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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
Once in a lifetime experience!
Elizabeth_R
, Jun 2022
It was amazing! We are from the Midwest and being so far out on the ocean was an awesome experience. Seeing the whales was awe inspiring. This was the highlight of our trip. Great crew. I would advise bringing ponchos and dressing warm!
star-4
Beauty of the ocean
Avery_A
, Jun 2022
It was a beautiful time a little disappointed I didn’t see any whales maybe next time. Overall my husband and I enjoyed the tour
star-5
So Much Fun
David_L
, Jun 2022
We had an amazing time on the tour. Unfortunately, we did not get to see any whales. However, we got to see tons of dolphins that played along the boat ride. The waves were fun, and the staff was very attentive!
star-4
Louisiana Whale watchers
christina_s
, Jun 2022
Take a jacket it get cold on the water. Sunglasses and a hat. Wish we could have seen more Whales only able to see one. Nice boat ride, nice boat crew.
star-5
Great time saw so many dolphins. Nice day.
Ronald_M
, Jun 2022
Had a great trip and saw seals and lots of birds, and hundreds of dolphins. Wonderful family day on the water. The sea breeze, the sun, the wildlife was awesome.
star-5
Amazing
Kristy_M
, Jun 2022
I was sea sick for a little bit a nice gentleman gave me ginger ale and a puke bag. I was much better after that. We loved it
star-5
Best memory of my short...
RACHEL_B
, Jun 2022
Best memory of my short stay in San Diego and I got to spend quality time with my daughter without breaking the bank. Tour guide was awesome at explaining what whales we were seeing! Would definitely do this tour again.
star-5
Awesome whale watching at its finest
Bert_C
, Jun 2022
Seeing the Blue Whale was amazing and a site to see in person. This was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend this to everyone.
star-5
Fun
william_D
, Jun 2022
We seen a whale and a lot of dolphins. Friendly staff who seem to know what they were doing and knowing a lot about different types of whales and dolphins.
star-5
Great trip, fun and caring crew.
Lauren_C
, Jun 2022
Great experience. The crew was pleasant and went out of their way to ensure all guests were taken care of and enjoying the experience. We saw a large pod of dolphins and also a few blue whales. Unfortunately, my family experienced some sea sickness of the trip. The crew was extra helpful in getting them through that and ensuring they were comfortable. It was a really great trip and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
star-5
Mesmerizing
Sanjay_K
, Jun 2022
An amazing experience, once in a lifetime. The crew was amazing and they stretched as much as they could so all of us on board could get to watch a whale …. and we were one of the lucky ones to see a blue whale.
star-5
Just enjoying the...
Rebecca_B
, Jun 2022
Just enjoying the vastness of the ocean and the experience of seeing whales, dolphins and birds as well as sea lions
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
nice place
LizetteRohde_M
, Jun 2022
Super bright, spacious, and clean apartment with a wonderful view and amazing beds. Great service from the host. We loved it.
star-5
Great experience with multiple sightings.
April_P
, May 2022
We were able to spot several pods of dolphins (3 different types), sea lions, and an ocean sun fish! Along with a bunch of different varieties of birds. The naturalist was very knowledgeable and gave advance warning of potential sightings. They had to cancel our original day due to large swells (8’- 10’) but accommodated moving us twice and refunding half our tickets as some in our group were heading home sooner than others. It was a great outing and a very flexible tour company. But bring some tip money… it didn’t occur to me…
star-1
Do not book it!
Alicia_D
, May 2022
I was Reminded The night before about my trip the following day, but then when I arrived at the dock I noticed the trip was cancelled which bother to company not Viator texted informed me about. They do however know what is my phone number to text me the info about my experience :-) Here it is! It was the best sunny day after a few gloomy ones and there was no justification for cancelling the trip on Memorial Day! Definitely would not use the company again.
star-5
Amazing crew!
Beth_C
, May 2022
Great crew. Of course, wild life is that, wild. So no whales today but we did see a moramora fish sunning itself and a few dolphin pods. Beautiful day on the water!
star-4
Fun Family Event!
Minerva_A
, May 2022
We paid a little extra to be on the top deck near the captain. It was definitely worth the extra cost. We weren’t able to see any whales. But we did see several dolphins, including a few mothers with their babies. : )
star-2
We should be informed
Tatyana_S
, May 2022
No whales in may.. unfortunately nobody tells us there is no whales in may It is just 3 hours in boat…
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful experience
Angel_J
, May 2022
Saw a large pod of common dolphins and a bait ball that they were making. Although we didn't see any whales it was still a remember able experience.
star-4
Dolphin watch
MONIKA_O
, May 2022
No whales today. Seating somewhat uncomfortable. No t shirts available on the boat. Limited sizes at the check in stand

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