Some of the best whale watching on the West Coast is available right here on the pristine waters of San Luis bay. We are able to enjoy Humpback whales here from March through November and the California Grey whales are here from the middle of January through May.

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Here are some answers to our 2 most asked questions: "What is the best time of day?" The best time to go see whales is in the morning on the 9 am trip. "Which is the best boat?" Our powerboat is one of the fastest and most comfortable whale watching boats in the state. This allows us to search a larger area and offers the best chance to see whales on any given day so we recommend it over the sailboat for whale watching. While the sailboat has become rather famous in the area for its magical interactive whale experiences, sometimes the whales are just to far out in the bay for the sailboat to get there and back in a reasonable amount of time. Therefore we have dedicated the sailboat to offering a whole ocean, wildlife viewing experience with whale watching as a part of the tour but only if the whales are within 5 miles of Avila Beach.

Now through April is the time to come out and witness a part of the longest large animal migration on earth! The California Grey whales are well into their north bound migration of over 6 thousand miles from their winter breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California to their summer feeding grounds in the high arctic. The north bound migration typically offers more exciting encounters than then south bound as the whales are traveling in bigger pods of 5 to 10 and sometimes 20 animals.

 Here is what we have been seeing lately. 

3-22-19  another great day of whale watching with the 9 am tour scoring 15 whales and the 11:30 starting slow but them seeing 8 to 10 whales and one breaching 4 times which is rare for the grey whales

3-20-19 magical day 10 to 20 whales on each trip

3-18-19 Amazing day of whale watching with all 3 tours seeing 15 to 20 whales. Some beautiful rainbow blows and cool close encounters where apart of the first tour!

3-17-18 today we saw around 15 grey whales on one trip and over 40 on the other!

3-16-18 10 or more Grey whale on each of the morning trips

3-15-19 5 or more whales on each trip

3-14-18 beautiful weather and 5 to 10 grey whales on each trip

3-13-19 5 to 10 Grey whales on each trip

3-11-19 6 grey whales and some wonderful close encounters under crystal clear blue skies.

3-10-19 GREY WHALES all along the the shore from the port to Point Buchon. We stayed with 8 to 12 whales per trip with some 20 to 30 yard encounters but mostly 50 to 100 yards away swimming north under beautiful blue skies.

3-9-19 200 to 300 Risso dolphins moving south in a wonderful and very active pod plus 10 to 15 Grey whales per trip!

2-24-19 Today we enjoyed a beautiful morning trip under clear blue skies with 3 south bound gey whales and as we were with them we saw 2 pairs of north bound whales. 7 whales in all, it seems things are ramping up again and this is a very good time to see some Grey whales.

2-23-19 great day on the bay with 12 grey whales on one trip and 1 on another

2-22-19 2 grey whales

2-21-19 2 grey whales on each trip

2-9-18 today we had 3 generations of humans on the boat for a 91 years young birthday bucket list treat. The ocean did not disappoint with 6 beautiful Grey whales making there way south.

2-8-18 today was much better we saw 3 grey whales on each trip and a wonderful mamma sea otter grooming her pup.

2-7-19 After a long shut down due to bad weather we went out today and found 1 whale on one trip. 

1-27-19 RAINBOWS all day. Every trip saw at least 2 whales and with the angle of the sun and the clarity of the water we could see the whales swimming under water and then when they surfaced it was all rainbows in the mist from their spout! 

 1-26-18 4 Grey whales on one trip and and one good breach.

1-25-19 Today we saw 3 Grey whales on one trip with extremely clear water allowing us to see them as they swim along underwater!

1-24-19 Beautiful clear skies and 3 to 4 whales per trip with one pair choosing to swim close to the boat.

1-23-18 Both trips enjoyed amazing experiences today. The water is crystal clear and we could see the whales swimming below the surface. These magical conditions should last through the weekend!!

1-21-19 3 Grey whales moving south

1-20-19  Today we found whales on both tours with the afternoon tour enjoying a beautiful Grey whale cow and calf pair making their way south

1-19-19  Our first day back after all the bad weather and we were not disappointed with two Grey whales on each tour . The 11:30 tour seeing several breaches which were very exciting.

1-5-19 trough 1-18-19  we were closed due to high winds and big seas

1-4-19 today we enjoyed 2 nice grey whale encounters.

1-3-19  3 beautiful Grey whales under brilliant sunshine.

1-2-18 2 Grey whales on each trip and beautiful clear sunny skies.

12-29-18 The 9 am trip was amazing with 3 Humpback whales close to the boat and another off in the distance plus one to two hundred Pacific Common Dolphin

12-28-18 3 Grey whales today.

12-21-18 We are starting to see 1 to 3  southbound Grey whale per trip! So whale watching is back on and we should see more each day.

11-28-18 through 12-13-18 No whales. After a pair of fairly big storms came through it appears that the Humpbacks have taken their que to head south and the Grey whales have not shown up yet. We are hearing of some along the big sur coast so we expect to being seeing whales by this weekend the 15th and 16th. It should pick up rapidly as there are 20,000 plus whales on their way to mexico.

11-27-18 3 humpbacks today heading south

11-26-18 unbelievable day on our custom photography trip. We saw many animals today under gorgeous sunny, clear skies. To start we encountered 300 common dolphins then 12 whales trumpeting and lunge feeding until 3 brok of from the group and some Risso Dolphins showed up escorted the 3 whales we stayed with. You would think that was enough to be a great day but then it got even better as "Barney" a humpback that we have been playing with since March started to put on a show. Breaching and Pectoral slapping non stop for an hour!

11-25-18 3 humpback lunge feeding

11-21-18 through 11-24-18 closed

11-20-18 3 beautiful Humpbacks on each tour lots of breaching on the 9 am trip.

11-18-18 1 humpback and about 20 dolphins on 1 tour and 3 to 4 hundred dolphins on the other.

11-16-18 5 to 6 hundred dolphins on one tout but no whales

11-14-18 we started off with 20 bottlenose feeding near the pier then we whenout to 100s of sealions feeding which led us to 5 or 6 Humpback whales! beautiful weather and calm flat seas make this the best week of whale watching this year!

11-13-18 I did not think it could get anymore active but today we saw 500 to 1000 dolphins in a huge pod and 300 to 400 sealions and of course two pods of humpback whales, one was very active and the other very inquisitive of the boat. One of our best trips ever! 11-12-18 Fantastic dayns w with the 11:30 tour enjoying 5 big birthday breaches!nos11-11-18  All of our tours both powerboat and sailboat enjoyed some great enjoyed great whale watching with at least 6 whales on each tour.

11-10-18 GREAT DAY WITH THE WHALES! The 9 am tour experienced several big breaches and a very close encounter when the whales swam over to us and dove about 4 ft from the boat. The 11:30 tour enjoyed some very robust feeding by 8 to 10 huge Humpbacks! Then we did a 2 pm 1 hour coastal and decided to go see them again as they were close enough to the port to get there in 15 minutes and we saw more exciting feedings11-9-18 wonder whale watching today with 3 humpback fairly close and more in view around us. Both trips enjoyed at least 1 good beach!

11-8-18 2 humpback whales and about 100 dolphins which are very entertaining as they frolic around the boat!

11-6-18 Too foggy so we are hopeful to get out tomorrow!

11-5-18 Too rough again

11-4-18 Too rough to go out

11-3-18 Beautiful morning tours today with 10 to 15 whales visible on each tour and 5 to 6 very close and feeding vigorously. The 11:30 trip got to see 2 very high big breaches within 50 ft of the boat!

11-2-18  whale watching tours saw 8 to 10 whales each trip with as many as 5 close to the boat at one time. Beautiful conditions with a bright blue sky and very clear water.

11-1-18 10 to 12 Humpbacks on each tour!

10-28-18 4 humpback whales provided s good show of tail lobs for the first trip but the seas got rough and the forecast looks bad until Thursday so check back Thursday evening to  check out what you might expect to see on the weekend!

10-27-18 4 humpbacks on each trip , lunge feeding10-26-18 Amazing day on the bay! the 9 am trip experienced over 1000 ( not a typo) dolphins and 6 Humpback whales , one of them preforming a dozen big breaches near the boat. the 11:30 trip had about 20 humpbacks aggressively lunge feeding and trumpeting an awesome display.

10-21-18 3 Humpbacks on the 9 am tour and 2 on the 11:30 trip

10-20-18 1 humpback on each tour and 100 common dolphins on the 9 am trip

10-19-18 10 to 15 humpbacks 8 miles out

10-18-18 4 to 5 hundred dolphins and 5 Humpback whales

10-17-18 6 big humpbacks feeding 8 miles out and more humpbacks all around plus Pacific common dolphin

10-16-18 DOZENS of humpback whales are feeding in the bay! Now is the time we have been waiting for to see very active humpback whales!