Monterey is one of the finest places in the world to go on a whale watching trip—we are one of the only places in the world where you can see whales year-round, and where whales swim so close to the shore. The Monterey Submarine Canyon is as immense as the Grand Canyon and is located not even a mile off shore. This allows whales to feed in deep water close to shore, much to the delight of eager whale watchers!
From April through December, whale watchers will see killer whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpbacks, and the mighty blue whales—these are known as the summer whales. If you go whale watching in the winter months (December through April), you’ll see California Gray Whales and dolphins as they travel from the Bering and Chuckchi seas to Baja California, Mexico.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a 15 minute walk from our Monterey Inn, and you can choose from any number of whale watching companies—we’re happy to make reservations for you, as well!
Many of the whale watching trips leave around 9:00, so you’ll have to be down on the wharf at about 8:30. You might be thinking, “Oh, no! I’ll miss the delicious breakfast at the Inn!” Rest assured, though, we would NEVER let you leave empty-handed and hungry. Let us know the night before that you’re out on the town early the following morning, and we’ll prepare a muffin basket for you—muffins, fruit, trail mix, and biscotti to keep you going strong until lunch!
After a few hours on a whale watching boat, you’ll be windswept and perhaps a little tired—though delighted, we’re sure. Come back to our Monterey bed and breakfast for a soak in your own two-person Jacuzzi tub or book a massage at our on-site spa. Relax and rejuvenate before wine and hors d’oeuvres from 4-6, and then take a quick catnap before dinner out on the town.
Stay with us at the Old Monterey Inn, and you’ll combine adventure and luxury, whale watching and tub-soaking!