Experience Monterey Bay marine life up close on the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

Whale Watching Expedition




Photo Credit: Sanctuary Cruises/Mike Sack 

Sunday, June 9th at 9:30AM - Moss Landing, CA 

Want to see a whale up close? Does watching Free Willy get you teary-eyed? Then grab your camera and join us on the open seas!

Captain Mike Sack and marine biologist Dorris Welch will guide us through the waters of Monterey Bay aboard Sanctuary, their clean biodiesel-fueled vessel. These life-long conservationists have a wealth of knowledge and passion to share about the beauty of the Bay and the marine life to which it is home. May is a wonderful season for whale-watching, with high hopes of spotting humpbacks, gray whales, dolphins, and orcas.

The 3-4 hour cruise departs from Moss Landing, between Santa Cruz and Monterey on the morning of Sunday, May 5th. See below for more details. All proceeds will support the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter and our work to protect the environment and build livable communities.

We hope you can join us on board!

Registration Details...

Reserve your seat today!  

  • There are 34 spots available aboard Sanctuary. Registration is first come, first serve.

         All profits benefit the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter.

Payment Options  

  • Purchase your ticket at Eventbright (a small fee will be added)
  • Pay by phone
    Call the Loma Prieta Chapter office 650-390-8411.
  • Pay by mail
    Send a check payable to “Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter” and include “Whale-watching” in the memo line.

    Mail checks to:
    Loma Prieta Chapter Office
    3921 East Bayshore Road, Suite 204
    Palo Alto, CA 94303

More Information

  • How to get to Moss Landing Harbour
    To get to Moss Landing Harbour, take Highway 1 southbound from Santa Cruz or northbound from Monterey and continue until you are about one block south of the natural gas-powered power plant at Moss Landing. It has two tall smokestacks that are visible for miles from every direction.The Whole Enchilada Restaurant is on the water side of the highway.

    Turn toward the water just north of the restaurant onto Moss Landing Road; continue for 1 block. Take a right onto Sandholdt Road. KOA Express RV Park is to the right. Pass the RV Park and take the next right, into the harbor. (You'll see a bridge ahead but won't cross it.) There is a small Sanctuary Cruises sign at the entrance to the harbor.

    We will meet you at 9:30 at "A" Dock, the first dock on the left after you enter the harbor parking lot gate. Please don't block the gate.

    Arrive a few minutes prior to pay for parking ($6.25/day, bring change) and use the shoreside restroom.

  • How to dress
    Wear warm clothes and dress in layers. A waterproof jacket is helpful, but not necessary. You may also want to bring toasty gloves and a warm scarf. Wear closed flat-soled shoes with a good traction and securely laced. Bring your hat, sunglasses with a keeper cord if you have one and plenty of sunscreen. Do not forget your camera, especially one with a good telephoto lens. 
  • Seasickness
    If you’re afraid of seasickness spoiling your cruise take over-the- counter drugs like Bonine or Dramamine the night before and morning of the cruise. Although the instructions say take the medication one half hour before departure, we find it's best to take it the night before the cruise and again the next morning. Some people take half the dosage in the morning, after the full dose the night before.

    Relief bands, only devices we know of that can stop seasickness once it's started, will also be availabe for rent ($7.00 a cruise). They're FDA approved for use with pregnant women and chemotherapy patients and approved for over-the-counter use to prevent all forms of travel sickness.

Photo Credit (for above):
Sanctuary Cruises/Mike Sack