At Backcountry Journeys, we specialize in crafting exceptional, all-inclusive photography workshops, tours, and safaris, and this unique expedition is no exception. Join us for Monterey Bay Whales & Big Sur, a unique workshop itinerary and location that you won't find anywhere else. Prepare to capture images of majestic whales, gorgeous sunsets, and the breathtaking coastal landscapes of California.
A Special Hybrid Experience
Prepare for a true hybrid experience that seamlessly combines the best of both worlds: productive locations for wildlife and landscape photography. This trip offers a remarkable opportunity to capture world-class shots of both charismatic marine wildlife and awe-inspiring coastal landscapes. The hybrid nature of this workshop means that this trip can be incredibly productive and yield a diverse assortment of images, from whales breaching to coastal sunsets.
Discover Monterey Bay's Marine Wonders
Welcome to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the 'Serengeti of the Sea'. Encompassing an impressive expanse of 6,094 square miles, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary proudly holds the title of the largest protected ocean area in the continental United States. From the coastal waters north of San Francisco to the southern reaches of the Big Sur coast, this sanctuary is a haven of natural wonders.
Its expansive size and unique blend of geology, weather patterns, and currents create an extraordinary ecosystem that ranks among the most vibrant and productive on our planet. Year after year, countless marine creatures embark on epic journeys spanning thousands of miles, drawn to these bountiful feeding grounds. Just like a bustling neighborhood, the sanctuary offers an ideal combination of exceptional habitats and abundant sustenance for its diverse inhabitants.
Unparalleled Whale Photography Experiences
Fall is a fantastic time to witness marine wildlife in the sanctuary. With four private boat charters, we maximize your chances of capturing awe-inspiring shots of humpback whales gracefully breaching the surface, playful Risso's dolphins darting through the waves, and, if luck is on our side, even encounters with orcas.
October, historically known for incredible humpback whale sightings, is also a great time for multiple dolphin species and possibly blue whales and fin whales! We work with a crew that specialize in photography tours and are trained in positioning the boat just right for lighting - this is key for photography! Along with our BCJ guides, our awesome team will help you capture the best moments from the trip.
The California Coast and Big Sur
After exhilarating mornings on the water, we turn our lenses towards the captivating landscapes of the California coast and the iconic Big Sur. Bask in the golden light of magical sunsets as you frame the rugged cliffs, crashing waves, and dramatic coastal vistas. The section of coastline south of Monterey provides some of the best locations of the California coast, from beautiful sea stack layers to a special beach with an 80-foot waterfall! Our professional photographers and guides will be with you every step of the way, offering expert guidance and insights to elevate your photography skills to new heights.
Reserve your spot on the Monterey Bay Whales & Big Sur photo workshop today and unlock a world where photography, nature, and adventure converge to create an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the marine realm and the captivating allure of the California coast. Join us today for this special offering!