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San Diego: Whale Watching Tours

Product ID: 208806
Come get an up-close view on this incredible journey with San Diego's most experienced crew. Between December and April, approximately 20,000 gray whales migrate along the coast of San Diego.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting times 9:30 AM, 1:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Get the chance to see gray whales as they migrate along the San Diego coast
  • Learn about the ocean's ecosystem through real-time commentary on the sights and creatures unique to your cruise
  • Discover the beauty of San Diego Bay on a two-story whale watching yacht
Full description
Marvel at the amazing views of San Diego Bay as you look out for sightings of marine wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, gray whales, and more. Your tour will be led by ocean experts as you get a deeper understanding of the ocean ecosystem and the sea creatures that live in it. Discover the San Diego coast on a two-story whale watching yacht, featuring 360-degree views from the main level and upper sundeck, multiple restrooms, and free guest WiFi.

You will follow the whale migration path to bring you up close for the best sighting spots, which change every day. Early in the season, whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3-5 miles. On their return trip, northbound whales swim further out, up to 9-12 miles off the coast.

Make sure to wear layers as it can get pretty cool on the bay and don't forget to wear your sunscreen and hat while on this excursion. Bring your camera to capture all the memories you'll make on this exciting adventure.
  • Cruise on a two-story whale watching yacht with 360-degree views
  • Free guest WiFi
  • Commentary and tour led by ocean experts
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments available for purchase

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

990 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA

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Important information
Know before you go
• See whales or you'll get to go out again for free on your next trip
• Children 3 and under ride for free
• Binoculars recommended
• Dress in warm clothing and layers
• Don't forget sunscreen and a hat
• No smoking
• If prone to seasickness, consider medication in advance
• Bring a camera
• No pets except service animals
• The vessel and interior main deck are wheelchair accessible but the exterior top deck and restrooms are not
Customer reviews
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It was a beautiful day on the water the first time we went out (we didn't see any whales, so they offered a rain check to all those on board, which we used two days later). Even though we didn't see whales the first time out, it was a nice time on the water. You will see pelicans and other water birds, as well as helicopters, planes, freighters, sailboats, etc. There's lots to see and enjoy while on the boat. The second time out, which was even better weather-wise, we did see some whales, but they were really too far away to get any good pictures. Still a beautiful day on the water, with a great crew that is very knowledgeable about all marine life, and they are happy to answer questions. It was a great time, and we will definitely book another trip on this boat when we are in town again. Thanks to the crew, they made it a memorable and beautiful experience.

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March 8, 2020

so many dolphins, even very close and some whales. Nice boat experience. we left at 9:30 am with bad weather and returned at 1 pm with a beautiful sun. they speak only in English for those who want to drink and eat something during the boat ride, inside the boat, there is also a bar.

April 6, 2019

Amazing ride through the Bay, tons of Military activity. Saw Navy Seals, real seals, big ships, gun ships, just crazy cool. When we got out on the open water, we probably saw at least 25 whales, might have been the same ones, not sure. Well worth $43 ticket!

January 17, 2020

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Product ID: 208806