Monterey Bay Peninsula
Head to Monterey this morning to visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium with a private guide who will show you the highlights of this awe-inspiring attraction on a 60-minute private tour that begins 30 minutes before doors open to the public. Built in 1984, the aquarium is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Monterey. Your window onto the ocean, you will guide yourself around this world-class attraction that hosts close to 2 million visitors a year. Visit stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline.
Once you are finished at the aquarium, enjoy time to grab lunch in town before proceeding to Moss Landing. Meet your captain and guide– a trained field biologist as well as an accomplished wildlife artist– then board her custom-designed watercraft that was originally designed for military patrol use. Embark on a thrilling eco-raft ocean safari, taking advantage of your boat’s hydrodynamic design, maneuverability and small size to get up close and personal with magnificent whales, including humpbacks, orcas, and blue whales. Dolphins are known to make frequent appearances as well! Not only will you explore the magnificent coastline of Monterey Bay; you will also have the chance to see Point Lobos or Elkhorn Slough, one of California’s spectacular wetlands full of otters, seals and sea lions. Once your tour concludes, return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Carmel Valley Ranch