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Blue Whale Watching San Diego

Summer Whale Watching Adventures

San Diego Whale Watching Tours with Hornblower

Summer Whale Watching season runs June 24-September 4.


= discounted cruises
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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 blue whales. As we make our 4-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.

See the Whale Report! This is what's going on now with whales and dolphins off San Diego coast.


  • 4-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 

Cruising on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Boarding: 8:45am Cruising: 9:00am-1:00pm

Whale Guarantee: If you don't see a whale, we'll give you a pass for a Hornblower one or two hour Harbor Tour in San Diego.

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.

For information on a Hornblower annual pass, click here.

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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

We would like to sincerely thank the staff for their care and attention. We had our four grandchildren aboard and it was thrilling for them. The captain allowed them to pose for photos in HIS seat holding the ship's wheel. One of the volunteers helped our daughter in law with a two year old as she attended to her infant's needs. Everyone went above and beyond their call of duty, the ship was immaculate as were the restrooms. We enjoyed every minute of the experience. Thank you all for the entire trip. Very pleasant crew attitude. Attitudes begin at the top and it was evident of a very professional management and staff.

– Dorothy