Whales and Wildlife Private Cruise for Women: January 17th   8:45am- 3:30pm $62

Featuring the Height of California Gray Whale Migration

Join Blue Water Ventures on our next whale watching event, a Whales and Wildlife Cruise on Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We hope to encounter migrating Gray Whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals and seabirds all while enjoying the comfort of our 43 foot "green" vessel, The Sanctuary.

We expect mid January to be the height of the California Gray Whale's migration to the lagoons of Baja where they give birth and breed. Though rare, mother grays occasionally give birth en route. Last January our captain saw what appeared to be a newborn calf traveling alongside its mother.

We hope you can join us on this thrilling naturalist-led day with our local marine mammals.

Make it a two day adventure and join us for our women's kayaking trip in the Elkhorn Slough on January 18th 9:30am -2:00pm

join us for both days for a discounted rate of $112

Our whale watching charters have mostly sold out most very time so don't delay in contacting us!

To confirm your place on this trip, please send a check in the amount of $62 for Whale Watching only or $112 for both days made payable to Blue Water Ventures to: 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. If paying by check or via pay pal, refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 21 days in advance of trip date. 

You may also pay for the trip using a Card Credit via Pay Pal.  Please visit our Payment Center for instructions.

Blue Water Ventures is very excited to offer year round viewing of the incredible whales and wildlife of Monterey Bay. We have partnered with Sanctuary Cruises   to offer a private wildlife cruise for women aboard the only sustainable charter boat in our area. We are pleased to report that our Coast Guard certified charter boat "The Sanctuary" operates on recycled vegetable oil rather than fossil fuels.

We will gather fora late lunch after our cruise (lunch on your own).

For more details and to register contact Kim Powell at: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com

Make it a weekend getaway and join us  kayaking in the Elkhorn Slough on January 18th! Looking for a place to stay? Here are a few suggestions: Places to Stay

Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 21 days in advance of trip date. Space on the roster is guaranteed when payments are received

and in the order that we receive them.

Our last two cruises for women sold out early so we expect our January trip to be very popular. Please make your reservations soon and join us for

lunch afterwards at the Whole Enchilada   (lunch fees not included).


8:45am: Our day will begin observing a famous raft of sea otters residing in North Moss Landing Harbor. Viewing from a bluff above the otters, this is a great opportunity to observe and photograph these amazing marine mammals. We will meet at the very end of Jetty Road, the entrance to Moss Landing State Beach.

For directions go to: MLSB (note if traveling from the north on Highway One, Jetty Road is located before the Kayak Shops off of Highway One).

Viewing is near the parking lot at the end of the road with no strenuous hiking involved.

Please check in with us  at  MLSB no later than 9:00am; the first 6 cars to arrive may use our pre paid parking permits. We will have waivers to sign but you may also download, print and fill out a waiver and bring with you.

9:15am: We will caravan to South Moss Landing Harbor We have chosen a weekday to keep our costs down and with fewer boats on the water.

For detailed directions please visit: Directions to Our Boat.    We expect to be off the water by 2:30pm.

However, if we encounter something really unusual we may stay on the water longer.

3:00pm: Optional early dinner at the Whole Enchilada at 7902 California Highway One.

Recently coined the "Serengeti of the Sea", Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary lies within a biologically rich pathway intersecting the migration patterns of an array of marine mammals, sea birds and even our planet’s largest sea turtle, the leatherback. 27 species of marine mammals are found within out extraordinary sanctuary,

the largest federally protected marine reserve in the United States.

Departing from historic Moss Landing Harbor, we will see an array of species such as sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions as well as

numerous seabirds that find refuge within the harbor.

Migrating Gray Whales in Monterey Bay


As we depart from the harbor, we will begin scanning the water looking for whale spouts, whale backs, tail slaps or even a breach. For centuries, California Gray Whales have traveled 10,000 miles round trip between their summer feeding grounds in Alaska and their winter breeding/calving grounds in the Pacific lagoons of Baja. Each year they pass through Monterey Bay during their southern and then northern migration.

As we cruise in the comfort of our 43 foot vessel, we hope to observe a variety of whale behavior. In addition to California Gray Whales we may encounter Risso Dolphins, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Orcas and a variety of pelagic seabirds.

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:

* Dress in layers -- medium-rated fleece, capilene, or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on as ocean breeze or fog approaches; a thin layer of capilene  or silk long sleeve underwear are a nice addition, but any long sleeve undershirt will do. Down jackets are cozy but they may get damp from ocean spray.
* Long pants rather than shorts-- you may get splashed if you go towards the front of the boat so you might consider quick drying nylon shell or rain pants
* Wind breaker or rain jacket-- an outer shell to help insulate from sea breeze or spray.
* Footgear - most anything is OK except high heels or shoes lacking tread (flip flops)
* Fleece or wool cap
* Sun hat and sunscreen
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag or daypack lined on the inside with a garbage bag to waterproof.
* Water bottle
* Lunch or Snacks -- sodas and snacks may be purchased onboard; please do not bring your own alcohol

* Small tip for boat captain and crew (optional).

Sea Sickness Medication: If you are prone to sea sickness, we highly recommend bringing some form of prevention. Medications such as Bonine or Dramamine are usually effective although drowsiness or thirst can be a side effect. Your local pharmacist can advise you. In the past, several clients have successfully used "sea bands" which employ a pressure point on the wrists rather than medication. Sea Bands have no side effects and can be purchased at most dive shops or some drug stores.

Please review recommendations outlined by our charter boat company at: Sea Sickness Prevention

May the Whales and Wildlife be with us!

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
email: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com