The incredible story of our "Lunge-Feeding Whales" photo! (we had incorrectly identified these whales as "Spyhopping" - thanks Seymour Marine Discovery Center!)
Whale watching in Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay provides some of the best views of the California Gray Whale, as they pass through the waters off Santa Cruz on their annual migration from Alaska to Mexico in the winter months. In the spring, humpback whales return to Santa Cruz as they search for food in the nutrient-rich waters of the Monterey Bay. Catch sight of these majestic creatures and other sea life by taking a whale watching tour or a sailing charter on a luxury yacht. An abundance of sea otters, dolphins, blue whales, porpoises, sea lions and a variety of ocean birds can be spotted as well in the unique ecosystem of the Monterey Bay. Come to Santa Cruz County and experience some of the best whale watching California has to offer! Read more...
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Touch a shark, marvel at a whale of a skeleton, dive into the latest discoveries in ocean science. Exhibits, aquarium, daily tours, touch pools & Ocean Discovery Shop. Come explore your ocean!
O'Neill Yacht Charters offers thrilling sailing excursions on the Monterey Bay aboard the 65' Team O'Neill Catamaran. Specializing in weekend adventure sails and special event cruises, OYC provides the bay's most comfortable and affordable sailing experience perfect for all ages.
Near beach, shops & quaint Capitola/Soquel Village
Offers comfortable ocean view guest rooms
Steps to the beach, in heart of Capitola Village
Mission-style resort overlooking the Monterey Bay.
This magnificent whale tail image was captured off the Santa Cruz coast