Hello whale lovers and wildlife enthusiasts from around the world. The question I get asked most often is when is the best time of year to go for a good chance to see whales? The short answer is April through November is Humpback Whale season and January through March is the time to see Grey Whales . As for which months are better here is how it breaks down month by month as to how many trips see whales based on the past 4 years of trips. January we saw whales on 70% of the trips, February 60%, March 85%, April 65% May 80% June 90 % July 75% August 95% September 96% October 95% November 90% December 60 %.
So all in all we see whales on most of our trips during the peak months. Sadly there will be a few trips each month even durring the peak months that may not. The off peak months of December and April will be more of a gamble. Please have realistic expectations and understand that this is a truly wild environment that I have no control over. The animals we are seeking to find are free roaming and not in a zoo, which is part of what makes seeing the whales all the better when we do find them.
THE PAST YEAR OF WHALE WATCHING SIGHTINGS UP TO TODAY:
10-2-23 Nice weather on the 9:00 am trip. We found 1 Humpback whale but even though we were expecting to find more we were pretty happy when it did 4 big breaches!! The 11:30 trip started off a bit slow with us finding 2 Humpbacks that were not very active. But then we found 2 more that were very active and we watched them lunge feed vigorously for 35 minutes! We also saw hundreds of harbor porpoise on both trips.
10-1-23 Whoa Nellie what a great day of whale watching! The 9:00 am trip enjoy some great lunge feeding with 10 Humpbacks. The 11:30 trip saw 5 Humpbacks and one of them breached in close proximity to the boat. Then to top things off even the ash scattering burial at sea trip got to see 2 Humpbacks.
9-30-23 Today started off with dramatic cloudy skies and some rain which cleared before we started our first trip. It was an absolutely epic trip with 20 or more Humpbacks lunge feeding amongst hundreds of harbor Porpoise. The sky and the water were very dramatic with amazing light and whales in every direction.
The 11:30 trip had even more whales and some powerful tail slapping added to all the lunge feeding.
9-29-23 Today the fog was so thick that we could not see 50 feet. So we switched the 9:00 am trip to a coastal explored trip and enjoyed a delightful time with the Otters, Sea lions, Pelicans, Murres, Cormorants and some elusive Harbor Porpoise as it is just to hard to find whales when you can not see very far. The 11:30 trip started with the skies beginning to clear and we were able to find 3 Humpbacks that we spent 25 minutes with before seeing 2 more on our ride back to the Port.
9-28-23 Today we found 2 huge Humpback whales slowly heading North. We enjoyed some great views of them as they swam up the large swells. Then we had quite a fun ride surfing down the waves on our return. Unfortunately the wind came on strong at 11 am making the sea much to rough to go whale watching. So we had to change the whale watching trip to a coastal tour. Everyone got a 50% refund and we spent 2 hours talking about whales, otters, sea lions and a variety of sea birds. We also talked about some of the rather fun history of the port. Near the shore the weather was warm and sunny and the seas were not rough so the whole thing was quite enjoyable.
9-27-23 We searched high and low but we could not find any whales on the 9 am trip. Then on the 11:00 am trip the wind came up early and we had to change the whale watching trip to a coastal trip. We did find about 15 dolphins that swam along with us for about 20 minutes which was wonderful and we spent time with Otters, Sea lions and a variety of seabirds. As per our policy everyone got a 50% refund and they still got a 2 hour trip.
9-25-23 Today was much better than yesterday with 10 to 12 Humpbacks spotted on each trip. Both trips saw multipule lunge feedings and hundreds of Harbor Porpoise.
9-24-23 Today was a bit interesting. We found 1 very lethargic Humpback on the 9:00 am trip and when we went looking for more we did not much of anything until we spotted one for a moment but then lost it. Then on the 11:30 trip we found 2 Humpback a cow and calf pair feeding very close to shore near Avila Beach and enjoyed a nice hour and a half with them.
9-23-23 Beautiful day out on the bay today. We found 3 Humpback whales on each trip along with hundreds of Harbor porpoise. The whales were lunge feeding and one of the them did a big breach near the boat on the 9:00 am trip!
9-22-23 Today was much better as we found 2 Humpbacks feeding near shore on the 9:0 am trip. we found them fairly quickly and watched them lunge feeding for about an hour. Then one of them started breaching and tail slapping for about 10 minutes which was awesome. On the 11:30 trip we decided as a group to go see what might be farther out to sea. We were rewarded with 150 Rissos dolphins that were constantly breaching and tail slapping. Then we found a big Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish) that stayed with us for awhile and it also decided to breach very close to the boat. After all of that we were feeling pretty good about our choice to go out to deep water but the ocean was not done with us. We then found 2 huge Humpback Whales that swam close to the boat several times! That was a good day!
9-21-23 Today the whales that we have been seeing vanished. We only found one Humpback on the 9:00 am trip and we did not find anything on the 11:30 trip. The whole ocean went from whales and birds everywhere to nothing anywhere in one day. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
9-19-23 The Humpbacks are still going strong with both trip seeing 10 or more Humpbacks lunge feeding with gusto. There is so much activity happening in so many directions that it can be a bit overwhelming at times, But i think this is a good problem to have.
9-18-23 Another good day of whale watching with both trips seeing 10 or more Humpback whales and numerous Harbor porpoise. we saw Humpbacks lunge feeding and breaching up close and some tail slapping in the distance.
9-17-23 Today was something special with 20 or more Humpback whales feeding near shore. Both trips enjoyed amazing shows with multipule breaches and more lunge feeding than one could count. The water was literally bursting with whales and harbor porpoise.
9-16-23 The whales moved closer to shore today. Both trips saw some exciting Lunge feeding by 10 to 12 Humpbacks and hundreds of Harbor porpoise. on the 9:00 am trip we also saw about 100 common Dolphins as the escorted us for about 10 minutes. we could clearly see them swimming under water as it was very calm and the water was exceptionally clear where we found them.
9-15-23 Spectacular whale watching today! We ran 3 whale watching trips today and all of them saw 20 or more Humpback whales feeding with hundreds of Sealions.. There were also multiple breaches around us and really more whales than you could keep track of!
9-14-23 Great day again, so many whales it is hard to keep track of everything we ares seeing. There are also random breaches being seen on every trip and hundreds of Sealions feeding in huge groups. it is all quite a sight. !
9-12-23 Today was another great day of whale watching. On the 9:00 am trip we found 12 to 15 Humpback whales feed vigorously with a few hundred Sealions! We enjoyed at least 10 breaches also. Then on the 11:30 trips we started off with 6 to 8 Humpbacks and quickly spotted several more. We saw 3 or 4 breaches also. The wind did come up early and the ocean became rather rowdy and we all got a bit wet but everyone though it was worth it for the great show we enjoyed out there..
9-11-23 Back into the action! Today we found a big feeding frenzy with 10 to 15 Humpback whales feeding with hundreds of Sealions. Both trips saw some breaching also but the 11:30 trip was treated to far more breaches than we could count! I do believe it was the most breaches we have ever seen on one trip in the 12 years we have been running trips at Port San Luis.
9-10-23 Unfortunately today the ocean was very rough offshore and the whales had moved away from the shore so we only found 1 on the 9:00 am trip. By the time the 11:30 trip started the ocean had gotten very rough everywhere and we had to cancel the whale watching and instead we went for a very nice coastal tour.
9-9-23 Today both trips enjoyed some very active Humpback whales lunge feeding! The 9:00 am trip found 10 to 12 whales and also saw some breaching. The 11:30 trip saw 5 Humpbacks and some very dramatic fast paced lunge feeding..
9-8-23 Today was very foggy but we still found at least 10 Humpback whales on each trip. We saw magnificent lunge feeding by the Humpbacks and to keep us entertained between the whales surfacing we also saw hundreds of Harbor porpoise.
9-7-23 Today we found 8 to 10 humpbacks on each trip. We saw many lunge feeding displays and were at times surrounded by whales and Harbor Porpoise.
9-5-23 The fog was thick today but so were the whales! both trips saw 10 to 15 Humpbacks whales lunge feeding! it was a bit spooky with the fog and whales bursting up out of the water.
9-4-23 Great day of whale watching today. Both trips saw 10 or more Humpback vigorously feeding in 2 groups. there were also numerous Harbor Porpoise and thousands of sea birds.
9-3-23 another good day with calm seas and abundant wildlife! the 9:00 am saw 5 Humpbacks feeding. They also saw thousands of birds feeding and numerous Harbor Porpoise. The 11:30 trip saw 2 Humpbacks and some very exciting lunge feeding from one of them. There were also hundreds of harbor porpoise frolicking about. 9-2-23 On the 9:00 am tour we saw millions of Shearwaters floating and flying about. We also found 3 Humpback whales, dozens of Harbor porpoise and one huge Mola Mola. The Mola Mola or Ocean Sunfish is a very strange looking fish that feeds on Jelly fish and can grow to be over 12 feet long. On the 11:30 trip we again saw the millions of Shear waters as we enjoyed a very tranquil tour across the bay with a Humpback whale that would stop on occasion and slap its tail.
9-1-23 Today things slowed down a bit but we still found several Humpback on each trip. On the 9;00 am trip we found a big pod of Dolphins! Hundreds of pacific Common dolphin gave a a wonderful escort back towards the port after we spent an hour watching 2 very big Humpbacks. The 118-31-23 Today we found one Humpback whale in the Port and 3 more feeding farther down the beach. Then on the 11:30 trip we found 3 Humpbacks feeding near the beach. We also found a small pod of 20 dolphins that gave us a great show as they were hunting fish.
8:30 trip was moved to 1:30 due to the fog. We found 2 Humpbacks feeding on that trip.
8-29-23 Todays 8:30 trip saw several breaches and some great lunge feeding. 10 to 12 Humpbacks in all! Then the wind picked up and we needed to stay closer to shore on the 11:00 am trip but we still found 2 Humpback whales feeding amongst thousands of Sooty Shearwaters.
8-28-23 Another incredible day with both trips seeing 20 or more Humpbacks lunge feeding!.
8-27-23 The unbeilable feeding frenzy with 20 to 30 humpbacks is going in full force.
8-26-23Both trips today saw more of the amazing feeding frenzy with 20 to 30 Humpback all lunge feeding in close proximity to each other.
8-25-23 Excellent Whale watching today with both trips seeing 20 to 30 Humpback Whales lunge feeding! There were multipule whales in sight in almost every direction and minute of the trip once we found them.
8-24-23 Today was another spectacular event of watching 20 to 30 whales lunge feeding. What is so wonderful about events like this is that while we are near 4 to 6 whales feeding as we look around within a mile of us we see dozens more poking their heads up out of the water as they lunge feed after Anchovies.
8-23-23 A rather intense feeding area has formed with 20 to 30 whales being sighted within a 2 mile area! Both trips enjoyed dozens of great sightings with as many as 5 Humpback whales lunge feeding together! This was happening on both tours! We also saw hundreds of Pacific Common Dolphins on the 8:30 trip and hundreds of Harbor Porpoise on both trips!
8-22-23 Today the dolphins returned and we saw them everywhere we went! The whales were also plentiful and we saw 8 to 10 on each trip! We had very flat seas and sunny skies.
8-21-23 Fantastic day of whale watching with both trips seeing 8 to 10 whales. We saw lunge feeding and also dozens of Harbor porpoise.
8-20-23 The 8:30 trip found whales in with in 2 minutes of exiting the port. then we went down to Pismo beach where we saw 10 or more whales lunge feeding. The 11 am trip got lucky with a breach run . First one then 2 then 3 Humpback all jumping over and over. It was an amazing day.
8-16-23 So many whales on both trips ! We saw 10 to 20 maybe more Humpbacks breaching and lunge feeding. If that was not enough there were also hundreds of dolphins frolicking about as dolphins do! 8-15-23 Another great day with 10 to 20 Humpbacks on each trip. the 8:30 trip saw some impressive breaches also.
8-14-23 Today on the 8:30 trip we enjoyed 3 Humpbacks as they slowly made their way across the bay. On the 11:00 am trip we only found 1 in the same area and decided as a group to take a chance and go looking for more whales. What we found was remarkable and one of the best trips of the year so far! We found 20 to 30 Humpbacks all feeding within a square 1/2 mile. There was breaching and lunge feeding and whales all around the boat at times. There was also 5 to 6 hundred sealions around us. It was jaw dropping amazing to be around so many animals that were all feeding with a greta deal of intensity!
to be around.8-13-23 On todays 8:30 trip we found 7 Humpbacks in a very vigorous feeding frenzy. Super exciting as the broke the surface at high speed over and over. on the 11 am trip we did not find as many whales but we did find some and we saw 3 full breaches so all in all another very good day.
8-12-23 today was another fantastic day of whale watching with bot trips see over 10 whales and some big sealion feeding frenzies.
8-11-23 Excellent weather today and lots of whales!! 10 to 12 Humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and 15 or more on the 11 :00 am trip! All under a partly cloudy and very blue sky while enjoying some warm temps. perfect day!!
8-10-23 first day back after a couple off and so excited to get back out there as I had heard that the whales had been close to shore. Unfortunately we did not find any on the 8:30 trip as we worked our way out slowly looking where they had been reported the day before. On the 11 am trip we went strait offshore to where I frequently find whales and there we found 7 humpbacks. One was breaching a bit also. Turned into a great day as on the way back we were joined by 30 to 40 dolphins that played around the bow for a bit..
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8-6-23 So unfortunate that on the 8:30 trip we did not find any whales as the fog was obscuring the middle part of the bay and we did a big circle around that area and found nothing. Then on the 11:00 am trip right there in the middle of the bay we found a huge feeding frenzy of 15 to 20 Humpback whales and enjoyed one of the best trips of the year!!
8-5-23 Today we found 2 Humpbacks feeding near Pismo beach on both tours.
8-4-23 Bummer it was too rough and too foggy to get to the whales so we had to switch both trips to coastal trips.
8-3-23 They are back!! Today we found 7 Humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and spent a good deal of time with 3 of them. On the 11:00 am trip things got wild with 13 Humpbacks and 200 sealions in a rowdy feeding frenzy!!!
8-1-23 What a difference a day makes! Today on the 8:30 we found 2 Humpbacks and a huge pod (500) of Pacific Common Dolphins! Then on the 11:00 am trip we found 6 Humpbacks and 3 of them were very active feeding with a raft of Sealions. hopefully this is the start of somthing good!!
7-31-23 Today was a perfect ending to the worst July of whale watching in 12 years. We did not find any whales on either trip today. While we usually find whales on over 95% of the trips in July this year it is closer to 60%. Hopefully August will be better.
7-30-23 Today was warm and sunny near shore but rough and windy offshore so we opted to spend our time nearshore. We found the same juvenile Humpback feeding on its own near Pismo beach. There were hundreds of Cormorants, Pelicans and Gulls there also making for some great wildlife viewing. On trips like this we also get to hangout with the Sea Otters and Sealions more and best of all we are very warm and have a chance to enjoy some sunshine.
7-29-23 Today was windy and very rough sea conditions offshore so instead of getting beat up out there we played around with the same juvenile Humpback as yesterday on both trips. The 11 am trip had the bonus of seeing 2 Bottle Nose Dolphins as they played under the bow of the boat.
7-28-23 While the whales offshore continue to be either absent or we are just having some bad luck finding them we did find a juvenile Humpback near shore today. On the 8:30 trip it greeted us with 4 impressive full breaches!! After that display we saw a few more half breaches as it worked around a school of fish. When we returned on the 11:00 am trip we watched it for over an hour as it was now lunge feeding on the same big school of Anchovies. It was also a very nice warm sunny day which made it all the better.
7-27-23 Todays 8:30 trip the folks were very late so we went looking for other animals near shore and did find a Great White shark! The wind came up early and chased off the water on the 11:00 am trip. With these challenges we did not find any Whales today. But we did see a Great White shark plus lots of sea lions and sea otters. Also hundreds of seabirds including Cormorants, Terns, Gulls, Pelicans and Pigeon Guilimonts.
7-25-23 Today we found 2 big Humpbacks moving slowly across the bay on the 8:30 trip. The best part of the trip was that we finally had no fog! Unfortunately we were unable to find them or any other whales on the 11 am trip due in part to rising seas.
7-24-23 Today was so foggy that we cancelled the whale watching trips and went on the coastal explorer trip instead. We saw Sea lions and Sea otters plus many types of sea birds. The coolest thing that we saw on both trips was a Great white shark that has been hanging out around the bay for a few weeks now.
7-23-23 Today we only did a 8:30 whale watching trip and once again we did not find a whale. This is the worst no whale streak by far that we have ever had. Hopefully it turns around soon as July is typically a great month to see whales into our bay.
7-22-23 More of the fog today which makes find whales more difficult. Unfortunately in the areas where there was some better visibility no whales presented themselves to be seen.
7-21-23 No whales were spotted on the 8:30 trip but we did find one on the 11:00 am trip
7-20-23 Today was another challenging day with poor visibility. We did manage to find one whale on each trip but only for a short while.
7-19-23 Today we found a whale that we have watched grow up here for the past 5 years. We named this whale 'Speckles" due to the many white spots on is body and tail. We first meet it when it was very small and obviously a new born that year but what was different is that it was not with its mom. It has been wonderful to not only watch it survive but also thrive and grow year after year.
7-18-23 Today was much better as we found 2 humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and saw a few more nearby. Then on the 11:00 am trip we found 3 Humpbacks. Both of these encounters were closer to the port than what we have been seeing lately which translates to more time with the whales. The weather was perfect and the seas were calm. Overall a very nice day to be on the water.
7-17-23 today we found 1 humpback on the 11:00 am trip. We moved the 8:30 trip to 1:30 due to very heavy fog a in the morning. We had excellent conditions but could not find a whale or much of anything really.
17-16-23 today was beautiful offshore with patchy fog opening up to bright sunshine in an area then back to fog. it was like flying through clouds. We found a minke whale on the 8:30 trip. On the 11:00 am trip we found a pod of Common Dolphins that escorted us for about 2 miles which was very fun as they swim under the bow. Then we found 2 Humpbacks, a cow and calf pair the were basically frolicking about.The calf was very active and did some breaching.
7-15-23 The day started off with heavy fog and no whale sightings on the first trip. But on the 11 am trip the fog lifted and we found a beautiful Mama Humpback with her calf swimming peacefully across the bay.
7-14-23 This is starting to get seriously weird , we did not find any whales today on either trip.
7-12-23 Todays 8:30 trip went out in heavy fog which makes finding the whales much more difficult but we did manage to find a humpback whale. We had several good sighting that lasted over 30 minutes. Unfortunately the fog got denser on the 11 am trip and we were not able to find any whales.
7-11-12 Unfortunately we are having the longest slump in sightings that I can remember in the past 12 years. It has been 6 days with no whale, a big part of the issue has been either rough seas or dense fog hindering our searches. Today was quite foggy but at least the seas were calm. We did find some other delightful things to look at.
7-10-23 No whales again today! We ran 2 trips under fairly good sea conditions but were unable to find any whales. This is rather unprecedented for our bay which is usually teaming with life this time of year.
7-8-23 Today the wind was blowing up some rough conditions about 4 miles out. The whales have been consistently about 6 to 8 miles out so we were hoping to get out there. We did search a large area within 4 miles of the shore that usually has some whales but we were unsuccessful in finding any. On our return to the port mother nature did shine on us though with the sighting of a Great White shark. Then on the 11 am trip we cancelled the whale watch and went for a coastal trip were we found 2 more Great White sharks! One of them was about 10 ft long and swam around with us for 30 minutes!
7-7-23 Not sure what happened or where the whales went, unfortunately we did not find any whales on the 8:30 trip even though we searched a large area that has been very consistent with whales for the past 4 weeks.. On the 11:00 am trip we fared a bit better finding 2 whales but the sea conditions quickly deteriorated making viewing difficult. After such good sightings earlier in the week toady was not much fun.
. 7-5-23 Today was excellent whale watching with several groups of 3 to 4 whales feeding on both trips. As we were with 2 or 3 whales in one group we would see other pairs moving around us.
7-4-23 Happy Fourth! great whale watching today with both trips getting good sightings. the 8:30 trip had 2 big older whales get excited and start jumping near the boat! They were very impressive. Then on the 11 am trip we saw over 20 whales feeding in several groups. very exciting day.
7-3-23 A very good day of whale watching today! The 8:30 trip found several groups of 2 to 3 Humpback whales feeding with groups of up to 50 Sealions. The 11:00 am trip went back to the same area and several of the pods had come together. There were now 10 Humpbacks feeding in a rather robust frenzy with more than 200 Sealions. The whales were all surfacing together in a rather dramatic fury of activity at the surface.
7-2-23 Today on the 8:30 trip we spent some time with one Humpback whale that did some nice lunge feeding and a few close swims by the boat. We did see another whale in the distance. On the 11 am trip we found 2 Humpbacks feeding with about 100 Sealions . On the trip we saw several more moving about the area but we stuck with the 2 whales as they were very active.
7-1-23 Another good day despite the fog we found 2 Humpback on the 8:30 trip and 1 on the 11:00 am trip. We saw many lunge feeding events on both trip.
6-29-23 Today we searched for 1.5 hours in some foggy conditions before we found some whales. Fortunately there were 7 humpbacks feeding with a hundred sealions which made for a good show. Then on the 11 am trip we found 3 Humpbacks . Good Day all in all.
6-28-23 Another good day today on both tours. we found 5 humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and 3 on the 11:00 am trip. The sun started to came out at 10 am and both trips enjoyed some beautiful scenery as the sun light up the hills.
6-27-23 GREAT DAY! Both trips played with literally thousands of Common Dolphins, they were everywhere we went, the pod went on for over a mile! They played with us constantly swimming in front of us and racing in from the sides whenever we moved to catch up to the whales. .Both trips also saw 3 to 5 Humpback Whales feeding and moving about the bay.
6-26-23 We are back! We had a great trip at 8:30 today with 7 Humpback Whales.. then on the 11 am trip it got pretty windy and rough but everyone wanted to go anyway and we did manage to find 1 Humpback that gave us a good show. All in all a nice first day back! 6-18 through 6-25-23 Closed
6-17-23 Today was also fantastic whale watching! The 8:30 trip started right off with some good breaching! Them we settled in with 6 to 10 Humpback whales that were feeding amongst 2 to 3 hundred Sealions. The 11:00 trip also enjoyed 6 or more Humpbacks feeding amongst hundreds of Sealions.
6-16-23 Today was one of the best days so far this year! Both of our whale watching trips saw an abundance of Humpback whales! We were around 5 to 10 whales most of the time with more around us. I would say that we saw 20 or more total on each trip. We were also seeing 3 to 5 hundred Sealions in a big feeding frenzy! the whole thing was very dynamic as they chased the fish. we also saw at least 5 breaches on each trip! It was a great day to be on the water.
6-15-23 Today was filled with excellent whale watching, on the 8:30 trip we found 5 Humpbacks feeding in a big frenzy with hundreds of Sealions. There was also a juvenile Humpback that started breaching close to the boat, 10 to 15 big jumps just for us!. On the 11 am trip We found them again and saw 7 Humpbacks and the big feeding frenzy. We also had some tail slapping, what a great day.
6-14-23 On the 8:30 trip we found 2 Humpbacks slowly making their way across the bay. On the 11;00 am trip we fared a bit better and found 5 Humpback in all.
6-12-23 On todays 8:30 trip we found a juvenile Humpback that was off on its own doing what youngsters do. Breaching and pectoral slapping followed by swimming up under and around us in a classic mugging. Then on the 11:00 am trip we found 3 Dalls porpoise that gave us an exciting escort for about 10 minutes. Then we found 5 Humpbacks slowly swimming across the bay and all of this under some beautiful partly sunny skies.
6-11-23 both of todays trips were fantastic. We found 3 Humpbacks feeding with hundreds of sealions on the 8:30 trip. there were also another 3 whales close by and one of them breached! Then on the 11 am trip we mostly spent time with 2 huge older whales that swam up very close to the boat twice. The partly cloudy skies were very dramatic.
6-10-23 We are back on a hot streak! Today we found 6 big Humpbacks feeding with a few hundred sealions. They were very active showing us their magnificent tails over and over. Then to top it off we saw 4 big beautiful breaches!
6-9-23 Nice day on the water with fairly calm seas and overcast skies. we found 5 Humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and 3 on the the 11 am trip. We also found hundreds of sealions feeding in a big frenzy on both trips.
6-8-23 Best day in a long time! We only had 2 people booked which we usually cancel but they agreed to pay for one more seat to meet our minimum of 3 paying customers for the trip to go. They were very happy to get a perfect bluebird day with flat seas. We found a big feeding frenzy with hundreds of sealions and hundreds of Pacific White Sided dolphins! Mixed in we saw at least 20 Humpbacks feeding also. Best trip in a while weather and animal wise.
6-7-23 Great sea conditions but not many whales today. We did find one whale on the 8:30 trip but none on the 11:00 am trip. Hopefully this turns around soon as June is usually a good month for seeing a fair number of whales.
6-5-23 We found one Humpback early on the 8:30 trip along with thousands of "by the wind sailors" a type of jellyfish. We also found one Humpback whale on the 11:00 am trip after a bit of searching. On both of these trips we also viewed and talked about Sea Otters and Sealions.
6-4-23 Today on the 8:30 trip we found about 15 Dalls porpoise which put on a great show darting around the boat at very high speeds. They are super exciting to be around and they really seem to enjoy interacting with the boat as a big play toy. They are fairly rare and we only see them a few times a year on average. Then on the 11:30 trip we found a big beautiful Humpback chasing fish out in the same area that we had returned to do the hundreds of Pelicans and thousands of Shearwaters that were out there..
6-3-23 Well it happens today we did not find any whales but on the 8:30 trip we did find about 20 Risso Dolphins which are quite large. they are about the size of a small pilot whale with a dorsal fin that protrudes from the water about 2 feet. the are regular visitors through the winter months most years but these are the first I have seen since last November. On the 11:00 am trip we did not find any whales but we did visit with some sealions , jellyfish and Sea otters
6-2-23 Every day is different, today we did not find any whales on the 8:30 trip and only 1 on the 11:00 am trip. Hopefully we see more tomorrow.
6-1-23 Oh yea what a great start to June! We found 3 Humpbacks on the 8;30 trip with some huge breaches near the boat. then on the 11 am trip we found 2 huge older whales feeding a bit farther offshore. It was a great way to start off a new month of adventures!
5-30-23 today we saw 2 humpback whales both were lunge feeding on occasion the best part was they were only 1 mile from the port so we were with whales for 1 hour and a half of a 2 hour tour.
5-29-23 A wonderful day of whale watching with both trips once again seeing some breaching! It was interesting that we only found one whale on each trip but when they are jumping that is all we need!
5-28-23 Big day with the 8:30 trip getting mugged by "Barney" ,one of the whales that has been interacting with the boat the past 2 years on a fairly regular basis. On our way back in we found another whale that was breaching over and over. On the 11:00 am trip we went right back to the breaching whale and had over an hour of breaching and pectoral slapping. What a great show! The whale was so close to the harbor that we took the afternoon Coastal Explorer trip out to see it also!
5-27-23 Both trips today saw one Humpback whale with the 8:30 trip getting one nice viewing of the tail fairly close to the boat. The 11:00 am trip had quite a bit more action with a Humpback whale tail lobbing dozens of times.
5-26-23 Today was a bit slow with us only finding one Humpback Whale that was swimming slowly about the bay.
5-25-23 We ran one trip today and we saw 2 Humpback whales both moving rather slowly around the bay.
5-24-23 Another good day with the whales with the 8:30 trip seeing 5 Humpback whales and the 11:00 trip seeing 3. Both groups were feeding with Sealions and the whole experience was rather exciting.
5-22-23 today was one of the best in over a week, on the 8:30 we found 7 Humpbacks in a good sized feeding frenzy with 50 or more Sealions and hundreds of birds. The best part was a juvenile Humpback that breached at least 10 times for us!! On the 11 am trip we found the same group of whales and the youngster breached 30 or more times for us!
5-20-23 On todays 8:30 trip we found 2 Humpback whales one of them a juvenile gave us a nice mugging swimming right up next to the boat for 5 minutes. Unfortunately we did not find any whales on the 11 am trip but we did find a huge ocean sunfish , thousands of jellyfish and some harbor porpoise.
5-19-23 Unfortunately we did not find any whales on either trip. we did find tens of thousands of "by the wind sailors" a small jellyfish that is quite beautiful and we of course spent some time with the Sea Otters, Sealions and Harbor Seals.
5-18-23 We found 3 Humpback whales and were mugged for about 5 minutes by a very curious calf that was swimming with its mom.
5-17-23 Nice day on the water this morning. We spotted 5 Humpback whales and 2 of them preformed big breaches for us!!
5-16-23 On the 8:30 trip we found a couple of Humpbacks and enjoyed watching some lunge feeding. On the 11:00 am trip we saw 3 Humpbacks and saw one breach!
5-14-23 Not sure where all of the whales have gone but we did manage to find 1 Minke whale on the 8:30 trip along with some very cool jellyfish called "by the wind sailors" plus a little time with the Sea Otters Sea lions and Harbor Seals. On the 11 am trip we found all of those things and 2 Humpbacks so I think we are back on track.
5-13-23 Well it happens every now and then and we did not find any whales on either trip. There were of course many other animals to see.
5-9-23 We just did one tour today at 8:30 am and it was amazing . We saw several whales with one of them Breaching 10 or more times close to the boat!
5-8-23 Both trips today were fantastic and very different. The 8:30 trip had fairly cal conditions and saw 15 or more whales with some breaching in the distance. The 11am trip got windy and rough out there and we all got wet. But it was very worth it as we first found a Grey whale cow and calf pair swimming north close to shore and teh moma brought the calf fairly close to us . she also breached several times which is no somthing we see very often. Then we headed out and after a wild ride in the big waves we found 2 humpbacks that did a bit of breaching also.
5-7-23 Two more great trips today wit both trips seeing breaches and tails rising high as the whales would dive. The 11:00 am trip was also mugged for about 10 minutes. The 8:30 trip was nice and warm then the wind came up a bit on the 11:00 am trip and it got cold and wet. Please be sure to bring your jackets even if it is warm on shore!!
5-6-23 Today's 8:30 trip was magical, after seeing over a dozen Humpbacks whales and some harbor porpoise two Humpback whales swam over and gave us close up look at them. My guests had flown here from Britain just to do my tour and the whales did not disappoint. The 2 whales swam within inches of the boat for 10 minutes. The 11:00 am trip also saw a dozen or so Humpback whales with some nice tail lobing and tail slapping. We also saw a few breaches in the distance.
5-5-23 After being shut down from more rain we finally had a clear day to go back out and what a day it was. We saw over a dozen Humpback whales and a Minke whale moving about the bay.
5-1-23 Today was interesting as we found 4 California Grey whales close to shore as we were just heading out not even 5 minutes into the trip. They meandered around the bay for 20 minutes before resuming their long migration back to the Arctic. We decided to head offshore to look for some Humpbacks and we found two in less than 5 minutes and spent 40 minutes with them. Then we headed down the coast a bit to see some Otters and Harbor Seal pups. it was a good day!
4-29-23 Today was unbelievably active. We saw 15 to 20 Humpbacks on each trip! both trips saw multiple breaches and had whale in every direction that we looked. The 11 am trip had a "mugging" this is where a whale comes in close to the boat and swims under and around us for some time. Today it was about 5 minutes. It is called a mugging because for the whales safety we can not move the boat until the whale decides to move off to a clear distance of 100 ft. on occasion this can last for 30 minutes to an hour..
4-27-23 Today was pretty foggy but we still managed to find 3 Humpback whales that gave us a very nice experience. They swam over close to the boat several times and showed us their magnificent tails as they dove. we also found a couple of rafts of about 50 sealions out there.
4-26-23 Best day this year so far !!! We started off seeing a Grey Whale cow and calf pair near shore then we found a Minke Whale a few miles out. I thought that was pretty good but then it got even better. We found several big feeding frenzies with sea lions and 7 to 8 humpbacks whales. All very actively feeding. I would guess we saw over 20 whales on one trip today!.
4-25-23 They are BACK! while we have seen some Humpbacks moving through our bay over the past 2 weeks we have not had any feeding. Today that changed and we found 3 Humpback working through an area with hundreds of birds feeding and they appeared to be feeding also. Good times are at hand.
4-21-23 Today was another nice warm spring day! we found a beautiful Grey whale cow and calf pair on the 8;30 trip and had a Minke whale swim around the boat a few times on the 11 am trip. plus otters ,harbor seals and sealions on both trips.
4-20-23 Today we enjoyed a beautiful trip with clam seas within a few miles of the port and rather big seas and rough conditions about 4 miles out. It was very cool to experience the ocean in two very different states. We found one Humpback out in the rough water and one in the rather glorious calmer waters. We also stopped by to see the Harbour seal pups with their moms at Smith rock which will only be around for a few more weeks before they head for different resting areas around the bay.
4-18-23 Today we started off with excellent sea conditions for whale watching that quickly deteriorated after an hour or so. We did not find any whales until we were almost done with our time and that whale disappeared after one sighting.
4-16-23 We did not find any whales on the whale watching trip but we did find a grey whale cow with her new calf on the 1 hour coastal trip.
4-13through 4-15 we closed due to high winds and poor sea conditions.
4-11-23 Today's 8:30 trip spent well over an hour with 5 humpback whales. The wind came up and the waves got big by 11 am so we stayed in closer to shore where we found 5 harbor seals with pups. we also found 10 bottlenose dolphins swimming across the bay. there were also sea otters and sea lions so overall a pretty good day!
4-7-23 Today was an amazing day to be whale watching. We enjoyed calm seas on 3 trips. We found 2 beautiful Grey whales on the first trip, 2 Humpback whales on the second trip and 3 humpbacks plus 2 grey whales on the third trip! We also stopped by Smith rock where we have been seeing 4 to 5 very young Harbor seal pups resting peacefully with their moms.
4-6-23 We found 2 grey whales on the first trip but then the wind built and made the waves a bit rough on the second trip and we were unable to find a whale amongst the waves. We did see Otters and super cute Harbor seal pups plus some very loud Sea Lions.
4-5-23 After some very windy days we finally got back on the water where we found 2 grey whales on one trip and 2 Humpback on the other. It was still pretty rough out there but the sightings made it worthwhile.
3-26-23 Today started off pretty nice with smaller seas and we found 2 beautiful Grey Whales heading north . unfortunately the waves and winds picked back up and we were unable to go out to the whales on the second trip.
3-25-23 After more days of being shut down due to bad weather we got back on the water today but it was still pretty rough and we only saw one whale briefly from a distance. We did of course visit with some other wildlife which made the trip fun.
3-20-23 unfortunately we had rough seas and then it started to rain lightly and some folks started to feel ill so we returned early. No whales on this trip. We did spend some time cruising the harbor area and enjoyed some time with the otters and sealions.
3-18-23 Todays trip[ was another amazing experience. We found more grey whales than we could keep track of. My guess on numbers would be 14 or more!
3-16-23 After 8 days of bad weather today we finally were able to go out to look for whales. We had a great trip, I think in total we saw 10 or more whales. The first exciting part of the trip was 2 Grey whales playing with a Humpback whale which is not something we rarely see. Then as we went looking for some more whales a large adult Grey swam straight over to us and engaged with the boat for about 20 minutes. It was right under us enjoying some people watching.
3-8-23 It just keeps getting better. Today we ran one trip and it was amazing as we sighted 14 Grey whales. 3 of which we stayed with for 30 minutes as they would surface close enough to the boat that we could hear them breathing!
. 3-7-23 another perfect day with 7 Grey whales sighted on one trip.
3-6-23 Best day in this run between storms so far. 3 Grey whales traveled with us many times coming fairly close. It was a beautiful morning with a mix of sun and clouds but best of all no wind so the seas were smooth between the good sized swell. It was a magical day for a very special, wonderful young person who delighted the whales as much or more than they delighted us.
3-5-23 Another great day of whale watching as we were with 2 then 3 Grey whales as they swam steadily north. We saw 2 more about 300 yards away making our trip total to be 5 whales!
3-4-23 After a long shut down due to bad weather we are back on the water! Today was fantastic, we found 7 Grey whale on the 9 am trip and 4 on the 12 pm trip. both trips found whales early on and enjoyed 1.5 hours of seeing whales! All of these whales were north bound which is what we expect this time of the year. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will be able to enjoy the next 3 to 4 weeks of great whale watching as the Grey whales head north past our shores.
2-21-23 The wind came on strong today and we have bad weather forecast until next week so we will be closed for a bit.
2-20-23 Today we found 1 grey whale heading north on the 9 amtrip. Unfortunately the wind came up and we were not able to search very much on the 12 pm trip and so did not find any whales. 2-19-23 Both of today's trips had excellent encounters with Grey whales . The 9 am trip found 3 grey whales heading north and the 12 pm trip found 2 going south and then we saw 3 more heading north. It was a beautiful clear day with lots of sunshine.
2-18-23 Today was perfect for whale watching! We enjoyed calmish seas ands sunny skies as we found 8 Grey whales moving north in a coupe of separate groups. We were with whales for one hour and 30 minutes of the tour. We also experienced some nice sea otter and sea lion encounters. this typically the beginning of 3 to 4 weeks of great whale watching.
2-12-23 We seem to be in a bad lull with not a whale to be seen today. The North bound migration should start kicking in soon. Last year by Mid February we were seeing multiple groups of north bounders on each trip. so hopefully we start to see them in the coming week. There is a big field of Poppies blooming up by Pt Bushon and it would be very cool to get some pictures of them swimming by that!
2-10-23 no whales again today lots of searching an empty ocean, At least it was beautiful out there.
2-8-23 We were off for a few days and had high hope for today but the whale gods were not with us
2-4-23 Another great day for seeing Grey whales! We found 4 heading south on one trip and 3 on the next!
2-2-23 Today was another wonderful trip out to see the whales. We searched a bit but then found 7 Grey Whales traveling in a group of 5 and another pair traveling about 200 yards away. They were very active and spent a good deal of time on the surface which is good for us. We also saw sea Otters and Sealions to round out the great morning.
1-31-23 After 2 days off It was really a treat to go out today and have our best day of the month. After only about 20 minutes of searching we found 3 Grey whales then 2 more and then another 2. All of them were heading south and they were very large whales, which leads me to think we are just getting into the main part of the southbound migration. It has been happening a little later each year. This year it appears to be a few weeks later than last year. If you want to see some Grey whales now is the time.
1-28-23 Todays trips enjoyed some great weather and some great whale sightings. the 9 am tour found a cow and calf pair heading south. The calf still had what are known as fetal folds indicating that it was less than 10 days old. They swam over close to the boat twice to get a look at us. The 12 pm trip found 4 Grey whales slowly moving south across the bay. Both trip also enjoyed some good Sea Otter and Sealion viewing.
1-27-23 Today was another spectactular day with warm temps and clear blue skies. We found 1 very big Grey whale heading south and at point it breached for us. This whale was a bit more relaxed with us than the others have been lately.
We also had a nice encounter with a momma Sea Otter and her pup along with a few other Otters. The Sealions were also out and entertaining.
1-25-22 Another beautiful day on the water with clear skies and green hills on shore. We did find 1 Grey Whale and got to spend a bit of time with it but like the others we have seen recently it seemed a bit skittish and we lost sight of it after about 15 minutes. Still wondering where the Dolphins are also, this has been weird year so far..
1-24-23 Beautiful sunny day today and we found 2 Grey whales moving south and a mid sized Humpback whale that appeared to to feeding now and then. It is not typical to see Humpbacks this time of year but also not unheard of. My big question is where are all of the Grey whales and dolphins which we usually see more of this time of year?
1-21-23 Today was very clear and the seas were fairly calm. We visited with the Sea Lions and Otters but were not lucky with the whales. Hopefully this will change soon as typically we have good sightings in January.
1-20-23 Today we finally had good conditions to go look for some whales. I was hoping for big numbers and a big glorious return to the Grey whale watching season as this is typically a good time. But unfortunately we searched for an hour and a half before we found 2 grey whales. By then the conditions had deteriorated a bit and the whale quickly disappeared into the waves and we could not find them again. What we did get to see was beautiful coastline with lots of green grass growing from all the rain. There are also quite a few Sealions, Otters and seals in the bay and so nice winter birds.
1-8-23 The ocean has been to rough to go out for 8 days now and the forecast for the next week looks grim. I hope the grey whales are enjoying their migration south, we will get back out there to greet them just as soon as we can..
1-1-23 Happy New Year, usually we would be opening tomorrow for the Grey Whale season but there is a fair bit of bad weather in the forecast, Stay tuned as we will reopen once it settles a bit.
12-23-22 Well it was bound to happen eventually, our 2 month streak of seeing whales on every trip ended today. We are now closed for the holidays.
12-22-22 Today we enjoyed a nice encounter with one Humpback whale.
12-21-22 Today was a bit more challenging and we did some searching but we did find 1 Humpback whales . We also found 50 to 100 Harbor Porpoise and a wide variety of seabirds.
12-20-22 Things slowed a bit today with us finding 1 Humpback and one Minke whale. The ocean was mostly smooth and the sky was beautiful with some high clouds. We also viewed Sea lions and Sea Otters plus several types of seabirds.
12-19-20 we are having a great December this year so far we have seen Humpbacks on every trip! We found 2 humpbacks on each trip today. They were feeding with a few hundred sea lions and swam within 20 ft of the boat several times! All under a beautiful blue sky with flat calm seas.
12-18-22 Another great day on the water with 3 Humpbacks on one trip and 2 on the other. There were also hundreds of sea lions and thousands of seabirds
12-17-22 So happy the Humpbacks are still here! Today we saw 5 Humpbacks on the 9:30 trip and another 4 on the 12:30 trip! the seas are totally flat making this a great time to go whale watching
12-15-22 Beautiful sea conditions and plentiful Humpback whales!! We found 3 Humpbacks that we stayed with for well over an hour as they were feeding with Hundreds of sea lions! there were also thousands of seabirds out there feeding. Great morning to be out on the water!
12-14-22 Another beautiful day with flat calm seas and sunshine. two Humpbacks were hanging around near the port feeding along with a few hundred birds. Pelicans were diving at high speeds while we waited fior the whales to surface. We then went offshore and found 30 to 50 Harbor Porpoise.
12-13-22 After another break due to bad weather we went out today under beautiful blue skies with very calm seas. The Humpback whales are still here and we found 2 on our whale watching trip and 2 more on an ash scattering trip. On the whale watching trip we also saw quite a bit of other wildlife. Sea Otters, Sea lions, Harbor porpoise and 8 different species of sea birds so all in all a very good trip! So far we have seen whales on every trip in November and December!!
12-9-22 After a week off due to bad weather and some other obligations we got back on the water with some friends and we found 4 humpbacks feeding with about 500 Sea lions in big feeding frenzy.
11-30-22 So happy we saw whales on 100 percent of our whale watching / wildlife viewing trips in November. today we finished the month seeing 6 Humpbacks and several hundred Sea lions feeding fairly close to shore. The seas were very calm and the water very clear as we watched the Sea lions swim under the boat. We have a big storm coming in that will shut us down until Monday so we will see just how long this season will go next week.
11-29-22 Our hot streak continues with 6 Humpbacks feeding amongst a huge raft of Sea lions I would guest 1500 to 2000 sea lions and an uncountable number of seabirds were all feeding in a tremendous frenzy of activity.. The weather was spectacular and the seas reasonable.
11-28-22 excellent whale watching again today! We encountered 6 Humpback whales and spotted 2 more a ways off. We watched them feed in a big feeding frenzy with over 500 sea lions and thousands a sea birds, gulls, pelicans, shearwaters and cormorants. the season is still going strong!
11-27-22 First day back after a Thanksgiving break and it was better than I hoped for. We saw at least 10 Humpback whales feeding amongst hundreds if not a thousand sea lions. Smooth seas and a sunny day made it all the better. Very thankful to be able to go out and see all of this.
11-22-22 We ran 2 trips again today! both were wonderful but the 9:30 trip had a bit more excitement with several breaches near the boat. It was amazing watching a huge animal launching itself out of the water and crashing back down in a huge back flop. The 12:30 trip encountered several more Humpbacks feeding with hundreds of sea lions..
11-21-22 two great whale watching trips today! the 9:30 trip saw 10 or more Humpbacks feeding with hundreds of sea lions. at one time 6 were all together. The 12:30 trip was a photographers private trip and he was treated to 3 Humpbacks Breaching and pectoral slapping for over an hour. Several times 2 of the whales were in the air at the same time with the 3 rd one close behind. this was one of the most spectactular trips of the Year.
11-20-22 Another great day on the water. Beautiful clear blue skies and plentiful Humpback whales. We saw at least 10 whales on the 9:30 trip with 3 up close to the boat several times as they were feeding amongst 100's of Sea lions..
11-19-22 Today was again beautiful, sunny and warm with 6 Humpbacks feeding in groups of 2 and 3s along with hundreds of Sealions..
11-17-22 We started off under beautiful warm clear skies. The water amazing ,clear and calm. We found 2 groups of 2 Humpbacks and saw at least another 6 spouts off in the distance. The season is still going strong.
11-16-22 on today's 9:30 trip we saw 5 Humpbacks feeding about the bay and a few hundred Sealions. All of this under beautiful blue skies. On a trip at 12:30 to scatter ashes we also saw another 3 Humpbacks so the season is still going strong.
11-15-22 Beautiful weather and a very nice trip with several Humpback whales feeding just 4 miles out.
11-14-22 This morning we saw 11 Humpback whales with 6 feeding in a very active pod. There were also hundreds of Sealions in this feeding frenzy.
11-13-22 The clear blue sky was amazing today and we found 3 Humpbacks feeding with hundreds of Sealions. We also visited with some very busy Sea Otters ..
11-11-22 Today was another successful whale watching excursion. We found 8 or more whales moving about and Lunge feeding on a big school of anchovies! 11-10-22 Today we ventured out after the storm and found more whales have entered our bay. We saw 10 or more Humpback whales.
11-7-22 through 11-9-22 closed for rain
11-6-22 Wonderful morning with 2 Humpbacks that were very entertaining. This was a pair that we know as "Shadow" and her calf the "2" these whales have been interacting with us for 3 years now. The "2" was the second whale after the "1" as in the one that really likes the boat started interacting with us regularly. Shadow is a very large female that lifts her tail high when she dives for fish and her fluke is a greyish color on the underside where most of the whales have either white or black or a portion that is white or black but rarely do we see grey.The "2" did not disappoint and swam up under and closely around the boat several times.
11-5-22 Awesome day with several Humpback whales and one encounter with a curious juvenile Humpback and mom that we have interacted with many times over the past 3 years ! In total we saw at least 10 whales maybe more in the distance. Hundreds of Sealions feeding also. On this trip we also stopped by a big raft of Sea Otters and the Sealion colony on the breakwater. Overall a very goos day.
11-4-22 Beautiful weather and flat seas!! We found 5 Humpbacks today and spent some time 2 that were slowly moving across the bay. we also saw some Harbor porpoise, Sea otters and Sealions.
11-1-22 What a difference a day makes. Today we switched from running two 2 hour trips to running one 2.5 hour trip to go in search of whales and other wildlife. What a great start to these new tours. First we visited with about 15 Sea Otters and then moved out to the Sealion colony where well over a hundred animals were barking anf frolicing about on the rocks. Then we headed out to sea and before long we as found 4 Humpbacks and spent an hour with 2 of the biggest Humpbacks we have seen this year as they moved across the bay.! Their flukes when raised out on the water were easily wider than our boat. The sun was shining bright and the seas very calm, it was a perfect day.
10-31-22 Super foggy morning tour but we did still manage to find 2 humpback for a brief time. there were hundreds of harbor porpoise darting about and many seabirds also.
10-30-22 Today was not the best day as it got very windy early making for rough seas. We did still manage to find 2 Humpback whales and about 100 harbor porpoise on the 9:30 trip. Due to the rough seas we changed the 12pm trip from whale watching to a coastal trip
10-29-22 Great day with many majestic encounter with 3 humpbacks on the 9:30 trip and 2 more on the 12 pm trip. Both trips saw numerous other spouts around us but the ones we were with were very engaging so we stayed with them. there were 10 plus whales around us on each trip.
10-28-22 Another very good day with 2 very different trips. The 9:30 trip enjoyed several different groups of Humpback whales out a few miles and a huge Sealion feeding frenzy.. The 12:00 trip found a super active whale lunge feeding in the bay near the Cal Poly pier.
10-26-22 Fun trip today with 2 huge breaches by a very big whale near the boat! then we found several other whales moving in pairs across the bay.
10-25-22 Today we had two very different and equally amazing trips. The 9:30 trip had a remarkable experience with a cow and calf pair swimming with us for an hour. The calf came over next to us several times and slowly did barrel rolls next to the boat. We then found 10 to 12 humpbacks in a wild feeding frenzy. The wind came up and made it to rough to go back on the 12 pm trip but a single humpback came into the protected part of the bay and put on a great lunge feeding display for 2 hours!
10-24-22 Warm sunny day with fun whale activity on both trips. The 9:30 trip saw 6 whales and spent a good deal of the trip traveling with 2 enormous whales. The 12 pm trip was with 4 humpbacks for almost the whole 2 hours as the whales had moved in very close to the bay.
10-23-22 There is still an abundance of Humpback whales here! Today we saw at least 7 whales on the 9:30 trip and 10 on the 12:00 pm trip. both trips enjoyed sunny skies and very active whales with some breaching as well as tail slaps and pectoral slapping. Some lunge feeding also. The 12:00 pm trip also saw a huge raft of over 400 Sealions feeding!
10-22-22 Today we found 10 plus Humpbacks on each trip. the 9:00 am trip saw 2 whales breaching and some tail slapping and the 12:00 am trip saw at least 10 whales and some tail lobbing.
10-21-22 Both trips today were excellent. the 9:30 trip found 10 Humpbacks and one of them put on a great show with 10 or more breaches and another whale tail slapping for 10 minutes! Numerous Harbor Porpoise froliced around us and we also saw Sea Otters and Sealions. The 12 pm trip found 5 Humpbacks and saw a great deal of lunge feeding.
10-20-22 Today we encountered over 10 Humpback on each trip! The 9;30 trip spent a good deal of the trip with 4 very large and active Humpbacks. The 12pm trip enjoyed the same experience and both trips also saw Harbor Porpoise Sea Otters and Sealions.
10-19-22 Warm and wonderful day! We saw 4 Humpback whales on the 9:30 trip with 2 of them swimming over to us and right up next to the boat in what is known as a mugging. This lasted 30 minutes. On the 12:00 trip we saw multiple whales with 2 swimming close to us and 2 more putting on a tail slapping exhibition!
10-18-22 Excellent whale watching on both trips today. 5 humpbacks on the 9:30 trip and 10 on the 12 am trip.
10-13-22 to 10-17-22 closed for a little get away with the family.
10-12-22 Excellent whale watching all day! The 930 trip had some exciting breaching at first and then multiple sightings of at least 10 whales. The 12 pm trip found 3 Humpbacks and they were breaching and playing around us for over an hour!!
10-11-22 It was a fantastic day to be whale watching with 7 Humpback on the 9:30 trip which included 2 huge breaches and some great lunge feeding. The 12 pm trip saw at least 12 whales. The trip started with 10 plus breaches, Pec slapping and more. We saw whales in every direction and bumped from one group to another. 10-10-22 Very nice day on the water with 2 Humpbacks getting up close and personal on the 9:30 trip. They swam within a few feet of the boat, circling us and showing us their bellies for 40 minutes. On the 12:00 trip we saw some epic lunge feeding from 4 whales and had several nice interactions with whales swimming over to have a close look at us.
10-9-22 First Time this year for us to see Orcas. On the 8:30 trip we found 7 orcas feeding on a sea lion while 2 humpbacks tried to defend the sea lion even after it was dead. The whole thing was rather amazing to see. Once the humpback left the area the Orca played and breached many times. The Orca swam quickly over to the boat many times and would swim under us at a high speed, it was all very magical.
10-8-22 Great trips with 6 to 10 Humpbacks on each trip! Sealions by the hundreds and some Dolphins also. Great day.
10-7-22 Even though it was a bit foggy we still found 3 to 4 humpbacks on both tours and one of the whales was very active lunge feeding several times a minute.
10-6-22 A bit foggy bet we did find 5 to 6 whales on each trip
10-4-22 Some really great trips today with some breaching and lunge feeding by some very big whales offshore a few miles .
10-1-22 Both trips had amazing encounters with multiple whales coming in for a close look at us. 2 were up next to us for 20 minutes on the 8:30 trip and then they revisited us on the 11 am trip. We saw 6 to 8 whales on each trip
9-30-22 Great day with quite a few whales on each trip.
9-29-22 Super fun day watching 10 or more whales lunge feeding on each trip.
9-27-22 Nice day of whale watching, every day we go out to see what mother nature provides for us. Some days are jaw dropping amazing and some are a bit more casual and some are very challenging. I so appreciate the folks that are grateful to see a whale in the wild. Today was not epic but we did find 3 whales and hundreds of sealions on the 8:30 trip and 10 Whales very spread out lunge feeding.
9-26-27 Both trips had some good whale sightings of 6 or more Humpback whales
9-25-22 Very Good day of whale watching with the 8:30 am trip finding hundreds of sealions plus about 100 dolphins and at least 10 Humpbacks with some breaching. The 11:00 am trip found 7 Humpbacks and hundreds of sealions feeding in a big frenzy.
9-24-22 Absolutely epic whale watching today! Both trips witnessed 7 to 10 huge humpbacks lunge feeding. These whales were all over 40 ft and very fat. They were much bigger than the whales we have been seeing this year. I am still in awe of haw loud and powerful they were.
9-23-22 The 8:30 trip was a bit slow with only a few whales to be found. The 11 am trip scored 10 whales lunge feeding with more than a hundred sealions.
9-21-22 Awesome trips today! 10 or more humpbacks on each trip with whales coming over to us to look at the boat. The 8:30 am trip had 3 come up close and swim around us for 30 minutes plus we saw one nice breach. The 11 am trip had a male competition pod get rowdy near us and we also saw several lunge feeding. All under beautiful sunny skis.
9-20-22 Todays 8:30 am trip had a wonderful experience with a whale we know as "The One" returning to play with the boat, We know this whale from last year as the one that really likes the boat. The 11:00 am trip also enjoyed a great trip with sightings of at least 10 Humpbacks.
9-19-22 closed due to rain.
9-18-22 perfect day of whales watching with both trips seeing 15 to 20 humpback whales and some dramatic lunge feeding.
9-17-22 great day on the water with both trips seeing 15 to 20 Humpback whales lunge feeding.
9-16-22 Awesome whale watching on both trips today. There were 15 to 20 Humpbacks in a big feeding frenzy along with hundreds of sealions and thousands of sea birds.
9-15-22 Huge feeding frenzy today with 10 to 15 Humpbacks feeding with hundreds of sea lions. Some nice breaching on the 8:30 trip also. It was a spectactular day.
9-13-22 Great day, the 8;30 trip spent time with some very big whales and a few hundred sealions feeding offshore. the 11 am trip could not go offshore as the wind cane up making it very rough out there but we found reasonable seas and amazing action closer to the beach. We 15 plus Humpbacks, multiple lunge feeding events 1 breach and one close encounter that had 2 whales swimming around us for 20 minutes. We also played with a few hundred Common Dolphins
9-12-22 Awesome day with lunge feeding and at least 10 Humpbacks on each trip.
9-11-22 Same as yesterday. Simply awesome whale and wildlife viewing just 5 miles from Port San Luis. As a bonus there was also one whale feeding in Avila Bay close to the Cal Poly Pier
9-10-22 So many whales today. 10 to 12 Humpbacks on each trip. Great whale watching with lunge feeding. We also saw hundreds of harbor porpoise jetting around after fish and of course thousands of seabirds. Gulls Yeagers, Cormorants, Murres and more.
9-9-22 the whales moved way out to 9 miles from shore but the show was epic on both trips! 2 breaches on the first trip and 5 on the second. We found several hundred sea lions all feeding together as well and we saw one good sized Great white shark out there. the ocean is super alive right now.
9-7-22 Excellent whale watching with 10 or more humpbacks viewed on each trip.
9-4-22 Epic whale watching today with 5 to 7 Humpbacks on each trip. Nice offshore feeding behaviours with hundreds of Sealions and the whales mixing in.
9-3-22 The 8:30 trip enjoyed several whales with 2 of them getting up close and personal for about 20 minutes. Then on they way back we encountered a Great white shark. The 11 am trip only saw one Humpback whales but since it was jumping out of the water in big full breaches that was all we needed to have an exceptional trip!
9-2-22 We spent our time today with $ humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and we also found 2 sharks on the way back in. The 11 am trip found 2 Humpbacks feeding.
9-1-22 Today's 8:30 trip was wonderful with 4 Humpbacks and some exciting lunge feeding! hundreds of Harbor Porpoise also froliciked about the boat. The 11 am trip was nice with 2 Humpbacks and a lot of Harbor Porpoise plus some Sea Otters and some Sealions.
8-30 and 31 closed
8-29-22 Two great trips today!! Very different experiences 8:30 trip seeing 4 whales and having 2 of them come right up close to have a good look at us making it a magical trip.. The 11 am trip spent 1 hour in dense fog and just as we were about ready to give up and head back we found a big raft of sealions! Then the fog began to lift and we had whales all around us. Then hundreds of dolphins joined in. Four of the humpbacks swam over for a closer look which put this trip over the top! Great day.
8-28-22 Both trips enjoyed seeing 5 to 10 Humpback whales and several breaches around us! The 8:30 trip had 2 Humpbacks get up close and personal staying with us for 20 minutes! the 1100 am trip enjoyed many fine sightings and some dolphins!
8-27-22 Huge feeding frenzy started today! 15 or more Humpbacks lunge feeding on both trips!
8-26-22 The 8:30 trip unfortunately did not see any whales but they did enjoy a great dolphin encounter, a Mola Mola ocean sunfish, jellyfish, sealions feeding offshore,seals and sea otters near shore. there are no bad days. the 11:00 Trip found a whale and loads of dolphins.
8-25-22 Super fun trip at 8:30 were we saw 5 humpbacks and spent a good long time with 2 of them. We also played with Dolphins and saw a huge raft of sealions. On the 11 am trip the fog came in and put a damper on things but we did manage to find 1 Humpback.
8-24-22 We found several Humpbacks feeding near the shore by Oceano. We saw some lunge feeding and many Harbor Porpoise on both trips.
8-23-22 Fun adventures today with 1 humpback on each trip and 2 great white sharks on each trip also.
8-22-22 More great white sharks today! 4 on the 8:30 trip and 1 on the 11 am trip. We also found 2 humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and saw some spectacular lunge feeding. The 11 am trip found 3 humpbacks with some great lunge feeding also.
8-21-22 We found several Humpbacks on each tour we had some tail and pectoral slapping on the 8:30 trip and some breaching on the 11am trip. We also found a good sized pod of Common dolphins to play with. But the big story today was Great White Sharks we saw 5 on the 8:30 trip and 1 on the 11 am trip.
8-20-22 Fun day with several Humpbacks on each trip.
8-19-22 Big feeding frenzy with 8 to 10 humpbacks and hundreds of dolphins and sealions!!
8-18-22 very special day with us traveling 6 to 7 miles out to where we found some huge Humpback Whales! both trips enjoyed some great encounters with 8 to 10 whales in the area and 3 to 4 coming over close. This is the first time this year I have seen these whales, they were 40 feet long and maybe bigger.
8-16-22 and 8-17-22 closed
8-15-22 Another fine day of whale watching. Both trip had wonderful experiences with 4 to 6 humpback whales. The 8:30 trip also saw one of the Great White sharks that we have been seeing in the bay and father out to sea we encountered hundreds of Pacific Common Dolphins. The 11 am trip saw some spectactular lunge feeding
8-15-22 Excellent whale watching all day. The 8:30 trip saw hundreds of dolphins plus 5 humpback whales. Some lunge feeding. on the 11:00 am trip we had 2 humpbacks feeding in the bay which gave us a lot of time with the whales. Plus both trips saw Great White sharks near the entrance to the bay!
8-13-22 Wild , amazing day! Big waves and hundreds of dolphins and hundreds of Sea Lions all feeding In a big freny with 5 to 6 Humpback s. Both trips saw breaches and more. Great day to be whale watching. our 1:30 coastal trip saw 2 Great White sharks near the entrance to the bay.
8-12-22 Good day today with hundreds if not a thousand dolphins to play with as we were watching 5 to 6 Humpbacks feeding.
8-11-22 Both trips today enjoyed 4 to 5 Humpback Whales. the 8:30 saw some amazing lunge feeding and 2 full breaches!! The 11 am trip also saw the Humpbacks but did not see breaching or lunge feeding. They did travel with a stampeding pod of 400 plus Pacific Common Dolphins for several miles which was epic!
8-10-22 Another great day on the water but very different than than the past few days. On the 8:30 trip we found 3 Humpback Whales, several pods of Harbor Porpoise and hundreds of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters. the 11 am trip also saw the Shearwaters but then was escorted by hundreds of Common Dolphins for an epic Dolphin experience. We also found hundreds of Sea Lions feeding with a Humpback Whale.
8-9-22 Huge feeding frenzy going on, we found 4 to 6 humpbacks feeding amongst hundreds of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters.
8-8-22 Huge feeding frenzy close to shore! 8 to 10 Humpbacks on each trip and thousands of seabirds.
8-5-22 Great day of whales! we had a nice cow and calf pair on the 8:30 trip and were close at hand for 3 wonderful breaches. The 11 am trip spent 1 hour with 8 to 10 humpbacks with 3 enormous whales swimming very close to us .
8-4-22 Very nice trips today with some dolphins on the 8:30 trip along with 2 Humpback whales. The 11 am trip found a big raft of feeding sealions and 3 Humpback whales.
8-3-22 Amazing day! Both trips experienced outstanding whale watching with 4 to 6 humpback whales. Lots of breaching and close encounters with curious whales.
8-3-21 More excellent whale watching today. Both trips saw 5 to 6 Humpback whales and some breaching.
7-31-22 Great Day! Both trips enjoyed many beautiful sightings of Humpback whales with a few swimming close to the boat to have a look at us. There were 5 to 6 Humpbacks on each trip
7-30-22 Today we enjoyed 7 to 10 Humpbacks on each trip
7-29-22 Whale Whales everywhere. today we saw 5 to 6 humpbacks on each trip.
. 7-28-22 Very calm seas today, the ocean stayed flat all day so we were able to run 3 trips. All of the trips saw at least 5 Humpback whales.
7-27-22 Super fun trips once again today . The 8:30 trip scored with some solid lunge feeding and 5 breaches by one whale. We saw 10 whales at least on this tour. The 11 am trip saw at least or more whales and several pods of 20 or more Harbor porpoise.
7-26-22 Today was very special. We found 20 or more Humpback whales feeding and saw every type of behavior. There were whales lunge feeding, sometimes 5 or 6 together at the same moment while others were all around us. We had juveniles swim up next to the boat for a closer look. We also saw pectoral slapping, tail lobs, spy hops and full breaches! one of the best days of my life out there!
7-25-22 Great day on the bay! 15 to 20 Humpbacks on each tour. There were a few breaches and some lunge feeding on both tours also. The dolphins played with the boat a bit on each trip and the harbor porpoise and sea lions were there too. Just an amazing day I am so grateful to be able to see these amazing animals in their environment moving freely.
7-24-22 Fantastic day of whale watching with lots of lunge feeding. 10 to 15 humpbacks on each trip were spotted along with hundreds of dolphins and sea lions!
7-23-22 Today was was as good as it gets! Both trips saw 10 to 12 Humpbacks lunge feeding amongst hundreds of sea lions! But even more exciting both trips had close encounters where 2 Humpbacks chose to swim over to us and play around the boat for at least 20 minutes! It was a spectactular day.
7-22-22 First it was a bit foggy then it got a bit rough as the wind picked up. We searched High and low but could not find any whales. We did find some dolphins which played with us for awhile and lots of sea lions showing us where the fish were but no whales to be found.
7-21-22 We found 2 Humpbacks today , one was a little was off but the other came right up close to the boat and did some nice pectoral slaps. We also saw hundreds of sea lions racing across the bay in spectactular fashion.
7-20-22 We spotted 5 whales total but 3 were a ways off. Two were fairly close until one swam over to be near us for about an hour. It did hit a few lunge feeds were we could see the ventral pleats extended open!
7-19-22 It was a beautiful day to return to work! We found 2 very big humpbacks that were moving from one area of fish to another. They showed their huge flukes numerous times, Breached once and tail lobed several times. All under sunny skies for most of the trip and then a weird midday fog bank came in making for a spooky ending. Super fun times.
7-12 through 7-18 closed.
7-11-22 The streak of amazing whale watching continues! 20 plus Humpbacks this morning on both tours. We saw dozens of lunge feeding explosions of multiple whales surging out of the water after fish. We also had a close encounter with a juvenile Humpback swimming right up next to ua to say hello.
7-10-22 Spectacular whale watching today 20 plus whales on each trip and some common Dolphins also.
7-9-22 Today was epic with dozens of Humpback lunge feeding amongst hundreds of dolphins and sealions.
7-8-22 More great whale watching today. It was quite foggy making it harder to see how many whales were out there but we did see 3 to 5 Humpback whales on each trip. The dolphins and sea lions were also there in action. Lots of Lunge feeding on both tours.
7-7-22 Clear skies today and over 20 lunge feeding Humpbacks on each tour. We also played with hundreds of Dolphins and Sealions that were feeding around the whales. Epic whale watching day.
7-6-22 Another great day! On the 8:30 trip we started off with some breaching Humpback whales that also played right up next to the boat. Then we moved over to some lunge feeding whales. In all we saw over 20 whales! The 11 am trip also had an amazing experience with a calf swimming right up next to the boat several times. We also saw Lunge feeding and at least 20 whales on this trip.
7-5-22 Great trips today with 10 Humpback on each tour. The highlights on both trips were a cow and calf pair coming over to the boat to say hello. they were within 5 ft of the boat several times. We enjoyed calm seas and beautiful clouds over a deep blue sea!
7-4-22 Happy 4th. Spectacular whale watching all morning with 10 to 20 Humpbacks lunge feeding.
7-3-22 Intense lunge feeding on both trips with 10 to 20 Humpbacks in view.
7-2-22 Amazing morning of whales! Both trips experienced 10 to 14 Humpback whales lunge feeding in spectacular fashion. There were 3 cow and calf pairs working together with one of the calves being a new baby from this winter! The other whales were full sized adults making huge lunges through the abundant bait fish!
7-1-22 Lots of whales today. The 8:30 trip found 100s of Dolphins and Sealions feeding plus 5 Humpback whales. 2 of which were cow and calf pairs that are super nice to see swimming together. The 11 am trip found 5 Humpbacks also 2 of which were very large older whales that were Lunge feeding in spectactular fashion.
6-30-22 Dolphins escorted the boat on both trips and Humpback whales in fine form with a few breaches on both trips. We saw 7 to 10 whales on each trip and some good lunge feeding also.
6-29-22 Another great day! Both trips enjoyed calm sea conditions and Humpback whales. One individual that we saw on both trips was very active, Pectoral slapping and rolling over and over on the 8:30 am trip and then breaching dozens of times on the 11:00 am trip!
6-27-22 It was once again a bit foggy but the whales have been moving in since yesterday and we found 5 Humpbacks on the 8:30 trip and then a different group of 7 more even closer to shore on the 11 am trip. We saw lots of feeding going on with birds and Sealions in every direction. I think things are about to go off with the whales for the next few days..
6-26-22 Today did not start off well and we had very rough sea conditions and fog! yuk. I got word from 2 boats about a lot of Humpbacks upwind about 5 miles from the port so we headed that way but the seas just kept getting worse and we did not find any whales and mostly just got bounced around. We gave everyone a 50% refund. The 11 am trip though did well as we headed back into the calmer part of the bay where we found 5 Humpbacks and hundreds of Sealions feeding.
6-23-22 Today was very interesting with the 8:30 trip starting in some fairly heavy fog but we found some unique animals. Whenever the conditions are poor we do offer folks the chance to cancel for a full refund or take the chance and go out anyway. This mornings group all wanted to go and I promised them a 50 percent refund if we did not find anything. Good fortune often shines on the brave and today was no exception. We found 2 Ocean sunfish (Mola Mola) one of them was at least 6 ft long! Plus some beautiful Lion's mane Jellyfish and many moon jellyfish also. There were of course many Sealions out there also along with Sea otters near the shore. We did find a Humpback whale also so everyone was happy. The 11:30 trip did not find all of the other animals but did get an hour with 2 Humpback whales.
6-22-22 The day started off very foggy and we were able to move the 8:30 trip to 1:30 pm in hopes of better conditions. The 11:00 am trip found numerous Sealions and birds in a good sized feeding Frenzy but no whales were there. We continued out and found our old friend Halftail swimming slowly across the bay. We have seen this unique whale every year for the past 10 years! Then we went back out at 1:30 and found several other humpbacks and Sealions , Jellyfish and sea otters. that was a good day.
6-21-22 Happy solstice to everyone. The winds calmed and we enjoyed 2 really wonderful trips on fairly smooth seas for a change. We saw 2 Humpback whales and 1 Minke Whale on the 8:30 trip. Then 1 Humpback on the 11 am trip. Both trips saw Jelly fish below the water and big squadrons of Pelicans gliding by above.
6-20-22 cancelled all trips due to exceptionally rough seas.
6-19-22 Happy fathers day. Today was a spectacular trip today at 8:30 am. The skies were clear and we found an abundance of wildlife. We found several big areas with hundreds of birds feeding. Mixed in with them were Sealions and Pacific Common Dolphins that froliced about the boat. We went farther out looking for whales and we found several big Lion's Mane Jellies which are quite beautiful. Then we found a minke whale for a quick sighting but we were after Humpbacks so we continued on. then we found 2 Humpback Whales and enjoyed a good half hour with them before returning to the port. . Unfortunately the wind came up again and we did not go whale watching at 11 am but did a coastal trip instead.
6-18-22 The whales were close to pismo beach today and we got a fine showing of 3 Humpbacks .
6-15-22 Today's 8:30 trip was amazing! We enjoyed beautiful sunny skies and we found 3 humpbacks that were lunge feeding close enough to shore to be out of the wind and waves that we have been struggling with for the past month. The temps were very warm and everything was ideal. Unfortunately the wind came up and ruined the chance for an 11 am trip.
6-14-22 the wind came up early again and we were unable to find any whales on the 8:30 trip. We did see some dolphins and Sea otters though which were quite nice. We had to switch the 11 am trip to a coastal and cancel the whale watching trip.
6-13-22 We cancelled the regular tours due to high winds creating big waves and hazardous conditions. A photographer friend wanted to go anyway so we did a private trip and saw 6 humpbacks and some breaching!! But we got soaking wet from big waves hitting the boat and it was a struggle to be in good position when the whales surfaced.
6-12-22 The 8:30 trip had pretty heavy fog and we offered to cancel or run a discounted tour, the folks wanted to go try and unfortunately we did not find any whales even though we did find a large area with hundreds of birds feeding in the area where we found whales yesterday. the fog makes thing tough to find whales since we can not see very far but we did have some fun with Sea lions and Otters. The 11:00 am trip was amazing as the fog had cleared a bit and we found 12 Humpbacks and hundreds if not thousands of sealions all feeding together. We were lucky and saw many lunge feeding episodes.
6-11-22 Nice trip today at 11 we saw 2 humpbacks and a Mola Mola also known as a ocean sunfish.
6-10-22 Today the ocean was very calm and beautiful. We found 1 humpback whale right away on the 8:30 trip and spent most of the trip with it. We also had a nice visit from 2 Bottlenose dolphins. On the 11 am trip we headed out to sea and found a cow and calf pair of Humpbacks that swam over to us for a fairly close look before heading on their way . Then we encountered 5 Minke whales and 2 of them were swimming at very high speeds presumably chasing fish. It was spectacular when they surfaced.
6-9-22 Finally the winds have calmed and we were able to go out and look for some whales. we found 4 humpbacks on each tour! We saw lots of lunge feeding by a cow and her calf on the 8:30 trip and then we saw them again on the 11 am trip. The 11 am trip also saw one of the whales breach but the biggest thrill for me was the sighting of a 6 to 7 ft Great White Shark swimming slowly along the surface that came close enough to the boat that we could get some decent video!
6-8-22 Too windy and rough yet again so no whale watching today but we did enjoy a beautiful coastal trip with great viewing of otters, sealions and seals. Plus all the wonderful scenery around the bay..
6-2-22 Through 6-6-22 closed for a little family time.
6-1-22 Today the winds calmed enough to go out to where we had been seeing Whales and Dolphins but we were only able to find 1 Minke Whale. We did have a nice visit with some sea otters when we returned to the port.
5-29-22 Through 5-31-22 too windy and rough to go out and look for whales.
5-28-22 Well the wind has returned and made for a difficult whale watching trip today. After yesterday's incredible trip it was super frustrating not to be able to get back to the same area due to the big seas and very cold wind. So no whales today as we could only search in the calmer part of the bay. We did go to where we do the near shore coastal explorer trips where the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. We did get to enjoy a nice 45 minutes with a dolphin traveling across the bay and also with a big raft of Sea otters. The nesting cormorants at Fossil point were also quite nice.
5-27-22 Today was one of the more amazing days of wildlife viewing that I have seen here in Avila beach. On the the 8:30 trip we quickly found a Minke whale and then the Dalls porpoise from the day before near the same area where they were the day before. Then we found a huge pod of at least 300 Risso Dolphins! They are very big dolphins that are 10 to 14 ft in length with a blunt head and a very tall dorsal fin.. Then we noticed that there were also about 100 Pacific White Sided Dolphins feeding with them. If that was not amazing enough we then notices about 10 Northern Right Whale Dolphins in the mix also, the Right Whale Dolphins are very rare and rather unique in that they do not have a dorsal fin. The Risso and the White Sided put on a terrific show chasing fish and jumping out of the water as the pursued their prey. After that we saw 2 humpbacks, a cow and calf pair the decided to swim over to us and take a very close look at the boat! As we we were heading back to the port we saw another Humpback that gave us a huge tail wave as we went by . That would have been enough to be one of the great trips of all time but then we also saw some Harbor Porpoise as we got closer to the bay. So in all, on one trip we saw 5 types of Toothed Cetacean and 2 types of Baleen Whales plus some Sealions that were also out there. We only did one trip today and it was epic.
5-26-22 Awesome day with both trips seeing 2 Humpback whales close to the boat and 2 more off in the distance. The 11 am trip also saw a Minke Whale. But the great part of the day was both trips getting to play with about 20 Dalls Porpoise.
5-25-22 no whale watching as the it was too foggy.5-24-22 Today was a mixed bag on the trips. The 8:30 trip only had a few sightings of some Minke whales which do not spend much time on the surface, It was also very cold and grey. I felt bad for everyone. The 11:30 trip started in some thick fog but my guests were super determined and and wanted to press on. Well I am very glad we did! This was a very rewarding whale watching trip as we searched for an hour with no luck and then just as I was about to give up we saw a fluke print in the water but no whales. Then we smelled whale breath and headed upwind at this time we could only see about 300 yards or so in any direction. We smelled it several times over the next 10 minutes as we slowly went upwind and then the fog suddenly cleared and there was a beautiful cow and calf pair right ahead of us! Mother nature can be so kind sometimes. We stayed with them for about 30 minutes and as we were about to leave they swam over and gave us a great treat of an interaction were they stayed within 10 ft or so of the boat for about 5 minutes! Sometimes you just need to go and see.
5-22-22 Another great day! We had a peaceful morning trip with a nice cow and calf pair, the cow had a huge tail that she showed us many times! On the 11:30 trip we spent some time with big older whale and then we found a younger whale that was pretty active tail slapping and tail lobbing. But the big show happened on our way back to the port when saw several whales breaching in different directions and ended up with one hitting a nice full breach just 150 ft from the boat! it was spectactular.
5-21-22 Today was a very fine day to be whale watching! While we saw 5 whales total we spent most of our time with one cow and calf pair. The calf breached 5 times and the rest of the time swam with mom and froliced about her.
5-20-22 It was little rough out there but well worth it as we saw at least 6 Humpback whales. We moved from one whale to the next and were with whales for 90 minutes of a 2 hour trip. The wind is finally calming down and there were birds feeding everywhere so we are looking forward to a great week end of whale watching!!!
5-19-22 The wind calmed enough today to go out at 8:30 am and we found 2 Humpbacks a cow and calf pair. We also found 1 Minke Whale. So overall a good day and with how big the feeding area looked I think this weekend is going to be epic whale watching with calm seas in the forecast,
5-15-22 through 5-18-22 We tried to run a few trips but the wind has been too strong and the seas too rough so we have mostly cancelled our whale watching tours. We have enjoyed some wonderful time with sea otters and seals plus sea lions
5-12-22 through 5-14-22 closed
5-11-22 Today was another wonderful day on the water . We enjoyed a nice visit with 2 Humpbacks as they headed across the bay.
5-10-22 the wind came down today enough for us to go out at 8:30 and we had a wonderful trip. A humpback whale swam over to us and investigated the boat for about 20 minutes.
5-7-22 Today looked a bit iffy with high winds and big seas in the forecast but the 8:30 am crew was game so we gave it a shot and did well. We found a big Humpback Whale that was feeding near some birds only 1 mile from shore. It was fairly active and gave us several big tails slaps and tail lobs. It was rough at the end and we all got wet but it was worth it for the great show. Please remember to bring waterproof jackets with you if you want to enjoy your trip and stay warm. It was way too rough to return to the whales at 11 am so we opted for a coastal trip. We found Sea Otters, Harbor seals and Sealions along with many variety of seabirds.
5-6-22 Super fun trips today, the 8:30 trip enjoyed one very active whale until the wind came up early and made everything a bit to rough out there. But we did head in and spent some time with the Sea Otters and sealions. With the rough conditions offshore preventing us from returning we hugged the shore on the 11:00 am trip and enjoyed a wonderful warm trip with many sightings of Otters plus quite a few seals and sea lions.
5-5-22 Nice day on the water with fairly calm seas. We found 1 humpback on the 8:30 trip and 2 more on the 11:00 am trip all of them were about 6 miles out.
5-4-22 No whales again today but we ran into a fog bank 3 milers out which severely limited our search area. Near shore we did find about 20 Bottlenose Dolphins and 30 or more sea otters and offshore we did find some playful sealions.
5-3-22 Bummers , After a week of shutdown due to high winds and rough seas we were excited to go find the whales. The seas were fairly smooth but even with that we could not find any whales. We did visit with many other animals near the shore.
4-27-22 through 5-2-22 closed due to high winds and rough seas
4-26-22 The ocean was a bit rough today which made it hard to search offshore. We went out with the hope that the whales that had been near shore the day before would still be around that area but they were not to be found. What we see that was wonderful were some Bottlenose dolphins and since it is spring there were a few sea otter moms with babies as well as some harbor seals with their new pups. We also saw a big raft of sealions feeding offshore and quite a few around the harbor sunning on the dock and bouys.
4-25 22 Great day for both trips! We found 2 Humpbacks feeding out in deep water on the 8:00 am tour along with Otters, Harbor seals with their babies and sealions playing on the buoys. Then on the 11:00 trip the wind came up forcing us to search the near shore area near pismo beach and found a Cow and calf pair of Humpbacks! the calf breached twice. Then we found a third whale that was swimming slowly about and around us for another 10 minutes. On our way back to the port we visited with 20 Bottlenose dolphins and a very nice raft of about 20 sea otters. it was a very fun trip!
4-24-22 We found one juvenile Humpback that was playing with some juvenile Sealions. Then the ocean turn rough and we had to leave after about 30 minutes of watching the animals frolic about. on the way back we saw some Sea Otters and some baby harbor seals sunning with their moms.
4-23-22 We had to cancel our tours due to very big seas and high winds just a few miles out.
4-22-22 We had to cancel the 8:00 am trip due to rain. We went out on the 11:00 am trip but did not find any whales. We did get to see the harbor seals with their pups sunning on the rocks and a big raft of otters.
4-21-21 We had to cancel the trips due to bad weather.
4-20-22 We are back on track with whale sightings! todays 8:30 trip enjoyed seeing a pod of Risso dolphins which are a huge 14 ft dolphin with beautiful grey and white coloring. then we found a Minke whale feeding in the same area. It is a great time of the year to see baby animals on our trips . Closer to shore we visited some harbor seals with pups and sea otters with pups. We also checked out some cormorants nesting on an offshore rock. The 11:00 trip also visited the baby animals near shore but had the added treat of spending 30 minutes with a Grey whale cow and calf as they made their way north along the shore.
4-18-22 Well it happens sometimes in April that we get cold streaks and do not find whales for a few days in a row. I am sorry for the folks that did not get to see whales today after the whale watching was so good a few days ago.
4-17-22 Sadly no whales were spotted today but we did enjoy a great time with dolphins on the early trip.
4-16-22 today we saw 2 grey whales moving north on the 8:30 trip and then 2 humpbacks the seemed to be searching for food on the 11 am trip.
4-15-22 This might be one of the best trips of the year! The 8:30 trip had an amazing encounter with 10 Humpback whales that were feeding activity with a large raft of sea lions. Then 4 of the Whales came over and stayed in very close proximity of us for about 20 minutes.. It was one of the most magical trips we have ever done.
4-14-22 Today was another amazing day of whale watching. We saw as many as 8 Humpback whales. They were feeding in a very active manner about 6 miles out. There was one calf that appears to be a 2 year old that was slapping its tail a bit and then treated us to a full breach!
4-13-22 Today we found a feeding frenzy that had Humpback Whales, White Sided dolphins, Northern Right Whale dolphins and sealions all feeding together.
4-12-22 Awesome day with the whales today as we found 4 Humpback whales feeding about 4 miles out. The conditions were a bit rowdy with 6 ft swell but it was fun until the wind started then we hightailed it out of there.
4-10-22 We did see one California Grey whale for just a moment but we could not find it after that as the seas were quite large. We did visit with some wonderful Sea Otters and Sealions.
4-8-22 Excellent day on the bay. We headed out and found 5 Humpback whales!! 3 of them were swimming fast with a raft of 20 Sealions! It was a very active groups and we saw lots of pectoral and tail slaps and a few breaches!! I hope this is a sign of good days to come.
4-7-22 We found 3 Grey whales northbound pretty early in the trip and then spent 1.5 hours with them. We saw another on the way home. The best part though was we had very warm T shirt weather.
4-6-22 Today was awesome we found 4 Humpback whales working through a school of fish and then heading offshore a bit. I hope they stick around and that this marks the beginning of the Humpback season.
4 -5-22 Well, it has to happen every now and then, today we did not find any whales. It was a bit rough out there which always makes it harder.
4-4-22 It was rough on the outer bay today so we stayed in close to shore and enjoyed Otters and Sealions for a while. Then we found some harbor porpoise heading down towards Pismo which lead us to a beautiful Mother Grey whale swimming up the coast with her new baby! At the end of our time watching them the calf (baby) breached 3 times! it was a wonderful morning adventure under sunny skies and fairly warm temps. .
4-2 22 The conditions were a bit rough and it was a bit foggy but we went out anyway and we found 3 bottlenose dolphins that we spent about 20 minutes with. Then we headed up the coast where we found 2 grey whales.
3-28-22 We were closed from the 14 th through the 24 th for a spring break trip and then had foggy conditions on the 25th and 26th which caused us to cancel our tours.. Then a storm has come in on the 27th with rain until the 28th so we have not been whale watching for a while now. We have rough seas forecast through the 1 st so we will not be going back out until the 2nd. We should still be seeing grey whales when we get back out and we have been hearing about early season humpbacks up and down the coast. Hopefully we will get some also.
3-13-22 Back on track! Today was a bit rough on the water but we found a big group of whales heading north. it seemed like there were spouts in every direction. Excellent day!
3-12-22 The day started out beautiful but then just as we found our first whale the fog came rolling in and we could not see a thing. We raced out ahead of it searching the bay for spouts but came up short and then had a very cold and wet ride back to the port. Not our best day.
3-11-12 We had to search for over an hour but then we hit the jackpot and found 7 grey whales all going north.
3-9-22 Today we found 4 Grey whales slowly swimming north.
3-8-22 today was a bit rough on the water which made it more difficult to find some whales. After over an hour and a half of searching we did find 3 Grey whales and spent about 20 minutes with them.
3-7-22 After closing for 4 windy days we ventured out. It was still pretty rough out there but we were able to find 4 Grey whales, one going south and 3 going north.
3-2-22 Today we traveled up the coast 9 miles before we found 7 whales. It was well worth the trip as they were fairly active and with the big swell we were able to see them as they swam up the waves.
2-27-22 Today we saw 10 or more whales on each trip!
2-26-22 Remarkable day! We had a grey whale stay with us for 25 minutes coming up next to the boat to look at us.
2-25-22 Another great day of whale watching with 11 Grey whales spotted! The wind did come up and that made the trip a bit rough and wet, but well worth it to see so many whales.
2-24-22 After a few days off due to rough weather we returned to find 10 Grey whales in 3 groups. We saw 2 of the groups exhibiting courtship behaviors. This is a beautiful aquatic dance where the whales roll and twist together on or near the surface, often times coming out of the water vertically while twisting together then raising their tails to dive together.
2-20-22 Another great adventure with the Grey whales! I think we saw 10 to 12 whales, it was a little bit rough out there and they were spread out a bit but we did enjoy many fine sightings. Then we also saw other spouts within a few hundred yards of us.
2-19-22 Two great whale watching trips today! The 9:30 trip we saw 4 big Grey whales heading South! Then the 12:30 trip was kind of crazy as we first found 3 whales going North then 2 more going South, then 4 going North and as we were returning to the port we found 2 more going North and one of them breached 3 times! That is 11 whales on one trip, It was a very fun experience going back and forth with each group.
2-18-22 TEN northbound Grey whales today! Once we start seeing this northbound migration it quickly becomes one of the more exciting times to see whales along our coastline. We expect to see multiple groups of whales on each trip for the next 4 to 5 weeks .
2-17-22 Today was very interesting, first we encountered 3 grey whales going north. These are the first northbounders we have seen this year and about 2 weeks before we usually see the first ones going that way. Then we found 3 southbounders a bit farther out and after leaving them we encountered one swimming north by itself.
2-13-22 Interesting day on the water, we started onder clear blue skies and calm seas. Then a very beautiful but thick fog bank came rolling in out of the west and just as it was enveloping us we found a nice Grey whale heading south. With the visibility going down to 30 ft we were unable to see the whale again so we went back to the port which was warm and sunny and enjoyed some time with our resident sea otters.
2-12-22 Today was amazing, 75 degrees on the water and 3 big beautiful Grey whales swam south with us under bright blue skies!
2-11-22 Beautiful conditions today with warm temps and clear blue skies. We found 1 Grey whale heading south. It appears that the south bound migration is slowing down which is typical for this time of the year.
2-8 through 2-10 closed.
2-7-22 Nice clear warm day on the water but no whales to be found.
2-6-22 Super nice conditions to go looking for whales but luck was not on our side today and we did not find any.
2-4-22 Beautiful sunny day with calm seas and 3 Grey Whales!
2-1-22 through 2-3-22 closed
1-31-22 Today we found 3 grey whale fairly quickly but then We had to return early due to 2 guests getting very ill. Please take sea sickness medicine before the trip if you have not been out to sea on a boat before.
1-30-22 Beautiful sea conditions and 5 big Grey whales today. Great day!
1-29-22 Today we found 1 grey whale close to shore and then ventured out and after an hour of searching we found 3 very active grey whales.
1-28-22 Today was beautiful and warm out on the water! We had very calm sea conditions and we found 4 Grey Whales that we spent an hour and a half with as they slowly crossed the bay. There were many flukes to be seen.
1-26-22 Amazing day on the water! We saw several sea otters and Sea lions in the bay then as we made our way to the outer bay we found 1 Grey whale , 4 Dalls porpoise, 150 to 200 hundred Risso dolphins and 10 to 15 White sided dolphins!! it was as if we were with animals for the entire trip .
1-24-22 It was very rough and windy but my guests still wanted to try to find some whales but we could not really stay out where they have been since the waves were just to big. We did come back into the bay and enjoyed a near shore cruise to see Otters and sea lions and chat a bit about the history of the port.
1-23-22 today we had the good fortune of finding 900 to 1000 Pacific Common Dolphin! It was an incredible sight as they froliced about the boat playing there dolphin games with the boat. We also did find one Grey whale slowly making its way south.
1-22-22 Five Grey whales heading south.
1-19-21 Bummer it got windy and a bit rough today. The brave crew wanted to go try anyway but we could not find any whales in all the chop.
1-18-21 Wow another beautiful day out on the bay with 3 Grey whales
1-16-22 After a few days off we are back and the whales are fantastic. We spent some quality time with 4 Grey whales on each trip as they slowly headed south.
1-15-22 Had to cancel today due to a Tsunami ! never thought I would be writing that.
1-11-22 Today was another beautiful day on the water with warm temperatures and fairly calm seas. We spent about 30 minutes traveling south with 2 Grey whales
1-10-22 today was spectactular on the water with very calm seas and warm temps. We found 3 Grey whales heading south and were with them for about an hour and a half. We enjoyed many beautiful sightings.
1-6-22 Super fun trip today! We found 4 Grey whales heading south and we enjoyed a beautiful 30 minutes with them.
1-5-21 Today we had 3 Grey whales to visit with. First 1 whale and then another pair that were quite large. All under beautiful cloudy skies and on a calm sea.
1-3-22 We are back and running trips!! Today we found 2 nice big Grey whales heading south. It was a beautiful sunny day and we also saw Sealions and Sea Otters along with hundreds of Murres and Cormorants feeding.
12-10-21 through 1-2-22 closed for a vacation
12-8-21 We found another pair off south bound Grey Whales today after we visited the Sealion colony on Lion Rock. The slowly lead us across the bay as we enjoyed seeing the beautiful scenery of the Central Coast in between their surfacing and showing their flukes when diving.
12 5-21 No offshore trips today but both Harbor tours saw Otters, Sealions and harbor seals..
12-2-21 very pleasant harbor trips today with 20 or more Sea Otters, dozens of sealions and and a few Harbor seals.
11-22-21 through 11-30 closed for Thanksgiving.
11-20-21 We found the 5 Humpbacks again still feeding near the beach. Hundreds of sealions have joined them.
11-19-21 We found 5 Humpback lunge feeding down by Oceano, super exciting late season activity. 11-17-21 Today we found 1 Humpback slowly swimming across the bay heading south and saw several others blowing in the distance. We mostly went to see the other animals along the coast on this private tour.
11-16-21 Todays trip was excellent with the highlight of encountering several hundred Common Dolphins racing across the bay.
11-15-22 today we found 2 Humpbacks slowly swimming south and several Common Dolphinns and about 30 Risso Dolphins.
11-13-21 Fall is in the air which is crystal clear making for some great views while boating. Today we found 30 Common Dolphins along with 2 Ocean Sunfish. There were hundreds of Sealions on Lion Rock and Sea Otters in the bay.
11-10-21 A bit cooler today but still calm seas which made for great boating. We went up to pt Bushon past Diablo Canyon for spectactular views of the coast, along the way back we found 1 Humpback Whale and several hundred Sealions feeding.
11-8-21 Today was another super beautiful day, we found 2 Humpbacks and 30 to 40 Pacific White sided dolphins and then visited the Sealion colony on Lion rock where several hundred Sealions were climbing about.
11-7-21 Today we enjoyed great weather and found 100 plus Common Dolphins, dozens of Sea Otters an Ocean sunfish and 500 plus Sealions cavorting about on Lion rock. The views of the coast were amazing with super clear air.
11-6-21 No whales on the 9 am trip but we did find 5 ocean sunfish, some sea otters and sea lions. Then on the 11:30 we found one very big Humpback whale and hundreds of sealions feeding, we are hopeful more whales will join this large feeding frenzy tomorrow.
11-2 through 11-5 closed
11-1-21 Great day on the water with dramatic skies and 5 Humpback whales on each trip. We are so glad to have some new whales in the bay. It seems like the whales that have been here all summer have left as we have not seen any of our familiar whales in 10 days now. It is typical for us to get a late season surge of feeding here as the whales coming down from the north find plenty of fish here to eat. we will see very soon if this plays out!
10-31-21 Today we found a big school of Tuna that were feeding and jumping out of the water and we experienced a very magical wall of fog that enveloped us as we played spooky music and then we found a Minke whale. On the 11:30 trip we found lots of Sealions offshore and some Harbor porpoise while we traversed the bay under some beautiful clouds. Unfortunately again there were no whales.
10-30-21 All trips cancelled due to heavy fog.
10-29-21 Unfortunately we did not find any whales today ,We did see a few Harbor porpoise, Sealions and Sea otters.
10-28-21 Our first day back after 7 day break to go to wedding back east. Not the best day for whales but we did enjoy a beautiful boat ride under clear skies. We did find some fun marine life with several hundred Common Dolphins on the 9 am trip and 30 to 40 Risso Dolphins on the 11:30 trip. this is common after a big storm for a few days so we are hopeful for tomorrow.
10-20-21 Today the skies above us were spectacularly beautiful with wispy white clouds and bright blue inbetween. The Humpback whales we found found today were also equally beautiful, 10 to 12 of them in a tight pod moving fast chasing a school of fish and surfacing quickly with bold moves and arcs before they would lift their tails high and dive deep. It was two of the more intensely beautiful whale watching trips of the year.
10-19-21 Very nice day with clear skies and very blue clear waters. The whales moved a bit from yesterday and so we ended up traveling a bit on the first trip but did end up with 3 humpbacks that were slowly swimming across the bay. Then on the 11:30 we enjoyed a very warm trip with a total of 6 Humpback in 2 separate groups that were again slowly swimming across the bay.
10-18-21 Amazing morning trip with 4 Humpback whales feeding.The afternoon trip was also spectactular with 4 humpbacks feeding amongst 50 or more sealions.
10-16 and 17 closed
10-14-21 Beautiful sunny skies and 4 to 5 humpback whales on each trip.
10-11 and 12-21 closed due to abnormally rough seas.
10-10-21 Great day of whale watching, some breaching and some lunge feeding by 4 to 6 humpbacks on each trip and a Minke Whale on the 9 am trip
10-9-21 Today was spectactular! Clear skies and unlimited visibility, We found 4 Humpbacks on the 9 am tour and 6 on the 11:30 trip. Both trips also saw quite a few Harbor Porpoise.
10-8-21 The wind has returned and caused us to cancel the tours today.
10-7-21 Amazing whale watching today with 2 humpback whales
10-6-21 Nice day of whale watching with 2 to 5 whales on on each trip and hundreds of sealions feeding along with the whales. we also saw a Minke whales on the 9 am trip.
10-4-21 "Whoa Nellie" the dolphins showed up today in huge numbers . Several hundred froliced about the boat for over 30 minutes and as they lead us to some Humpback whales the whales greeted us with some beautiful breaches.
10-2-21 The morning trip was very foggy and we offered to refund everyone and cancel the trip but the folks wanted to go and we were well rewarded with a lunge feeding Humpback whale along with sealions and diving pelicans. The 11;30 trip had clearing skies and we found 6 Humpback 4 of which played around us for about 20 minutes.
10-1-21 Today was a nice day of whale watching with a special 3 hour private trip seeing 12 Risso dolphins and 3 Humpbacks, 2 of which were lunge feeding along with hundreds of cormorants, pelicans and Murres. .
9-28-21 The wind was too strong today and we had to cancel the trips
9-27-21 Excellent whale watching today!! both trips saw 7 to 10 Humpbacks with some lunge feeding and a breach on each trip!
9-26-21 Each trip encountered 2 to 3 Humpbacks with each trip seeing at least 1 big breach!
9-23-21 The Fog lifted and we went out to find the whales. While they were a bit spread out we did find 3 Humpbacks on our 9 am trip and 4 on the 11:30 trip.
9-21-21 Too much fog to find any whales! Bummer.
9-20-21 Nice sunny day to be on the water. On the 9 am tour we found several different groups of Humpback whales , 2 cow and calf pairs swimming slowly about the bay and then a group of 4 that were feeding vigorously with several hundred sealions. On the 11:30 trip we found several pairs also that were mostly swimming slowly about the bay.
9-19-21 The whale activity is on the upswing once again! Both of today's trips saw a dozen or more Humpback whales feeding vigorously with 50 sealions. Both saw some breaching!
9-18-21 Today's morning trip saw 5 Humpbacks and the 11:30 saw 3 and they were mostly just moving about. everyday is different and every sighting is a gift.
9-17-21 Today was a little slow for us but we can only go see what mother nature provides. The 9 am tour saw 2 Humpback whales and the 11:30 trip saw 4 Humpbacks, about 20 Pacific Common dolphins and a few hundred sealions.
9-16-21 Good Day on the water with both tours seeing 5 to 7 Humpbacks and the 9 am tour enjoyed about 8 nice breaches.
9-15-21 Day off
9-14-21 today we were with 10 to 15 Humpback whales that were feeding with 50 plus sealions and a few risso dolphins. The whales were super active and on the surface regularly.
9-13-21 Too many humpbacks to count , we could see more whales in every direction we looked. September is always a great month for whale watching and this one is no exception.
9-12-21 Another fantastic day of whale watching . All 3 trips saw 10 to 29 humpbacks feeding out in deep water
9-11-21 Excellent whale watching all day! We were with 10 to 15 Humpbacks on each tour.
9-10-21 Today was one of the best days ever for Humpbacks engaging the boat. On the 11:30 trip we had 3 Humpbacks spy hopping and tail slapping! it was amazing and happened for 15 minutes each time!
9-9-21 Fog ruined our 8 am trip but the 10:30 trip saw 10 to 12 whales and moved about with them for a good long time.
9-7-21 today we saw 10 Humpbacks lunge feeding near the shore on each trip
9-5-21 More Great Lunge feeding today! 10 to 15 Humpbacks plus all the other fun animals to see, Harbor Porpoise, Sealions , Sea Otters, Harbor Seals and thousands of sea birds . Gulls, Yeagers, Terns, Pelicans, Cormorants, Murres, Grebes, Shear waters and Phalaropes!
.9-4-21 Today was filled with magnificent lunge feeding by 10 to 15 Humpback whales ! We also saw Harbor Porpoise, Sealions , Sea Otters, Harbor Seals and thousands of sea birds . Gulls, Yeagers, Terns, Pelicans, Cormorants, Murres, Grebes and Phalaropes! what a great day to be on the water!
9-3-21 Absolutely beautiful day with clear blue skies and at least 8 Humpbacks on each trip!!!
9-2-21 Today we enjoyed another wonderful day of watching whales feeding! both trips saw 10 or more Humpback whales along with sealions and harbor porpoise. Both trips also had a whale swim very close to the boat to say hello.
8-31-21 We are still seeing the same 10 to 12 whales feeding in the same area as yesterday along with Harbor porpoise and sealions.. Plus thousands of sea birds : Cormorants, Gulls , Yeagers, Pelicans, Terns and Murres. It is quite a show.
8-30-21 Another wonderful day of whale watching with 10 to 15 whales all lunge feeding in spectacular fashion on both trips! Hundreds of harbor porpoise and sea lion also.
8-29-21 What a difference a day makes. Great day today with 10 to 12 whales lunge feeding on both trips plus hundreds of sea lions and Harbor porpoise in the mix. It was a very exciting day!
8-28-21 the 8 am trip was wonderful with a nice sighting of a cow and calf that swam peacefully past us and then we ventured out and found "Barney" a whale we see regularly and who did not disappoint with 2 big full breaches and several close passes to have a look at us.. The 10:30 trip was not so lucky and we did not find any whales.
.8-27-21 We started off in some dense fog but there are so many Humpback whales in the area it did not take long to find a pair with one being a very large whale whos tail / fluke was wider than our boat. Then we moved on to a feeding frenzy of more whales and sea lions . On the 10:30 trip we got very lucky and traveled over a mile with a juvenile Humpback the breached over 30 times! Then we ended up at a feeding frenzy with 3 more whales and hundreds of sea lions.
8-26-21 Today was another excellent day of whales watching with the 8 am trip seeing 8 to 10 whales in different groups of 2 s and 3 s, there was some breaching and some lunge feeding. On the 10:30 trip we found 7 whales very close to shore that were lunge feeding in a very frantic and wild pace. Super exciting!
8-25-21 Whoa Nellie today was spectactular, we saw 8 to 10 Humpback whales on each trip! Both trips saw lunge feeding and several spectactular breaches! the air was clear and the sky was blue which made it even more beautiful.
8-24-21 Another good day of whale watching as we found 5 to 6 whales on each trip. We enjoyed about 30 minutes of vigorous lunge feeding on the8 am trip and 2 to 4 whales feeding with several hundred sealions on the 10:30 trip.
8-23-21 Good trips today with the 8 am trip seeing 3 Humpbacks moving about the bay and one nice breach. The 10:30 trip saw a bit more with 6 Humpbacks and a nice breach also. the sea is flat and the skies cleared to blue.
8-22-21 first day back after a little break and we found several whales on each trip. we enjoyed a bit of lunge feeding on each trip also.
8-17-21 We found some humpbacks lunge feeding near Pismo beach. One was a juvenile and the others were a cow and calf pair.
8-16-21 Unfortunately we had to cancel the 8 am tour due to heavy fog but it cleared in time for the 10:30 trip which had a great Adventure! We found a Pod of 15 to 20 Dalls Porpoise which we only see a few times a year. They are super fast and very exciting to watch as they feed. Then after a bit of searching we found 4 Humpbacks feeding amongst 1000 or more Pacific Common Dolphins. It was an epic adventure.
8-15-21 The 8 am trip enjoyed 3 Humpback whales lunge feeding near pismo beach and the 10:30 trip saw one but it was super active and lunge feeding at a very active pace.
8-14-21 Today we made a long trek of well over an hour but we were well rewarded with one humpback whale that was so happy to see us that it breached continuously for over 30 minutes. We were also entertained by a few hundred dolphins that froliced about with the boat!
8-13-21 Today was a bit tough but we did find one Humpback whale on each trip and they were farther offshore than usual. I am hoping this turns around soon.
8-12-21 the Humpbacks have moved farther offshore today. We did find 2 whales on the 8 am trip and a nice group of 6 lunge feeding on the 10:30 trip. Then we added a special private whale watch at 1 pm and found the same 6 feeding several miles farther out than on the 10:30 trip.
8-10-21 Nice trip today with several groups of Humpback whales feeding in the same area as yesterday. very active and some good lunge feeding.
8_9-21 More of the same great whale watching today. The 8 am trip enjoyed a go sized feeding frenzy of 8 to 10 Humpback whales and 10 to 12 Breaches close to the boat. The 10:30 trip saw a variety of feeding behaviors by 10 to 15 Humpback whales moving about in 3 separate groups.
8-8-21 Another great day of whale watching with both trips seeing at least 20 Humpbacks feeding and a few breaches at a distance for the 1 pm trip ( the 8 am trip was moved to 1 pm due to dense fog at 8 am) and several big breaches close to the boat to top off the 10:30 trip
8-7-21 Soo many whales today! The huge feeding frenzy of the past 2 days has grown and has 20 to 30 Humpback whales spread out over about 1 square mile, lunge feeding, tail slapping and breaching are visible in multiple directions. One word, Awesome
8-6-21 We had a lot of fog in the morning and recommended that we cancel but some of the passengers really wanted to try anyway and things worked out very well. With very limited visibility we ventured out and found 10 plus Humpback whales in a big feeding frenzy with hundreds of sea lions and porpoise, The 10:30 trip had some clearing skies and better visibility. Turns out the feeding frenzy is huge and there are over 25 whales feeding there with thousands of birds and sealions galore. Hundreds of Harbor Porpoise froliced about the boat as we watched the whales. Great day to return from our vacation
8-3-21 through 8-5-21 we are closed for a little family vacation.
8-1-21 Today was spectacular with 6 to 10 Humpbacks feeding vigorously on both trips. The 8 am trips also got to see a few breaches!
7-31-21 Unreal trips with over a thousand dolphins plus whales and sealions on the 8 am trip. The 10:30 trip saw some intense lunge feeding and a big Mola Mola.
7-29-21 Another good day of whales watching here on the central coast. We watched 3 Humpback feeding with 50 plus sea lions on the 8 am trip and then we found 4 whales lunge feeding together on the 10:30 trip.
7-27-21 Great day today on the 8 am trip we found 2 cow and calf pairs ( 4 Humpback whales ) spy hopping and rolling within 100 feet of the boat. If that was not enough then one pair started breaching and ended up jumping 4 or 5 times! The 10:30 trip had a nice visit with 2 whales a few miles farther out.
7-26-21 Well it had to happen eventually.At 8 am we went out in pretty foggy conditions to find the whales had moved and we could not find a one. We did see an enormous ocean sunfish and some harbor porpoise and sealions though. On the 10:30 we did find 4 Humpback whales but they were very far away (10 miles) and while we were there it started to rain so we had a bit of a wet ride back to the port.
7-25-21 Amazing day for whale watching as we saw 6 to 7 whales lunge feeding on each tour. The 10:30 trip had the added bonus of getting some breaching also.
7-24-21 unreal day with massive lunge feeding through a huge bait ball of anchovies. 20 to 30 humpbacks were in view the entire time we were with the leading group.
7-23-21 Today was amazing in a different way with a huge feeding frenzy of 15 to 20 Humpback Whales, 10 Pacific Common Dolphins, 100 plus Harbor Porpoise and 500 plus Sealions all feeding together. It was nonstop action for the entirety of each trip.
7-22-21 It just keeps getting better out there! the 8 am tour found 5 Humpback whales 2 of which were breaching together for about 20 minutes and then one of them just kept on jumping and pectoral fin slapping as it headed out to sea. We saw over 50 beaches on this tour! The 10:30 trip found 7 or 8 humpback lunge feeding which was very spectactular.
7-20-21 Amazing whale watching today with 10 plus Humpbacks in an exciting feeding frenzy on both trips. There were a few breaches and some amazing lunge feeding with 4 to 5 whales hitting the surface at a time
7-19-20 Too foggy to go out at 8 am , bummer but the 10:30 went out and found 6 whales and saw 2 huge breaches!!
7-18-21 Wonderful trips today with both trips seeing a couple of breaches and some lunge feeding.
7-17-21 another perfect day with 3 to 4 humpbacks on each tour under beautiful blue skys.
7-16-21 Today was fantastic whale watching on both trips. We found 8 to 10 humpbacks all lunge feeding together in a big feeding frenzy. We also could see 10 plus more whales nearby and we had Harbor porpoise and hundreds of sea lions in the mix. It was non stop action in one of the most action packed feedings I have seen this year.
7-14 and 7-15 off
7-13-21 Nice day of whale watching with both trips seeing 4 to 6 Humpbacks
7-12-21 BEST DAY OF THE SEASON! The 8 am trip found several Humpback but we really lucked out with a cow and calf breaching and then at least one other calf breaching also. In total we saw at least 20 breaches. I do not know how the whales could possibly know this but today was Fred's birthday and once again the whales treated us to Birthday Breaches! Thank you Fred for sharing your great birthday whale influence with us! Then the 11:30 trip found 7 to 9 whales lunge feeding with two juveniles that pretty much just kept breaching for 30 minutes!
It was an amazing day of whales jumping high into the sky.
7-11-21 It was a bit overcast today but the gloomy skies did not deter the whales from being active! We found a cow and calf pair swimming across the bay and after about 20 minutes of observation of typical behaviors they suddenly became very active. First the calf breached in a huge jump then the cow joined in. Then both were jumping! It was spectactular to see them clear the water and get in full rotations! Humpback gymnastics team training?
7-10-21 Beautiful day for whale watching with clear skies and smooth water. We found 2 Humpbacks lunge feeding along with 30 plus sealions. They were hitting the surface at high speed and getting close to half of their bodies out of the water!
7-9-21 Today was spectactular weather wise and abundant with Humpback whales and 1 Minke whale. All 3 trips today saw lunge feeding and numerous tails as we watched 5 to 6 whales feeding vigorously. ( the 1 hour coastal explorer trip opted for whale watching as the whales are just 2 miles out which is 5 minutes for us in our fast catamaran power boat.)
7-8-21 Very nice whale watching today. The 8 am trip found 2 Humpback whales very close to shore and after about 10 minutes we lost them and so went exploring for more and found about 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins which are very big dolphins . On our return route to the port we found 3 more Humpback whales and a dozen Harbor porpoise. The 10:30 trip had a really nice show from 5 Humpback whales that were feeding just 3 miles out and we engaged with them for well over an hour!
7-6-21 Spectacular day for whale watching as, the ocean came alive today with increasing NW winds building the waves up which made for some very exciting
7-5-21 Another great day for whales watching as we found several groups of humpbacks feeding on both tours. We saw breaches and lunge feeding on both tours also. The sun came out early and skies were beautiful. The air was crystal clear and we could more whales spouting a few miles out from where we were with 10 to 12 that were feeding.
7-4-21 Happy 4 th of July! The whales put on a great fireworks like show today with 12 to 14 whales lunge feeding in a small area. It was one explosion after another as the whales surged up through the anchovies as sea lions bolted out of the way! It was spectactular.
7-3-21 We are currently enjoying some amazing whale watching! Today the whales were very active on both of our trips and close enough to shore that we spent an hour and a half of each 2 hour tour watching them feed. We saw lunge feeding and a few breaches even one double breach ( two whales jumping at the same time ) . We were with 8 to 12 whale at a time and it was all very exciting.
7-2-21 Today the whales moved much farther offshore to about 7 miles. The sighting were fantastic with 2 whales breaching plus 8 lunge feeding on the 8:00 am trip and 10 to 12 whales lunge feeding on the 10:30 trip.
7-1-21 Great whale watching on all of our trips today! Intense lunge feeding on the 8 am trip with 10 to 15 Humpbacks in view. The 10:30 enjoyed the same Looking in all direction we are seeing 20 to 30 whales within 1 mile of us at any given moment..
6-29-21 One of the best days so far this year. There is a huge amount of anchovies in giant schools that the whales are feeding on just a few miles offshore! Today we saw as many as 10 whale lunge feeding together, breaking the surface at high speed with their mouths open as fish flee in every direction. We are seeing whales every direction we look, might be as many as 40 feeding within one mile of us. Great day to be whale watching.
6-28-21 Another amazing day of whale watching! both trips saw as many as 8 to 10 Humpbacks Lunge feeding simultaneously, this is just incredible to see as it is so powerful to have 8 animals that weight 60,000 pound each crashing up through the massive schools of anchovies. The whales are trumpeting and splashing as the slap their fins and turn down to go get some more fish. Today was as good as whale watching can be. The schools of fish that these whales are feeding on are huge and we should have none stap action for at least the next 7 days!!! We saw at least 20 different individual whales on each trip.
6-27-21 Todays trip was fantastic as we found the huge schools of anchovies appear to have gotten even bigger. Each trip saw at least 20 different whales and many lunge feeding displays with 6 to 8 whales lunging up through the fish simultaneously. The 8 am trip lucked out a bit and also saw 500 plus pacific common dolphins.
.6-25-21 EPIC DAY! Great whale watching on both trips today. We saw 10 to 15 whales lunge feeding with hundreds of sea lions on both trips and some White Sided Dolphins on the 10:30 trip. We got soaking wet on an incredible trip back from 8 miles out when the wind came up at 11:30. Epic day all the way around.
6-24-21 With a warming ocean current pushing up from the south the bay has exploded with life! the 8 am trip found 4 humpbacks lunge feeding and we saw several others moving about the bay. On the 10:30 trip thing picked up as we watched 6 whales lunge feeding and then at least 15 more in the nearby area. Dalls porpoise which we rarely see showed up also which was a treat and of course there were hundreds of sea lions on each trip. All of this under a beautiful cloud layer with ultra clear air under that allowing us unlimited visibility over the water!
6-22-21 today was magical with three whales on the 8 am tour that were fairly tranquil as was the beautiful still morning with the sea as calm as we ever see it. The 10:30 trip was more active with 2 whales lunge feeding very aggressively in some huge eruptions as they burst up through the anchovies.
6-21-21 Today was another wonderful day of whale watching. The 8 am trip enjoyed 2 humpbacks feeding with about 50 sea lions. we saw some lunge feeding and a partial breach along with dozens of surfacing and big tails when they dove. The 10:30 trip was about the sames but with a couple of breaches added in to make things exciting.. Then we turned the 1:00 pm coastal trip into a whale watch and found 4 humpbacks feeding voraciously with about 100 sea lions.
6-20-21 Best fathers day ever for a dad at work getting to enjoy some fantastic whale watching. First the 8:00 am trip found 8 whales feeding and witnessed 4 breaches!! Then the 10:30 trip spent time with 2 lunge feeding whales before moving to find a beautiful cow and calf pair. After we traveled with those for a bit we moved again to find 4 whales vigorously feeding with 50 or more sea lions.
6-19-21 Todays 8:00 am trip did some traveling for well over an hour before scoring a great sighting with 3 Humpbacks one of which performed several breaches close to the boat! The 10:30 trip did well also sighting 8 Humpback whales feeding in a frenzy of sea lions and birds. then they got a bit more frisky and we saw 4 nice breaches. Great Day.
6-18-21 Bummer day with lots of fog and no whales sighted.
.6-17-21 Dolphin Day. Today we spent an hour with around 100 Pacific White Sided Dolphins as they played and danced around the boat. It seems like each day we are seeing more and more of a variety of animals on our trips! I can not wait to go out tomorrow.
6-15 and 16 closed.
6-14-21 Beautiful tour today at 8 am. Stared off a bit foggy but then cleared and we found 2 Humpbacks feeding along with about 25 sea lions. We also spotted another whale about 500 yards away.. The sea conditions were glorious! Unfortunately the wind came howling in at 10:30 and we were not able to return to the whales so we went for a nice wildlife tour instead.
6-13-21 EPIC DAY OF WHALE WATCHING, we found 5 to 6 hundred Common Dolphins on each trip and 4 Humpback on the 8:00 am trip and 1 on the 10:30 trip. The skies were overcast but then cleared to a perfect deep clear blue and the dolphins played around the boat the entire time. We also found 8 Risso Dolphins on the 10:30 trip.
6-12-21 We found 3 humpback just as the wind started to blow and as we returned towards shore we found 1 humpback that was lunge feeding
6-11-21 Too rough again today
6-10-21 Very windy making for rough sea conditions, no bueno for finding whales
6-9-21 Today's gorgeous morning skies and light wind made for one of the most beautiful trips we have done in awhile. First we saw a very nice cow and calf pair with another whale blowing nearby. Then the wind picked up and so did the seas which made for a fun ride back to the Port. Unfortunately for the 10:30 trip the sea was too rough to go back to the whales but the folks opped for a 1 hour coastal trip which was equally wonderful but just without whales. On that trip we saw dozens of Otters along with Sea lions and harbor seals. We also found some cormorants nesting on the cliffs and the offshore rocks.
6-8-21 Beautiful clear sunny skies today! It was a good day with 1 Humpback whale on each trip and just outstanding visibility.
6-7-21 The seas were a bit big today making for a very fun ride out and back to the whales. We found 2 Humpbacks and one put on quite a show lunge feeding all around us and showing us its pectoral fins on many occasions.
6-3-21 A bit foggy today but we found a whale on each trip.
6-2-21 Both trips enjoyed excellent whale watching today! The 8 am tour enjoyed first one then two Humpbacks along with some Harbor Porpoise. The 10:30 trip did some traveling to find whales but then spent 30 minutes with 3 Humpbacks and saw some lunge feeding!
6-1-21 Awesome trip this morning with 5 Humpback whale feeding in a good sized frenzy of sealions and sea birds. one of the whales breached ( jumped out of the water) twice ! The ocean was smooth and flat with no wind to make this trip even better.
5-31-21 Today the wind calmed down and we were able to go out and really see! We found 1 minke and 3 humpbacks at 10:30 and the same 3 Humpbacks at 1 pm. They were very active, feeding on the surface even lunge feeding at times. There was also lots of trumpeting as they competed with the sealions for the fish.
5-30-21 The wind backed down a bit and allowed us to go out today but we did not have much luck, the seas were still fairly big and cumbersome to navigate through.
5-25-21 through 5-29-21 The dreaded spring winds have forced us to cancel most of trips
5-24-21 Whoa Nellie did it get windy and rough on our 9 am trip! It was worth it because we saw a dozen or more breaches by our very playful juvenile Humpback that we have been enjoying for the past 3 weeks. The ride back was wet and wild with everyone whooping it up as we plowed through the big waves. We did cancel the 11:30 though as the sea conditions were getting worse.
5-23-21 After several days of very rough sea conditions we were finally able to venture out to the whales today. We found 3 Humpbacks feeding
5-18-21 With the wind rising and the swell getting big we had no luck on the 9:00 tour and had to cancel the 11:30 trip
5-17-21 Excellent whale watching on both tours today. We had 4 to 7 whales in sight on both trips and spent some quality time with 2 to 3 swimming close by several times.
5-16-21 Today was just plain fun. The 9 am tour saw 6 to 7 whales moving and feeding about the bay. the 11;30 tour was a special birthday celebration group and the whales seemed to know some how. We were with a juvenile Humpback for quite a while when it suddenly started breaching near the boat! for 20 minutes it was jumping and frolicing about
5-14-21 Wonderful trip today with an hour and a half of time with up to 5 Humpbacks at a time. We saw 2 breaches and dozens of of flukes (tails)
5-13-21 Todays 11:30 trip was one of those great ones that we will be talking about for awhile. With a birthday being celebrated on board the whales did not disappoint as we had a engaging encounter with a juvenile Humpback. This wonderful whale starting a series of breaches and half breaches that lasted for 30 minutes! Much of this trip we were with 3 whales and at one point we were with 5. The 9 am trip was nice also with 2 Humpback whales swimming with us for about 30 minutes.
5-11-21 Today was a bit overcast and looking a bit cold and drippy when we started but we soon found 3 Humpback whales and enjoyed an magical tour at 9 am. Then on the 11:30 trip we spent 30 minutes with one whale until we found 4 more on our way home so we spent 20 minutes more time with them. Overall this was a very fun day to be out with the whales
5-10-21 Awesome 9 am trip with 2 humpbacks swimming under and around the boat for 15 minutes of the 30 minutes we spent observing them. I think they were observing us just as much as we were them. The 11:30 trip enjoyed a nice 30 minute encounter with a beautiful juvenile whale that was feeding on it own. We looked and looked but mom never did show up.
5-9-21 Three to 4 humpbacks on each trip! Happy mothers day to all.
5-8-21 Today we had some big waves and the wind came up early which forced us to cancel the 11:30 trip. The 9 am trip did have a good tour with 5 humpback whales and some nice Tail displays under very clear skies.
5-7-21 The whales were very close to the harbor today as we found 3 whales within 1/2 mile of the port on the 9:00 am trip! This was lucky for us as the wind was strong and the waves were big. We had to cancel the 11:30 due to the rough sea conditions.
5-6-21 Nice morning trip today with 4 Humpbacks, 2 of which did some big breaches for us!
5-5-21 Three humpback whales joined us on the 9 am tour and showed us some big beautiful flukes (tail). The 11:30 trip started off with a grey whale sighting and then we found the same 3 whales as the first trip. Very nice whale watching day for us.
5-4-21 More epic whale watching with a big feeding frenzy happening 7 miles out. We enjoyed 4 Humpback whales on the 9 am tour and things escalated to 7 to 8 whales on the 11:30 trip.
5-2-21 EPIC TRIP at 9:00 am. We went out with large swell and a windy forecast but the big winds held just long enough for us to get in some great whale watching. We found 10 to 12 whales feeding with hundreds of sealions and thousands of birds. It was very exciting to see the whales held up before us in the big waves!
4-29-21 Super day of whale watching. We found 10 to 12 Humpbacks on each trip that were involved in a big feeding frenzy with 100's of sea lions and 50 plus Harbor porpoise. Hundreds of sea birds were also there adding to all of the excitement! We enjoyed many close encounters and a few breaches and tail lobs.
4-27-21 Today was very peaceful and calm on the bay as we found 3 Humpbacks moving slowly about the bay.
4-26-21 We found 4 Humpback on Each trip that were feeding fairly close to the harbor. Lote of big tails (flukes) coming high out of the water as the whales dove to get under the anchovies. We also saw 1 good breach!
4-25-21 Today was a bit cold with overcast skies and the threat of rain hanging over us all day but it was worth it. Both trips spent a good long time with a cow and calf pair of Humpback whales. On the 9 am trip we watched the calf play with sealions and perform several pectoral slaps. On the 11:30 trip this same calf did a spectacular full breach only 150 ft from the boat
4-24-21 Both trips saw 4 to 6 whales all moving about the bay feeding on anchovies and showing us their tails in a grand display as they were diving deep to go after the fish
4-23-21 We are back on the water ( wearing a knee brace) and what a great day it was! We saw 8 to 10 whales on each trip and the 2 we spent the most time with were huge Whales. They are slowly circling the bay eating anchovies and while we were with these two behemoths we saw other whales all around us. If you have been waiting for the humpback to return now is a go time to go whale watching.
4-14-21 Fantastic Trip Today! 3 Humpback whales showed up and put on a show for us. First a wonderful double breach with 2 whales jumping one after the other and then the third whale did a fairly long breach run of 7 or 8 breaches followed by some pectoral slapping. I hope this is the beginning of the Humpback season!
4-13-21 After a long shut down due to first taking some time off and then bad weather with high winds and rough seas we finally made it back out onto the water today. On the 9 am trip ; after an hour of searching we came across 2 cow calf pairs heading north and staying very close to the kelp beds. It is a beautiful sight to see these amazing moms so dedicated to their calfs as they move them towards the arctic. the 11:30 was not so lucky even though we had better sea conditions. We only found one pair and they also were very close to the kelp beds and somehow we lost them after only one brief sighting. We should start to see more and more of these cow and calf pairs over the next 4 weeks.
4-2-21 Magical day for us with 4 Grey whales stopping to feed just outside of the inner harbor. While the majority of the Grey whales will not eat for 5 to 6 months while on this amazing migration some of the non breeding population ( to young or to old) will stop and search the bottom for crustaceans and worms. This is what we saw yesterday on both trips which allowed us to spend 90 plus minutes with the whales in close proximity to the boat.
4-1-21 Wow another beautiful day here on the central coast! After 40 minutes of searching we found several Grey whales near Pt Bushon and then on or way back home we found a Humpback whale (our first of the year) and then 4 more grey whales!! On the 11:30 trip our good fortune continued as we found 4 Grey whales after just 5 minutes of looking and then we went looking for the Humpback and found it a few miles up the coast! Overall a great day with warm temps and clear skies plus lots of whales.