Directions

Our Whale Watching Safaris start in Moss Landing, a 30 minute drive north of Monterey at the heart of Monterey Bay (see map below). Scroll down for DRIVING DIRECTIONS.

NOTE: Some private charters start at our office in Monterey. If you looked up our address on the internet, you may find yourself in Monterey while the boat is in Moss Landing.

Exact Meeting Location: Moss Landing North Harbor Boat Ramp

GPS Address: 2420 California Highway One (Cabrillo Highway) 

Wait for us at the sign, “Moss Landing Boat Launch Facility,” near the Sea Harvest Restaurant

If the boat is not yet at the boat ramp dock, visit the public restroom near Monterey Bay Kayaks, gather your warm clothes, and we will arrive soon. See you there!

 

PARKING: Please pay for parking. Bring $8 cash to deposit in the red box next to the public restrooms at the north end of the parking lot. You may park in any car-sized space.

 

What to Bring on the Boat:

All your warm clothes

A small bag 

Water and snacks if desired

Camera, sunscreen 

We provide waterproof jackets and pants

We have waterproof drybags for cameras up to a DSLR with 400mm/f4 lens

Large camera bags are permitted but may not be protected from salt spray

 

MAP of Moss Landing and Monterey Bay (inset) showing Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, and Monterey

 

Landmarks: 

For Moss Landing in general: The two tall smokestacks of the Moss Landing electricity generation power plant are visible from Monterey and Santa Cruz, except when it's foggy.

For Our Exact Meeting Spot: The green roof of the Sea Harvest Restaurant overlooking the water

 

Directions from the SOUTH (Monterey, Carmel): 

Take CA-1 North (Cabrillo Hwy) from Monterey/Carmel

Go about 19 miles

Note the tall smokestacks marking Moss Landing visible for miles except in fog

Do NOT turn left at signs for Moss Landing Harbor

Pass the Moss Landing Boat Harbor on your left, and the industrial power factory on your right

In 0.1 miles take the first LEFT TURN LANE just after the road crosses water

Turn LEFT into the parking lot of Sea Harvest Restaurant, Monterey Bay Kayaks, and the Pot Stop 

Our meeting dock is directly opposite the parking lot entrance

 

Directions from the NORTH via Route 1 (Santa Cruz, San Francisco):

Take CA-1 South (Cabrillo Hwy) from Santa Cruz

Go about 25 miles

Pass a gas station on the right

The road makes a long S-curve right and then left

Prepare to turn right when the smokestacks are directly ahead

Turn RIGHT into the large parking lot at Monterey Bay Kayaks, The Pot Stop, and Sea Harvest Restaurant

Look for the boat docks between the Sea Harvest and Monterey Bay Kayaks

If you go too far, turn right at the Whole Enchilada Restaurant and safely make a U-turn

 

Directions from points NORTH via US 101 (San Francisco, SFO, San Jose, SJC):

Take US-101 south from San Jose 

Go about 65 miles, passing Morgan Hill and Gilroy

Do not take the exit for CA-156 East (San Juan Bautista)

Continue about 5 miles

Take exit 336 onto CA-156 WEST toward Monterey

Turn right onto CA-183 North/Merrit Street in Castroville

Go one mile through downtown Castroville (Artichoke Capital of the World)

Merge right onto CA-1 North

Note the tall smokestacks marking Moss Landing visible for three miles

Continue to Moss Landing but do NOT turn left at signs for Moss Landing Harbor

Pass the Moss Landing Boat Harbor on your left, and the industrial power factory on your right

In 0.1 miles take the first LEFT TURN LANE just after the road crosses water

Turn LEFT into the parking lot of Sea Harvest Restaurant, Monterey Bay Kayaks, and the Pot Stop 

Our meeting dock is directly opposite the parking lot entrance

 

LOST?

If you are in a parking lot with the Moss Landing Harbor Office and other whale watching companies, you turned too soon.

  • Go back out to Highway One and *carefully* turn left to continue NORTH on the highway.
  • NOTE: when turning left onto Highway One there is a dedicated northbound lane for you to turn into, where you can stop and wait to pull into traffic.
  • In 0.1 miles take the first LEFT TURN LANE just after the road crosses water
  • Turn LEFT into the parking lot of Sea Harvest Restaurant, Monterey Bay Kayaks, and the Pot Stop
  • Our meeting dock is directly opposite the parking lot entrance

If you at Breakwater Cove Marina in Monterey, and just realized you should be in Moss Landing, call us and start driving north on Highway One.

 

MONTEREY Location: Fast Raft Office and Dock at Breakwater Cove Marina, Monterey, California

This is the meeting location for private charters.