Whale watching update: It is Fall and the Humpbacks are here feeding in our bay. Join us today for some great whale watching.

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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 88%  February 90%  March 90%  April 79%  May 90%  June 75%  July 90%  August 95%  September 99%!!  October 90%  November 85% and we close for December. 


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% discount on your next tour! 


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Here is what our tours have been seeing lately:

We are closed for a vacation until the 28th. Please check back in on the 29th for updated updates.

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 Anchovie 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