausea - didnt work (now l cannot even bear the smell of ginger because of the reminder of the nausea!) - it really detracted from the trip for me, and what l had been thinking to be the highlight of my trip turned into something l would have to think twice about doing again (maybe in a helicopter next time eh)

Good luck with the tour - they really are amazing and beautiful creatures.