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  • Location:San Diego, California
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

San Diego provides the perfect launching point for a whale-watching tour in California. Cruise on the Pacific Ocean in a sturdy boat with a professional crew, looking for gray whales as they migrate along the coast of North America. Dolphins, seals and seabirds are often spotted during this 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and the crew provides informative commentary about the marine animals and environment. Bonus: if the crew does not find any whales during your cruise, you receive a complimentary ticket for another trip.


  • 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, from San Diego
  • Look for gray whales in the wild as they migrate along the coast of California
  • Learn about the migration from the Arctic to the breeding grounds of Baja California
  • Travel with an experienced crew who shares fascinating facts about the Pacific Ocean's marine life
  • Spot other marine animals including sea lions, seals, seabirds and dolphins
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon departure

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What You Can Expect

San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

San Diego whale-watching cruise

Between December and April the gray whale travels approximately 6,000 miles along the North American coast, from the cold waters of the Arctic to the warmer waters of Baja California. There, they give birth to their young and prepare them for the return migration to the north. As the gray whales head to the Arctic, the young calves are often seen swimming alongside their mothers.

See these majestic marine mammals on a morning or afternoon whale-watching tour from San Diego. Make your own way to Navy Pier to board your boat, a sturdy and well-equipped vessel with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Head out on the waters of the Pacific Ocean with your expert crew who provides informative commentary about the marine life that you may encounter, including different species of dolphins, seabirds, sea lions, seals and — if all goes according to plan — gray whales.

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour that works with your schedule. At the end of your 3.5-hour tour, your captain returns you to Navy Pier.

Guarantee: Viewing whales in the wild is a breathtaking experience, however mother nature can be unpredictable. If whales are not sighted during your tour, you'll receive a 'whale check' for another complimentary whale-watching or harbor tour. 

Customer Reviews

Doris G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Spectacular sights of whales on their way to the warm waters of Mexico for breeding. Never expected to see so many!! Great excursion! !

Raquel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Every thing was expectacular, the tour started on time, they were so kind and the capitan made all what was under his hands so we can saw lot of whales and also dolphines. Also the explanetion was great.

Greg H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

We were at the end of the season, and didn't see any whales, so we were given a "Whalecheck" (good for another cruise). We went again the next day and we were privledged to see a Blue Whale. Great staff. Great boat. Great tour. Had a blast (both days). Looking forward to our next whale adventure.

Mrs.Rosemary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Fantastic! We were lucky and picked the perfect day for weather and whale watching. We saw hundreds of dolphins swimming along the boat and then 2 humpback whales - the boat was extremely silent. It was an experience we will never forget!

Ron Netherlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Well organized. We saw 6 Grey Whales, and more then a 100 dolphins.

Jeffrey R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

We had an amazing time and will highly recommend to others.

Tobbie Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

Excellent tour. We were fortunate and we saw five or six sightings.

Amanda G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

Great trip! Well organized, getting to and onto the boat was very easy. Parking is a little tight near the dock but we parked at the USS Midway (paid for 4 hrs) and made it back just in time. We were lucky and saw several whales on our trip, but even if that hadn't happened, we still would have enjoyed it. The captain was entertaining and informative, the ship was comfortable, and the views were outstanding. I highly recommend this trip - even if the whales don't cooperate, it's a great time.

Connie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Our Captain was excellent! What a wonderful morning to watch any number of whales, and a dolphin pod numbering in the hundreds. We were most fortunate. Thank you!

Ferdinando D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

Fantastic every things

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