Directions

We have two locations

Scroll down for directions and maps.

“Where do I go?” The name of your tour includes the location.
Private Charters begin at the seasonal location except by special arrangement.
Check your confirmation email, or call 408-659-3900 to ask a booking agent.

Arrive 30 minutes EARLY! We board 15 minutes before tour start time for orientation and life jackets. Before that you’ll need 15 minutes to pay for parking, use the restroom, and put on your warm clothing.

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Moss Landing (Spring through Fall)
“Moss Landing Whale Watching Safari”

North Harbor Boat Launch Ramp

Near Pacific Grill Restaurant and Monterey Bay Kayaks (not Jetty Road or Moss Landing Harbor Office)

GPS address: 2486 Highway One, Moss Landing, CA

Moss Landing is a 30-minute drive north of Monterey at the heart of Monterey Bay, halfway to Santa Cruz.

LANDMARKS for Moss Landing: The two tall smokestacks of the electrical power plant are visible from Monterey and Santa Cruz (except in fog!). Turn at signs for Monterey Bay Kayaks and the green roof of Pacific Grill Restaurant. 

PARKING: Please pay for parking. Bring $8 cash to deposit in the red box next to the public restrooms. You may park in any space.

MEET US at the sign, “Moss Landing Boat Launch Facility,” next to three floating docks and two paved ramps into the water.

WALKING,  TRANSIT, TAXI, RIDESHARE: Unfortunately Moss Landing is only accessible by car and it is not safe to walk along Hwy 1. Bus service to Moss Landing exists but is infrequent (Monterey-Salinas Transit). Taxi service has mixed results. Lyft or Uber are good options if you will not have a car.

EASY MISTAKES in Moss Landing:

  • Jetty Road is the next turnoff north. Go back to the highway, turn RIGHT, and go slowly so you can turn RIGHT immediately at the Monterey Bay Kayaks signs.
  • Moss Landing Harbor Office/Main Harbor and all other whale watching boats are the next turnoff south. Go back to the highway, turn LEFT, and watch carefully for the next LEFT TURN LANE as soon as you come out of the trees.
Detailed Driving Directions to Moss Landing Location

To MOSS LANDING 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 three miles
  • 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 Pacific Grill Restaurant and Monterey Bay Kayaks
  • Our meeting dock is between the kayak shop and the restaurant

To MOSS LANDING from the NORTH via Highway 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 Pacific Grill Restaurant and Monterey Bay Kayaks
  • If you go too far, turn right at the Whole Enchilada Restaurant and safely make a U-turn

To MOSS LANDING from the 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 Pacific Grill Restaurant and Monterey Bay Kayaks
  • Our meeting dock is directly opposite the parking lot entrance

ARRIVE 30 MINUTES EARLY

Monterey Harbor (Winter)
“Monterey Winter Safari”

Breakwater Cove Marina

Near Coast Guard Pier, Monterey Bay Boatworks, and 2-story Osteria Al Mare Restaurant (not Fisherman’s Wharf)

GPS address: 32 Cannery Row, Monterey, Calif.

Breakwater Cove is the private marina across the harbor from Monterey’s commercial fishing Wharf II and Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

LANDMARKS for Breakwater Cove: Osteria Al Mare Restaurant, Out to Sea Fishing Shop, the Monterey Coast Guard Pier, the stone jetty with sea lions, and the Boatworks yard with boats propped up on land for repair. Look for Fast Raft signs.

PARKING: Be sure to pay for parking — all lots are patrolled. The yellow hourly pay boxes take credit cards and cash. Pay for your tour length + 1 hour.

MEET US on the wooden deck overlooking the water below Osteria Al Mare Restaurant. Our office is between the Deli and the kayak rental.

WALKING & TRANSIT: all of Monterey Harbor is scenic and walkable from Old Monterey and Cannery Row, including several hotels.

EASY MISTAKES in Monterey:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf is where all other whale watching companies load.
  • The wharf where you can drive to the end is Municipal Wharf 2. Go back to Del Monte Ave and go through the tunnel.
  • Foam Street is one-way. You can only turn right onto the Cannery Row spur after going through the tunnel. From the other direction you must go through the San Carlos Beach parking lot.
  • If you’ve already paid to park at the wrong wharf you can walk to us (10-15 min). There’s a walking trail all the way around the harbor. Please call.
Detailed Driving Directions to Monterey Harbor Location

To MONTEREY LOCATION from the NORTH and Old Monterey

  • Take CA Route 1 South (Cabrillo Hwy)
  • Exit onto Del Monte Ave toward Pacific Grove
  • Pass Fisherman’s Wharf signs
  • Go through the TUNNEL
  • Immediately use the middle or right lane to exit RIGHT onto Foam St
  • Immediately turn RIGHT at the 1st light onto the spur of Cannery Row
  • Pass two parking lots on the left
  • Follow this spur downhill into the large Breakwater Cove parking lot

To MONTEREY LOCATION from the SOUTH (Carmel Valley, Big Sur)

  • Take CA Route 1 North (Cabrillo Hwy)
  • Take the exit toward Monterey/Munras Ave
  • Merge onto Munras Ave
  • Continue onto Abrego St (crossing Fremont)
  • Continue onto Washington St
  • Turn left at the T onto Lighthouse Ave
  • Go through the tunnel
  • Immediately use the middle or right lane to exit RIGHT onto Foam St
  • Immediately take the 1st right onto the spur of Cannery Row
  • Follow this spur downhill into the large Breakwater Cove parking lot

To MONTEREY LOCATION from Pacific Grove, 17 Mile Drive, and Monterey Bay Aquarium 

  • Once in New Monterey, get onto Wave Street, which is between to Cannery Row and Lighthouse Ave
  • Drive away from the Aquarium/toward the harbor/Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Wave Street becomes Cannery Row at the Monterey Plaza Hotel
  • At the dead end stop sign, do not turn right — instead enter the parking lot directly ahead
  • At the end of the parking lot, turn LEFT onto the spur of Cannery Row
  • Follow this spur downhill into the large Breakwater Cove parking lot

ARRIVE 30 MINUTES EARLY

fast raft boat
Phone Book by phone: (408) 659-3900
Fast Raft Office: (831) 324-4883
Map Marker
1. Moss Landing (Spring, Summer, Fall)

North Harbor Public Boat Launch Ramp — near  Sea Harvest Restaurant

and Monterey Bay Kayaks

(2486 Highway One, Moss Landing, CA)

 

2. Monterey Harbor (Winter)

Breakwater Cove Marina — near Coast Guard Pier

and Monterey Bay Boatworks

(32 Cannery Row, Monterey CA)