Experience Virg’s Whale Watching

Whale Watching and Nature Excursions begin January and run through April each year.

Below is a month-by-month account of whale migratory patterns.

Whale Watching Mission

If you have traveled a long distance to the Central Coast or if you are a local, Virg’s Landing offers seafaring voyages full of richness and wonder that will affect all of your senses. Our mission is to build on a tradition of exploration and wonder, to provide outstanding nature excursions and learning opportunities for you and your family.

When to Watch

December through February

Grey whales southbound from Alaska to Mexico. The entire population of grey whales (over 20,000) swim past the west coast twice a year, traveling between summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas and nursery/breeding lagoons in Baja California, Mexico. Grey whales are medium-sized, up to 45 feet long. Their dark, slate grey skin is covered with white patches caused by barnacles and parasites. They have no dorsal or back fin.

February through April

Grey whales northbound from Mexico to Alaska. Mothers with calves travel last, staying closer to the shore and moving slowly, making this one of the best times to see them.

April to December

Humpback whales can be seen along the central California coast. Book online or via phone at (805) 772-1222, extension 0.

June through October

Blue whales and humpback whales can be seen along the Big Sur coast, and around the Channel Islands. Blue whales are largest animal on earth, 70 to 90 feet long, with a heart the size of a small car. They’re blue-grey in color, long and streamlined, with light grey mottling. Humpbacks are 50 to 55 feet long, dark-colored with distinctive bumps on their noses.