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Whale Watching Sketching Cruise

October 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

Thar She Blows!

Humpbacks, dolphins, and a chance of Orca! Join the nature journal club and Sanctuary Cruises. Join us on board one of Sanctuary Cruise’s whale watching vessels for a morning of cetacean wonder from the Moss Landing Marina to Monterey Bay. Bring binoculars and sketching gear and snacks to keep you going. We will gather at 9:00AM for a 9:30 departure so that is a very early morning including travel time- it will be well worth it. Leave the big lunch in the car for a journal sharing potluck once we get back onshore around 1:30 PM. After lunch we will sketch other wildlife in the Moss Landing area. A spotting scope would be good for on shore viewing if you have one (scopes are less useful on the moving boat and would just clutter the deck). You can find helpful pre-trip information here.

Registration Required

The program is open to all ages and ability levels. Reserve your spot online while space is available. Use the link to navigate to the booking page and select October in the calendar. Select the regular 9:30 AM 3-4 hour trip on Sunday October 29th.  If you have trouble with the online system, call 831-350-4090. The cost is $55 for adults. $20 suggested donation.

How to get to Moss Landing Harbor:

Moss Landing is halfway around the Monterey Bay between Santa Cruz and Monterey. It is a fantastic little community of antique shops, eclectic restaurants and galleries. Look below directions for more on this community.

Get on Highway One southbound from Santa Cruz or northbound from Monterey and go until you are just about a block south of the natural gas powered power plant at Moss Landing. It has two tall smokestacks that are visible for miles Whale Watching off the Monterey Bay.from every direction, as seen here with orcas.

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 and go 1 block. Take a right onto Sandholdt Road. KOA Express RV Park is to the right. Pass it and take the next right, into the harbor. (You’ll see a single lane bridge ahead but won’t cross it.)

We are located at “A” Dock, which is the first dock on the left. We meet you at this gate 15 minutes before the cruise. Please don’t block the gate.

From HWY 101:

Take 156 West from 101. Go through the town of Castroville (“Artichoke Capital of the World”) to reach Highway One northbound. Signs clearly mark the way.

Once You Get Here

We’re located at “A” Dock in Moss Landing Harbor. Here you see the dock (we meet you at this gate). Please don’t block the sidewalk or gate. Sanctuary is visible through the gate. We ask that you not bring strollers on the boats. Car seats are preferable. Also, no glass, coolers or alcohol may be brought aboard.


You may park in the harbor lot close to the boats. Handicapped parking is the closest. All-day parking permits are $6. They’re available from the box on the laundromat building across the parking lot form the gate for A Dock.


October 29, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
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Nature Journal Club
(415) 310-7592
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Moss Landing Harbor “A” Dock
7881 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039 United States
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(831) 917-1042
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One thought on “Whale Watching Sketching Cruise

  1. Flory says:

    If you are considering driving down the day before and spending the night in the Monterey area, take note. There is one AirB&B listing right in Moss Landing, a private room in the home of a working artist. The house has lots of cool, colorful things in it, and the host invites guests to paint something on or in the house during their stay. It is very inexpensive. However, as I’m very sensitive to chemicals, and the artist uses acrylics and solvents in the house (I asked her), I had to pass on this opportunity. It could be just right for someone else, though!

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