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WHALE WATCHING AND WILDLIFE SAIL

Turn off the engine and silently sail with the wildlife!

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SEE WHAT NATURE HAS TO OFFER ON A SANTA CRUZ BOAT TOUR!

Although Nomad is a sailing vessel that is not solely focused on whale and wildlife viewing as some larger power vessels are, we love to bring guests on exciting Santa Cruz boat tours to look for some of our amazing local wildlife.

As Santa Cruz is near the head of the Monterey Bay’s underwater canyon, it makes it the preeminent wildlife cruise destination in the area. Sightings include southern sea otter, California sea lions, harbor seals, egrets, pelicans, and humpback, grey, and other whales. Porpoises, turtles, jellies, and a myriad of sea birds scatter these waters year after year.

If you want to combine sailing with wildlife viewing, this charter is your ideal experience. We don’t cruise as fast as the larger power boats, so we end up spending a longer time on the water. But, when we do get into the whales or dolphins, there is nothing like turning off the engine and seeing them close up under sail alone. The silence and close proximity are absolutely stunning!

If you would like to maximize your chances of seeing wildlife that may be further out in the bay, book the trip for a four or five-hour sail.