Hello whale lovers and wildlife enthusiasts from around the world. We all know that watching these magnificent leviathans in the wild is an amazing experience but being wild animals sometimes they can be hard to find. So "how often do we see whales on our tours" is a very common question. For the past 9 years here are the percentages month by month of tours that saw at least one whale while on our tours. January 50% February 60% March 95% April 75% May 90% June 75% July 90% August 95% September 99%!! October 95% November 1-15 85% November 15 th through the end of December 18%.
Most trips will see whales but every now and then we do not, it happens when dealing with wild animals. When we do not find a whale on a trip we give you a credit for a 50% of what you paid that can be applied towards any future trip.
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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 a lot of time 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 45 minutes we spent observing them. I think they were observing us just as much. The 11:30 trip enjoyed a nice 1 hour 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 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) comoing 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 over cast 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 100 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.
4-20 through 4-22-21 We have been closed due to Capt. Mark sustaining a rather severe knee injury so we have not been out.
4-19-21 Today was one of those very memorable trips,at 9 am we went out with a rather foggy sky and low .ng sprayed with the spouting water and then smelling it. It is awful and wonderful at the same time. Then as the sky cleared the whale did a huge breach only 100 ft from us. We were this big fella for about 40 minutes before the wind increased and the seas grew large enough we felt it was time to go before it got to rough.. Unfortunately the 11:30 trip was unable to return to this spot and we were unable to find any whales near shore.
4-17-21 We found the 3 Humpbacks that have arrived early this year and they are BIG! We had many very enjoyable sightings as they are diving for anchovies and showing their Flukes with gusto as they sound.
4-15 and 16 closed
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.
3-30-21 today was beautiful and warm in the harbor but a chilly out with the whales. be sure to bring warm jackets if you want to enjoy the whales! We traveled with 4 whales for over an hour on the 11:30 trip and saw at least 8 more , it was a rather magical adventure. The 9 am trip was cut short due to sea sickness and so saw only 2 whales. Be sure to take an anti nausea drug if you are prone to getting car sick as you will most likely need it.
3-29-21 to windy and rough no trips
3-28-21 to foggy at 9 am and then too windy at 11:30 it must be spring time!
3-27-21 the day started off rather foggy but we still found 3 grey whales on one trip and 1 whale on the other. I think if the visibility had been better we would have seen more.
3-26-21 We had a bit of a wind storm yesterday which left the ocean a bit lumpy today but even with that we found 10 Grey whales on the first. They were slowly making their way north and let us travel along with them for over an hour. The 11:30 trip also enjoyed some beautiful whale watching as we traveled with 5 whales steadily making their way north towards the arctic for the summer feeding season.
3-24-21 After 2 days of bad weather , rough seas and cancelled trips the seas calmed and we enjoyed 2 wonderful trips. Each trip saw 8 to 10 whales spouting and spent a good deal of time traveling with 2 whales as they make their incredible migration back to the arctic for a summer of feeding.
3-21-21 Today was another challenging day with large waves and strong winds but the guests wanted to try and so we went. After a fairly rough 30 minutes of looking we found a very curious whale that swam with us and came up next to the boat and under the boat for 10 minutes. It was an amazing experience as it raised its head out of the water several times to look at us and it sprayed us with water several times as it exhaled only 1 or 2 feet from the boat. This was another once in a life time experience for our guests and twice this week for us.
3-20-21 Even though we had some challenging sea conditions with a large swell and some fairly strong winds the guests on both trips were game to try and see if we could find whales. Both trips were well rewarded for their efforts with excellent whale watching as we engaged with 3 to 4 whales in close proximity on each trip and the 9:00 am tour saw at least 8 different whales. All of the guests came well prepared with warm clothes and good jackets which is what made it possible to enjoy todays adventures. watching a 40 ft Grey whale rise up through an 8 ft swell is a rather magnificent sight!
3-19-21 Magical encounter today with a very curious whale that swam over to us and came up under the boat and looked at us, just hovering under the stopped boat for about a minute. It was only about 1 foot under water and slowly rolled from one side to the other as we stared directly into its eye as it seemed to be just as enthralled with us as we were with it! I always wonder what they would say if the could communicate with us.
3-18-21 Today was one of the best days this new year for sea conditions and lots of whales. The ocean was as flat as it gets and the sun was shining brightly giving the sea a caribbean esc look. we saw 8 whales over all with 4 very close to the boat as they swam by us heading north.
3-17-21 After being shut out by strong winds creating ugly seas we got back on the water for 3 trips and all of them found an abundance of whales. We were constantly seeing other whales less than a 1/2 mile from us as we were engaging with whales that were near to us. The migration is still going strong and we expect it to for at least another 2 to 3 weeks.
3-14-21 The day offered fairly calm sea conditions for some amazing whale watching. On both trips we found a group of 5 Grey whales slowly rolling about on the surface. They were rubbing and rolling against each other in a beautiful dance that was mesmerizing to watch. Flukes and pectoral fins rose out water many times as they rolled and we cheered. We were not the only ones taken in by this display as 2 Risso dolphins circled the whales for over an hour watching them with us. It is known as courtship behaviour when the Greys behave this way and we all felt very lucky to be a part of this very special dance. We saw other whales swim past as we drifted with these whales which if i was to guess on the total number of whales we saw per trip I would have to go with 10 to 12. That was a very good day.
3-13-21 the streak of excellent whale watching sea conditions ended with todays 9:00 am trip being a bit rough but we persevered and had a very nice trip with 6 grey whales total. the 11:30 was not so lucky and we had to abort the trip after just a few minutes as it was just too rough to get out to the whales. we did get to enjoy a very nice coastal trip though with the high light of watching 4 sea otter moms care for their new pups.
3-12-21 Today was a bit cold on the water but was a wonderful time with the whales. On the 9 am trip we saw at least 12 whales and spent a good deal of time with 5 of them in close proximity to the boat. On the 11:30 we also encountered several whales and spent a long time with 3 fairly close to us.
3-11-22 Back on the water today and it was Magnificent! Big puffy clouds and bright blues patches of sky between them with green hills in the background framed the backdrop of our photos as we traveled with 7 grey whales on the 9 am trip. We saw at lest 8 more whales within 1/2 mile of us. When we traveled back to the port we were treated to the company of 6 or 7 Risso Dolphins! That was a very nice way to get back on the water after a few days off. The 11:30 trip travel with 2 grey whales for an hour and a quarter and then saw a couple more as we returned to the port. The whales are here and it should be great whale watching for the next 3 to 4 weeks and still be good until the end of April.
3-7-21 No whale watching trips until 3-11-21 due to pier repairs and jury duty forcing us to close down for a few days.
3-6-21 the windy rough conditions have returned so no whale watching today.
3-5-21 Todays 9 am trip was one of the best of the winter season . We traveled for an hour with 4 grey whales as they made their way north up to Pt Bushon. As we went along we saw them raise their flukes high on many dives and had beautiful green hills to gaze upon as we awaited their next surfacing. Then just when we thought it could not get any better we saw some Pacific White sided dolphins that were jumping strait up out of the water 10 to 12 ft! As we went over to see them a bit closer they raced over to us and began surfing our wake and darting back and forth in front of our bow. it was mesmerizing as they sped about our boat and escorted us for about 1/2 mile when we left to head back at the end of time on that tour.
3-4-21 More great whale watching today! the 9 am trip saw 5 grey whales and the 11:30 trip enjoyed a great showing of about 20 Pacific White Sided Dolphins that froliced about the boat and 7 grey whales.
3-2-21 Today we enjoyed two great adventures to see the Grey Whales as they head North back to the Arctic for another summer season of feeding. The 9 am trip saw at least 10 whales or more and the 11:30 trip saw 6 or more. We say or more because we we are seeing multiple spouts in the distance as we travel about looking for bigger groups to spend some quality time with.
3-1-21 It is on right now as the north bound grey whale migration has started! We saw 10 whales on the 9 am trip and 12 more on the 11:30 trip. it is as good as it gets for the next 4 to 5 weeks.
2-28-21 The winds that have been keeping us off the outer bay calmed today and we able to go out and see 5 Grey Whales on the 10 am trip and then we found 10 on the 12:30 trip. All of this and a warm sunny day to enjoy the beautiful green hills of the central coast. Feels like paradise around here.
2-23-21 our hot streak continues with 4 Grey whales north bound today on the 10 am trip. The hills are turning green adding to the beautiful back drop for our photos and the skies have been a clear with wispy clouds and the water is very clear, all together it has been a wonderful couple of days on the bay.
2-22-21 Beautiful day today with light winds and calm seas. Todays 10:00 am trip enjoyed a fantastic encounter with 2 Grey whales and the 12:30 trip saw 4 whales , 2 briefly and 2 more for an hour as they headed south.
2-21-21 Yeah! Today we had a magical trip spending an hour traveling with 4 big Grey whales as they headed south across our bay under beautiful clear blue skies. Then the wind returned and and made the ocean too rough on the 12:30 trip too find whales but we did have one heck of an exciting boat ride coming in.
2-17-21 Through 2-20-21 high winds and wave causing us to cancel most trips . We tried a few trips but with no luck.
2-16-21 The winds have finally calmed down a bit and we found 2 grey whales swimming south.
2-6-21 Through 2-15-21 the wind and waves have been very uncooperative as it has been too rough to go whale watching
2-5-21 Today we enjoyed some beautiful weather and 3 grey whales heading south. Two of the whales were quite entertaining as they were breaching and body surfing down the waves.
2-1-21 Beautiful afternoon private trip with a gorgeous sunset and 8 Grey whales heading south. Then we encountered a pod of 15 pacific white sided dolphins that played with us as we returned to the port.
1-31-21 Today we found a big pod of 100 Risso Dolphins, they are 12 to 16 ft long with a blunt head and they look very much like a lite colored pilot whale. Traveling with them were 12 Pacific White Sided Dolphins that put on fun an show as they played about the boat. Both trips got to enjoy this wonderful experience.
1-30-21 Our first day back out after the big storms and we found some whales! Four Grey whales entertained us as they headed south on the 10 am trip. There was some breaching which we do not commonly see with the grey whales so that was super exciting! Then on the 12:30 trip we found 5 more with one breaching also and a few nice close encounters. Cold but sunny and clear conditions on the sea.
1-23-21 Beautiful day on the water until we got spanked in a rain squall with driving rain and strong winds as we were coming in from out 12:30 trip. On the plus side we saw 10 to 12 whales, maybe more on the 10 am tour and 4 to 6 on the 12:30 trip. is was hard to tell if we were staying with the same whales or leapfrogging from one group to another. After taking 4 days off It is nice to see that the migration is now in full swing.
1-18-21 todays trip started off with windy rough sea conditions that melted away to leave us with a beautiful sunny warm day with smooth seas and 3 nice big Grey whales to observe as they headed south.
1-17-21 we enjoyed a vey nice trip private trip for 2 folks at 10 am with 3 Grey Whales making an appearance as headed south with them.
1-16-21 toady we saw 5 grey whale heading south and 2 of them were body surfing down the bigger swells it was amazing to watch.
1-15-21 On the morning trip we saw 40 to 50 Risso dolphins riding the swell south. they a very big dolphins with a a dorsal fin that sticks up a good 15 to 24 inches from the surface when the breathe.
1-14-21 one grey whale heading south with us for 45 minutes.
1-11-21 It was a pretty day out on the water but unfortunately we did not find any whales, hopefully tomorrow will be better.
1-10-21 today we saw 4 beautiful south bound Grey whales on one trip. They were swimming close enough to the surface that we could see them while they were under water and then of course when they surfaced we were close enough to hear them exhale..
1-8-21 Whale ho was the call today as we found 4 big beautiful Grey whales heading south. It was magnificent to travel with them for over 45 minutes as they rode the big swells south.
1-6-21 the swell has been to big for the past 4 days to go out but we are hopeful things will improve for the weekend and the whales will be back in good numbers once again
1-2-21 Well not the best first official whale watching day of the new year. No whales today on 2 whale watching trips but we did find a very cool pod of about 30 Risso's Dolphins which are quite large 12 to 14 ft long and have a very large dorsal fin. They are light colored and were beautiful to watch as they were hunting fish .
12-31-20 8 grey whales!!
11-18-20 It is official we are done with whale watching for now until we reopen for the grey whale migration on January 2nd.
11-16-20 No whales again
11-15-20 no whales
11-14-20 No whales
11-13-20 well this may be the end of the season as we searched the bay and did not find any whales or much of anything.
11-12-20 Today we saw 7 humpbacks on the 9 am tour which was fantastic but on the 11:30 the ocean was empty with no whales and no birds feeding anywhere.
11-10-20 today was nice and we found several whales on each trip but with less activity than yesterday.
11-9-20 Back on the water with beautiful conditions for the 9:00 and 11:30 am trips but the 2 Pm was a bit rough as the wind picked up. the 9 am trip saw dolphins and sea lions feeding and 1 Humpback whale. the 11;30 found 6 Humpbacks and also a big raft of sea lions then at 2 we found the sea lions again but we could not find the whales again. It is a big ocean out there and hopefully we will find them again tomorrow.
11-7-20 the ocean is way to rough to go out today!
11-6-20 Big waves and big breaches! Today we ventured out in rough conditions and we were rewarded with dozens of breaches as we observed about 20 whales feeding a few miles offshore. it was a super exciting morning and then the wind kicked in hard at 10:30 and we had to cancel the rest of the day
11-5-20 Things keep getting even better as we had 15 to 20 Humpbacks feeding about 4 miles out but the real show stealer was when we ran with 4 to 5 hundred Dolphins on the 9 am trip and then closer to 1000 dolphins on the 12 pm tour.
11-3-20 Big breach run with a beautiful cow and calf jumping high for about 30 minutes. Many of the jumps were doubles with them both in the air at the same time.
11-2-20 So this will most likely make the news but we saw a kayaker get in the mouth of a whale. Afterb checking that they were ok we headed out to spend some time with 4 whales and no other boats or paddlers in sight. It was the same on the other tours that day we found 4 to 6 whales lunge feeding on each trip.
11-1-20 Epic sunny warm weather and lots of whales! While several hundred paddled boarders and kayakers flocked around 2 whales in the port which is not our style of whale watching we headed out. We quickly found 4 whales lunge feeding amongst harbor porpoise and sealions in very clear water. We could see the whales as they swam under our boat and the best part is we were the only boat for most of the day!
10-31-20 Nice day, sunny and warm in Avila Bay were we enjoyed 3 Humpback whales lunge feeding amongst the boats before we voyaged to the outer bay were we found a few more whales, hundreds of sea lions and a pod of Dolphins to play with.
10-30-20 Amazing day for us as we watched some great lunge feeding amongst the boat in Avila Bay but once it became crowded with paddlers and other boaters we went offshore and really scored. On the 9 am trip we came across two breaching together several times! then on the 11:30 we ran through the waves with over one thousand dolphins, it was awesome to see dolphins in every direction.
10-29-20 The whales are still feeding close to shore. 6 humpbacks today with some wonderful lunge feeding.
10-28-20 Our first day back from a vacation and the whales are in close at Post San Luis. ^ to 8 Humpbacks lunge feeding near the shore .
10-20-20 Unreal day on the water with over 30 whales sighted on one trip! we saw 4 breaches and enjoyed a few minute with the one our favorite juvenile humpback whale that swims up to the side of the boat and sprays us with water as it blows.
10-19-20 Both trips saw at least 10 Humpbacks and we had a long 30 minute visit from "The One" a juvenile humpback that has now engaged with us 26 times this summer. It stayed with in a few feet of us got several of us wet as it directed its blow onto the boat.
10-18-20 Super fun trip at 9 am with a group of friend from Los Osos. We went even though the fog was thick and we found the whales by listening for them to breath. Luck for us it was our friendly juvenile "The One" and it played with us for a while and then lead us to 5 more whales for a cool foggy feeding show. The 11:30 trip saw 15 plus wales also and some good feeding displays. The 2 pm was not as lucky as the fog returned with some wind and we could only find one whale.
10-17-20 All of our trips today enjoyed whales ,dolphins, porpoise and sea lions feeding. 5 to 10 whale were sighted on each trip.
10-16-20 Beautiful weather and 6 or more Humpbacks on each trip. Just another super nice day on the water.
10-15-20 Pacific white sided dolphins stole the show today! everywhere we went with the whales we had dolphins cavorting around the boat! 10 to 15 Humpbacks with some breaching were also a part of the show on both tours.
10-13-20 Big breach run today over 50 breaches from 2 whales! 10 to 15 whales were also observed on each trip!
10-12-20 Another beautiful warm Fall day. We had 10 plus Humpback whales plus hundreds of sea lions and a few common dolphins on the 9 am tour. On the 11;30 things got even more dynamic as we saw the same whales but we were also joined by Pacific White Sided dolphins, sea lions and Pacific Common dolphins!
10-11-20 We ran 2 amazing trips today with each trip seeing 10 to 15 Humpbacks whales the 11:30 enjoyed a visit from the "ONE" and had a few big breaches. the ( am enjoyed some spectacular fall early morning light and a dozen whales actively chasing fish.
10-10-20 Another absolutely stunning weather day with warm temps and beautiful clouds drifting along in a deep blue sky. The whales were also fantastic today with a 1 hour long visit by "the One" along with 2 other whales often times only inches from the boat. Then 10 to 15 whales on each of the other trips with many swimming close to the boat.
10-9-20 beautiful skies today and some great Dolphin and whale watching. the 9 am had a big pod of common dolphins play with the boat for 30 minutes and then we found 3 humpbacks.The 11:30 found 10 to 14 Humpbacks feeding and moving fast about the bay so it was hard to count them but the show was fun and dynamic.
10-8-20 All the trips today saw at least 10 Humpbacks feeding near the beach.
10-6-20 Thousands of dolphins and 2 humpback whales under dramatic cloudy skies on the 9 am tour. Then on the 11:30 we found 8 Humpbacks feeding on a school of anchovies with harbor porpoise and sealions, great action and a visit by the ONE.
10-4-20 The two morning trips enjoyed fantastic encounters with 4 to 6 Humpback whales and Lots of dolphins and porpoise ,sealions and huge flocks of Cormorants. The 9 am tour had some pacific common dolphins escort the the boat through some very clear glassy calm water so we could see them swimming under water which was spectacular. The 11:30 trip got a visit from "the One" for a few minutes of up close and personal whale time. unfortunately the fog came in and made visibility difficult for the 2 pm.
10-3-20 All 3 trips had very nice encounters today with 2 to 6 Humpback per trip. Dolphins , porpoise , sealions and huge flocks of Cormorants were also there to show us were thef eeding areas were.
10-2-20 Beautiful warm day on San Luis Bay. the 9 am trip traveled over 1/2 mile with two Humpbacks at time just 15 feet from the boat, good trip. then the 11:30 trip had 3 Humpbacks, A cow and calf with an escort that we stayed with for 40 minutes as they crossed the bay and swam close to us also. The 2 pm only saw 2 whales but they put on an amazing show with each one breaching 20 to 30 times. It was a great day to be on the water!
9-30-20 just one trip today but it was a fun one! Wild ride out through 4 to 5 ft seas and then 8 Humpbacks some close and some far moving about in the waves. It was beautiful!
9-29-20 Nice trips today with 2 to 3 whales on the morning trips and dolphins playing about the boat on all three adventures.
9-26-20 With the strong winds the whales have moved offshore and with the rough sea conditions we were not able to get out to see the larger pods but we did find 2 humpbacks in closer today and one of the entertained us for about 40 minutes while it played in some kelp.
9-25-20 The big feeding frenzy has ended as the big swell has moved the anchovies farther offshore but we did still find 12 whales on the 9 am tour and 3 on the 11:30 as the wind and seas picked up to drive us off the water. The "one" payed us a special visit and blew water at us for about 20 minutes.
9-24-20 The Huge feeding frenzy is still going on with 30 to 40 whales Lunge feeding in spectactular fashion plus Harbor porpoise, sealions and thousands of sea birds.
9-22-20 Too many whales to count today as the huge feeding frenzy continues. Humpbacks Lunge feeding and breaching, sealions chasing fish and hundreds of Harbor porpoise are all charging about the bay feeding.
9-21-20 Another simply amazing day of whale watching with a pod of 30 to 40 Humpbacks Lunge feeding in a big feeding frenzy with hundreds of seabirds, sealions and harbor porpoise.
9-20-20 The feeding frenzy is getting even bigger now with 20 to 25 whales.
9-19-20 Big feeding frenzy with 20 Humpbacks and hundreds of seabirds, sealions and harbor porpoise. Some breaching and a few close encounters with the ONE.
9-17-20 Three trips went whale watching today and all three saw 10 to 12 humpbacks lunge feeding amongst hundreds of seabirds, sealions and harbor porpoise. For some reason today we had a great angle to see down inside the whales mouthes as they lunged up through the fish. It was an amazing sight as their mouths are huge when the feed. We did also see 2 breaches on the 11:30 tour. just another great day on San Luis Bay.
9-15-20 More amazing whale watching today! both trips enjoyed meeting "The One" which came right up and blew water onto the boat several times. We had a very happy whale that fully breached 30 plus times and both tour witnessed over an hour of intense lunge feeding.
9-14-20 Spectacular lunge feeding on all 3 tours! Super active whales (20 to 30 ) and hundreds of Harbor Porpoise and Sealions all feeding voraciously amongst thousands of sea birds.
9-13-20 The huge feeding frenzy is continuing. We are seeing 20 to 30 Humpback whales demonstrating some spectacular lunge feeding. we are also seeing hundreds of Harbor Porpoise and Sealions feeding in the mix, all of them eating Anchovies. these are good days to be Whales and Porpoise or Sealions but a very bad day to be an Anchovy or any other small fish in the area.
9-12-20 Huge feeding frenzy on both tours today! The 11:30 trip saw 2 full breaches and more lunge feeding than you could count by 10 to 15 whales. The 2 pm tour had even more whales (15 to 20 ) and a special visit by our friend "the One" which took a short break from lunge feeding with mom to blow some water on us. there were also hundreds of harbor porpoise around us at all times.
9-11-20 Smoke and fog ae making for a surreal and slightly erie experience on the water these days. todays 11:30 trip did some searching but then scored a fantastic experience with several whales and a big breach plus some tail slapping. Then at 2 pm we found 8 to 10 whales lunge feeding with some epic vertical lunges as the whale consumed thousands of anchovies. We also had hundreds of Harbor Porpoise cavorting around us while pelicans and terns dived from the sky. To add to the frenzy of feeding there were cormorants surfacing with fish in their mouths and gulls trying to steal fish from them all.. A very good day for all of the bigger animals but a bad day for anchovies.
9-10-20 Today started off with thick fog and we had to cancel the 9 am tour which was a big bummer. the 11:30 had some clearing so we headed out to see what we could find and we were not disappointed. First we found 3 whales heading out to sea and as we traveled with them 2 became very curious and swam over to say hello. They stayed very close to us for 20 minutes, circling and blowing within a few feet of the boat then on the 2 pm trip we found at least 20 whales lunge feeding and then on the way back to the port we came across a very happy whale that was breaching (jumping clear out of the water) Lucky us .
9-8-20 Today was another super day of watching 10 to 20 Humpbacks on each tour. All of them lunge feeding in groups of 2 to 4 at a time.
9-7-20 Whoa nelly the whales are lunge feeding near grover beach! just 1 mile from shore. 15 to 20 humpback whales lunge feeding, which is super exciting.
9-6-20 The good weather and excellent whale watching streak continues! The 9 am had some breaching today and a big area of feeding with about 20 whales around us plus a good sized pod of dolphins to play with. The 11;30 had some spectactular 9-5-20 We got back on the water today and were greeted by an amazing wildlife show. The 9 am trip saw 10 to 15 humpbacks feeding amongst hundreds of sealions. Then a mega pod of several thousands of dolphins showed up and raged about the bay. Our 11:30 trip also saw dozens of Humpbacks and thousands of dolphins. Then when it seemed the day could not get better on the 2 PM tour we encountered 2 curious Humpbacks that swam under, around and right up next to the boat for 1 hour and 20 minutes before we broke off the encounter and went to frolic with thousands of dolphins!
9-4-20 the ocean turned rough and ugly today so we had to cancel all of the trips.
9-3-20 Our 9 am tour enjoyed 5 to 7 humpback whales, 2 big breaches and a large pod of hundreds of dolphins. But then the ocean turned rough and we had to cancel the rest of the day.
9-1-20 Today was wonderful again! the 9 am tour had 2 big wonderful breaches and then 15 to 20 whales in a big feeding frenzy with hundreds of sealions and thousands of birds. the 11:30 trip saw 15 to 20 whales in another big feeding frenzy. Our special friend was shy today and only stopped by for a minute before continuing on with mom.
8-31-20 Today was beautiful out on the water, calm seas and all of our friends were out and about. the 9 am tour received a VIP escort by 3 to 4 hundred dolphins out to where we found 3 Humpbacks lazily swimming about the bay. Then we encountered our special friend "the One" a juvenile Humpback along with its very large mom and they both came up to the boat for about 20 minutes, the One is getting better at aiming its blow and spraying us with water! It really seems to enjoy the encounters and our screams of delight when it sprays us. Then On the 11:30 trip we started off with a breach run of 8 big jumps by a different juvenile Humpback with a cow and an escort heading out to sea. as we left them we could see a lot of birds on the horizon and so we raced out and found 15 to 20 Humpbacks and hundreds of sea lions along with thousands of birds engaged in a huge feeding frenzy! The sounds where just incredible as all of this marine life surged forward as they chased the anchovies. This was a bad day to be an anchovy.
8-30-20 Today was unreal once again! We spent the day with 20 or more whales on each trip in a huge feeding frenzy! Lots of dolphins today also and one special encounter with our very friendly juvenile humpback that swims right up to the side of the boat.
8-29-20 Ok I am going to say it again,Today was the best day ever! I was blown away today at the close encounters and interactions we had with our friendly whale we have named "the One" as we keep saying here comes the one that seems fascinated with the boat. Here is how the day went first on the 9 am tour we saw a few big full breaches only 100 ft from the boat and then some very loud pectoral fin slaps just 25 ft from the boat. After that we traveled a bit and encountered "the One" a juvenile humpback with it mom that came right up to the boat just like it did yesterday and a few time previously over the past 2 weeks. It stayed with us for 30 minutes just inches from the boat. At times both the cow which is the mom and the One were only a few feet from the boat and we all got wet from them blowing water on us. Then both the 11:30 trip and the 2 pm trip had encounters with this very special pair of whales that lasted over an hour each trip. Many time the one was only inches from our outstretched hands. All the while 8 to 10 Humpbacks were feeding and trumpeting near by. All this on calm glassy seas with almost no wind.
8-28-20 Well this the second time this week that I am saying this but today was the best day of whale watching for us in 9 years! On the 9 am tour we saw a huge feeding frenzy with hundreds of dolphins , 15 to 25 whales and hundreds of sealions. Then on the 11:30 Trip we had a Cow and calf pair engage with the boat for about 40 minutes. They swam around us together as close as 5 ft away. Then on the 2 pm trip a calf we call "the one " engaged us for 1.5 hours and often times was with in inches of our outstretched fingers. It was a very magical time. We also saw breaches around us within 300 yards on each trip just to top things off. The seas were very calm and the crews were delightful and super fun even when "the one" was blowing water on us!
8-27-20 Today we had fairly rough conditions but all of our guests were troopers and got to enjoy seeing 10 to 15 humpbacks feeding on each trip and some breaching on both trips! Excellent morning of whale watching as long as you did not mind the large swell.
8-26-20 today we did one fantastic trip before the wind started to blow. We saw everything from Cow & Calf pairs cruising to 8 whales lunge feeding together and then a very good breach show with one double breach by 2 whales in the air at the same time!
8-25-20 THOUSANDS OF DOLPHINS on the 11:30 trip, they went from one horizon to the other, I have never seen so many together anywhere. Then we ran a wild 3 pm trip where we saw 6 to 8 Humpbacks and a few hundred Dolphins
8-24-20 one of the best single days for us in 9 years! First the 11:30 trip saw several whales and then one started breaching! It breached 35 times as we were within 50 yards of it. Then our favorite whale this year a juvenile that we have named " the one" came by on the 4 pm tour and played with us for over an hour. Often times it was no more than 1 foot from the boat. It was remarkable and very touching.
8-23-20 wonderful day on the bay with all three trips seeing 3 or more whales, the 2 pm trip finished off with some nice breaching!
8-22-20 Kind of a smokey weird day but all three trips saw 4 to 6 whales
8-19 through 8-21 was too windy and rough to go out
8-18-20 Another great day on San Luis bay. 10 to 15 Humbacks per trip along with some close encounters and a few breaches!
8-17-20 So many great encounters today under beautiful cloudy skies. At least 10 whales on all 3 trips.
8-16-20 The 9 am tour had 200 dolphins lead us to 7 whales feeding with another 5 or 6 nearby. !he 11:30 and 2 pm both had great whale watching with 10 to 20 whales in sight and a few close up encounters also.
8-15-20 today was one of the best days of whale watching we have had this year. Amazing clouds and even some lightning of in the distance on the 9 am trip which also was escorted by hundreds of common dolphins and encounters 5 humpbacks. the 11:30 and the 2 pm tours both saw 5 to 6 Humpbacks and spent 1.5 hours of a 2 hour tour watching them.
8-14-20 All 3 trips saw 5 to 8 whales under beautiful blue skies with long encounters of over an hour.
8-13-20 the morning trip got rained out but the 2 pm trip saw at least 1000 dolphins and 2 whales!! the 4 pm trip saw 2 whales also before the wind made it too rough to be out there.
8-12-13 today we saw 2 Humpbacks on each trip plus hundreds of dolphins..
8-10-20 the 9 am tour saw hundreds of dolphins and sealions feeding with 4 humpbacks! the 11:30 enjoyed an hour with hundreds of dolphins and a couple of Humpback whales and then the afternoon tour had another magical encounter with a curious whale that swam right up next to the boat and played with us for almost an hour!
8-9-20 All of the whale watching trips had great experiences with 4 to 8 Humpbacks feeding on each trip.
8-8-20 Another great day with hundreds of dolphins and another 40 minute encounter with a curious whale floating only 2 feet from the boat. Magical day!.
8-7-20 today we played with at least 1000 dolphins as the raced around the bay , it could have been 2 thousand as they are everywhere. we also saw at least 3 whales per trip.
8-6-20 not sure what is in the air but today we had amazing encounters with a curious whale on both trips. the whale swam with us and came up very close to us 15 to 20 times. amazing animals.
8-4-20 Big day on the waters of San Luis Bay today! the 9 am was with more whales than we could count probably 20 to 30 all feeding within a quarter of a mile of us. it was an amazing feeding frenzy. the 11:30 also enjoyed at least 10 whales feeding.
8-3-20 beautiful 9 am trip with 4 Humpback whales and hundreds of sealions and bird in a big feeding frenzy.
8-2-20 2 Humpbacks feeding in some bigish waves before the fog came in a swallowed us up so we could not see anymore.
7-12-20 through 8-1-20 we are on vacation so no whale watching for us
7-9-20 on the 2 pm tour we found 2 big Humpbacks heading south.
7-6-20 through 7-8-20 the ocean was too rough to go whale watching
7-5-20 Big waves and big whales today at 9 am. 8 big humpbacks feeding in the 6 to 8 ft swell was quite a show.
7-4-20 Happy 4th of July ! spectactular whale watching today on the 9 am tour we saw 12 whales and had 2 very close encounters with curious whales.
7-3-207 oday we did 2 fantastic whale watching tours , both tours saw multiple whales and the 9 am had a humpback calf breach 10 ft from the boat . Awesome.
7-2-20 Super fun day on San Luis bay with several humpbacks on all 3 tours and a pod of about 100 common dolphins added to the 9: am trip.
7-1-20 One of the best trips ever with 4 Humpback whales , 100s of Common Dolphins, 100s of White Sided Dolphins and 100s Sealions all feeding together.
6-30-20 One humpback close to us showing its tail way up in the air on some big dives and a pod of Pacific white sided dolphins stayed with us for over an hour! two humpback and hundreds of sealions on the second trip.
6-29-20 Today we were greeted with a beautiful sunny morning and lots of whales. the 9 am trip enjoyed 2 spectactular humpbacks lifting their tails high as they dove deep and the 11:30 saw 10 to 12 humpbacks and a pod of Pacific white sided dolphins.
6-28-19 fantastic day on the water! the 9 am spent some quality time with 3 big humpbacks and was graced with 2 huge breaches! the 11:30 trip found whale quickly and spent 90 minutes with two big whales as the swam across the bay showing their tails on almost every dive.
6-27-20 the 9 am trip had no luck but the 11:30 had 3 big whales around the boat for 1 hour and 2 more a little ways off. We enjoyed excellent sea conditions all day.
6-26-20 We had the trifecta today with a whale breaching 4 times close to the boat plus a pod of over 50 common dolphins playing with the boat and some feeding sea lions all in the same place at the same time.
6-25-20 one trip had no luck but the other did well with 1 Humpback and 1 Minke Whale.
6-23-20 nice day today with 3 Humpbacks and some beautiful sunny weather.
6-22-20 Bad day no whales on either trip and fairly yucky sea conditions
6-21-20 Super morning on the bay with lunge feeding and well over an hour of encounters on each trip that went to the whales.
6-20-20 we struck out on the 9 am which was not fun but the 11:30 had a great trip seeing 6 whales and enjoying some nice encounters.
6-19-20 Great day on the water! 9 am tour enjoyed one whale with multiple lunge feedings then the 11:30 scored with 4 whale and more lunge feeding than we could count and then we added a 2:00 pm trip that was amazing with 2 older big whales Lunge feeding continuously for 90 minutes of a 2 hour trip!
6-18-20 WHALE HO! today we saw 6 to 7 whales on each trip. some lunge feeding and 3 different cow calf pairs! these are momma whales with their babies. the calfs appear to be a 2 year old and a couple of 3 to 4 year olds. 6-14 through 6-17 no tours due to very rough ocean conditions
6-13-20 One Humpback whale
6-12-20 the 9 am trips had some good sightings with 1 Meinke whale and 5 Humpbacks. the 11:30 trip found 1 Humpback whale that did a very large lunge feed near the boat. Nice day on the water