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If you love whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds, hop on board for a breathtaking experience on the open ocean. We’ll speed out to sea on one of our large, comfortable yachts and pass barking sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins as we search for the legendary gray whales—known for migrating the longest distance of any mammal on Earth. As we make our
3.5-hour tour, we’ll be treated to a live narration by our experienced captain and our on-board
naturalist (from the San Diego Natural History Museum). You’ll stay cozy and comfortable with
both indoor and outdoor seating and a snack bar featuring hot food, a full bar, and souvenirs.
WHAT YOU GET:
- 3.5-hour whale watching excursion in San Diego
- Opportunity to spot whales, sea lions, dolphins and harbor seals
- An exclusive look at local environmental efforts
- Professional live narration on marine life from our expert captains and volunteer naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)
- Snack bars featuring hot food, full bar and souvenirs
- Climate-controlled indoor seating
- Views of famous San Diego landmarks
Two Cruises Daily: 9:30am-1:00pm & 1:30pm-5:00pm
Prices start at $37.00 per person Monday-Friday $42.00 Saturday & Sunday. CHILDREN CRUISE FOR 50% OFF! (ages 4-12)
Read about Gray Whales in the Whale Blog!
Guaranteed Whale Sighting!
If some type of whale is not sighted on your whale watching cruise, you will receive a pass good for another Whale Watching Cruise or Harbor Cruise from Hornblower San Diego.
Hornblower Cruises' San Diego Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures are educational cruises and visual experiences for people who love sea birds, dolphins, sea lions and whales. Highlights of the cruise include pods of hundreds of dolphins plus an informative harbor cruise around the north end of the Big Bay. Enjoy a memorable three-and-a-half-hour whale-watching cruise on San Diego's largest and fastest whale watching yachts, offering the most comfortable climate-controlled boats in Southern California. If the tour doesn't see whales, all guests are given a "Whale Check" to come back for free.
NOTE: The whale watching vessel cruises in the open ocean. Our yacht is the most comfortable yacht in San Diego, due to stabilizers that greatly reduce the yacht's motion. Still, if seasickness is a concern, getting fresh air on the sun deck or taking over-the-counter anti-seasickness medicine prior to your cruise might help. Click here for FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
COMBINATION TICKET PACKAGES (Click Here)
Combine your Harbor Cruise or Whale Watching cruise with one of our combo packages for a FULL San Diego sightseeing experience. Choose from ticket packages with one of our great partners: USS Midway Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum or San Diego Maritime Museum.
*No outside food or beverage is allowed onboard the yacht. For your convenience, we have a fully stocked snack bar and full beverage bar available to purchase on board.
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I took a friend of mine on the San Diego Whale Watching Trip on Sunday the 28 on the 1:30 PM Trip. We saw many whales, and I believe it was a Humpback Whale that breached so many times, I lost track! One time it was a full breach about 40 yards out from the side of the boat! The Crew was great and I thank them! I did get a picture of a tail, but the timing is the trick! Thanks again.
– Jack B
Our family had so much fun on Sunday during our whale watching adventure. The captain was so knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the trip. We saw two Fin back whales, and his excitement about this event was infectious. Also, the volunteers from the Natural History Museum were amazing, and I know that my children will remember this event forever. Thank you so much!
– Kelly Y