The best boat tours in California are available right here in Avila Beach. We are located very close to Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo on the beautiful central coast of California. Whale watching is our specialty and with only 6 guests per trip you can count on a interactive and educational adventure that is not crowded. We also cater to private charters, educational coastal adventures and ash scattering burials at sea.

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 2 hour whale watching trips are $85 per person or $500 for a private trip - Holiday pricing is a bit more - One hour educational coastal adventures are available for groups of 6 for $225 - Please click the "book now" tab to make a reservation or check availability. 

Covid-19 precautions: 

We will require that everyone wear a mask while boarding and until we are out of the harbor and moving in the fresh air. Along the way as you are seated with your family group you will be able to take them off while maintaining 6 ft of space between you and the other passengers and the captain. 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  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 10,000 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 9 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.