California Whale Watching

Bay Area Whale Watching Tours

Whale Watching Tours In The Northern California Bay Area

Many people don’t realize the whale watching opportunities that the Northern California Bay Area offers, so many people think that they must travel to other countries or to Alaska for these experiences.  The following boats provide year round tours to see these majestic animals, in addition to a wide variety of other sea life. So come to Half Moon Bay for your whale watching experience of a lifetime!

Huli Cat Sportfishing/Party (650) 726-2926
Princeton-by-the-Sea, Half Moon Bay, Northern California

Whale watching is almost year round in the Bay Area. December through May, experience the Gray Whale migration. May through October, find humpback whales, blue whales, or pilot whales. See killer whales, dolphins and porpoises.  Take a trip offshore bird watching for Northern California’s sea birds flying back and forth feeding along the coast. Care to see the lighthouses that have guided seaman and boaters for over a century? There are three within a days cruising range. See the unique and rugged Farallon Islands, 28 to 40 miles offshore; see seabirds, sea lions and white sharks. White sharks move in close at the Farallons, October and November.

Riptide Charters – (650) 728-8433
Half Moon Bay, Northern California

Riptide will customize trips to fit your needs.  Riptide offers both half and full day tours for whale watching/nature trips and to observe surfers off Mavericks.  You can often see Humpback whales, which are present in this area  of Northern California year-round. Many times during the Spring through Fall, we see Blue whales. The height of the Gray whale migration is from late December through May. There are many other forms of life to observe from their vessel –  Dolphins, Porpoises, Stellar Sea Lions and many a binocular is bird watching for offshore species.

Moonspinner Sailing  Yacht – (650) 787-9263
Half Moon Bay, Northern California

The Moonspinner Sailing’s 440 Luxury Catamaran Charter yacht is a special up-close way to view the whales.  The boat is almost 45 fee in length and has a smooth, level and comfortable ride unlike most sailboats.  There is also indoor comfort in their Main Salon or a covered aft outdoor lounge. A whale watching trip on a luxury yacht is an experience to the discerning marine mammal enthusiast. Guests can document sightings in Meriel’s Log Book as a record of their whale watching adventure.

Whale watching tours out of Pillar Point Harbor can provide you with many great experiences throughout the season.