Whale watching from Avila Beach here on the central coast of California is as good as anywhere in the world from July through August and into September when we find Humpback whales near our shores in great numbers feeding on the abundant baitfish that school here. Then in the winter, starting mid December and lasting till the end of April the California grey whales migrate past our waters first heading south in the fall to breed and give birth in the warm lagoons of Mexico. Then in spring (March and April) they return north on one of the longest migrations of any animal on earth to their primary feeding grounds in the arctic sea. A voyage of over 10,000 miles per year!
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What sets a Central Coast Sailing Charters whale watching trip apart from the others is that we are a sailing vessel. We can travel quietly near the whales so they are less disturbed than they are by power boats. Also since no whale watching trip can guarantee that you will see whales sometimes it is all about the journey and at Central Coast Sailing Charters we can promise that you will have a fun adventure sailing aboard our 44 ft yacht. As with all of our trips the group size is limited to 6 people so we can talk about the animals we are seeing and everyone has a front row seat when we find a whale to observe.
****When the Whales are within a few miles of Avila beach ****
As they commonly are in July and August all of our regularly scheduled sailing trips will spend time observing the whales! The Morning sail at 10:30 am is the best time to see them but we do see them at 1:30 pm and on the 4:30 pm sail also. You can book these trips online by using the reservations tab or the "book now" icon. These trips are 2.5 hours in duration and include drinks and snacks.
$79 per adult and $59 for each child 12 and under.
Private whale watching trips can be reserved for anytime we have space in the schedule. Just you and your friends and family sailing with the whales! The price is the same weather you have 2 or 6 in your group. Please call and we will create a trip to fit your schedule!
Private whale watching trips during high season (May 1st through September 30th) are $190 per hour for your group, for this price you may bring up to 6 people total as your crew. These private trips include snacks,water, soft drinks, beer and wine. A 2.5 hr minimum is required from May 1st through September 30th. Trips returning after 5 pm are priced at $240 per hour for each hour after 5 pm.
Winter pricing (November 1st through April 1st) Grey whale trips are $150 per hour with a 3 hour minimum.
Please call us at (805) 540-4667 to make your reservation for a private whale watching trip.
Please book online if possible for the regularly scheduled trips.