A number of companies offer a chance to see blue whales and other marine animals by boat. Tip for those who easily get seasick: Whales are often closer to shore in Monterey Bay, and tours are shorter. Here is a selection:
Eight-hour trips to the Gulf of the Farallones; weekends only. $125.
San Francisco Whale Tours
Six-hour weekend trips to the Gulf of the Farallones or five-hour trips off the coast on weekends and weekdays. $80-$90.
S.F. Bay Whale Watching
Seven- to eight-hour trips to the Gulf of the Farallones or off the coast, weekends only. $125.
California Whale Adventures
Four- to eight-hour trips to the Gulf of the Farallones, on weekends only. $100 and up.
Santa Cruz Whale Watching
Three- to four-hour trips in the morning or afternoon; weekends and weekdays. $45.
For additional information about whale-watching in Santa Cruz County, visit:
Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Three- to five-hour morning or afternoon trips; weekends and weekdays. $40-$50.
Princess Monterey Whale Watching
Roughly three-hour trips in the morning, afternoon, or late afternoon; weekends and weekdays. $40.
Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips
Roughly three-hour afternoon trips; weekends only. $35.
For helpful whale-watching tips and additional tours in Monterey, go to www.seemonterey.com/things-to-do/outdoors/whale-watching