PRIVATE CHARTERS - WHALE WATCHING - WILDLIFE VIEWING - ASH SCATTERINGS - JOIN US FOR FUN BOAT TOURS ON A FAST AND COMFORTABLE 28 FT POWER CATAMARAN. We have a 6 passengers maximum limit on our trips so it is never crowded. WE WILL BE CLOSED FROM JULY 13 THROUGH AUGUST 1 ST.

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Lets go play on the water! 

Private charters are $250 per hour - 2 hour whale watching trips are $85 per person - 1 hour coastal wildlife tours $45 per person - Holiday pricing is a bit more - 6 passenger maximum on all tours - Please click the "book now" tab to make a reservation. 

Covid-19 precautions: 

We will require that everyone wear a mask while boarding but once you are seated with your family group you will be able to take them off as long as you remain 6 ft from the captain and the other passengers.  We will sanitize the boat before trips and provide hand sanitizer before boarding. 

Summer is the best time of the year to see whales on the Central Coast. 

The playful and hungry Humpback Whales migrate from the warm waters of Central America to feed on the overwhelming abundance of anchovies and smelt that fill our bay durring the summer. From May 1st until the end of October the whale watching on the central coast is exceptional with most trips encountering 5 to 10 or more whales. Many of the whales that we see each summer we can identify now by their unique markings and after  interacting with them for the past 9 years they are now very familiar to us. If you would like to meet some of our more distinct whales then please join us as we celebrate summer with our whale friends, FOS, Curious George, Halftail, Lefty, Speckles, Dr. Leaky, Benttail, Lucky, 3/4 tail and Barney as they feed and frolic about the bay.

Who are we?

Avila Beach Whale Watching was originally Central Coast Sailing Charters and was also known as SLOsailing.com  We have a great deal of local knowledge and experience with the whales and other animals of San Luis Bay as we have been offering boat tours here since 2012 and in that time we have taken over 9,000 guests out to experience this wonderful place. To keep with our tradition of quality we still have a 6 passenger maximum on each trip making this one of the most personal and interactive whale watching excursions available in California. We have switched from using a sailboat to a much faster and more stable 28 ft power catamaran in order to get to the whales more efficiently which gives us more quality time with them per trip. We have built a reputation in the area for offering a unique and high quality experience for our guests and this is reflected in our online reviews. We are honoured to have been rated the best boat tour in the Avila Beach area for the past 8 years on both Tripadvisor and YELP. We are conveniently located on the Harford pier at Port San Luis which is very close to Avila Beach and just a 15 to 20 minute drive from Pismo Beach or San Luis Obispo. We offer whale watching tours, one hour wildlife viewing tours, ash scattering services and private charters. Please call Capt. Mark If you have any questions (805) 540 4667.