Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chevron down Do I have to reserve my spot(s) in advance?
  • Yes. In order to assure that we are not completely booked, we most certainly recommending advance reservations.

  • Chevron down If the trip I want is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
  • Unfortunately we do not have waiting lists for our trips. However, if your desired date and time aren’t available we suggest you choose another activity on potentially another day. We run at least two trips a day so chances are you won’t have to wait long. 

  • Chevron down What happens if it rains?
  • In the case of light rain or other moderate weather conditions, our trips continue as scheduled.  We have a very comfortable enclosed cabin to “escape” and we’ve found the whales and other marine animals you’re viewing don’t care if it’s raining or not. With that being said, our trips are tentative due to weather and amount of sign-ups.  This means that if high winds or swell, constant rain, or other severe weather is forecasted for our time at sea ticket holders will be allowed to reschedule their charter or receive credit for a future trip.

  • Chevron down You say trips are tentative until enough people have signed up?
  • We do need at least 12 heart beats in addition to our staff to head out on our trips. If there is a chance that the trip will be canceled for this reason you will be alerted the morning of and be given credit to use on a future trip. This is more common in the winter months. 

  • Chevron down How should I dress?
  • The weather on our bay can be unpredictable. One moment sunny and warm, the next slightly chilly and foggy. For this reason we recommend layering your clothing so you may adjust throughout your trip if needed.  NO high-heels or leather soled shoes. This means no high heels, wedges, or heeled boots or any shoes with leather soles.  Comfortable sneakers are most recommended.

  • Chevron down What should we bring?
    • Layered clothing
    • Camera with extra batteries
    • Sunglasses
    • Hats can be recommended
    • Sunscreen
    • Binoculars
    • Seasickness precautions if you feel you may need.
  • Chevron down How early should I arrive to check in before my trip?
  • We ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled trip. This ensures enough time for parking and check-in. Additionally, each individual in your group needs to check-in prior to boarding.

  • Chevron down Will I get seasick?
  • If you feel there is a chance you may encounter some queasiness while under our care we suggest you may choose to self-medicate prior to your departure. Self-medicating can include taking over the counter Dramamine type pills, pressure point wrist bands, or ginger pills, ginger candy, or ginger ale. Ginger has been proven to be a marvelous queller of seasickness. We do have some available for purchase on board in case you forget.

  • Chevron down Are there life jackets on the boat?
  • There is a life jacket for every man, woman, and child on board. Their whereabouts are clearly posted. Additionally, the Captain will go over this with you once aboard the vessel.

  • Chevron down Do I have to wear the life jacket?
  • No. You may choose to wear a life jacket if you wish but it is not mandatory.

  • Chevron down Is the boat safe?
  • Without a doubt! We carry modern safety equipment such as an EPIRB, life floats, life jackets, and life rafts. Additionally, our vessels are meticulously maintained and inspected yearly by the United States Coast Guard.

  • Chevron down Are there bathrooms on board?
  • Yes, there is a head on board.

  • Chevron down How far out do you go to see whales?
  • The simple answer is, we go where the whales are and may be better answered as not “how far out” but rather “how far up or down the coastline.”

  • Chevron down Is there shade on the boat?
  • Yes. We have very comfortable cabin if you so choose.

  • Chevron down Are dogs or pets allowed on the boat?
  • Service dogs are most welcome to join.

  • Chevron down Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
  • With advance notice we are able to accommodate in most cases.  Wheelchair accessible by typical standards is not available.  And our head (bathroom) will not accommodate the size of a wheelchair. Please call to enquire about more specifics.

  • Chevron down Where does the boat depart from?
  • Trips depart from the Santa Cruz East lower harbor off 5th ave.  We are located on dock T slip 13.  A good reference point is Johhny’s Harborside restaurant located at 135 Lake ave. We will have a check-in table near the entrance to this restaurant and once everyone is checked in we will make our way down to the Sea Spirit.

  • Chevron down I’m pregnant. Can I go?
  • Due to the unpredictability of the motion of the ocean and to ensure the safety of your unborn bambino, unfortunately pregnant women aren’t allowed on our trips.

  • Chevron down What’s your policy on children?
  • Whale watching is an amazing adventure for families to experience together and create memories that will last forever. Children four-13 are charged a discounted rate and those three and younger are free unless we sell out and then they are charged the child’s fee.

  • Chevron down What if I get hungry or thirsty?
  • Sea Spirit has snacks and beverages available for purchase and/or feel free to bring your own snacks aboard.

  • Chevron down Are gift certificates available?
  • Yes! Gift certificates make a great gift for any occasion and can be purchased by amount or activity. 

  • Chevron down Can I reserve Sea Spirit for a private party or function?
  • Most definitely! Our boat is great for birthday parties, retirement, bachelor/ette parties, holiday celebrations, corporate retreats, family reunions, you name it, our private charters will take your special event to the next level of excellence. Call or email to inquire on pricing. [email protected] or 831-336-2244