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WATCHING is a popular activity on the California coast.
Nothing beats the bluer-than-blue waters of Monterey, a perfect place for whale watching from catamarans on the Bay or, if you prefer, from the comfort of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Regularly seen in this region are Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Orcas, and Humpbacks, among others. You are also more than likely to spot other magnificent sea creatures such as dolphins, porpoises, sharks, harbor seals, and countless kinds of water fowl.
People travel from all over the world for whale watching experiences all year long, in and around Monterey.
The best time for whale watching activities in America is between July and October, although whale watching opportunities are frequently available at other times of the year.
Monterey is not too far from San Francisco, where whale watchers typically depart from Pier 39 and tour the Farallon Islands.
Other favorite whale watching points of departure in and around the Bay Area include Half Moon Bay, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.
Passengers embarking on Monterey whale watching cruises ride on sleek, elegant, fully equipped boats with friendly crews to guide them.
Licensed tour groups typically feature fully insured, Coast Guard approved whale watching vessels, equipped with all the necessary safety features.
Many of these boats provide comfortable seating for dozens of passengers, but you can also charter a private vessel for whale watching, sightseeing tours, fishing trips, or virtually any reason you like.
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The city of Monterey has no less than eight licensed nautical touring companies that offer guided whale watching excursions and day trips departing from Fisherman's Wharf. Some have glass bottom boats. Call 831-375-4658 for more information.
Ocean weather can be freezing at times, so be sure to bring warm, waterproof clothing, thermal blankets, comfortable non-slip shoes, and adequate sunscreen protection. And of course don't forget your cameras!
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