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The 6 best places to go whale watching

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Monterey Bay, California, USA

California is one of the best places in the world to see whales all year round, and there is no better spot to see these gentle giants than Monterey Bay. One of the most incredible wildlife migrations happens along this coast as over 20,000 grey whales travel between Alaska and Mexico. Because the water in the Bay is cold and rich in food the whales often stop for long periods and can regularly be seen from the coast as they breach the water.

Grey whales may be the most common along the Californian coast, but a number of other cetaceans – including orcas, humpbacks, porpoises, dolphins, and gigantic blue whales – inhabit the waters at different times of the year so you are always guaranteed sightings.

Superyachts up to 42 metres can moor at the nearby Breakwater Cove Marina. Alternatively, Monterey Bay is only a short cruise south from San Francisco, so it would be the perfect stop off for anyone cruising in California and heading to San Francisco Bay on a luxury yacht.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Chase Dekker

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