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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go on a whale-watching expedition in San Diego on this 3-hour cruise. Get the scoop from a guide who studies the migratory patterns of grey whales as you keep a lookout for whales in the water. Board a 2-story yacht that gives you 360-degree views of the ocean. Plus, you're guaranteed to see whales or you get to ride again for free.
  • 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego
  • Cruise along the water, and keep your eyes peeled for whales in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi
  • It’s recommended to dress in layers to suit the weather
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Indoor and Outside seating
We suggest dressing in layers. The temperature and winds can be unpredictable even if it's sunny out.
warm clothing
medication - If you may be prone to seasickness, plan ahead. Medication only works when taken BEFORE boarding the vessel. Wristbands for motion sickness also can be effective. Either can be purchased at any drug store.
990 N Harbor Dr , 990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet at Broadway Pier at least 30 minutes before your departure time for this 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego. Your cruise takes off at 9am.

After boarding, pick a spot on the 2-story yacht either on the main level or upper sundeck. It’s recommended to dress in layers, so you won’t get cold out on the water. The yacht is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a snack bar, and multiple restrooms for convenience.

During your time on the water, your guide tells you interesting facts about the whales, their migratory patterns, their ocean habitat, and other species that call the ocean home. Keep your eyes peeled for grey whales. You might just see a quick glance of them popping up from the water, but in many cases, you’ll see them jump up and make a huge splash.

After your cruise is over, make your way off the yacht. The rest of the day is in your hands.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Chances of spotting a whale are exactly the same, whether you choose the morning or afternoon departure. Whales don't wear watches.
  • Same goes for the days of the week. Each day has an equal chance of sightings. Whales do not have calendars.
  • In the unlikely event that your departure is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, we do our best to contact you in the morning at the phone number you provide. We will reschedule your tour for another day if you like or provide you with a full refund—your choice.
  • Guests with wheelchairs can access the vessel and interior main deck. However, the exterior top deck and the restrooms are not ramp accessible.
  • No touching the whales. No feeding the whales. No petting the whales. This is whale watching. We watch with our eyes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Indoor and Outdoor Seating
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Flagship Cruises Events
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "I would advise thought to pack some Dramamine for the boat can get pretty rocky once you head way out in the water." See review
  • "It's a great experience over all and great opportunity to get fresh sea air." See review


162 Reviews

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Well watching Cruise
, Apr 2021
Awesome dolphin show! Amazing sites, even though we are unable to see a whale. Great crew! Would definitely go back again.
No whales for us!
, Apr 2021
Took forever to find San Diego Whale Watching only to find out our tickets we ordered online were through a 3rd party and were through Flagship. Called them and there was no way we would make it in time as we were to far away. Asked if we could switch to next day and were informed today was last day for whale watching. My mother and I were so exited to go as we don't have whales in Idaho! Ended up taking a 2 hour harbor cruise that only took an hour.
Good crew, bad choices by Captain
, Apr 2021
The sea was so choppy and wind so cold that it was miserable. Still the captain decided to keep going into the wind because he hoped to show us a whale when no whales were seen in SD area by other boats. I understand he wanted to give us that experience but it meant 3 hours of some of the worst chop I've ever experienced in a boat that size. I needed help getting to the bathroom, and kudos to the crew members who helped me. But at some point a captain should choose to give passengers a more pleasant experience even if no whales are seen.
Whale Watching
, Apr 2021
It was very interesting. My six year old son and 15 year old daughter were delighted. Don’t forget sunscreen and warm jacket.
Extremely friendly and knowledgeable crew
, Apr 2021
Excellent tour guide the crew was extremely friendly we got to see some humpback whales dolphins many kinds and see lions. I recommend this whale watching cruise trip to everyone!
, Apr 2021
We got to see a mm and calf hump back whale apparently an extremely rare experience loved it and the crew was absolutely amazing.
, Apr 2021
Quickly spotted a mamma grey whale and her baby also Saw a crazy amount of dolphins! It was an amazing experience
Had a great time.
, Apr 2021
We got to see a ton of common dolphins on our trip. They were riding the waves at the front of the boat. And because we didn't see any whales, they gave us a free coupon for another trip so we decided to take the full harbor tour. I thought the announcer did an excellent job on explaining what all the ships in port were and what they were doing. Would definitely take this tour again.
Fun cruise!
, Apr 2021
We saw lots of dolphins and birds. It was great being on the cruise and the crew was great. There were snacks and drinks available too. We get another chance to go out and see whales too.
I highly recommend NOT going
, Apr 2021
We were a group of 15. We had 10 kids and 5 adults. I have been on boat tours and many other water activities many many times. I have never experienced a boat as rocky as this one. I can understand that seeing whales is not in anyone's control. There were whales spotted far away. While we were on the tour, the Company mentioned that the day before it was even more choppy. It was so rocky and choppy it was such a bad experience. Out of our 10 Kids, 7 were feeling sick with the rocky boat. Most people on the boat were sick and throwing up. We paid to sleep and throw up. I was not sea sick but the majority of our group was. The 3 hours felt like 6. Bad idea with kids. Its too long, too choppy, and not enjoyable.

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