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Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Share a one-of-a-kind whale watching experience with your canine companion aboard one of the dog-friendly Monterey Bay Whale Watch boats. Open year-round, this tour company has the area's highest success rate for whale and dolphin sightings. Piloted by captains with over 20 years of experience, each boat trip is led by knowledgeable and experienced marine biologists. Sightings are dependent on the season but include Gray, Humpback, Killer and Blue Whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, seals, and sea lions. Visit Website

Or call (831) 375-4658 or email whaletrips@gowhales.com for more information.


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Monterey Bay Whale Watch has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 bones by 6 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 1,490 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Jean
    Jul. 27, 2022
    Amazing trip with the dogs!

    The crew welcomed my two ridgebacks on a three hour whale watch. The dogs rode free of charge and it was a fantastic experience for the whole family. I highly recommend taking this tour with your Fido.

  • Michele
    Apr. 19, 2022
    So Much FUN!!!

    We were welcomed aboard with so much enthusiasm! Our furbabies loved the attention and settled right in for the adventure. We saw SO many whales, porpoises and other wildlife. It was amazing :) We sat in the upper deck and had plenty of room to see everything. Highly recommend!

  • Jo ann
    Jul. 8, 2019
    Don’t Go Out In The Afternoon

    Don’t take your pet out for the afternoon tours. The water was rough and my dog was terrified. Yes, the staff were incredibly dog friendly and helped me when I threw up three times over the side of the boat along with at least a dozen others. The problem is their boats are not equipped to withstand the rough water and huge swells we encountered. Do yourself and your dog a favor and take Dramamine and take a tour in the early morning.

  • Amanda
    Apr. 8, 2019

    They were so great with my dog Padmé!! She absolutely loved watching all of the whales and they kept stopping by just to ensure she was having a great time!! Love it!!

  • Rudder
    More than a year ago
    Very dog friendly crew and boat

    I went whale watching with humans on the new Blackfin catamaran. The seas were rough and several humans became sick, but I had the time of my life and was begging for my kibble! I saw 80+ humpback whales and thousands of Dolphins. My humans would recommend other dogs to remember to bring water, snacks, and toys or chews as 4 hours can get long. Beware... The staff are so pet friendly that your humans will have to make sure they don't try and take you away in their pockets (kidding). Highly recommend.

  • Traci
    More than a year ago
    Dog extra-friendly tour

    My Lab mix and I visited the Monterey/Carmel area, because it was touted as a very pet friendly destination. We learned that this is very true. One of the highlights of our visit was a whale watching trip with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, which allows dog visitors (with reservations) on its cruises. There is no way I can do justice to this quality company, other than to say it was far beyond my expectations. The captains and crew are highly knowledgeable about marine biology, and add depth to the experience with their narration. I would recommend this company to anyone, even without a dog companion in tow. They were wonderful with my dog, who was a bit timid about boarding (although once he saw the four-legged crew members up on the bridge, he was ready to join them!). I discovered that a boat load of marine mammal enthusiasts were the perfect group for us; Rowdy made a lot of new friends. We had a truly great one-of-a-kind experience. I hope to take another cruise with this company; we need to see the Blue Whales!

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