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Hello and welcome to Avila Beach Whale Watching. Our two hour whale watching excursions are $95 per person and we have wonderful whale watching most of the year. May through November is our Humpback Whale season and January through May is the time to see the California Grey Whales as they migrate past our shores.

In addition to our amazing two hour whale watching adventures we also offer 1 hour coastal wildlife viewing tours along the beautiful central coast of California. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this area Avila Beach, Ca. is located 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 due to our high success rate in finding whales we have been ranked as the best boat tour is the area for the past nine years on Tripadvisor (448 5 star reviews) and YELP (199 5 star reviews). Our boat tours are unique in that we only take 6 passengers at a time to ensure that everyone can have a front row position to see the whales and other wildlife that we encounter. 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. We also offer  private tours for those that would like to reduce the chances of exposure to the Covid 19 virus. To reserve a private tour or a regularly scheduled tour please click the "book now" icon or call Mark at 805-540-4667. To learn more about our different tours please click on the menu bar.

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Covid-19 Update: We are currently open as our trips are very safe being that they are conducted entirely outside in the fresh air! We are following all safety protocols and are diligent about minimizing contact and sanitizing the boat between tours.  Our boat is large enough that we can maintain a proper social distance between the captain and your group but to be extra cautious we ask that everyone wear a facial covering for the entire trip. If you have a condition that makes this impossible we will ask that you sit near the back of the boat. If you would like to further reduce your contact with other people we do offer a private tour option for $275 per hour for whale watching and $250 per hour for coastal excursions.  Ash scattering services are considered to be an essential service and are available at this time as well. The maximum group size is 6 people for any outing. This page was updated on 2-20-21. 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 11,000 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 large following of repeat customers that have made us the top rated boat tour in the area for the past 9 years. 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.