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Visiting Monterey Bay Whale Watching in Monterey
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California coasts offer great scenes of whales if you choose the right time to visit. The best place to have the perfect whale watching experience is in Monterey. The reason why the Monterey coast is popular for this extraordinary sight is that whales come so close to the shores of Monterey waters that people can easily see them full-size with naked eyes, unlike other areas where you need to go pretty far to gaze these gigantic creatures. The sublime Monterey Submarine Canyon has an ideal habitat for a number of whale species that makes them come so close to the banks.

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How to Get Tickets?

You do not need any tickets to reach or explore the Monterey Bay area. Whale watching tours are, of course, paid, and are offered by several whale watching tour planners across the bay. You can choose from several available tour packages to find the one that best suits your needs.

How To Get Around?

Moving around the bay is easy. All popular attractions are at walking distance from each other and whale watching tours such as cruises are completely guided.

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Best Time to Visit

California hosts the longest whale-watching season as almost all whale species can be seen here throughout the year. However, if you intend to visit the Monterey Bay to visit any specific whale species in particular, it is wise enough to check about its availability beforehand to avoid getting disappointed..


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Will I Need a Guide?

How To Get There?

For overseas visitors, San Francisco is the nearest airport. Easy accommodation is available nearby and you may ask the hoteliers to arrange a roundtrip for you to the Monterey Bay area. Private cars and Uber are another preferred options to reach the bay. If you want to drive yourself to the nearest whale watching cruise tour provider from San Francisco, take the Pacific Grove/Del Monte Avenue exit off of the Highway 1.

Additional Info

Remember to pack enough layers during winters. While getting on a cruise for a whale watching tour, you must ensure you are completely fit, and the process starts a day before the tour: avoid alcohol and eat bland foods to avoid seasickness.

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