MOSS LANDING, CA

WHEN: April 20th, 24th, & May 23rd, 2020 @ 6:30AM

COST: $110 per person

REGISTRATION AT: sanctuarycruises.com

GROUP SIZE: 15 people

Come aboard the Sanctuary for a 5+ hour sunrise or sunset tour of Monterey Bay in search of whales, dolphins, and more! On this extended tour, you will be joined by biologist and photographer, Chase Dekker. Chase holds degrees in Organismal Biology and Zoology and is also a certified naturalist and interpretive guide.

 

He has spent the last few years working in the field behind a camera, creating imagery that promotes conservation and environmental awareness. These tours have a heavy focus on marine photography as we try to place ourselves out in the bay during optimal times for light and sea conditions. We limit the passenger load to only 15 people to ensure you have plenty of room to photograph the whales while receiving a lot of one-on-one time with your guide. The Sanctuary is the perfect vessel for whale photography as the stern rises no more than 2 feet above the sea. This gives you a spectacular low vantage point to photograph the wildlife from an intimate level that few other vessels offer. The Sanctuary is also equipped with an indoor cabin that has snacks, drinks, and a restroom.

 

Whether you are a beginner or expert photographer, you are bound to pick up some new skills and tips on capturing stunning marine life imagery. For those who are not into photography, this is still an excellent trip to be out on the water during a beautiful time of day. You can sit back, relax, and watch the whales swim and breach under the setting Pacific sun while the photographers let their shutters fly! The sunrise photography tours running between April - May will be a good time to look for killer whales as they come into the bay to hunt migrating gray whales. We might also encounter humpback whales, blue whales, and multiple species of dolphins. From June - October, expect to see humpbacks, blues, and dolphins with the occasional killer whale sighting. There will also be opportunities to photograph sea otters, sea lions, and many bird species.

 

So whatever your interests may be, we look forward to welcoming you aboard for an amazing whale watching experience!

WHY TOUR WITH ME?

  • Born and raised in the Monterey Peninsula giving me years to explore the region

  • 15+ years of experience out in the wild with a wide-variety of wildlife

  • Small group size to make sure you get a lot of one-on-one instruction and information

  • Degrees in both Organismal Biology and Zoology to give up to date information about the wildlife we encounter

  • Deep knowledge and experience with guiding and photographing along the California coastline

  • Thorough understanding of the biology, geology, history, and ecology of the California coastline

  • Extensive knowledge of cameras and how to further your photography skills in the field

  • Joined by a licensed captain who knows the Bay and where the wildlife is

POSSIBLE ANIMAL SIGHTINGS ON SAFARI

  • Gray Whale

  • Humpback Whale

  • Killer Whale

  • Blue Whale

  • Fin Whale

  • Risso's Dolphin

  • Pacific White-

     Sided Dolphins

 

  • Bottlenose Dolphin

  • Right Whale Dolphin

  • Long-Beaked Common Dolphin

  • Sea Otter

  • Sea Lion

  • Harbor Seal

  • Blue Shark

  • Great White Shark

  • Brown Pelican

  • Brandt's Cormorant

  • Great Blue Heron

  • Great Egret

  • Snowy Egret

  • Common Murre

  • Tufted Puffin

  • Rhinoceros Auklet

  • Northern Fulmar

  • Common Loon

  • Black-footed

  • Albatross

Photos taken on these workshops

COSTS

  • $110 per passenger 

  • Parking is not included ($8 in cash for all day parking)

  • Seasickness relief bands can be rented on booking site for $7 each

SUGGESTED GEAR

  • DSLR camera body

  • Wide angle lens (e.g. 16-35,mm 24-70mm, etc. Mostly used for close-ups)

  • Mid range lens (70-200mm)

  • Polarizing filter

  • UV filter

  • Camera bag capable of carrying gear and daily necessities

  • Telephoto (300mm+)

  • Warm jacket

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat 

  • Non-slip shoes

  • Sunglasses 

  • Dramamine for seasickness

THE VESSEL

  • 43-feet in length

  • Biodiesel Engine

  • Comfortable Indoor Cabin

  • Snacks & Drinks Onboard

  • Bathroom

  • Low to the water 

  • Coast Guard certified

  • Life Vests

  • Can hold up to 40 passengers, so with 15 people aboard you will have plenty of room!

REGISTRATION

To register for a whale watching trip (with Chase as your guide), visit sanctuarycruises.com, where you can sign up and rent motion sickness wrist bands, if needed. 

 

To locate photography workshops on the Sanctuary Cruises website, use their online booking calendar and you'll find the tours on these dates listed below. They are titled "Photography Workshop/Wildlife Cruise"

Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 6:30AM

Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 6:30AM

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 at 6:30AM

More dates coming soon!

BOOK EARLY AS THESE WORKSHOPS SELL OUT FAR IN ADVANCE!

 

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