Wild Monterey: Wildlife and Coastal Landscapes

May 20-22, 2022 < SOLD OUT
October 7-9, 2022 < SOLD OUT
October 12-16, 2022 Offered through Wildside Nature Tours
May 11-15, 2023 Offered through Wildside Nature Tours

Physical Demand: Easy - gentle walking over relatively flat surfaces of gravel, grass, sand; standing on deck of a boat

Monterey, California, is a cute seaside town located about an hour and a half south of San Francisco. Surrounded by world class golf courses and made famous by John Steinbeck's writing, this once industrial sardine packing town, now hosts a bustling abundance of marine life due to concentrated conservation efforts. Often moody, the rugged coastline is chock full of stunning seascapes with plenty of locations to capture that California sunset.

During this photo adventure, mornings will start on one of several beaches, getting sandy, and photographing the multitude of shorebirds that utilize this area of the Pacific Flyway. This photo adventure is timed with the seasonal migrations of over 20,000 birds that use this area for stopover feeding and resting during their journey. 


On one of the days, we will take a cruise looking for whales, dolphins, and other marine life at sea. We will have about three hours out on the Bay. Most days the stars of the cruise are the humpbacks that are here almost year round. Behaviors we hope to see include lunge feeding, breaching, tail or chin slaps.


Afternoons will be geared towards sea otters, seals, and sea lions. As a group we will discuss what we want to focus on as sunset arrives, wildlife or landscapes, and we will end the day once the light has gone.

During down time between wildlife action and locations, we will discuss topics such as wildlife and seascape shooting techniques, post processing, and any other similar topics you might have questions about. 

Adventure includes:

Three days of Professional Photographic Guiding 

Whale watching tour*

Small group size - Limited to four participants

Snacks and Drinks while on location

All required entrance passes and permits


Transportation - carpooling highly suggested

Lodging - suggested accommodations available

Meals - we will have some meals as a group

Please contact me to reserve your spot today!  

Related article: The Wild Side of Monterey, CA

*Whale watching tour contingent upon sea conditions. 

For those wanting to attend Oct 12-16, 2022 or May 11-15, 2023 please click here for more information on these tours as are hosted through Wildside Nature Tours. They include both lodging and transportation as well as additional boat tours for added on-water wildlife encounters.