Seabirds features year-round pelagic trips enabling you to experience
the seabirds of the Monterey Bay in their respective seasons.
Just offshore of Monterey, California lies a 6000-foot deep submarine
canyon running right down the middle of the Monterey Bay. Similar
in size to the Grand Canyon of the American Southwest, this geologic
feature creates cold-water upwellings, rich in nutrients that
foster a remarkable diversity of seabirds and cetaceans. The combination
of these elements within a semi-protected bay makes Monterey a
worldwide destination for pelagic birding. Just a few miles from
shore one can observe pelagic seabirds that travel across both
the hemisphere and the ocean to feed in the bountiful waters of
In the interest of having a reasonably sized group conducive to
pelagic birding and photography, we do not fill the boat to maximum capacity for these trips.
About Monterey Seabirds
details the advantages of Monterey Seabirds trips.
See our Species List
to get an idea of the seabirds and marine mammals encountered
on these trips. Our Seabird Links
help with your trip preparation, study and other interesting information
Monterey Seabirds spotted:
on February 23, 2020
Short-tailed Albatross Feb. 23, 2020
Photo by Scottie Schmidt
We sometimes see Laysan Albatross and we regularly see Black-footed Albatross
whale watch trips. Join us on one of our whale watch trips
where we regularly have seabird sightings.
Black-footed Albatross March 10, 2020
photo by Daniel Bianchetta
Laysan Albatross March 1, 2020
photo by Daniel Bianchetta
| Now accepting reservations for Group charters in 2023. Bring
your Audubon chapter, bird club, group of friends or ecotour group.
We will provide marine and seabirding naturalists and the crew.
In years past we have run charters for Sacramento and Tucson Audubon
Chapters, Colorado Field Ornithologists and Iowa Ornithologist
Union and the Santa Cruz Bird Club. For details, please contact
Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by clicking on a date above, or by using our online
reservation form or by calling (831) 375-4658 with a credit card
number to hold your spot. Go to Whale
Watch Trip Information Page for further details (trip preparation,
directions, etc.). For the Seabird trips we have a 2-week cancellation
Note that regular
Whale Watch trips are also scheduled on the same dates as the
| I just wanted to thank you all for one of the most enjoyable
and exciting pelagic trips I have ever been on. I have done a
number of pelagic trips on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
and by far - yours was the best. The small number of attendees,
the ratio of guides to attendees as well as the abilities and
collective knowledge of the guides made the trip! Of the 6 of
us, 3 were attending their first ever pelagic trip and were very
impressed with your company, the experience, and the sightings.
Glenn had 12 life birds and we all had the experience of a lifetime
watching the killer whales.
On behalf of all 6 of us - please thank your staff for everything
they did to make our trip such a wonderful experience. Thank you.
Mary Alice K. (Centreville, Virginia)
(See the trip report
for this trip, including a video of the killer whales near