Whale Watching in Depoe Bay. Best in Oregon

Whale Watching Report:

05/14/2021

Our whale watching efforts have been hampered by windy conditions for several days. Whale sightings have been good in spite of the conditions but the wind does make it much more difficult to spot the whales/spouts. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. The marine weather forecast for this weekend is windy. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com


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Dockside Charters runs whale watching excursions on a daily basis during our whale watching season. The season typically goes from mid-December through October. Our whale watching season actually is two part: migration and residential. The migratory season begins in December and usually extends until mid May. Mid to late May is when our “resident” whales begin to arrive. Our resident whales are a group of roughly 20 whales that, though they do migrate don’t go all the way to the Bering Sea but rather feed during the summer season within just a few miles of Depoe Bay and stay in the area until late October. The same whales return year after year and we are able to identify returning whales by their individual markings and the skippers even have them named.

Pacific Gray Whales have the longest migration of any animal on earth going from the Bering Sea to the Baja Peninsula and even into the Sea of Cortez. Their migration allows calves to be born in the warm waters of the Baja lagoons, that is vital to the survival of the newborns because they have no insulating blubber layer at birth. As the new calves and their mothers slowly migrate North the calves gain about nine to ten pounds per day. What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that the cows (mother gray whales) feed very little if at all during the migration. This is often quite evident by the physical appearance of the cows when they reach Depoe Bay, they are literally racks of skin and bones, having used their fat reserves to support the calves during migration.

After they arrive here feeding is the priority. Pacific Gray Whales are baleen feeders, they filter food they need from the water by straining it through their baleen plates. Organisms they feed on are quite small, one of the whales most important food sources are Mysid Shrimp. Mysid Shrimp live in and around kelp forests and never get more than about a half inch in length. They resemble mosquito larva more than shrimp and the whales will consume up to 2000 pounds of them a day. At other times they will feed on copepods they filter by taking mouthfuls of muck from the bottom or even skim feed on schools of very small fish.


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Humpback and Blues whales are also seen occasionally though not as frequently as Gray Whales. We are fortunate here in Depoe Bay to have whales nearby for us to see for most of the year.

At Dockside Charters we run our Whale Watching excursions from safe comfortable 50 foot Delta Charter boats. They are Coast Guard Certified and have everything required for your safety and piece of mind. They have all the amenities: comfortable heated cabins, rest rooms, indoor seating, seating out on deck. You are able to walk all the way around the boats and are elevated above the water for excellent whale sightings. Our captains have decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge they share during the excursions making them interpretive tours. Our boats have access doors to walk on and off with ease or provide wheel chair access. We can accommodate large groups.

Reservations are recommended for our whale watching tours, to make yours call 541-765-2545

Whale watching excursions seven days a week, subject to marine conditions.


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Archived Whale Watching Reports:

05/08/2021

Day after day we have good whale watching and sight seeing excursions. Today was no exception, in fact it was nothing short of spectacular with multiple sightings of a group of at least five whales. Whale sightings have been good and plentiful. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. We have been enjoying some very pleasant marine conditions recently. Small swells and very little wind. The marine weather forecast looks quite good at this time. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at any time or up to one hour before departure at www.docksidedepoebay.com

05/05/2021

Day after day we continue to have good whale watching and sight seeing excursions. Whale sightings have been good and plentiful. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. We have been enjoying some very pleasant marine conditions recently. Small swells and very little wind. The marine weather forecast looks quite good at this time. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com

05/02/2021

Saturday and Sunday we had very good whale watching and sight seeing excursions. Whale sightings have been good and plentiful. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. We have been enjoying some very pleasant marine conditions recently. Small swells and very little wind. The marine weather forecast looks quite good for the coming week. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of 50 foot Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com

04/30/2021

Our whale watching/sight seeing excursions continue to have good sighting of Gray Whales. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. We have been enjoying some very pleasant marine conditions recently. Small swells and very little wind. The marine weather forecast looks quite good for the week. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com



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04/27/2021

Our whale watching excursions continue to have good sighting of Gray Whales. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. The marine weather forecast looks quite good for the week. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.co

04/25/2021

Our whale watching excursions had good sighting of Gray Whales again today. It got a little windy and choppy at mid-day but mellowed out later. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. The forecast for the rest of the week looks very promising. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.co

04/24/2021

Our whale watching excursions today had good sighting of Gray Whales. We have cruises out daily, weather permitting. For an opportunity to get out with the cleanest most comfortable best maintained fleet of Delta charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com

04/16/2021

Dockside excursion boats continue to have good sightings of migrating Gray Whales. The forecast for the next few days is very promising and we look forward to getting you out for a one hour cruise on one of our large, clean, comfortable Delta charter boats. Call 541-765-2545 or reserve on-line at www.docksidedepobay.com



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04/14/2021

Dockside Charters offers one hour whale watching and sight seeing excursions daily, weather permitting. The Gray whales are traveling on their northern migrating at this time. We have had good sightings and some of the whales have put on spectacular shows. Call 541-765-2545 to make a reservation or make one on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com

04/09/2021

The Gray Whales continue their northern migration and we continue to have good sightings of these magnificent animals. We offer excursions on the the largest, cleanest most comfortable boats on the coast, daily weather permitting. Make a reservation at 541-765-2545 or online at www.docksidedepoebay.com\r\nWe continue to follow Covid-19 protocols for required masks, reduced passenger loads and sanitation.

04/03/2021

We have had great weather for our whale watching excursions recently and the sightings have been good. The marine forecast through Friday the 9th looks quite good. Make a reservation to sail on the largest cleanest best maintained fleet of Delta charter boats. The whales are still in the northern migration but we are having multiple sightings on multiple trips. Call 541-765-2545 or reserve on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com

03/30/2021

After a couple days of very rough seas we are getting a break in the weather. The next week looks quite favorable for whale watching excursions. Dockside Charters offers whale watching/sight seeing tours daily, weather permitting. Our cruises are on the largest, cleanest, best maintained fleet of Delta charter boats on the coast. At this time of the year we are offer 1 hour tours. Masks are required in the office and on the boats as mandated by the US Coast Guard. Call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation online.



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03/28/2021

The Dockside fleet went whale watching with vigor Saturday the 27th. There were good sightings of whales about four miles offshore. As a bonus the marine conditions were fantastic all day long and we were able to cruise late into the day. No wind, no swells and sunshine. It was great to be out on the water. Sunday the weather took a turn for the worse (right back into winter), consequently we will not be whale watching for a couple of days. To make a reservation to cruise on the cleanest, biggest most comfortable boats call 541-765-2545 or reserve online.

03/19/2021

We have not been out whale watching for a couple of days due to marine conditions. The swells have been too large and there has been a lot of wind as well making the seas far too uncomfortable to be on. Sunday the 21st looks like the next opportunity to get out whale watching. To make your reservation to cruise with the Dockside fleet call 541-765-2545 or reserve on line.

03/16/2021

We had good sightings on our whale watching excursions again today. They are in their northern migration which should continue through May when our resident whales will begin to arrive. Make a reservation to take an excursion aboard the largest, cleanest most comfortable cruise boats. Call 541-765-2545 or reserve online.

03/11/2021

We have been seeing whales on our whale watching excursions. They are still in their northern migration. Our resident whales won't start showing up until mid-May. Make a reservation to take an excursion aboard the largest, cleanest most comfortable cruse boats. Call 541-765-2545 or reserve online.



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03/08/2021

We will have whale watching opportunities this week as the marine forecast has finally moderated. There should be good seas for whale watching Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The whales are still in their Northern Migration. We will continue to run 1 1/2 hour excursions until mid-March. For more information or to make a reservation call 541-765-2545 or go to www.docksidedepoebay.com

02/15/2021

We are still in the Northern migration season of the Gray Whale. The weather has not allowed us out for several days now. Our best opportunity to get out is this Thursday the 18th. We are offering 1 1/2 hour cruises at this time of the year. While the whales are migrating it takes a bit longer to find them than in the summer months when our residents are here. For more information or reservations call us at 541-765-2545 book online at www.docksidedepoebay.com

02/10/2021

We have had just a few whale watching trips out in the past week but we have been having decent sightings. To make a reservation on the largest cleanest best maintained charter boats call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation online at www.docksidedepoebay.com 1 1/2 hour excursions are $30.00 children under 12 years old go for half price.

02/07/2021

No whale watching from Dockside Charters today. The ocean is just too rough today for good cruising. The forecast for Monday the 7th through Thursday looks more promising. Don\'t miss your opportunity to go on a whale watching excursion on the biggest, cleanest best maintained boats in the bay. Call 541-765-2545 to make your reservation or do it online at www.docksidedepoebay.com



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02/03/2021

We are offering whale watching excursions as the marine conditions allow. Dockside Charters is running 1 1/2 hour cruises at this time. The whales continue their migration (Gray whales have the longest migration of any animal) from the Bering Sea to Baja lagoons and back again. We are blessed here on the central coast with pods of resident whales that, though they do migrate spend the summer months here with us from late May until October. For an opportunity to see these incredible animals call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com

01/30/2021

We continue to offer whale watching excursions as the marine conditions allow. Dockside Charters is running 1 1/2 hour cruises at this time. The whales continue their migration (Gray whales have the longest migration of any animal) from the Bering Sea to Baja lagoons and back again. We are blessed here on the central coast with pods of resident whales that, though they do migrate spend the summer months here with us from late May until October. For an opportunity to see these incredible animals call 541-765-2545 or make a reservation on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com

01/27/2021

It has been a few days since the marine conditions were good enough to go whale watching. \r\nThis Friday the 29th is looking like a favorable forecast. They are still very much in their migration. During the migration period we run 1 1/2 hour whale watching excursion because it takes longer to find the whales. Give us a call at 541-765-2545 for more information or to make a reservation. Reservations can also be made online at www.docksidedepoebay.com We look forward to seeing you.

01/22/2021

We have been getting some whale watching excursion out recently and have had good sightings. The whales are in their migration so it often takes some time to find them. We are offering 1 1/2 hour cruises at this time. We have reduced our passenger capacity and require masks due to Covid-19. You can call us between 9-5 to make reservations or make them on line at www.docksidedepoebay.com



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01/18/2021

We were able to get out on a whale watching cruise Sunday and we were successful in finding several whales. We are offering 1 1/2 hour cruises at this time of the year, during the migration. We will be getting excursions underway as the marine weather conditions allow. You can make your reservations online at www.docksidedepoebay.com or call 541-765-2545. The nearshore marine forecast looks quite favorable through Saturday.

01/18/2021

We were able to get out on a whale watching cruise Sunday and we were successful in finding several whales. We are offering 1 1/2 hour cruises at this time of the year, during the migration. We will be getting excursions underway as the marine weather conditions allow. You can make your reservations online at www.docksidedepoebay.com or call 541-765-2545

01/12/2021

We hope to have whale watching opportunities this Sunday the 17th. At this time of the year we are only offering 1 1/2 hour excursions as the whales are migrating and are more difficult to find than in the summer months. We have not been able to get whale watching cruises out for some time due to inclement weather. Here is a chance to cruise on the largest, cleanest best maintained boats. Call us at 541-765-2545 or online at www.docksidedepoebay.com

01/02/2021

We were able to get out for whale watching/sight seeing excursions just after Christmas and we did have some good sightings. Dockside\'s whale watching excursions at this time of the year are scheduled for 1 1/2 hours due to the Gray Whale migration, it takes longer to find the whales during the migration. Weather has kept us home for several days now and the forecast for the rest of the week are for high winds and seas. Keep checking with us, as soon as conditions improve we will begin running excursions again.



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12/24/2020

We are looking forward to whale watching excursions as weather permits. Dockside\'s whale watching excursions during this time of the year are scheduled for 1 1/2 hours. The whales are migrating south at this time (headed for the warm water lagoons of Baja) so we run the longer excursions now. Whale watching reservations can be made online at www.docksidedepoebay.com or by calling 541-765-2545. We are still observing all Covid-19 protocols, Masks are Required at all times, physical distancing, reduced passenger loads, limited office access.

12/16/2020

We will resume our Whale Watching and Sight Seeing excursions just after Christmas. The whale watching cruises will be 1 1/2 hours long since the Whales are in their southern migration. (It takes more time to find them when they are migrating rather than feeding in our area). You can make reservations on-line. We are strictly enforcing our mask and distancing policies (both on and off shore) and are scheduling trips with reduced passenger loads.