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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego, United States
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
Admission Ticket Free

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Sailing on the schooner.
, Feb 2020
This is an excellent excursion whether visiting or living in SD. The schooner is fantastic and the captain and crew excellent. My dream has been to sail on a schooner and this was part of my birthday!!
, Feb 2020
We went as a couple on 2/12 and I went again 2/17 but alone that time. The first experience was so wonderful i just had to repeat. These 3 ½ hour cruises were fantastic, not to be missed. Perfect, sunny weather. The whales were more shy on the first trip but morel showed up the second time. I have to say that the cruises alone were grand adventures. Who needs to see whales? Folks, don't miss the opportunity if you're in the San Diego area. Friendly, knowledgeable Captain Troy S. and his experienced crew. They all interacted with us pointing sights we passed
Sailing delight
, Feb 2020
Beautiful sailboat. Fathom was an excellent and enthusiastic guide. Sea worthy captain. Wonderful day on the ocean.
Best whale watching ever
, Feb 2020
This was the most wonderful whale watching experience ever. The boat was gorgeous, the crew absolutely spectacular and the wells were stunning… Just 20 yards off the side of our boat. Everything was simply perfect.
, Jan 2020
Crew and especially the tour guide were terrific, professional, helpful, and very entertaining. It's a beautiful ship and we had a truly wonderful time. Best cruise on the high seas, with good views of whales, dolphins, and sea lions.
No whales seen
, Dec 2019
Unfortunate that we didn’t see any whales or dolphins. Crew was nice and the free drinks and snacks were a plus. The boat felt really crowded. Guests had bags and gear everywhere which put a damper on the experience.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your review! I am so very sorry that we weren't able to see any whales or dolphins, but please come back to fulfill your whale watching guarantee. We would love to have you back for free whenever you would like! Please email us at to reschedule or call me directly 858-922-3522. I'm sorry to hear the boat felt crowded with people and gear. I will discuss with the team to figure out a solution to ease that situation. Thank you again for sharing your feedback, we really appreciate it.
Up close and personal with a humpback!
Tina M
, Nov 2019
We loved this cruise! We saw loads of dolphins and had a humpback whale right beside the ship! Amazing!! Our guide Al was colorful and wonderfully informative. Lots of fun had by all. The kids even had an opportunity to steer the ship! Wow! The captain and staff were exceptional. We really appreciated getting the extra photos sent to us too. Thanks for a remarkable trip!
Wonderful experience
Raphael G
, Nov 2019
What an experience! While we did not see a whale, the sail was spectacular, as were the pods of dolphin we saw during our time. The crew was fabulous and we learned a great deal!
Excellent Adventure
, Nov 2019
Great crew, incredible ship. The participants actually assisted in raising the sails. We saw four different humpback whales, several sightings each.
Fantastic Voyage
, Oct 2019
My husband and I had a wonderful four hour ride and a well kept vessel. The crew was lots of fun and went out of the way to chat with all the passengers aboard. The trip was worth every dollar even if we didn’t see whales that day.

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