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San Diego Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise

Witness nature first-hand as you relax and enjoy this incredible San Diego whale and dolphin watching cruise. Sail the open ocean on a comfortable yacht to see pods of dolphins, sea lions and the magnificent California gray whales on their annual journey from the Arctic to California's Baja Coast.

If you love whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds, hop on board for a breathtaking experience on the open ocean spotting the incredible array of marinelife which frequent the picturesque Southern California coastline.

Speed out to sea on a large, comfortable yacht, passing barking sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins on this 3.5 voyage where you'll stay cozy and comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating and a snack bar featuring hot food, a full bar, and souvenirs.

Search for the legendary gray whales on their annual migration from Alaska to the warmer waters of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico and then again on their return North to their summer feeding grounds.

Gray Whales are reknowned for migrating the longest distance of any mammal on Earth and some 20,000 of these magnificent mammals migrate annually..

Throughout the year various types of dolphins are encounted in the area, with some pods numbering into thousands and these playful locals regularly seek out the boat to show-off their amazing acrobatic abilities!

Short-beaked and Long-beaked Common, Pacific Bottlenose, Rissos, and Pacific white-sided dolphins all live in the waters off San Diego.

Throughout the tour, you’ll be treated to a live narration by your experienced captain and an on-board naturalist (from the San Diego Natural History Museum).

What's more, if no whales are sighted, you will be given a voucher to use on another whale watching cruise or San Diego harbour cruise!

Experience Includes

  • High quality whale watching cruise departing from San Diego
  • Amazing opportunities to spot whales, sea lions, dolphins, harbour seals and more
  • Comfortable vessel with outdoor and indoor seating, a bar and toilets
  • Professional live narration

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Binoculars - these are available to rent on board for $5.00


The season runs from mid December to mid April.

Departure location

North Harbor Drive, San Diego.


Approximately 3.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • All guests ages 12 and up must present proof of vaccination to board all vessels.
  • Guests younger than 12 years of age do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result, but are required to wear face masks while cruising, except while eating and drinking while stationary. Masks may be removed while on outdoor deck spaces so long as guests are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.
  • All guests must wear face masks on board when moving around the vessel.
  • No outside food or beverage is allowed onboard the yacht. There is a snack bar with adult beverages, soft drinks, hot and cold snacks, plus souvenirs available on board for purchases.
  • Boarding starts 15 minutes before the cruise departure time. You must arrive before the schedule departure time as the cruise will not wait for latecomers.
  • Infants aged 3 and under go free, however please advise they are travelling at time of booking.
  • As this is a natural experience, whale sightings cannot be guaranteed. On the rare occasion that whales are not seen, you will be given a 'whale check' that is good to use on another whale watching cruise or San Diego harbour cruise.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.