Covid-19 update: At this time we are not offering whale watching or wildlife viewing tours until after April 17th to do our part to flatten the curve. We should be available for ash scatterings and private tours beginning April 18th and we are here to help you with making reservations for the summer season if you would like to plan ahead for the summer.  We are hopeful that by May 1 st we will be back to normal operations and we will be able to celebrate the wonderful job we have all done to slow the spread of this virus and save uncountable lives. So be safe for now and we look forward seeing everyone healthy and happy on the other side of Covid-19. If you have any questions or inquiries please call me at (805) 540 4667

Summertime whale watching:

Summer is the best time of the year to see whales on the Central Coast of California! Every year the playful humpback whales return from their mating grounds in the waters off of Central America to feed on the abundance of Anchovies and Smelt that thrive in the pristine waters of San Luis Bay. They are very active throughout this time period and are famous for breaching (jumping), tail slapping and interacting with boats. We see whales on almost every tour and if we do not we will give you a 50 % credit to come back for another try. Our unique 6 passenger maximum adventures are 2 hours in duration and cost $85 per person.  Departures are at 9:00 am and 11:30 am daily plus other times when the weather cooperates.

We will be sanitizing our boat before each trip for your protection:

We hope that you and your families are safe and healthy and we want to keep it that way. If you are considering joining us for a boating adventure after the virus has run its course and people are safe, I would like for you to know that we will be taking the following precautions throughout the summer to curb the further spread of the covid-19 (Carona) virus. To protect our guests we will be thoroughly sanitizing the boat with alcohol before each trip. We will also provide and ask that you use hand sanitizer before you board the boat. The best part of our trips is that you will be able to maintain some social distace from other guests as our boat is fairly roomy and we only take six people at a time,  this allows for enough space that everyone can sit or stand separated from the other guests by 3 to 6 feet. Private trips with just your family aboard are also available by calling me at (805) 540-4667

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Who are we? Avila Beach Whale Watching was originally Central Coast Sailing and also known as SLOsailing. We are a small family run business that is passionate about sharing the beauty and exceptional wildlife of San Luis Bay, a hidden gem on the Central Coast of California. We were the original sailing tour company in Avila Beach and the only boat tour company to have been in continuous operation since 2012. We are now focused on whale watching with our amazing power catamaran "Pacific Flyer" which gets us to the whales much faster than our beloved sailing vessel "Spirit". To keep with our tradition of quality we have a 6 passenger maximum per trip making this one of the most personal and interactive whale watching trips available in California. We are honoured to have been rated the best boat tour in the San Luis Obispo area for the past 8 years on both Tripadvisor and YELP. We are conveniently located on the Harford pier at Port San Luis CA. which is just 2 minutes from Avila Beach and just 15 minutes from Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo. We offer whale watching tours, one hour wildlife viewing tours, ash scattering services and private tours. Please call Capt. Mark If you have any questions (805) 540 4667.