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It’s a Whale of a View from Point Reyes

January 08, 2018

One of the most spectacular events in nature occurs from December through February, when the annual migration of the gray whales takes place. During their migration season, over 90 percent of these magnificent cetaceans pass within a mile of the peninsula at the Point Reyes National Seashore, and January usually sees around 1,000 or so whales passing through daily, making this the prime month to watch the migrations. Although Point Reyes has one of the best views on the coast, they do not allow direct access to the tip during the migration season. However, whale-watchers can board bus shuttles in the parking lot, which will drop them off at any spot they prefer.

Gray whale cruise boats provide a much closer look, and run until the early spring. No matter where you choose to watch the migration, you’ll need to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Those who board the cruises will be advised to wear waterproof shoes. Nutritious snacks and lots of drinking water is also a must, and you may want to bring along a good pair of binoculars, along with a camera or digital recorder. For cruise details, call San Francisco Whale Tours at (415)706-7364 or click here for Point Reyes information.