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California sea lions in Monterey Bay

There’s nothing I like better than being out on California’s Monterey Bay on a sunny day. So when the folks at Fast Raft asked if I wanted to join them for a Monterey Bay boat tour, I was on that RIB (rigid inflatable boat) faster than a dolphin swimming in a sea of sardines!

Most visitors to Monterey, California are not aware of our National Marine Sanctuary and how accessible this body of water is to the general public. There are plenty of things to see and do in Monterey, including a trip to our world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visitors will hear sea lions barking from Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf, but the best way to explore Monterey Bay is with a Fast Raft Eco-Tour.


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Riding a RIB in Bodø, Norway


Rigid inflatable boat

I’ve had the good fortune to travel by RIB in Bodø, Norway, along the world’s strongest maelstrom, Salstraumen, in the Arctic Circle. I’ve spied green sea turtles and Spinner dolphins along Hawaii’s Napali coast on board a RIB and I have explored the waters of San Francisco bay, gliding under the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge with Bay Voyager in a rigid inflatable boat.

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Explore California’s Monterey Bay on Fast Raft


Fast Raft rigid inflatable boat

While RIB’s vary in size, these rigid inflatable boats carry between 12 and 6 passengers, in addition to a captain. In the case of Fast Raft, our female captain also happened to be a trained biologist. Captain Kate Spencer was able to point out abundant marine life, sea birds and even spotted several whales this particular morning in Monterey Bay.

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California sea lions in Monterey Bay


Monterey Bay nature tours & whale watching

Due to the small group size of Fast Raft boat tours, six passengers, in addition to the captain, the Monterey-based company is able to create custom tours on the coastline of Monterey, exploring Point Lobos or Elkhorn Slough. Price start at $140. per person. Check the website for details.

If You Go:

Fast Raft Eco-Tours (800) 979-3370

32 Cannery Row, Suite F2

Monterey, California 93940

Article, photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Fast Raft.