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Central Coast Sailing and Avila Beach Whale Watching

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Central Coast Sailing and Avila Beach Whale Watching
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“captain mark”(199 reviews)
“whale watching”(60 reviews)
“central coast”(67 reviews)
We are a small family run tour company that offers Sailing and Powerboat excursions on the pristine waters of San Luis Obispo Bay, the hidden gem of the Central Coast. Hop aboard any of our tours and you will experience an abundance of wildlife...more
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Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a fun afternoon with Capt. Mark today. We loved the history and stories of the coastline right here in our neighborhood while our young boys enjoyed the thrill of seeing the wildlife and being at sea. A memorable voyage that we would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Travelingjane
Reviewed 20 November 2018

Even though the whales were not around this day, Capt Mark still provided a wonderful experience on the water. We saw sea otters, pacific dolphin pods, and sea lions off shore. Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate - but we still had an enjoyable time. Will...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 19 November 2018

Capt Dax was fun, informative, patient and sensitive. He was lovely to share the trip on and spoke about his many adventures that we quizzed him about. We managed to see whales breaching, dolphins jumping out of the water, what a great day!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 27 October 2018

What a great experience. We went about 8 or 9 miles out where the previous trip had seen many dolphin and some whales. Nothing but blue water! Capt Mark followed his gut and kept searching. He didn't give up. We spotted the birds and found...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank graceandjoy2day
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Although we didn't see whales today, we enjoyed an exciting sailing adventure. Captain Mark was very informative and we learned much about the history, flora and fauna of the area that we call home.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

What a great experience! We all felt so welcomed and invited. Capt. Mark made us feel like family. He really made the kids feel comfortable and engaged them in the experience. It didn't take long to see spouts and then we accompanied 2 adults and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lulumomma59
Reviewed 6 October 2018

This trip was the best time of our California week long trip. The sailboat experience was exiting and so much fun. We saw three whales on this trip; a mamma with her calf and a third whale on the other side. Captain Mark was a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tim O
Reviewed 4 October 2018

First time whale watching...it was exhilarating! Captain Mark was knowledgeable, fun and entertaining! The experience was more than we imagined it could be. We will definitely do this again. We were out at 9 AM. Even though it was a warm morning, I recommend layering...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Julie M
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We had a great time on our tour. Captain Mark was very knowledgeable and personable. He provided much information about whales and marine life. We saw whales sounding many times. Highly recommend this trip.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank myjet-travel
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This was our first time to Avila beach and to go whale watching off the CA coast. Captain Dax was awesome! Very friendly, kind and knowledgeable Just 2 couples were on this trip and it was so much fun. We saw a momma and baby...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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26 May 2018|
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Response from V8068SWmarkk | Property representative |
Hello Angie, Both of our boats offer fantastic whale watching opportunities. The powerboat gets you to the whales fast and enjoys wonderful experiences with the whales. The sailboat is a more tranquil experience and has the... More
Sandra M
21 April 2018|
Response from Mark K | Property representative |
Hi Sandra, Thank you for the question do we give a refund if clients cancel a trip. Yes we do when the trip is canceled more than 7 days in advance or if we can rebook the day and time we were holding for you we give a full... More
Karen D
22 March 2017|
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Response from Mark K | Property representative |
Hi Karen, We tend to have calmer sea conditions here than up in Monterrey bay as we are in a more protected area. That said it really depends on the weather the day you decide to go. My suggestion for you would be to come... More