No matter what time of the year it is, Mendocino, CA, is filled with breathtaking scenery and landscapes. With a delicate balance of nature, culture, history, and adventure, there’s no shortage of fantastic things to do and ways to immerse yourself in our vacation destination. One of the most wonderful pastimes to enjoy is going Mendocino whale watching. The whale migration season occurs each winter from November through February and allows you to marvel at these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. You can also see these creatures return in the spring with their adorable calves. During your stay at Sea Rock Inn, we encourage you to take a tour and experience this once-in-a-lifetime encounter.
Before you go Mendocino whale watching, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide. It features our recommendations for cultural, culinary, and outdoor activities to enjoy, as well as where to stay at Sea Rock Inn!
How to Experience Mendocino Whale Watching
If you’re having difficulty deciding on a whale watching tour in Mendocino, review our list below. We hope you enjoy this pastime as much as we do!
Local Tip: If you need supplies pre-departure, stop by Out Of This World. This fantastic shop will get you geared up for the best whale watching experience. Peruse the selection of top-notch gadgets, including high-end binoculars, so that you can have the best view of these marine mammals.
Whale Watching Charters to Choose From
No matter which whale watching boat you choose to set sail with, you’ll begin your journey from Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor. This stunning location is not only the best place to start your Mendocino whale watching trip, but it’s also a fantastic spot for offshore fishing, birdwatching, sightseeing, and nature walks.
All Aboard Adventures
All Aboard Adventures in Fort Bragg, CA, invites you to join Captain Tim on his boat, Sea Hawk, for an outstanding whale watching adventure. You’ll enjoy a 2-hour trip on the serene Pacific Ocean and get up close to these breathtaking creatures. The tickets are $40 per person, and during peak whale watching time, you’re sure to see these animals in action.
2021 update: All Aboard Adventures has been recertified to provide tours according to new guidelines. They can only take half capacity passengers at this time.
Anchor Charter Boats
Board The Trek II with Anchor Charter Boats for a marvelous experience. Whether you sit in the climate-controlled cabin or out on the deck, this luxurious boat offers the perfect place to watch California Gray Whales. The tour duration is typically two hours, so if you have a specific time in mind, contact them for reservations beforehand. Tickets are $40 per person, and we recommend bringing a tip for your captain!
A Fort Bragg-based charter, Telstar Charters is one of the most popular charters for whale watching in the Mendocino area. This charter offers a 2-hour excursion that departs twice a day, and tickets are $50 per person. You won’t be disappointed with your time with this beloved company!
2021 update: Telstar has recently gone through an engine upgrade. The boat is now powered by a fully electronic Cummins diesel engine, making her carbon footprint considerably smaller!
Mendocino Whale Festival
One of the most anticipated events of the year in Mendocino is the Mendocino Whale Festival. Spanning over the first three weekends in March, you’ll have the chance to visit different areas of Mendocino County and celebrate these beloved creatures, and indulge in amazing wine tastings.
2021 update: To keep the public safe, the Mendocino Whale Festival will not occur in 2021. The event will return in 2022.
Once you complete your Fort Bragg whale watching experience, head back to the luxurious comfort of Sea Rock Inn in Northern California. Not only will you marvel at encompassing vistas of the Pacific Ocean from our cliffside bed and breakfast, but also the serenity that encompasses our property. We invite you to browse our beautifully appointed accommodations and reserve the ideal one for your romantic getaway. After you book, you’ll have easy access to the deluxe amenities on our property. From gourmet breakfast to spa services, you’ll find the perfect way to indulge during your couple’s retreat.