Meet the OwnersSanctuary Cruises is both owned and operated by life-long Monterey Bay residents and seafarers Captain Mike Sack and Marine Biologist Dorris Welch. When you come aboard a Sanctuary Cruise you are entering the bay on the animal's terms and with the owners actually operating the boat and leading the cruise. Mike pilots Sanctuary and Dorris shares her considerable knowledge and enthusiasm about our local marine life and her years spent working with these marvelous animals.
We took over the business in January 2011 to spend our lives on the waters of Monterey Bay that we love. We are all about the ocean and marine life and its conservation. We share our lifetime of experience both on and in the bay (yes, we surf, sail, kayak and scuba dive). Sharing our wonder and regard for this marvelous marine environment is our daily purpose. We strive to provide our passengers with the experience of a lifetime observing whales, dolphins and other marine life in their natural environment. Caring for the environment and the safety, comfort and enjoyment of our passengers is key.
We are proud to be the new owners of this well-regarded charter business with an established reputation for being THE charter boat of choice for locals and the whale watch that really cares about the environment. The original owners, Heidi Tiura and Steph Dutton, built a reputation for mindful and meaningful conservation education and we intend to carry that important torch.