Why is this trip different than the other whale watching trips we offer?
We will always look for whales on this tour but sometime in November the Humpback whales will leave our bay for the winter. Some years this is in mid November some years it is early December. The Grey whales typically will not be consistent until late December. I will always do my best to find whales for you but with so many different animals you can count on seeing something interesting and wonderful. One great thing about this time of the year is the weather is often fantastic and the seas very calm which makes for excellent boating conditions. So for those that want to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Central Coast this is a great time to go on a boating adventure. Besides the whales we tend to find many species of dolphins and porpoise on these trips and there is always a place to observe the Sea Lions , Harbor Seals and Sea Otters that are here year round. Depending on the year and the day we may find an abundance of whales or only one and sometimes none, that is why they are not the main focus of the tour but are a part of it . If you are here during this time and up for a beautiful adventure with a bit of an unknown destination then please join us on one of these great tours. All ages are welcome.
How to dress?
Please note that our boat is open for the best possible wildlife viewing, this means we are exposed to the wind and seas if it comes up early. You will want to dress in layers so you can adjust as the temps change. We recommend long pants, warm sweater, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves. Temperatures can be anywhere from low 50's to mid 70's. You may bring a bag with extra clothing on the boat as there is plenty of room to stow these onboard.
What will you see?
Our main goal on each trip will be to enjoy the beautiful coastline as we try to find as many animals as possible. The Central Coast is blessed to have such an abundance of wildlife. we will typically find Dolphins, Porpoise, Otters and Sealions and if we are a little bit lucky some whales. For more detailed day by day account of what we have seen on our adventures over the past year please click on the recent sightings tab.
Is there a guaranty that we will see whales or dolphins?
The short answer is no as this is not a zoo. Please understand that we are taking you out to see wild animals in a wild place which is the beauty of this experience. I will always use every bit of experience I have to find them for you but the truth is no person has any control over mother nature. Please have realistic expectations as to what seeing wildlife in the real world is all about. Since I am not in control of the weather or the whales or anything else in the wild we do not offer refunds or credits for future trips when we do not see whales or dolphins on a tour.
What makes our tours special?
First, we only take out 6 passengers at a time so that everyone has a front row seat as we engage with the whales and other wildlife. I have been a captain / naturalist / adventure travel guide for over 40 years and really like this intimate setting where we can converse about the animals as we find them. Second, We believe that we have chosen the perfect boat to for these whale watching adventures as our 28 ft power catamaran "PACIFIC FLYER" is the most stable boat in this size range and offers a much smoother ride than any other boat we have ever been on. This gets us to the whales faster and allows us to spend more quality time with them than larger, slower boats. Third, local experience matters when looking for whales and we have been in continuous, year round operation since 2012 and in that time I have personally taken over 13,000 guests out onto the waters of San Luis Bay to see the whales. Those guests have rated us as the best boat tour in the area on both Tripadvisor and Yelp every year. So if you are looking for a knowledgeable, friendly captain to escort your family out for a safe, educational and memorable whale watching experience please join us for a tour.