San Diego Whale Watching Tour

44 Reviews | San Diego, USA

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120 to 180 minutes (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas


Our trips depart from Mission Bay, which requires only a short 10 minute journey access to the open ocean where whales and dolphins can be seen! The search for whales and other animals begins as soon as you depart the dock and our marine biologists are on the microphone explaining exactly what to expect and what you are seeing from the get go!



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Average 4.66 out of 5 stars based on 44 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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San Diego Whale Watching Tour
William_B, Jan 2022 Verified
Saw 12 whales and it was awesome My daughter Sami was jumping up and down with glee We saw 100’s of Dolphins
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Patty_C, Dec 2021 Verified
Crew was very friendly and helpful from start to finish. Overall it was a very enjoyable day on the water.
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Ariana Z, Dec 2021 Verified
This trip was the perfect length of time (3 hours) and we were able to see a pod of 200 dolphins, a dozen swimming otters, and 3-4 fin whales!! Our guide did a great job of alerting folks where to look and providing fun facts, the captain steered the boat so we got the best possible view while still respecting the animals' space.There were snacks and drinks for sale on board for those who wanted them. They also sold Dramamine. Remember to bring cash for tip, but otherwise they do have a Venmo!
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Christine_B, Nov 2021 Verified
Seeing the most majestic animals in the ocean was just incredible! Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! Well definitely go again!
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Lance_L, Nov 2021 Verified
Great views of the whales. The crew was great and very professional. Also, the naturalist was very informative. Very exciting !!!
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Karina_J, Nov 2021 Verified
Great trip! We saw a huge pod of dolphins that was amazing to see! The crew did a good job - very professional
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
BLHickson, Nov 2021 Verified
We saw a total of 6 sperm whales, 3 pairs. The first cruise did not see any whales so I was prepared to be underwhelmed. This was a noon cruise. I live in Charleston SC and sail so I see plenty of dolphin. The whale watching was fantastic! We watched them spout, wave, do fluke dives and then, luckily for us, one pair both breached at almost the same time! It was the perfect ending to a great trip. People were so moved, we were tearing up or crying! The marine biologist knew how long the whales would stay down and which direction they were heading in and it made it easy for him to guide the boat so all could see.Definitely recommend.
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Jeanie_D, Nov 2021 Verified
We spent about an hour with 2 humpbacks and smelled their stinky whale breath. It was unforgettable. We also traveled through the water with a large pod of dolphins. More than we could count. The marine biologist onboard was very informative. The weather was perfect so it was a great time to be on the water.
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Susan_S, Nov 2021 Verified
We just got off the Whale Watch boat in San Diego. Saw humpback whale breaching, has fishing line entangled in tail. Sea World team enroute to see if thet can help free him. Also saw mega-pod of dolphins. Great trip on the water.
San Diego Whale Watching Tour
Ken C, Nov 2021 Verified
Priority boarding worked great. Friendly informative crew. Comfortable boat. Crew kept us informed of what was going on while giving other interesting facts along the way. Good selection of drinks and snacks.

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