Whale Watching in Morro Bay, California
Whale Watching With Sub Sea Tours
The opportunity to see whales is truly breathtaking. Keep in mind that the Dos Osos is an open boat with an unobstructed view; while this is perfect for prime whale watching, it also means you should dress appropriately. The weather can change quickly in Morro Bay and can sometimes get cold during a whale watching tour, so dressing warmly and in layers is encouraged. We want to make sure you enjoy your tour as much as possible, so bring sunscreen, a hat, something to drink, and your sense of adventure!
Our trips depart daily during the summer months with weather permitting. Winter trips vary in departure days and time, so calling our office is the best way to get the current schedule. Keep in mind that this is nature that we are observing and we try our absolute best to provide a great trip for everyone aboard.
If the Captain deems the weather conditions to be unsafe for the tour, we will reschedule your whale watching trip or give you a full refund.
One of the truly exceptional experiences Morro Bay can offer is the chance to watch the California Gray Whales and Central Coast Humpback Whales. Sub Sea Tours, Kayaks and Whale Watching offers a 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hour tour aboard the “M/V DOS OSOS,” a U.S. Coast Guard-certified, 33-foot, 22-passenger, power catamaran perfect for watching these magnificent creatures. In addition to Humpback Whales and Gray Whales, it is also common to see other marine animals during the whale watching tour, including blue whales, minke whales, fin whales, harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, and pacific white-sided dolphins. You may also spot peregrine falcons, pelicans, cormorants, herons and many other sea birds.
Humpback Whales in Morro Bay
The Central Coast of California is a part-time home to the Central Coast Humpback Whale, which feeds in the nutrient-rich waters of Central California from May through October, before traveling south to Mainland Mexico to mate or give birth during the winter. The Humpbacks are natural acrobats and tend to breech, or jump out of the water, more often than other whale species. They particularly enjoy showing off their tail as they dive down deep into the ocean in search of sardines, anchovies or krill. The show-stopping humpbacks can also often be seen slapping their flippers, spouting, sounding, tail-lobbing, lunge feeding, and spy-hopping. These awesome creatures sure do seem to have a lot of fun!
California Gray Whales on the Central Coast
California Gray Whales can be found in the ocean near Morro Bay from the Middle of December through mid May, as they travel from their feeding grounds in the Bering Sea down the coast to their breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja, Mexico and back. During this stunning migration, more than 23,000 Gray Whales pass by the Central Coast southbound to mate and give birth in the warmer waters of Baja. Then, in March, you can watch the whales begin to head north again, and you may even be able to see some calves making their first journey with their mothers!
During our lucky summer months, we sometimes see blue whales. These creatures are the world’s largest animal and can measure up to 100 feet and weigh up to 400,000 pounds! Blue whales primarily feed on krill, which is what attracts them to the central coast. The last couple of years have been great for seeing Blue Whales. The spout of a blue whale is much taller and straighter as opposed to a V-shaped spout of a humpback whale.