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“Best Whale Show I've Ever Seen!”

Monterey Bay Sailing
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2 Hour Sailing Cruise in Monterey Bay
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sail with confidence on world famous Monterey Bay. Monterey hosts the most bio-dense and bio-diverse ecosystem on the U.S. Pacific coast. Whether you are a complete novice trying sailing for the first time, or an experienced ocean veteran ready to take your seamanship to a higher level, we offer American Sailing Association (ASA) classes taught to your skill level. Monterey Sailing Monterey Bay Sailing is a professional sailing organization established in 1998 whose mission is to offer residents of the Monterey Peninsula communities and visitors an affordable opportunity to sail the central coast. Marine mammals seen frequently include grey, blue and humpback whales who blow, or breach as they migrate with their calves. Sea otters, dolphin and vocal sea lions enjoy one of the most pristine areas of the entire Pacific. On cruises, all sailors are offered a chance to take the helm and discover the grace and beauty of a boat under sail. Choose a captained cruise for a more relaxing voyage in the world's second largest marine sanctuary. Cruises are safe, affordable, family fun for all ages. For sailors who want to become active in the sport, a membership in Monterey Bay Sailing Club reduces the cost of certification courses and bareboat rentals by 50 - 70%. Bareboat rentals are available for non-members who are certified and qualified to bareboat. The Monterey Bay Sailing fleet offers a selection of boats suited to the local conditions. The local conditions are a sailors paradise. Typically, 345 plus days of good to excellent sailing conditions predominate annually. The prevailing west to northwest wind ranges predictably from 8-15 knots. The ASA sailing school is instructed by professional sailors with decades of experience. ASA certifications are valid for life and recognized internationally. We are dedicated to teaching safety and seamanship and give you the confidence to fulfill your sailing goals and dreams.
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We had a fabulous sunset cruise with Captain Dakota! We saw so many whales, and he did a great job navigating the bay so we could see as much as possible. The sunset was pretty incredible too. Great value for the money.

Thank Lanajer
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Amazing for a first-timer. They offer wine and let you sail on your own with the help of captain. Would recommend no more than 5 people on board.

Thank Maria P
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

My partner and I did the 2-hour cruise. We were paired up with one other couple in the boat. It was an amazing adventure. We couldn't stop talking about it. We saw dolphins and at least 3 whales swimming. In fact, most of our voyage was spent watching the whales swim. I did not expect to see whales, so I was pleasantly surprised. Captain Dan was awesome!

Thank Keith P
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

I love getting out on the bay; and 95+ degrees this past weekend was an additional motivator! Dutch took us out for a two hour sail. The wind god supported our effort and Dutch identified all the birds, sea lions, seals and whales. He is a wealth of information, and a talented sailor with an eye for spotting the whale activity and putting us in the center of it all. I've never been that close to a hump back whale. All in all a great sail for a very fair price. Thank you Dutch!

Thank Jocelyn W
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

We always enjoy a sunset sail when we travel by the water, so this trip was a natural. The boat was comfy and Captain Floyd evidenced just the right balance between banter and allowing us alone time. Biggest issue was the appalling quality of the wine. Here we are in the heart of where so many fabulous wines and we were served Charles Shaw $2. wine. I highly recommend adding $20 to the cost of the trip and serving something potable.

Thank rabbibjk2018
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Monterey_Bay_Sailing, Captain at Monterey Bay Sailing, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

We do many 1 and 2 hour trips which are affordable for the great variety of individuals who want to go out on the water and view the diverse marine life in Monterey Bay. We provide wine as a complimentary item included in our services. We do not charge an extra 20$ for wine because that would make some of our services outside of the price range of many individuals and families who patronage our small business. Passengers are more than welcome to bring their own wine and we will be happy to pour it for them. My sincere apologies that the wine did not meet your potability standards but I am certainly glad that the Captain, cruise and vessel all met your sailing needs.

Fair winds and following seas,

Capt. Takoda J. Fletcher
Vice President
Monterey Bay Sailing

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