• Tour code: 2540SANWHALE
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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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
  • Interaction with Trained Docents from the San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Spot other marine animals including sea lions, seals, seabirds and dolphins
  • Whale Sighting Guarantee
  • A Comfortable (and Dry) Experience
  • Food Service and Full Bar
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon departure

What You Can Expect

San Diego Winter 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

Marion F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A wonderful experience! We saw A LOT of gray whales, sea lions, dolphins... Definitively the best whales watching ever!

Raul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing... dont forget it...!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017


Carol U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We enjoyed our trip and saw 3 humpback whales and 1 fin whale. The captain was very good at pointing out the whales and hanging in the area while we all watched the show. I would recommend this tour! It was cold out on the water so be sure to bring a jacket if you go in February. Also the water was rather rough, so if you tend to get sea sick, be sure to take something!

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Lovely cruise, saw lots of whales and dolphins

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.

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