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San Diego Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruises

Product ID: 6635
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San Diego is one of the best locations to watch whales year-round. Gray Whales migrate winter-spring from Alaskan waters to calving lagoons in Baja California. In summer, the legendary Blue Whales commonly feed off-shore of the San Diego coast.
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  • Go on a 3.5- or 4-hour whale watching cruise and enjoy views of famous San Diego landmarks
  • Take the opportunity to spot sea lions, dolphins, and harbor seals
  • Enjoy year-round whale watching as Gray Whales migrate during the winter months and Blue Whales migrate in the summer
  • Learn about marine life from expert captains and whalers and get an exclusive look at local environmental efforts
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San Diego is one of the best locations to watch whales year-round. Gray Whales migrate winter-spring from feeding grounds in Alaskan waters to calving lagoons in Baja California and back. In summer, the legendary Blue Whales, the largest animals on Earth, commonly feed off-shore of the San Diego coast. You may also spot Fin, Blue, Humpback, and Minke whales during the summer whale watching season. Additionally, you'll often see pods of Dolphins including Risso’s, Common, Pacific White-Sided, and Bottlenose Dolphins. Your captain will also highlight other wildlife such as Sea Lions, various fish like Mola Mola (Sunfish), and a variety of marine birds such as Herons, Terns, Pelicans, and Gulls. 

View these extraordinary mammals in the wild on this spectacular cruise. The expert crew will help you locate these creatures and additional marine wildlife, such as dolphins and sea lions. Learn about marine life and local environmental efforts from professional captains and whalers who work at the San Diego Natural History Museum. You may even spot a whale calf traveling with its mother as they return from the Arctic. This is a fantastic and exhilarating journey for all age groups. Guaranteed whale or dolphin sighting. If you don't sight some type of whale or dolphin during the cruise, you'll be issued a pass that's good for another San Diego whale watching or harbor cruise.

San Diego is quickly becoming one of the world’s best whale watching locations. The city is home to whales, dolphins, and sea birds, and features one of the world's most beautiful coastlines.  Enjoy live educational narration from captains and trained naturalists employed by the Natural History Museum.  Watch blue whales and dolphins in comfort on a large, fast, and stable boat!
  • 3.5- or 4-hour whale watching cruise
  • Outdoor and indoor seating
  • Narration and video documentary
  • Gratuities
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

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Meeting point

Your cruise departs from the San Diego Harbor. Please check in at 970 North Harbor Drive, 15 minutes before the scheduled departure.

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Coast Guard regulations require a photo ID upon boarding
Note that the access to outer decks is via stairs only, this cruise is temporarily not wheelchair accessible due to outdoor seating restrictions

From US$ 45 per person

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