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Oceanic Expeditions

Whale Watching Tours
Monterey, CA

Oceanic Expeditions

Whale Watching Tours
Monterey, CA

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Welcome to Oceanic Expeditions in Monterey, CA!

a whale jumping out of a body of water


Oceanic Expeditions is a high-end, personable, peaceful Whale Watching and Wildlife charter. Boat capacity is up to 6 passengers per trip. Trips depart daily from Moss Landing CA, perfectly located between Monterey & Santa Cruz. Enjoy cruising to whale locations aboard our new, luxurious, stable & safe Stabicraft boat. These futuristic boats are used by the Coast Guard for various safety missions throughout New Zealand & the United States. Oceanic Expeditions is located in Moss Landing, a well-known “hot spot” for wildlife. Offering the best Wildlife Whale Watch Tours in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for locals & tourists from around the world.

an animal in a body of water


Oceanic Expeditions provides a more personable whale watching experience for smaller groups of people. The Challenge was created with the idea of offering peaceful, nature-focused trips while providing the best possible views of the wildlife. Founders Mike & Mary have been leading whale watching trips in Monterey Bay for the past 9 years.

Captain Mike’s footage has been featured in several documentaries including Netflix, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Fox, KSBW, SF Golden Gate, etc.

a dolphin jumping out of the water

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Daily Departures:

Morning Trips: 9:30 AM ~ 12:30 PM
Afternoon Trips: 12:30 PM ~ 3:30 PM
Sunset Trips: 4:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM
Extended Trips: 8:00 AM ~ 3:00 PM

Whale Watching and Wildlife Photography Tours Monterey CA

We’re looking forward to whale watching with you!

Recent Trips

See What Our Guests Say About Us!

Amazing Experience!

This was an amazing experience!! Crew was so nice and friendly and made this trip just perfect. We have seen lots of Dolphins and Humpbacks. Unfortunately no Orcas, but it was a bit early in the season. I can highly recommend Oceanic Expeditions. With the small boat and only 6 passengers next to the crew, you get the perfect experience. You are way more agile to get to the best places and the crew has the chance to explain everything to you. Big thanks again for this great day!

– heisan74, TripAdvisor
Fun and Amazing Few days!

What an amazing few days with Mike and Mary from Oceanic Expeditions. Orcas, Humpbacks, Risso's dolphins, Harbor Porpoises, Sea lions and even a Mola Mola. Mike and Mary were knowledgable about the species and conservation of these beautiful animals, and most importantly they were very respectful with each encounter, giving the animal the space it needed while we watched in awe. I will definitely be booking with Oceanic Expeditions again soon.

– Stephanie H, GoogleReviews

Mike and Mary gave us an unforgettable day. We saw a large group of orcas trying to kill 2 grey whales, and ultimately giving up. Very unusual. Mike & Mary were great hosts and were as excited about what we were seeing as we were. Going out in a small boat may cost a bit more, but it was totally worth it. We were able to get closer and there was no jostling for good camera spots. We felt like guests, more than customers. I will always be glad I did this.

– PhilipCSC, TripAdvisor
Incredible Trip

Had an incredible AM whale watching trip with Oceanic Expeditions. A spectacular humpback whale encounter, 3-4 very large adults coming right up to the boat and showing off their flukes and looking directly at us. It was soul shaking! I was extremely comfortable on the boat, I had my own space and was very comfortably seated with my bag in arms reach. For me, this setup is much better than the vessels that take on a ton of people as they aren’t as comfortable. I highly recommend Oceanic Expeditions for a super comfortable and intimate whale watching experience out on the bay, I will definitely be back for more trips! 🐋🐬

– Alicia T, GoogleReviews
I would recommend this to everybody!!

Today my husband and I went whale watching with Oceanic Expeditions. From the start Mike was very enthusiastic and hospitable, we were received on a beautiful boat. After leaving the harbor, Mike immediately started telling about the marine life in the region. After about 10 minutes we were lucky enough to spot the first whale, followed by an encounter with 2 other whales. Mike clearly knew how to get close to the animals in a respectful way, this made for an unforgettable experience where we got to see the two whales very close. Mike's interest and enthusiasm were beautiful to see and made for a unique experience for us. We would recommend this tour to anyone

– Robin B, TripAdvisor