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Review of Sanctuary Cruises

Sanctuary Cruises
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Explore Monterey Bay year-round with a marine biologist aboard Santuary, a beautiful boat that is only booked to 80% of her capacity for a more personalized passenger experience. We run longer trips with fewer passengers. We really care about the environment and run 100% local biodiesel. Knowledgeable, warm owner/operators engage and enchant. Responsible captains who don't crowd the animals but ease into the area, which often results in fantastic sightings. We have a great device for avoiding seasickness. Located in Moss Landing at the heart of the Monterey Bay & beginning of the submarine canyon for awesome sightings. We are the boat the locals prefer and the National Marine Sanctuary recommends.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Enthusiastic crew, quite knowledgeable (although bit more detail insight rather than the standard David Attenborough/ Living Planet, would have enhanced the experience)
Nice mid size boat, sea sickness aids, ginger biscuits
Would recommend (been on 2 whale watching trips elsewhere, this was the best)

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We took two trips out with these guys. We had first gone out with another company operating out of Monterey Bay Marina, but choose to come back out with Sanctuary twice (even though it was more of a drive for us). They were very respectful of the animals we saw (Humpbacks and Orca), which for me is an absolute must. They are very knowledgeable and so friendly. The size of the boat (being smaller than the first tour operator we went with), was perfect. The smaller boat made seeing the whales easier and there was more opportunity for moving around easily to get great pictures. Thanks Guys!

Thank elf01
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Excellent!! This was our second trip with Sanctuary, and we plan to go again. Different things happen on each trip which makes for great adventure out in the bay. The boat is a good size--not too big--and the guides are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and just as enthusiastic as the passengers about sightings. A great day!!

1  Thank 219eleanorh
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

The tour guide was articulate, welcoming and friendly with plenty of cool tips and knowledge to share. They were able to position us by some active, breaching whales for an exciting, memorable experience.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Great whale watching- this is a smaller boat so there are not tons of people fighting for a space on the rail when there is a sighting. There is a marine biologist on the boat with you and spends a TON of time talking about what you are seeing, the bay, etc. He was very knowledgeable and really added a lot to the experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone! Well worth paying a little extra.

Thank Eric B
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