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Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures

San Diego Whale Watching Tours featuring Gray Whales!

Winter Whale Watching season runs December-April




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Whale watching and dolphin watching in San Diego
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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.

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


  • 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

If some type of whale is not sighted on your whale watching cruise, you will receive a pass good to return for a Whale Watching Cruise or 1 or 2 Hour Harbor Cruise from Hornblower San Diego.

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.

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.


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.

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Our family had so much fun on our whale watch. The captain was so knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the trip. We saw two Fin whales. The volunteers from the Natural History Museum were amazing. My children will remember this event forever.

– Kelly Y

The captain was very nice specially demonstrating so well to make it enjoyable; me and my wife were so excited to see the whale. It's a life time experience; I already recommended this cruise to my friends; its a must in San Diego.

– Jayasish C