Whale Watching in Bodega Bay

Whale watching in Bodega Bay is very popular because there is an easily accessible high point from which to watch for whales at Sonoma Coast State Park.  The park, at the Bodega Head, also provides nice restroom facilities, picnic opportunities, and other recreational opportunities to add to your whale watching adventure.   Most any day thru the migratory period, docents are available at the viewing spot. They also provide spotting scopes to help find the whales and answer any questions you might have. 


Grey whales tend to come the closest to shore at Bodega Head on their north bound migration in the springtime from March thru June. You can often watch the calves interacting with their Mothers which can lead to lots of exclamatory remarks if you happen to be standing in a crowd which can certainly happen on the weekends when hundreds of people migrate to this spot to watch the whales. The whales feed on krill, which are abundant off the Sonoma Coast. 


The southbound migration tends to occur in the fall in October and November.  The whales are typically further from shore, but can still be spotted.  Several sportfishing outfits in Bodega Bay offer whale watching excursions:


1 to 6 person charters. Fast, stable & safe. Salmon, rock cod, ling cod, halibut, dungeness crab, albacore & giant Humbolt squid. Eco-Adventures: whale watching, seals, sea lions, bird watching & other marine life. Harbor cruise: panoramic views of surrounding hillsides. Sea burial service.


PO Box 1215, Bodega Bay CA 94923


(707) 875-FISH (3474)

for information on fishing trips. Salmon, rock cod, lingcod, Dungeness crab, halibut and albacore fishing aboard 65 foot fast, modern fiberglass vessel. Open load service and group charters. Whale watching January—April.


1445 Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay CA 94923. www.bodegabaysportfishing.com

(707) 875-3495 or (707) 875-3344

The Miss Vic has plenty of space to fish, a heated cabin, and is fully equipped with fishing gear, tackle, and bait. We provide all the gear, bait, and tackle so all you need to do is have fun! Services include fishing, harbor cruises, whale watching, ash scattering and bird watching. We are a single boat operation. This means that when you book with us, you can rest assured that you will be fishing with the owner and operator, Captain Mike Long.