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North Coast Whale Watching

Whale Watching Overview

Whale Watching

Whales that migrate off the California coast include Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Killer Whales (Orca), Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, Minke Whales, Fin Whales and Baird's Beaked Whales. Spotting whales is possible year round as migrating whales pass by our coast twice a year on their way between the cool waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Baja California. Nearly every major marina, port or harbor along the California coast offers some sort of whale tour from up close kayak tours to tours aboard luxury yachts. The North Coast includes everywhere from Fort Bragg to Bodega Bay. Migrating whales such as the Humpback Whale and Gray Whale are the most commonly seen and pass by the Central Coast twice a year between December and May. Killer Whale sightings are most common March through May but can be spotted year round. Blue Whales are the largest at nearly 100 feet in length and frequent Central Coast waters during the summer months. Additional marine life you may encounter include dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, seals, sea lions, sun fish, sharks and leatherback sea turtles. Listed below are whale watching charters from Fort Bragg to Bodega Bay.

Fort Bragg

Noyo Harbor

Anchor Charter Boats is located off Highway 1 in Noyo Harbor. They offer whale watching tours in a large 57-foot fishing boat, complete with a restroom. Anchor Charter runs fishing and 2-hour whale watch tours December through May.

Anchor Charter Boats
32260 North Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-4550

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All Aboard Adventures is located off Highway 1 in Noyo Harbor. They offer whale watch tours in a 45-foot fishing boat. All Aboard runs fishing and 2-hour whale tours December through April.

All Aboard Adventures
32410 North Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-1881

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Telstar Charters is located off Highway 1 in Noyo Harbor. They offer whale watch tours in a large fishing boat. Telstar Charters runs fishing and 2-hour whale watch tours from Fort Bragg.

Telstar Charters
32390 North Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-8770

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Noyo Fishing Center is located off Highway 1 in Noyo Harbor. They offer whale watch tours in a 50 foot, all weather, heated boat with a restroom. Noyo Fishing Center runs fishing and 3 whale watch tours daily.

Noyo Fishing Center
32440 N Harbor Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-3000

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Bodega Bay

Oceanic Society is located off Highway 1 in Porto Bodega Marina. They offer whale watching tours in one of two 50 or 56-foot fishing boats. Oceanic Society specializes in spotting whales off Bodega Bay and offers 3-hour whale watch tours December through May. Each tour is narrated by expert naturalists.

Oceanic Society
1500 Bay Flat Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(415) 474-3385

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Bodega Charters is located off Highway 1 in Porto Bodega Marina. They offer whale watch tours in a large fishing boat. Bodega Charters runs fishing and 3-hour whale watch tours December through March.

Bodega Charters
1500 Bay Flat Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-3495

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