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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Hello whale lovers and wildlife enthusiasts from around the world. We all know that watching these magnificent leviathans in the wild is an amazing experience! But, as with all wild animals they roam and move as they choose and sometimes we go out and can not find them. The most frequently asked question about our whale watching tours is how likely are you to actually see a whale on the tour. So we have compiled 7 years of data on our tours and here are the percentages of tours that saw at least one whale on a tour, month by month.  January 62% February 79% March 84% April 56% May 71% June 80% July 86% August 93% September 97%!! October 88% November 73% December 19%. 

 

Here is what we have been seeing lately on the powerboat unless otherwise noted as on the sailboat.

7-20-19 3 to 6 Humpbacks on each tour with a couple of close passes by some curious whales on each trip

7-19-19 A little bi8t of everything today! some breaching some lunge feeding and a couple of curious whales coming within 10 ft of the boat.

7-18-19 3 to 5 whale s per tip and another great encounter with the huge Dolphin pod!

7-17-19 AMAZING DAY! 4 to 6 whales on each tour and 500 plus dolphins on the 2 Pm tour

7-14-19 Good day with excellent whale watching on each trip

7-13-19 todays 9 am tour saw some beautiful dolphins that played with the boat for awhile and on the 11:30 we found 5 Humpbacks

7-12-19 too foggy for the 9 am trip but the 11:30 had a great trip with multiple breaches and a lot of pectoral fin slapping.

7-11-19 cancelled one trip and got shutdown by fog on the other .

7-10-19 Nice day with both boats seeing whales today. We arrived to see 2 adolescent humpbacks having a little breaching contest which was quite fun and then settled into some nice whale watching with a few close encounters. Then we found the dolphins or they found us and put on a great display of chasing around the boat.

9-19 ONE THOUSAND DOLPHINS or somthing close to that number on the 11:30 and the 2 pm trips! Plus  5 to 10 big beautiful humpbacks on every tour! The 9 am trip got to see some fantastic lunge feeding and hundreds of dolphins! one of the best days this year! 

7-8-19 excellent whale watching on both trips see 4 to 6 whales

7-7-19 two to 4 Humpbacks on each trip

7-6-19 Another Great day of whale watching today with both tours seeing 5 to 10 whales!

7-5-19 today was absolutely amazing as we had a 20 minute encounter with 3 whales that swam up under and around us with only  3 to 4 ft from the boat. They seemed to be wanting to communicate with us. The next trip also saw 5 whales and got to play with 50 to 60 dolphins which was super fun.

7-4-19 Big feeding going on today both tours saw at least 800 dolphins and 6 to 8 whales.

7-3-19 Only 1 whale today but it stayed with us for over 30 minutes and broke the 2 day slump so happy days.

7-2-19 no whales today I hope the bad streak ends tomorrow

7-1-19 to foggy and windy to see whales

6-30-19  Both power boat trips had incredible experiences with over 8 whales and a very curious whale coming over close to investigate us .

6-28 -19 great whale watching this morning but it was rough. 5 whales feeding and 4 breaches!

6-27-19 too foggy to see any whales

6-25-19 Good day on both  boats 4 to 6 whales per trip.

6-24-19 wonderful whale watching today we saw 8 different Humpback whales all slowly swimming about the bay it was a very tranquil experience.

6-23-19 another great day of whale watching with Humpback whales swimming up close too many times to count and some big breaches close to the boat also. All of our tours both sail and powerboat saw at least a dozen whales each on each tour!

6-22-19 fantastic day on the bay! All of of our tours both sail and powerboat interacted with 10 to 20 whales on each trip! the 11:00 tours also got to play with some Dolphins that chased around the bow of our boats!

6-21-19 close encounters with some big humpbacks on all tours both sail and powerboat. the whales have moved in to about 5 miles from shore and as long as they stay there the sailing tours will join the powerboat for some of the best whale watching on the west coast.

6-19-19 Today was another amazing day of whale watching with all tours both sail and powerboat seeing at least 6 whales feeding.

6-18-19 another winner of ma day with good sightings on all of our tours! Today it was the sailboat that had the best experience with 10 to 15 big breaches near the boat!

6-17-19 The best day in the past week! Unreal encounters with a dozen humpbacks lunge feeding on all three trips!iance with 10 to 15 big breaches near the boat!

6-16-19 great whale watching all day on both the sail boat and the powerboat as the whales are feeding in much closer than they were.

6-15-19 Today was a bit challenging when we only saw 2 whales on the 9 am tour but on the 11:30 tour we went farther west figuring we there was not much to see to the east and we found three big old humpbacks and one of the was kind enough to give us a nice high full breach with a full twist about 70 ft from the boat. 

6-14-19 Execent whale watching all day! Both trips saw 3 to 5 Humpback lunge feeding and the 9 am saw One big full high breach and a active and playful  pod of over 100 common Dolphins! 

6-13-19 No whales on the 9 am tour which was a bummer but we bounced back and found 3 on the 11:30 that showed us their beautiful tail fluks many times.

6-12-19 wonderful day for whale watching after the fog cleared we found 5 whales and they did some big lunge feeding near us.

6-10-19   5 very active and curious Humpbacks made our day and the weather was the warmest day in a long time. Happy Days for sure.

6-9-19 todays 9 am had a great show with about 100 Risso dolphins which are a toothed whale and northern right whale dolphins which I have only seen once before in my life and a white sided dolphin which are my personal favorite. But alas after 3 weeks of great trips and lots of whales today we came up empty and could not find a single big baleen whale.

6-8-19 While we have been shut down due to high winds and big waves for the past 2 days we did make it out this morning and we found 1 Humpback doing some nice breaching and we  also found a very cool pod of Risso dolphins which are quite large and light colored so they really stood out as they swam along underwater . they are about 14 ft long and their dorsal fin is 15 to 20 inches long so it sticks up quite a bit..

6-5-19 Another incredible day of whale watching today.  All 3 trips saw 10 or more whales feeding and all of them saw at least 1 breach with the afternoon trip getting 10 big breaches  some of which were 50 ft from the boat.

6-3-19 another wonderful day of whale watching, both trips saw at least 10 whales and hundreds of sealions feeding

6-2-10 Another great day with the whales, 15 to 20 humbacks that were mostly feeding but we did get 10 nice breaches by a happy playful whale near the end of the 9 am tour. That was as good as it gets!

6-1-19 Beautiful sunny sky with big puffy cumulus clouds over the green hills and an even dozen whales feeding a few mile out. At one point we had 6 whales within 100 ft of the boat. Good times.

5-31-19 today under cloudy skies we found 2 big Humpbacks that we stayed with for an hour and then we saw 3 more pairs as we were returning to the port. 8 whales in all

5-29-19 ROCK AND ROLL whale watching today! The 9 am trip had big waves and 10 Humpbacks feeding with 30 white sided dolphins and several hundred sealions. Everything was moving and rocking in the wild conditions. We had to cancelled the 11:30 trip because it picked up even more while we were coming in.  5-28-19 5 Humpbacks on the 9 am tour with big waves that made it possible to see the whales whole bodies as the waves lifted them up. very cool. It got to rough though to go back out at 11:30.

5-27-19  10 to 15 Humpbacks along with a hundred or so sealions . Some big lunge feeding also but what really made this day special was the spectactular blue skies and white puffy clouds above some amazing green hills. The beautiful Central Coast in all its glory. 

5-26-19 As the rain let up some hearty visitors from Chile and Switzerland braved the last bit of showers and were well rewarded for it. 10 Humpbacks and 300 plus sealions along with hundreds of birds in a big feeding frenzy. We enjoyed many close encounters as the whales were very curious and even our old friend Half Tail swam by to say hello. This was one of the best trips this year! 

5-25-19 Incredible encounters today! on the 9 am tour a humpback whale really seemed to like us and came over as close to us 5 or 6 feet several times!

5-24-19 After several days off due to either too much wind or too much fog we were treated to a beautiful sunny day and some magnificent whale watching. 5 to 10 Humpbacks on each tour along with hundreds of sealions all feeding in a big dynamic frenzy.  

5-20-19 After 4 days of bad weather we got back on the water and were treated to a good day with 2 big Humpbacks only 2 miles out. With the big waves from the storm we were able to see their whole bodies as they rose and fell with the swells!

5-15-19 Both powerboat tours had great experiences with a new pod of Humpback whales that have just arrived to our bay and are actively feeding. We had several close encounters with some very curious whales.

5-14-19 Nice trip today, we found 3 Humpbacks feeding with a large pod of Pacific White Sided dolphins!

5-12-19 We had to go 11 miles out but we did find 1 Humpback that gave us on big breach!

5-11-19 amazing day with both powerboat tours enjoying 10 to 15 Humpbacks and multiple breaches. It was a magical day as we were also joined by a big pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphins!

5-9-19 Absolutely beautiful whale watching with 10 to 15 humpback whales  sighted on each powerboat tour and several close encounters.

5-8-19 Great day to be whale watching! Sunny with amazing clouds and 15 to 20 Humpback on each tour. Several breaches today and a close encounter with a curious cow calf pair.