The Grey whale migration happens each year from January through April. We are running trips to see them 3 to 4 days per week priced at $99 per person weekdays and $109 per person weekends. Please click the "book now" button to see our availability.

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Whale watching is our specialty and our passion. We would greatly enjoy the opportunity to share an adventure with you, your family and friends aboard our wonderful boat "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 of the wildlife we encounter on our tours.  Reservations can be made by clicking the "book now" icon or by calling us at (805) 540-4667. 

When to go whale watching?

We have great whale watching from January through mid November.  Starting in late December running through April is our Grey whale season with excellent opportunities to see the California Grey whales as they migrate past our shores. These trips are 2.5 hours in duration and they depart at 9:30 am. From mid April through mid November 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. Due to changes in the seasonal migration patterns we no longer offer whale watching from November 15th through January 2nd. 

Six passenger maximum

Our tours are unique in that we 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. We have been taking folks out to see the whales and other wildlife here for the past 10 years and our guests have turned in hundreds of 5 star reviews to Tripadvisor and YELP which rank us as the best boat tour is the San Luis Obispo area. 

Whale or Dolphin sighting guarantee

With our experience and local knowledge we find whales or dolphins on nearly every trip and we back that up with a whale or dolphin sighting guarantee, if we do not see a whale or dolphin on your excursion you will be given a $40 refund per person.

Learn more about us, our tours and ash scattering services

Please click on the yellow menu icon in the upper left corner of your screen to learn more about us.  You will find links to our recent whale sightings page and also information about where to meet us , what to wear, the cancelation policy and more. 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. 

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Covid-19 Update:  We are required to have everyone to wear a mask when boarding. Once on board the boat where we can maintain a social distance of 6 feet you will not be required to wear a mask. If you would like to reduce your contact with other people we do offer a private tour option for $295 per hour weekdays and $325 per hour weekends .  This page was updated on 12-15-21. If you have any questions or concerns please call me at (805) 540 4667

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Who are we?

Avila Beach Whale Watching was originally Central Coast Sailing Charters and was also known as  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 11,500 guests out to experience this wonderful place. 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 large following of repeat customers that have made us the top rated boat tour in the area for the past 10 years on both Tripadvisor and YELP. 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. 

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