Oceanside Coastal Expeditions: Intimate Dolphin & Whale Watching
45 Ratings

At Oceanside Coastal Expeditions, we are experts in curating heart-pounding and personal experiences for every visitor. We offer a unique chance to get nearer to some of the most amazing sea creatures in our local waters than you’ve ever been!

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Oceanside Pier - Our 90 minute dolphin tour specializes in creating an intimate and exhilarating experience for you and your party, with the rare opportunity to be close to some of the most incredible marine mammals in our local waters including Sea Lions, Dolphins and Whales!
What's Included
  • Professional guide
  • Cruise
Oceanside Coastal Expeditions
South Harbor Drive
Our ticket kiosk is located outside of the Oceanside Sea Center (315S Harbor Dr)
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(45 Ratings)
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Jan 21, 2024
Captain my captain - Our captain was very sweet and accommodating. It was overcast and a little cold but we made the best if it with some good tunes and company!
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Oct 2, 2023
Special - Oceanside is special. It is a lovely Pacific Ocean beach location. Long stretches of beach to walk. Nice restaurants. Beautiful weather. Spectacular sunsets.
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Sep 7, 2023
Birthday with the Dolphins - I was celebrating my daughter's birthday in Oceanside and we took the Dolphin and Whale Tour with Captain Nate. We really enjoyed it. Captain Nate was very friendly and seemed to be a very experienced boat tour guide. It started off slow and after we were out in the ocean, the speed picked up and it was windy. Captain Nate played music while we toured, and he offered us a life jacket and a blanket (to keep ourselves dry from the occasional spray of water from the ocean. We saw several pods of dolphins but no whales. We went approximately 4.5 miles out in the ocean. On our way back we saw several sea lions resting on a buoy. The boat was smaller than what I imagined and there were only 4 people on this tour, but I think that made it more personable and fun. Captain Nate implied that if it weren't so windy, we may have seen more dolphins, but the ocean is unpredictable, and we had a great time.
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Aug 30, 2023
Great time. Lots of... - Great time. Lots of dolphins, a sun fish and even saw some tuna jumping completely out of the water.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 6, 2023
Amazing adventure - Was a terrific adventure and the lady we had as our tour guide was super nice and very interactive with the 3 couples on the boat
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Jul 31, 2023
A very cool experience. - following a Dolphin School ! It was awesome...... A great day with my kids and our captain did a great job finding the Dolphins.
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Jul 17, 2023
Amazing - We had an amazing time with Captain Justine. We saw a school of Dolphins and a juevienile whale. Thank you so much for a fantastic time.
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Jul 13, 2023
Great Tour - So much fun! Our captain was great. We saw dolphins and a blue whale. The group before us saw more whales, it’s hit or miss but our captain was really knowledgeable. Awesome experience.
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Jul 13, 2023
Amazing experiences make the best memories! - We had a marvelous experience. It was a great tour with just seven of us in our family. We saw so many dolphins up close and also a sun fish and a large shark in the distance. It was an incredible day and we will remember this forever. Highly recommended!
Review provided by Viator
Jul 30, 2023
Exhilarating is no joke! - We must have had such a different experience from everyone else, because I see people on here saying that they took 2 and 3 year olds on this, and there is NO WAY a toddler could have been on our boat today. Our family of four was greeted by our driver, a woman whose name I don't remember, and we were told "you are gonna get soaked." that surprised me, but we decided to go with it. When I tell you that we were holding on tightly with both hands to avoid flying out of the boat, I'm not kidding. It was so incredibly rough that the boat would fly up off the water, then come crashing back down with a thud. My 12 year old was terrified. After about 20 minutes of this, the driver asked me if I wanted to put a blanked over my jeans because they were about to get soaked. I told her my son was having a tough time with the rockiness, and so she decided to move closer to the shore. After that, at least we were in calmer waters and the ride was a lot less bumpy. We felt much safer, but needless to say, never saw any dolphins or whales. Also, the driver never said another word, other than to tell us we were going to get wet. I would definitely never to on this again, or recommend it to anyone who isn't an adrenaline junkie. My 15 year old daughter, who loves roller coasters, enjoyed it. The rest of us were just happy to get back to shore without being soaked or throwing up. Thank goodness for dramamine.
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up to 6 guests
1 Adult
April 2024