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San Diego Whale Watch

San Diego Whale Watch

1717 Quivira Rd
San Diego, CA 92109
Whale Watch Departures Mon - Thurs- 10am. Sunset Cruises Thurs, Fri & Sat departing at 6pm. After Oct. 1 departing at 5:30.

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Top 5 Things to Know About San Diego Whale Watch:

  1. Cruise: The San Diego Whale Watch tour takes you out on the Pacific Ocean for a three-hour cruise in search of whales, dolphins, sea lions and seabirds. Guests are welcome to meet with a San Diego Whale Watch event coordinator to book the boat and a tour for a private party or for your own personal chartering. 
  2. Privateer: The Whale Watch San Diego boat is named Privateer, and she is the only boat in San Diego that is used strictly for whale watching. Privateer is regarded as the first whale watching boat on the East Coast as she began her days in Provincetown, Massachusetts and just recently sailed to San Diego in 2011. 
  3. Whales Year Round: The Privateer is the only year-round operating whale watching tour in San Diego. From December through April grey whales are spotted on their journey from Alaska to Mexico, while May through November blue whales and fin whales are sighted during their migration. There is also the possibility of sperm whale, minke whale and humpback whale sightings as well.
  4. Narration: A certified marine biologist is on board during the Whale Watch San Diego tour. The marine biologist offers narration throughout the tour providing valuable whale information and knowledge to passengers.
  5. Whale Guarantee: The San Diego whale watching tour is confident that there will be whale and dolphin sightings every time, but if for some reason you don't see a whale, the San Diego Whale Watch grants passengers a free pass to ride again. If passengers see a dolphin but no whale, they are offered a 50% off pass for another San Diego whale watching tour.

Whale Watch San Diego invites passengers to board the only year-round operating whale watching boat in San Diego to witness the graceful giants of the Pacific Ocean. Whale Watch San Diego sets sail on the Privateer, which is accepted as the first whale watching boat on the East Coast. The Privateer offers indoor and outdoor decks for whale watching and is available for private parties and personal chartering, with a certified marine biologist as the tour guide. Whale Watch San Diego tours the waters every day and guarantees that passengers will spot at least one whale or dolphin. Because the San Diego coastline is home to various types of dolphins and whales, if passengers don't sight at least one or the other, they are offered a pass to return on the San Diego whale watching tour again.  

San Diego Whale Watch is unique in that it tours year round. The tours that hit the waters between December and April go out in search of the grey whales that migrate from the Arctic down to Baja where they give birth. Between this time, grey whales can be seen trekking both South to North and North to South. The San Diego whale watching tours during May through November sight blue whales and fin whales making their journey from the chilly Northern waters down to the warmer Southern waters for breeding. In between these times, lucky passengers may catch sight of a humpback whale, sperm whale or minke whale as well. Also along the tour, passengers are likely to spot dolphin pods, sea lions and seals.

  • Do Bring Your Binoculars: You'll want to get up close and personal with all the wildlife, so bring your binoculars to ensure that you get the perfect view.
  • Don't Miss the Calves: On their return to the North, whale calves can often be seen making their first journey to the Arctic with their mothers.

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