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Sanctuary Cruises

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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
+1 831-350-4090
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Excellent trip

This was our first whale watching trip - went on the 5.30-7.30pm trip and hoped to see a whale... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lynseydear
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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
What a great time!

This was our first whale watching cruise and I am so glad we chose Sanctuary Cruises. Chase was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Awooley82
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Explore Monterey Bay year-round with a marine biologist aboard Santuary, a beautiful boat that is only booked to 80% of her capacity for a more personalized passenger experience. We run longer trips with fewer passengers. We really care about the environment and run 100% local biodiesel. Knowledgeable, warm owner/operators engage and enchant. Responsible captains who don't crowd the animals but ease into the area, which often results in fantastic sightings. We have a great device for avoiding seasickness. Located in Moss Landing at the heart of the Monterey Bay & beginning of the submarine canyon for awesome sightings. We are the boat the locals prefer and the National Marine Sanctuary recommends.
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Hours Today: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing Harbor, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9616
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Reviewed yesterday

This was our first whale watching trip - went on the 5.30-7.30pm trip and hoped to see a whale! What we saw was amazing - 30-40 humpback whales lunge feeding & breaching all around us - couldn't have asked for any more. A fantastic trip...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first whale watching cruise and I am so glad we chose Sanctuary Cruises. Chase was our marine biologist/guide and he really knows his stuff! We saw 15-20 whales on our tour and learned so much about not only the humpback whale but...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this company! We go whale watching frequently, and have gone with various tour companies out of both Moss Landing and Monterey; Sanctuary is hands-down our favorite. Not only do you get to the whales faster out of Moss Landing, but Sanctuary has the best...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did an afternooon trip and quickly got into the midst of an extraordinary sighting of feeding; birds flying, sea lions swimming and rolling and many humpback whales lunge feeding, breaching, tail flapping, bubble blowing. It was spectacular and the whole show Came to within...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great trip with Sanctuary cruises: We were right in the middle of a large group of hump backs in a feeding frenzy! Did not expect to see such a large number of whales on our trip, even as close as several meters....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fab time on the 8am trip. We were lucky to see 2 whales early into our trip plus sea lions, birds, Mola Mola (Sun Fish) jelly fish etc! Would throughly recommend - Vicky was very informative and helpful. Being on a small boat...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the main reasons I chose this tour was the fact they used a boat with biofuel and for that part I’m very satisfied with having contributed a little towards the ocean. However as far as whale watching goes, it was an average outing....More

Thank architecte007
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Sunday, July 22nd we had the most incredible whale watching experience ever, with Sanctuary Cruises. Skipper Eric and Marine Biologist Erica were on board, and they were fantastic. We spent the first part of our cruise viewing several pairs of humpback whales, and then...More

Thank AnnaLSF
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have had excellent trips with Sanctuary Cruises. Skipper Mike, Skipper Eric and Skipper Jackson try their very best to get the people on the boat to see whales. Naturalists Erica and Chase are quite knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of...More

Thank mrpaulprado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this cruise two years ago and had no hesitation booking them again for our holiday this year. The biologist on board - Chase was super. He was knowledgeable, informative and also took us to see the most magnificent great white sharks! Sanctuary are...More

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joey523
July 24, 2018|
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Response from tamarat545 | Reviewed this property |
I think if they can make it accessible they will! Please call them before booking a ticket. I hope it is possible!
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Stephanie G
July 26, 2017|
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Response from Andrea R | Reviewed this property |
We made reservations a week before. They were booked up the morning of our adventure.
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mgsom
May 27, 2017|
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Response from Jo C | Reviewed this property |
I concur with previous response. Additionally there is seating for about 5 people at the bow of the boat which is where we sat for the duration of cruise.
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