Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and dress in layers. Bring sunglasses and a camera.
San Diego Whale Watching Sailing Tour
Whale watch off the coast of San Diego aboard a luxury sailboat with an experienced captain and crew on a three hour sailing and whale watching tour on the Pacific Ocean.
What You Will Do
- Enjoy a 3.5 hour sailing and whale watching experience on the Pacific Ocean
- Tour led by experienced sailboat captain and crew
- Tour in small groups, ideal for high quality whale watching experiences
- 3.5 hour sailing and whale watching tour on the Pacific Ocean
- Experienced and professional sailboat captain and crew
- Blankets and jackets to keep warm on deck
- Free snacks, wine, beer, soft drinks, and water
- Free parking
- Flexible departure times
FREE cancellation within 72 hours.
- 92 Ratings
We had a wonderful time on our 3 hour sailing tour. My husband, our 2 sons, and I were visiting from NJ, and we booked the tour to go whale watching. We were disappointed that the conditions that day prevented us from being able to do that, which is really the only reason we weren't completely satisfied. Otherwise, it was great to have the sailboat to ourselves, and Captain Kevin was very friendly and informative and great with our kids, who think the trip was definitely one of the best parts of our visit to San Diego. Overall, despite not being able to whale-watch, it was super relaxing and fun. Thank you!
Beautiful boat. Had everything we needed/wanted onboard. Great captain. Very personal experience.
We had a blast!!! (again). Will be back as soon as possible! Small, fun group made the experience truly special.
It was a beautiful day, the sailing was great, our Skipper was very nice (Capitan Art). But we saw no whales.
We know you can't help the weather or the whale migration, but we had hoped to see migrating whales. The seas were very choppy which made it difficult as well. Captain Art was great and did all that he could to find the whales and navigate the rough seas, helping to curb my wife's sea sickness. The sail boat was nice and they provided blankets and jackets for what turned out to be a cold trip. We would try again with Sail San Diego and would definitely recommend them to anyone interested in a sailing experience!
- Joanne B
We had a wonderful time despite the fact we didn't see any whales. Kevin, our Captain, was informative, knowledgeable and personable. We would definitely recommend Sail San Diego! Thanks, for the great time.
We had a wonderful time! We had never been sailing before and didn't quite know what to expect. Our captain, Kevin, was great - knowledgeable, personable, funny, he really made the experience perfect. We had great windy weather and we followed a gray whale! I would definitely recommend and would love to go sailing again!
Anthony was outgoing and friendly. The company was flexible in working around a bad weather forecast on our original sale date. This is a unique experience that can easily be overlooked during a trip to San Diego. It is very personable because you are on a smaller sailboat without the crowds on a larger sightseeing boat. We were offered the opportunity to take the helm. Jackets were available for the cool weather we had. This is something we enjoyed and would recommend to others.
- brigitte m
What a wonderful, relaxing, soul-recharging day on the ocean. Even though our search for whales was in vain, we had an amazing time. Cpt John was an awesome host and we talked about doing this again. Thank you!
The entire experience was fantastic, from the time we got on the boat to when we returned we had a great time! I was laughing so hard at some points I was crying! Will make this a must for every return trip back to San Diego
Wonderful day on the water and our captain was exceptional!
Our captain, Kevin, was knowledgeable and very friendly. We had a perfect day for a sail, but no whales, unfortunately. We had so much fun I almost didn't mind!
Excellent sailing experience . The captain was knowable and friendly . The boat was clean and comfortable .
Kevin is an awesome guide. We didn't see any whales, but it was almost an after-thought. The boats are comfortable, and it was a great experience.
Captain Anthony was awesome! We had such a good time. The other guest aboard were so nice. We got to help with the operating of the boat. We also were coming in and saw whales in the distance. We begin a chase to catch them. We were able to follow them for some time and had a great view of them. What a wonderful experience. I would go with Sail San Diego again. Thanks for a great time.
Beautiful, clean boat, friendly and attentive captain. Having jackets, blankets and hats available was a great touch!
John was a great host, got to see wales and dolphins and was definitely worth the extra cost doing it on a sail boat rather than one of the bigger boats
Kevin was a wonderful captain and host! We had exceptional weather, saw a whale, dolphins, and sea lions! We had snacks, adult beverages, and great conversation! If you are looking for an intimate, relaxed experience, this is the way to go! Thanks again Kevin!!
Beautiful sailboat,great captain (Kevin). Will do it again
This was the highlight of our San Diego trip. Captain John was awesome and we saw a ton of whales.
Lovely trip, enthusiastic Captain Greg. Lots of whales!
We had a wonderful time sailing and looking for whales. Our captain was very nice and informative.
Anthony was awesome, he is a great sailor. We saw some whales but the sailing was worth the trip. Thanks for a great day on the water. Deanna & Steve Guidry
Would suggest better food, while the drinks were fine. The rest was great and the sailor, Kevin, was awesome. What an experience
FIrst off Cal was fantastic at familiarizing us with the boat and introducing Captain John. John was just a natural at making us feel comfortable about sailing and asking him questions. He was very knowledgable and made it a great, fun trip. We only spotted one whale a few times, then somehow it lost us. But we really couldn't have asked for a better way to spend our afternoon in San Diego. We truly had great weather, a great boat, great Captain and great friends. Spectacular!!!
We had a great time, quite frankly because of Captain Anthony. He mentioned that the best part of the trip was the journey itself and he proved quite right. While we never did see the actual whole whale(s), we did see spouts and tail fins which was pretty neat. We thoroughly enjoyed sailing (1st time for both of us) and would love to do it again. I did a favorable write up on Trip Advisor for you guys. Good times!
This was our second trip. John was our captain. We lived him. We saw a whale and it was awesome. We told everyone we met apt sail sandiego and captain John. I'm sure you got more bookings because of our great experience and us sharing it with others.
Was just beautiful. It was a cool morning and though we did not see any whales, the experience on a sailboat was perfect.
We had a great captain, Greg and a very relaxed exploration, saw two whales and at the very last a group of dolphins playing along.
It was a real pleasure to sail on your Whale Watching cruise. The Catalina Yacht was beautiful and clean. Captain Pete did a great job handling her. The days was clear and windy for great sailing.We even saw whales! Awesome! P. Bauman Los Gatos, CA
We had a great time! Thanks so much.
It was an amazing trip. we went on the whale watching tour, captain Mike was telling us interesting stories about the whale and lot of other things. and luckily we saw whales and footprints, It was an unforgettable experience.
- Donald p. wolfe
December 26, 2015.....What a great excursion! Had an estimated fifteen sightings.....and truly enjoyed the sailing! Special thanks to our Happy Captain Greg for an informative, safe and delightful cruise! Don
We saw lots of whales. Had enough wind to actually sail on the way home. Captain Peter was a knowledgeable and interesting guide. We had a wonderful time! Thanks for a great tour!