Thursday, January 21, 2010

Whale Watching In Depoe Bay, Oregon

One of the best places to go whale watching is Depoe Bay, it is known as the smallest navigable harbor in the world and has lots of shops, attractions, and viewing locations and has become major attraction along on the Central Oregon Coast. It is so popular that Depoe Bay is called the “Whale Watching Capital” of the Oregon Coast. In fact whale watchers on the Oregon Coast spotted more whales this winter than in any of the past five years.

About 18,000 will be Gray Whales and about 1,100 will be Humpback Whales. Most of these whales will be 3-5 miles offshore. If the ocean conditions are bad and the boats can’t get out you can go to the Whale Watching Center. It is located along the seawall in Depoe Bay, the Whale Watching Center is home to the Whale Watching Spoken Here program. The center includes exhibits on the history and behaviors of whales and a free theater showing whale movies.

If the ocean conditions are good the best charter company in Depoe Bay is Dockside Charters, located down in the basin next to the Coast Guard Station. We have several whale watching boats that go out. If you prefer a larger boat for whale watching there is the 50' vessel Samson. The Samson is owned and operated by Lars Robison who is a lifelong resident of Depoe Bay. Lars has years of experience operating in the area and is by far the best in the business. With his experience and knowledge you are sure to have a great trip. The Samson is certified to carry 34 passengers for whale watching and is capable of making 22 knots. The vessel has a diesel stove heating system to keep you warm and is equipped with all the latest safety equipment. If you prefer a big boat the Samson is the best.

If you prefer a smaller boat with more of a personal touch there is the Whales Tail. It is a 26' Zodiac style inflatable boat that carries up to 6 people. It was designed specifically for Dockside Charters to give passengers the utmost in sightseeing and whale watching experiences. The Whales Tail is owned and operated by Captains Gary and Kit Stephenson. The Whales Tail offers a unique vantage point that puts you "up close and personal" for observing Oregon's resident Gray Whales. Don't be surprised if you notice the whales watching you as intently as you watch them. We try to provide you with a once in a lifetime experience with these massive mammals.

We run daily trips starting at 8am and will run till early evenings. We at Dockside Charters hope to see you soon. For daily information on whale watching visit the “Whales Tale” and the “Zodiac Style Whale Watching” links off of our home page.

Dockside Charters
270 Coast Guard Pl.
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341

Ph: 541-765-2545
Toll Free: 1-800-733-8915