"Whale watching. What a misnomer! Don't be fooled.." Fisherman's Wharf Tip by Jeff77

Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey: 25 reviews and 70 photos

We went whale watching on Memorial Day, May 29 2004, and boy did we
make the totally wrong choice to spend a precious long weekend. We booked
our tour with Sam's Fishing Fleet at the Old Fisherman's Wharf,
Monetrey Bay: the 9:00 AM tour costs $41 PP. The tour lasted five hours and
the only whale "watching" we did was for all of 10 minutes and it was
nothing more than the faint outline of the backs of a few blue whales and
humpback whales from a distance....the most we saw was the air spouts
from the blow holes.

Now comes the most miserable part : we spent 4 hours just going to and
coming from the canyon where the whales were supposed to be feeding on
krill, fish, anchovies, etc. We spent those hours watching almost all
the people on board throw up on the side of the boat. Constantly! A few
were violently sea-sick and spent the entire time just moaning and
trying to make it through the trip, counting the minutes until it was over.

To be fair, we were warned of this before and the wife and I took
motion sickness tablets, but we still felt queasy the whole time.

There are other tour operators who provide the same service for less
money (less time too) and this review is not against the Tour Operators:
just against the whole idea of whale watching.

San Diego's Sea World was far far far better, and we got to see a lot
more of whales there than in the open ocean in their natural habitats.

Phone: +1 831-649-6544
Website: http://www.montereywharf.com

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  • Written Jun 11, 2004
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