Marine Mammals and Seabirds

Monterey Bay

July 12, 2020
Cost: $160
Leader: Ted Cheeseman + more
Group Size: 50
Days: 1

Safari Overview

Sail the deep-water canyons of Monterey Bay for a full day of wildlife and whalewatching with marine specialists. The California Coast is one of the best locations to observe seabirds such as shearwaters, jaegers, skuas, alcids and even Black-footed Albatross. Sea Otters play around in the kelp forests and Humpback Whales often feed and breach close to the ship! Bring your binoculars to look for Pacific White-sided, Common, and Risso’s Dolphins and perhaps even a Northern Right Whale Dolphin or the largest animal on the planet – the Blue Whale. We sail aboard the comfortable Star of Monterey. These popular trips fill very quickly, so please contact us early for reservations.

Please arrive at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey by 7:40 am. The ship departs the dock at 8 am sharp, no exceptions, and returns about 4 pm.

We will send you complete details and directions about your day on Monterey Bay.

Note: Cheesemans’ are members of World Cetacean Alliance and abide by responsible whale watching practices.

Our Trip Leaders

Ted Cheeseman

Ted grew up traveling extensively and began studying and photographing wildlife as a child. After completing a Master's degree in Tropical Conservation Biology at Duke University, Ted returned to California to lead and organize expeditions full time with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. Ted currently leads expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Caribbean and obsesses over humpback whales identified around the world through the citizen science project Ted is working on a Ph.D. on humpbacks at Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia.

Gail Cheeseman

Gail is a naturalist of the best kind–self-taught through a lifetime in the field fueled by a deep passion for wildlife. Her attention to tour details and individual desires ensures that each Cheesemans’ traveler has the experience of their dreams. Gail has a true spirit for conservation that drives her actions on many issues, both local and worldwide. Together, Gail and Doug make a team of remarkable ecologists who seek to inspire others to enjoy and conserve the Earth’s wild landscapes.

Doug Cheeseman

Doug leverages his expertise gained during 35 years of teaching ecology and zoology at De Anza College to offer travelers a unique learning experience in wildlife-rich regions of the world. Doug and Gail have led over 70 safaris to Africa, especially to Tanzania and Kenya, since 1978. They also led many tours to all corners of the globe including the Antarctic, South America, Australia, and Asia. A love of photographing wildlife behavior and giving college-level lectures to interested groups adds to his accomplishments.

Monterey Bay

Sail the deep-water canyons of Monterey Bay for a full day of wildlife and whalewatching with marine specialists.

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Cost & Payments

$160 per person for one full-day pelagic trip.

Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Per Person
Full payment Due now to reserve your space $160

All reservations require full payment to confirm reservation of your space.


In the event of a storm, the Captain makes the final decision whether to sail on the morning of the trip. If the trip must be cancelled due to weather conditions, it will be rescheduled. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please let us know at least ten days prior to the trip so that we can send a refund and try to fill your space.

There is no refund or credit if you cancel within ten days of the trip or if you arrive late and miss the boat.


Not Included

  • Does not include lunch or beverages or water.


Fitness Level





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  • Non-smoking policy: We have a strict non-smoking policy. Smoking is not permitted at any time or any place during our tours.
  • Maximum time in nature: We try to spend as much time in nature as possible, sometimes resulting in long days, but giving you a more in-depth experience.
  • Itinerary route: The itinerary route, stops, and plans are subject to change by unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather or road conditions.
  • Additional forms: For some of our tours, you may be asked to fill out additional forms (e.g., medical questionnaire).
  • Medical conditions and travel risks: Travel to remote places is exciting, but it is important to understand and accept the risks, both medical and logistical. Minor medical problems can usually be treated, but because we are often far from medical facilities, there can be no expectation for immediate medical treatment or evacuation, even in cases of trauma. Anyone with health problems needing close medical supervision should not consider going on this tour. Bring enough medication for the duration of the trip for any chronic medical needs, since pharmacies are usually not available. When you send your deposit and signed Reservation/Release Form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for other trip participants.