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San Diego Whale Watching Tour

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San Diego Whale Watching Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Encounter some of Earth's most magnificent creatures on a 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego. The voyage departs right from Mission Bay, so you’ll be out into the open ocean and looking for animals in just 10 short minutes. Marine biologists onboard help you spot whales and dolphins and learn about their life in the deep blue sea.
  • Venture out into the open ocean on a San Diego whale-watching cruise
  • See whales, dolphins, and other marine life in their natural environment
  • Boat captain and onboard biologists know the best places to look for wildlife
  • Cruise across scenic Mission Bay with a convenient departure point
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Marine biologists are on the microphone explaining exactly what to expect.
1617 Quivira Rd , 1617 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

Our Ticket / check-in booth is a small grey booth with a blue awning between H2O rentals and the Fish & Chips shop facing the marina. [Click this link for our exact check in location](https://goo.gl/maps/2hJEu6fC3pR2)

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY San Diego Whale Watching LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 Tour ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

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

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Tour .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Tour .

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star-5
Whales/Dolphins
LuisH_M
, Aug 2022
An extraordinary experience overseas in the middle of dolphins whales Outstanding time with family members and see how other families having fun and good t
star-5
The 1% club!
Amy_J
, Aug 2022
What an amazing experience to see a blue whale in person. This tour was the highlight of our family vacation to San Diego. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and professional. We had a blast!
star-5
Hreat time with the whales and dolphins
Gary_P
, Aug 2022
Lots of fun out on the sea, seeing whales and a huge pod of dolphins playing and jumping right by the boat. Boat had a full crowd, but the staff was amazing!
star-4
Dolphins we’re amazing
Tracy_S
, Aug 2022
It was very choppy and my son felt sick for about 1/2 the time. we didn’t see anything for the first 2 hours but then someone spotted a few whales. You really couldn’t see anything until a whole pod of about 100 dolphin came up beside us. It was really beautiful.
star-4
Dolphins galore
Virginia_B
, Aug 2022
We saw an amazingly large pod of short-nosed common dolphins! They were absolutely beautiful! Our marine biologist was super knowledgeable as well.
star-4
Fun experience
Sylvain_L
, Aug 2022
Fun experience seeing dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. A great retreat for the family. Staff and crew are very knowledgeable and helpful.
star-4
Great trip and very chill
Nancy_S
, Aug 2022
It was a beautiful ride on the ocean. We didn't see whales but did see dolphins. I would have liked a little more narration of the ocean and what we were seeing in terms of land and where we were exactly.
star-1
Not worth it
Janet_W
, Aug 2022
Save your time and money and go to SeaWorld. They haven’t seen a whale in a month. We didn’t see any dolphins either.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
An unexpected sighting!
MaryLee_N
, Aug 2022
We were disappointed not to see any whales, but then, seeing the wite-sided dolphins was probably a once in a lifetime event! We were so lucky to have someone that knowledgeable telling us about the wildlife we were lucky enough to spot!
star-5
Great time viewing wildlife!!!
Jose_F
, Aug 2022
We saw dolphins, a whale, and more dolphins, including babies. It was wonderful. The naturalist gave a great narration and described ti dolphins well, including Patches the dolphin.
star-4
Whale watching tour.
jacqui_m
, Aug 2022
We were very luck we saw blue whale and dolphins several times by boat. It would have been 5 stars but my daughter paid $24 fir official photos to the people on the boat, should have received photos within 24 hours and never received them. So don't pay boat people for photos.
star-5
It is a very good...
Andrea_G
, Aug 2022
It is a very good service, Beautiful view of dolphins and it was a very good trip. Thank you so much!
star-5
Great family fun
Jennifer_M
, Aug 2022
We saw a swordfish, a rare whale and lots of fun dolphins. It was exactly what we had hoped for. The crew was knowledgeable and super polite.
star-5
Worth it!
Kara_H
, Jul 2022
We didn’t see a whale, but we saw a lot of dolphins. Definitely worth it! Staff was very friendly and informative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
So awesome
Crystal_G
, Jul 2022
We had the best time! We saw a pod of dolphins with babies and hung out with a whale for most of the tour. The crew was amazing and so nice!
star-5
Uniquely San Diego!
Linda_P
, Jul 2022
What a beautiful and relaxing experience. Even without a whale sighting, the dolphins were so entertaining and fun. Thanks to The while crew for the great information and fun experience.
star-4
No whales but a lot of...
Randall_H
, Jul 2022
No whales but a lot of dolphins. Had a fun boat ride. The crew were great. Kind of a long wait to board.
star-5
We saw lots and lots of...
Robyn_W
, Jul 2022
We saw lots and lots of dolphins abs it was amazing! They were so close and jumping clear out of the water.
star-4
Good trip
Gary_C
, Jul 2022
We ran into massive pods of dolphins w calves. That was neat to see. Wish we could have seen a whale , but I know that's not promised
star-5
Great Crew, Perfect Length of Time
Marilyn_G
, Jul 2022
The crew was super knowledgeable and friendly (…and funny). They partner with other whale cruises and share locations of sitings. They also take pictures of the animals seen and offer the digital photos for a small fee. There was food and drinks available for purchase. The one we took was 3 hours, which was a perfect length. Two thumbs up. We had a great time.

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