Throughout the year these magnificent leviathans grace our coastline. The best months for observing them are July and August when we find Humpback whales near our shores in great numbers feeding on the abundant baitfish that school here. In the winter, starting mid November 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 to May) we have another opportunity to observe them as 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!
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 sailing trips will spend time observing the whales! The Sealife sail at 10:30 am is the best time to see them but we do see them at 2:00 pm and on the 5:15 sail also. You can book these trips online for $69 per person by using the reservations tab.
Private whale watching trips can be reserved for anytime we have space. Please visit our Facebook page "Central Coast Charters" for up to the minute information and pictures of the Whales. Please call and we will create a trip to fit your schedule if possible.
Private whale watching trips during high season (May 1st through September 30th) are $165 per hour with a 2.5 hr minimum. For a trip with 6 people that comes to just $68.75 per person for a private trip with just you and your friends and family, gently sailing the bay and visiting with the great whales. 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 $200 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 trip.
Please book online if possible for the regularly scheduled trips at 10:30, 2:00 and 5:15
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