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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Go on a whale-watching expedition in San Diego on this 3-hour cruise. Get the scoop from a guide who studies the migratory patterns of grey whales as you keep a lookout for whales in the water. Board a 2-story yacht that gives you 360-degree views of the ocean. Plus, you're guaranteed to see whales or you get to ride again for free.
  • 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego
  • Cruise along the water, and keep your eyes peeled for whales in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi
  • It’s recommended to dress in layers to suit the weather
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Outside seating
We suggest dressing in layers. The temperature and winds can be unpredictable even if it's sunny out.
warm clothing
binoculars
camera
sunscreen
hat
medication - If you may be prone to seasickness, plan ahead. Medication only works when taken BEFORE boarding the vessel. Wristbands for motion sickness also can be effective. Either can be purchased at any drug store.
Face Mask
No snack bar available

Departure Point

990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet at Broadway Pier at least 30 minutes before your departure time for this 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego. Your cruise takes off at 9am.

After boarding, pick a spot on the 2-story yacht either on the main level or upper sundeck. It’s recommended to dress in layers, so you won’t get cold out on the water. The yacht is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a snack bar, and multiple restrooms for convenience.

During your time on the water, your guide tells you interesting facts about the whales, their migratory patterns, their ocean habitat, and other species that call the ocean home. Keep your eyes peeled for grey whales. You might just see a quick glance of them popping up from the water, but in many cases, you’ll see them jump up and make a huge splash.

After your cruise is over, make your way off the yacht. The rest of the day is in your hands.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Chances of spotting a whale are exactly the same, whether you choose the morning or afternoon departure. Whales don't wear watches.
  • Same goes for the days of the week. Each day has an equal chance of sightings. Whales do not have calendars.
  • In the unlikely event that your departure is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, we do our best to contact you in the morning at the phone number you provide. We will reschedule your tour for another day if you like or provide you with a full refund—your choice.
  • Guests with wheelchairs can access the vessel and interior main deck. However, the exterior top deck and the restrooms are not ramp accessible.
  • No touching the whales. No feeding the whales. No petting the whales. This is whale watching. We watch with our eyes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Outdoor Seating
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Flagship Cruises Events

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise ?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise .

Reviews

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Beautiful day with my family
Tiffany_B
, Jan 2021
My family and I had a great day out on the ocean with this awesome well informed crew! Beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife to see!
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The best time ever
Travis_B
, Jan 2021
The best most amazing time I've ever had while on vacation we alot of whales,,and dolphins,,I highly recommend it
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11 whales!!
Richard_M
, Jan 2021
We saw 11 whales. The crew was fun and informative. Captain Jules was a master at approaching them carefully so that we could close without spooking them
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Fun time
Eric_J
, Dec 2020
No whales but a great time Great staff, cleaned surfaces, knowledgeable crew We will take this tour again
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saw one whale briefly
Tracy
, Dec 2020
Saw whale tail for a few seconds. Can't control the whales so you can only see what they let you. Staff was great and did their best to get us to see a whale.
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great experience with knowledgeable Birch Aquarium experts
Anit
, Mar 2020
Great day out with birch aquarium experts and volunteers! we learnt a lot about mammals and some history of San Diego while heading out into the ocean and we saw dolphins and whales! we followed them with respect to their migration and even saw a whale breaching! very exciting experience
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A definite must!
Jane_W
, Mar 2020
We had a great time. It kept us on edge to search for a whale and once we found one we couldn't take our eyes off him/her. Our tour guide was fun and every crew members are nice and helpful. We'd definitely go back and do this again!
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Whales and Dolphins and Sea Lions, Oh My
Lisa
, Feb 2020
What a fun day. We saw so many animals. The staff was knowledgeable and very friendly. Even the captain came around to make sure we were having a good time. :)
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Very nice trip
RSV
, Feb 2020
Very nice trip and very well narrated by the crew with a lot of information. Perfect for a vacation day in San Diego
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Gray Whale with newborn
Harry_P
, Feb 2020
The cruise was very good. We saw Gray Whales as well as Hump Backs and Dolphins. The guide was good, but could have provided more detailed information, e.g. why are the Gray Whales going South, to warmer water? To raise their babies? We saw a mother and baby Whale. Do the father's play any role in parenting?
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