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Hello and welcome to Avila Beach Whale Watching. Our 2 hour whale watching trips are $95 per person until Dec 1 2021.  Please click on the yellow menu icon in the upper left corner of your screen to see our Recent Whale Sightings page or for more information about directions, "what to wear" , the cancelation policy or the different services we offer. Our departure dock is located very close to Avila Beach, Ca. At Port San Luis which is just 15 minutes from Pismo Beach, Ca. or San Luis Obispo, Ca. and 45 minutes from Paso Robles, Ca. Whale watching is our specialty and we have been rated the best boat tour is the San Luis Obispo area on Tripadvisor and YELP for the past 10 years. With our experience and local knowledge we find whales on nearly every trip and are the only company to offer a whale sighting guarantee, if we do not see a whale or dolphin on your excursion you will be given a $40 refund per person. Our boat is an amazing power catamaran that gets us to the whales faster and provides a more stable platform to take pictures from than conventional boats. 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 also offer private tours and ash scattering burials at sea. To reserve a tour please click the "book now" icon or call Mark at 805-540-4667. 

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Covid-19 Update:  With the Delta variant of the virus taking a toll on our children, elderly and immunocompromised family, neighbors and friends we are asking 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 are vaccinated. If you would like to reduce your contact with other people we do offer a private tour option for $275 per hour.  This page was updated on 8-20-21. 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 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 11,500 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 large following of repeat customers that have made us the top rated boat tour in the area for the past 9 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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