Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have been ordered to remain closed until phase 3 or 4 of the states reopening plan.  Looking at the current time tables this might happen around mid June or early July. Please check back with us periodically as we will reopen as soon as we are permitted too since we know that many of you would really like to get out on the water and so would we. Once we reopen it will be our goal to keep all of our friends and their loved ones as safe as possible by taking some precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus. We will sterilize the boat between tours and provide hand sanitizer for everyone before boarding the boat. We hope your families are healthy and we look forward to celebrating life with you once again. Please call me at (805) 540 4667 if you have any questions.

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Summer is coming and it 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 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. As my passion for whale watching has grown greater than my passion for sailing I have changed the name and focus of my tours in order to spend more time with the whales. 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.