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Great White Shark Watching Tours California

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Great White Shark Boat Tours

As the marine ecosystem in Monterey Bay has improved, there has been a population explosion of great white sharks. This three to four-hour tour is your opportunity to see some of the most exciting wildlife in the bay up close and personal from the comfort and safety of the boat!

Our vessel provides easier spotting from an elevated viewpoint rather than a boat closer to the water. Naturalists on board educate you on these fascinating predators as we head toward the wreck of the S.S. Palo Alto, also known as the cement ship, located near Aptos in Santa Cruz County.

This sunken ship provides sharks plenty of food since it has become an artificial reef full of easy prey. The home of one of California’s newest and most active populations of great white sharks, this rookery is a breeding ground where you may spot both juveniles and adults up to 20 feet long!

Monterey Bay Canyon is a playground for ocean creatures, making it the perfect place for wildlife tours! You can see blue whales, humpback whales, gray whales, killer whales (orcas), dolphins, sea otters, mola molas, seals, sea lions, jellyfish, pelicans, sooty sheerwaters, sea turtles, and much more in their natural environment.

Along the way, you may still get to see the many humpback whales and dolphins in our path.

What You See: Very large great white sharks — if we’re lucky

Tip: The best way to spot a shark is to wear polarized sunglasses and scan the horizon looking for dark shadows and dorsal tips protruding from the water. Shadows may look like kelp that is moving.

This is one of our most popular tours, and trips sell out fast!

Please note: White shark sightings are not guaranteed.