When to go? The Humpback whales arrive here in mid April and stay in our bay feeding through October and into early November. During the entire summer the Humpback whales are actively feeding near the surface in groups of 2 to 10 whales with anywhere from 30 to 100 total whales in the area. California Grey whales migrate past our shores from January through May. Here are the percentages from the past 10 years of trips, month by month that saw whales. January 80% February 80% March 85 % April 65% May 95% June 95% July 99% August 99% September 99% October 95% November 85% December 20%. Departure times for Humpback whale trips are 8:30 am and 11:00 am. The 8:30 am trip usually has calmer sea conditions and the 11:30am trip is usually warmer but might get a bit rougher as the afternoon winds begin to blow about 1:00 pm each day. 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. Please be sure to bring a waterproof jacket and dress in layers so you can adjust as the temps change. Our main goal on each trip will be to find and spend as much time as possible with the whales, but since the central coast has such an abundance of wildlife we also find Dolphins, Porpoise, Otters and Sealions year round. 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. This tour is not recommended for anyone with neck or back problems that might be aggravated by traveling on a boat that at times may be bouncing around in an unpredictable manner. If you have any questions please call or text me at (805) 540 4667. It gets cold out on the water so please bring a warm jacket for this trip.
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 with 50 to 100 people on them. Third, our bay is one of the best places on the coast of California to see whales as it is a prolific producer of anchovies. This brings the whales in to feed on them and in between feedings the Humpback whales are famous the world over for their playful behaviours such as breaching, tail slapping and pectoral slapping. Forth, local experience matters when looking for whales and we have been in continuous, year round operation since 2012. In that time I have personally taken over 13,000 guests out onto the waters of San Luis Bay to see the whales and other animals. Over the years our guests have rated us as the best boat tour in the area on both Tripadvisor and Yelp. 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. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks.