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Welcome Aboard!

Stagnaro Charter Boats and Santa Cruz Whale Watching is Open – Welcome Aboard!

Stagnaro's is actively participating in local government and CDC guidelines in an effort to slow the spreading of COVID-19. We want to share with you the actions we’re taking to help you stay healthy and enjoy a whale watching or fishing trip on Monterey Bay:

  • We are limiting our larger vessel to a maximum capacity to 40 passengers and limiting our smaller vessel to a maximum 30 passengers in an effort to provide maximum spacing between people while onboard.
  • We are actively sanitizing hand rails, door handles and arm rests throughout the duration of each trip.
  • While on board, we are encouraging people to spend most of their time out on deck in the fresh sea air and not congregate in the cabins and indoor seating areas.
  • Discouraging people from gathering in tight groups around the outdoor boarding area at the Santa Cruz Harbor.

All public trips are as of now scheduled to proceed as planned. However, please check with our office for any current evolutions or changes to our schedule. We can be reached at 831-427-2334 or 831-427-0230, or send email to with any questions or concerns.

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Join us on our Santa Cruz & Monterey Whale Watching Trips & Sea Life Excursions & "Sea For Yourself". Climb aboard the 60 foot Velocity, or 56 foot Legacy. Both of our luxury charter boats will let you experience the Monterey Bay area like never before! In winter or summer, we take you to the heart of whale territory as we spot these magnificent creatures and much more!

Book your trip today! Book online now or call (831) 427-0230

Rated 4.5 stars by hundreds of past guests!

Santa Cruz Whale Watching offers seven different species of Whales and seven different species of Dolphin & Porpoise year-round. The Humpback Whale is the most common whale found out of Santa Cruz, seen usually from April through November. Then from December through April, over 20,000 Gray Whales pass through our waters off of Monterey Bay. Sea Lions, Seals, Otters and nearly one hundred different species of sea birds, both endemic and migratory, are common; Even Sea Turtles, Jellies, Sunfish (mola mola) and Sharks at times can be seen at the surface. Our boat, the Velocity, can quickly and safely bring guests to wherever these animals are—from the shores of Monterey to Moss Landing and points North.

Book your trip today! Book online now or call (831) 427-0230

The most common whale spotted out of Monterey Bay is the Humpback whale, usually seen from April through November. Monterey Bay whale watching also means that from December through April, you will get to observe the Gray Whales; over 20,000 Gray Whales pass through our waters off of Santa Cruz in Monterey Bay.

The Stagnaro family has been serving the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz area for over a century when Italian Patriarch Cottardo Stagnaro settled in Santa Cruz in 1879 by providing Ocean Adventures to thousands of people each year, and now by offering the best Monterey Bay whale watching cruise to interested parties on their luxurious charter boat. Even if whale watching in Monterey Bay is not your cup of tea per se, Stagnaro Charters has ensured that there is something for everyone to enjoy: Calm Water Sanctuary Scenic Cruises, Dolphin and Sea Life Excursions, Sunset Cruises, San Francisco Day Trips, and even Private Group outings. And all of the trips are fully narrated, providing fascinating and educational insight by the crew. Enjoy Monterey Bay in style with Stagnaro Charter and we guarantee that you will be thrilled by your experience and exceptional service provided by the crew.

Book your trip today! Book online now or call (831) 427-0230