Marine Mammals and Seabirds
July 16, 2017
Sail the deep-water canyons of Monterey Bay for a full day of wildlife and whalewatching with marine specialists in California's famous Monterey Bay aboard the Star of Monterey. The California Coast is one of the best locations to observe seabirds such as shearwaters, jaegers, skuas, albatross, and alcids. Sea Otters play around in the kelp forests and friendly Humpback Whales often come right up to the ship! Bring your binoculars to look for Pacific White-sided, Common, and Risso's dolphins and perhaps even a Northern Right Whale Dolphin or the largest animal on the planet - the Blue Whale. These popular trips fill very quickly, so please contact us early for reservations.
Please arrive at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey by 7:40 am. The ship departs the dock at 8 am sharp, no exceptions, and returns about 4 pm.
We will send you complete details and directions about your day on Monterey Bay.
Our Trip Leaders
Gail is a naturalist of the best kind – self-taught through a lifetime in the field fueled by a deep passion for wildlife. Her attention to individual hopes and desires ensures that each traveler has the experience of their dreams. Gail has a true spirit for conservation that drives her actions on many issues, both local and worldwide.
Doug leverages his expertise gained during 35 years of teaching ecology and zoology at De Anza College to offer travelers a unique learning experience in wildlife-rich regions of the world. Since 1978, Doug and his wife, Gail, led over 70 safaris to Africa, specializing in Tanzania and Kenya. They also led many tours to all corners of the globe including the Antarctic, South America, Australia, and Asia. Doug is also a professional photographer and can help you take home the wildlife photos that you dream about.
Ted earned a master's degree in tropical conservation biology and now leads and organizes tours with an emphasis on providing the in-depth experiences that Cheesemans’ are known for. He traveled the world extensively since he was young, studying and photographing the wildlife he encountered. Ted has a special interest in polar expeditions and led over 15 to the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Sail the deep-water canyons of Monterey Bay for a full day of wildlife and whalewatching with marine specialists.
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Cost & Payments
$150 per person for one full-day pelagic trip.
|Payment||Due Date||Amount Per Person|
|Full payment||Due now to reserve your space||$150|
All reservations require full payment to confirm reservation of your space.
In the event of a storm, the Captain makes the final decision whether to sail on the morning of the trip. If the trip must be cancelled due to weather conditions, it will be rescheduled. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please let us know at least ten days prior to the trip so that we can send a refund and try to fill your space.
There is no refund or credit if you cancel within ten days of the trip or if you arrive late and miss the boat.
- Does not include lunch or beverages or water.
Don’t let a fear of seasickness scare you away! Read our suggestions for coping with seasickness.
- Non-smoking policy: We have a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours.
- Maximum time in the field: We try to spend as much time in the field as possible, sometimes resulting in long days but giving you a more in-depth experience.
- Itinerary route: The itinerary route, stops and plans are subject to change by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, wildlife sightings, or road conditions.
- Additional forms: For some of our tours, you may be asked to fill out additional forms (e.g., medical questionnaire).
- Medical conditions and travel risks: Travel to remote places is exciting, but understanding and accepting the risks, both medical and logistical, are important. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but due to the fact that we often travel to locations far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this trip. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs, since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your tour deposit and signed reservation form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants.