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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 .
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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
Relaxing
Nicolas_G
, May 2022
Didn't see any whales but did see 2 type of dolphins. It was very nice & relaxing. Crew members are friendly.
star-5
Great Adventure
Yvette_W
, May 2022
We didn't see any Whales but had fun anyway! They gave us passes to come back again to try to see the whales and they never expire! That was a great idea. I would definitely recommend this company!
star-5
Fun Experience
Lparadiso72
, May 2022
Great experience! Lots of dolphins! Would definitely recommend. I don’t have anything else to say but this survey won’t let me move on without typing more.
star-3
Nice staff, too long, no whales, people got sick
Tamara_K
, May 2022
We saw dolphins (which were cute) but not whales at all (we went in May and apparently that’s between seasons, they should have told us). When we booked it wasn’t clear that it was 3 hours, which felt like eternity. Also, they should prepare people better for sea sickness, it was very bad and lots of people were throwing up and getting sick, by the end of it everyone looked miserable! The boat staff though were extremely nice and supportive and helpful, despite people throwing up everywhere they get 5 stars!
star-5
Birthday weekend
jayson_c
, May 2022
Was a great trip wife finally got to see a wale would do another trip you should show up early have sun screen and get ready for a fun cruise
star-4
Whale watching in San Diego
Trevor_B
, May 2022
Good, sunny weather - perfect conditions. Not too choppy or cold on the water. Went out 9 miles because we didn't see any marine animals for first hour and a half. Then a pod of about 100 dolphins came towards the boat. Our guide was knowledgeable, she took photos and was able to inform us about the dolphins and birds we were seeing. In the distance we saw 2 whales who breached and blew out of their spouts. Regrettably they didn't swim near the boat and the boat has to stay 100 metres away from the animals. However, we were very happy that we had seen both dolphins and whales.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Wendy_J
, May 2022
Vanessa was a wealth of knowledge. We were able to see two fin whales and several pods of common dolphins. One pod contained over 200 dolphins jumping all around us. Such a cool experience. I would highly recommend - but take motion sickness meds as several who did not got sick on the choppy water.
star-3
Nice way to get to see the ocean instead of on land.
Roger_M
, May 2022
Only got to see a spout and the back one one whale. Enjoyed the boat ride and got to see dolphins and different types of birds. Nice day.
star-4
Dolphins and whales
Katrina_B
, Apr 2022
Really memorable trip! We saw a large pod of dolphins and two fin whales. Went into the trip fully expecting to only see dolphins, but we were so happy to see the whales too. Just be careful of the sea sickness. Otherwise, would highly recommend!
star-5
Second largest whales in the world!
Joni_H
, Apr 2022
We enjoyed seeing the sea lions at the beginning, but other than sea birds, we didn't see much else until almost half-way through the trip. Then we saw the first of many, many dolphins. Shortly after that we saw the first fin whale and it was a beauty! A second fin whale was sighted on the way back, even though we didn't see it ourselves. The narrator also took pictures during the trip and got some excellent shots of both whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds, which we enjoyed very much!

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