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Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA

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From $57.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Set sail from Oceanside during a whale watching excursion led by a certified naturalist guide. Board a comfortable 50-foot (15-meter) catamaran with covered areas for seating and cruise along San Diego’s coastline to spot whales and other marine life, getting as close as possible without disturbing them. Plus, choose from multiple departures to easily fit this whale watching tour into your schedule.
  • Catch sight of whales off the coast of Oceanside, California
  • Cruise along San Diego’s coastline aboard a catamaran
  • A family-friendly tour ideal for nature lovers and first-time visitors
  • Choose from multiple departure times to best suit your needs

What's Included

  • Local guide and professional guide
  • Cruise
  • Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages (available to purchase cash only)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 256 S Harbor Dr, 256 S Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA

    Please CHECK IN at our kiosk in front of Rockin' Baja Lobster restaurant near the historic Oceanside Harbor Lighthouse AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO BOAT DEPARTURE TIME. 45 MINUTES ON HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS. If you are lost please call 760-277-3737. There are no refunds or rescheduling for no shows.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • On board, you will find a snack and beverage cash only bar (additional expense)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Operated by Oceanside Adventures

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

The boat is easy to board and large enough to ride the sometimes choppy waves comfortably.
435 reviews
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Dolphin and Sun Fish
Patti_R, May 2022
We enjoyed seeing so many dolphins. Didn't see any whales. However, it wasn't whale season. We also saw 2 Sun Fish. My first Sun Fish.
Great experience! Highly recommended!
Lisa_C, May 2022
We were able to see a super pod of dolphins. Wow.. What a great experience!! Prefect day on the water and great tour guides. Thank you
Christine_R, May 2022
Great tour Captain and Guides were fabulous very knowledgeable and engaging. We saw a huge pod of dolphins with lots of babies having fun
Loved seeing the common dolphins 🐬
FAYE_M, May 2022
The boys loved seeing the hundreds of common dolphins 🐬 swimming around the boat. Chris and the crew were amazing and so informative.
Whale Watching Bonding
Ronald_J, May 2022
Family together is always nice. Even better when young and old are able to enjoy what is sometimes a new experience. This was Great for All!!!
Great experience with dolphins!
Mark_A, Apr 2022
Great Experience with dolphins and staff! Could not have been a better day!!! The driver of the boat really knew how to put us right in the thick of the wildlife!
Great experience for our family!
Janet_C, Apr 2022
Awesome experience with dolphins, sun fish , etc .. the guide Tikhon was so friendly and helpful! We lived the whole experience!
We saw a school of dolphins!!
Jacqueline_K, Apr 2022
We saw a stampede of dolphins of at least 50 dolphins!!! It was great. I will definitely use them again during whale season. I’ve been on several of these type of whale/dolphin watches and this was the best.
Dolphin siting
Susan_B, Apr 2022
We saw dolphins, no whales on our trip, but still worth it. Beautiful day for a boat ride. Nice time
Perfect activity for kids and adults alike
Amy_T, Apr 2022
We saw a gray whale and pacific dolphins. It was family friendly, timed perfectly, informative and a great trip.


Product code: 48680P1