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Hello and Welcome to Avila Beach Whale Watching. Two hour whale watching trips are $99 per person weekdays $109 weekends. Only 6 people on the boat per trip!! Best whale watching on the central coast.

Hello to all, for those that do not know us we offer family oriented, educational boating experiences in the San Luis Obispo area. I have been captaining boats for over 40 years and I will be your naturalist on every boat tour.  I  would greatly enjoy the opportunity to share an adventure with you aboard our wonderful boat the "Pacific Flyer".  She is an amazing power catamaran which provides an exceptionally smooth ride through the waves. With two hulls she is also a very stable boat, which makes her a great platform for taking pictures. We have been ranked as the best whale watching and best boat tour in the central coast area every year for the past 10 years. Our departure dock is located very close to Avila Beach, Ca. on a quaint, historic pier known as the Harford landing at Port San Luis. This is just 15 minutes from Pismo Beach, Ca. or San Luis Obispo, Ca. and 45 minutes from Paso Robles, Ca.  If you have any questions please call or text me at (805) 540-4667. 

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When to go whale watching?

We have great whale watching most of the year here on the Central Coast.

  • January - April: We enjoy excellent opportunities to see the California Grey whales as they migrate past our shores. The trips are 2.5 hours in duration and they depart at 9:30 am.
  • April - mid-November:  This is the season to see the Humpback whales! For the Humpback whale season we offer 2 departure times per day at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. These trips are 2 hours in duration. The 8:30 am trip usually has calmer sea conditions and the 11:00am trip is usually warmer to start but might get a bit cooler and rougher as the afternoon winds begin to blow about 2:00 pm each day. 
  • Due to changes in the seasonal migration patterns from November 1st through January 2nd, We now offer 2.5 hour wildlife viewing trips to go out and look for Dolphins, Otters, Seals and Sealions and the possible whale.
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What Makes our Tours Special?

Six Passenger Maximum on a 28ft boat

Unlike most whale watching tours on boats with as many as 100 people on board, my tours are unique in that I only take 6 passengers at a time to ensure that everyone can enjoy an unobstructed view of the whales  and other wildlife that we encounter with no crowding. We also have the advantage of being able to move quickly to a new location if we see something exciting going on. Personally, my favorite part of the smaller boat with only 6 passengers is that we will have the opportunity to talk about the animals as we observe them and I am available to answer questions about what we are seeing. 

Local Experience

Local experience matters when looking for whales and I have been in continuous, year round operation on the waters of San Luis Bay since 2012. I have also worked as a boat captain / naturalist / adventure travel guide / white water rafting guide for over 40 years in many countries around the world and I bring all of that experience to bear on these trips. In my time at Port San Luis, I have personally taken over 13,000 guests out onto these waters to see the whales and other animals that frequent this area. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, friendly captain to escort your family out for a safe, educational and memorable whale watching experience please join me for a tour. 

Are you guaranteed to see a whale?

The short answer is no as this is not a zoo. Please understand that I am taking you out to see wild animals that live freely in the real world. That is the beauty of this experience. I will always use every bit of experience I have to find them for you but no one on earth has control over mother nature.  While we do find whales on the majority of our tours there will be trips that will not due to changing behavior patterns or weather.  Please have realistic expectations when you join one of my tours and know that I will alway give you my best efforts. Unfortunately my expenses are the higher when we do not find whales so we do not offer refunds or credits for future trips when we do not find whales. I appreciate your understanding as I am not in control of the animals. 

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