2 Hour Private Special

Bella on the Bay's 2 hour sail is perfect for couples and or family and friends, to get away and enjoy a private intimate and unique way of sailing on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. Its enough time to get an exhilarating sail, spend time with the wildlife, when it's in our area, and still enjoy some amazing coastline on the way out or in to the harbor. If you want something special and exciting without the crowds and agenda found on the commercial boats, then Bella on the Bay is your ticket. Bella is a larger sailing yacht that typically gets 6 to 7 miles out to sea, weather permitting of course , so that on our 2 hour sail we always have a 50/50 shot of seeing all the wildlife that the Sanctuary has to offer. Bring your own Champagne, Wine, Beer, Snacks and Music to enjoy on your trip. Bella on the Bay has all the wine glasses, plates, utensils, refrigerator and things you may need for your goodies. Breathtaking coastline and lots of amazing marine life year round to enjoy. Bella has plenty of extra jackets, blankets and pillows to keep you warm and cozy. The best times for sailing is midday to the early afternoon when the wind, seas and weather are at their BEST! Book your private adventure today by calling me Captain Christian at 818-822-2390 or email to check availability. All charters by availability. If I can't answer, leave a message and i'll call you when I see your call.

Cost $495.00 includes up to 6 guests.

One Hour Bay Cruise $250.00

Wildlife Half Day Special

Exclusive private 4 hour charter for up to 6 guests. My most popular package because you have a better chance to see it all without being rushed. You bring your own lunch and beverages for our trip. What folks love most is sailing on a large luxury racing cruiser that is beautifully kept. Also the fact that it's a private yacht with an intimate setting away from the huge crowds and diesel smell of the commercial boats. Take the helm, participate or just sit back and enjoy the 360 degree view of whatever we are seeing. 10am to 2pm is best time for this trip with calm seas in the morning usually until noon or so when the winds pick up. This allows us to get out far enough to see all the animals and then have a great sail coming home provided we dont get to carried away watching all the wild life. Times are by appointment only. Please call 818-822-2390 or email to book a memory of a life time here in the prestigous Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Cost $995.00 Includes up to 6 guests.

No Online Booking?

First of all I specifically do not do online booking so that I know what you are looking for in your charter and so that you know what my specific charters are about. I do not want you to book and have it not be what you expect. I want you to know what to expect on your charter. I know its an inconvenience and I may lose business over it but I would rather take that chance to make sure you are getting what you want. That being said, things have become so generic and commercial these days and I want my charters to be exclusively tailored to the needs and wants of my guests. Click the icons below to visit our social media!

Bella - Grand Soleil

Bella is a 1999 Grand Soleil 46.3. The Grand Soleil is a worthy successor to the popular Grand Soleil 45. Built in northern Italy by Cantiere del Pardo and highly regarded in Europe. Grand Soleil's are a line of performance cruisers ranging from 34 to 64 feet. Following the path blazed by Nautor & Baltic, each Grand Soleil model is designed by a well known naval architect and features a sleek deck profile, modern underbody, elegant interior appointments and top quality construction. Bella comes fully equipped capable of sailing to any destination in the world. Complete galley with seating for 8, 3 staterooms, 2 heads forward and aft. For your chartering pleasure Bella has a 40 inch High Definition plasma in the saloon, playstation 3 and Blu Ray for the kids, small tv's in every stateroom, cable, internet hookup. Don't forget to bring your cd's and iPod or feel free to make a selection from our huge music and video library.

Pop The Question At Sea!

If you are looking for a unique way to 'pop the question' a romantic evening aboard Bella is your answer. Contact Christian Hestness for the endless possibilities.

Memorial at Sea

Spreading of Ashes

A special way to say goodbye in a place where they will always be close, the ocean. All my family is close because I'm on the ocean, and wherever I am in the world I'm near the ocean and my loved ones.

Captain Christian

Christian Hestness was born in Washington State. At the age of 5 he moved to Dutch Harbor. There he was introduced to the world of fishing and life on the ocean as his father worked as the foreman of a crab processing ship, the Vita. Going grocery shopping or to school meant a boat ride in a skiff to Unalaska on Amaknak Island. Being on a boat got into his blood. When his family moved back to Washington he spent summers under the tutelage of hisf grandfather sailing the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Sound. He learned to handle the Pink Cloud - a 47' Newporter, the Rival IV - a Cal 246 and the Zephyr - a US 36. In his teenage years he worked in the shipyards of Ballard helping his father prepare for upcoming crab seasons by rigging crab pots and maintaining the boat. For the past 28 years, Christian has worked in the car business. But he never lost sight of his dream of owning his own sailboat. In the summer of 2006, his dream became a reality. After purchase of Bella, he moved on board and enjoyed sailing the waters off Southern California during his free time. The Channel Islands were a favorite destination. In 2008 he moved to Monterey, where he continued to live on the boat, work, and sail every chance he got. In January 2009, Christian decided to pursue his life long dream of making cruising and sailing his career by starting his own charter business, Bella on the Bay. Christian is energetic, outgoing, personable, and fun! His love of life and positive attitude are contagious. Your experience aboard Bella will be an unforgettable time!

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** All private sailings are by appointment only.

Please call Captain Christian at 818-822-2390 or email for a reservation to secure your spot on one of these exciting cruises!

Boarding is at Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, California next to the Sandbar & Grill sign, look for Bella docked near the sign.