San Diego Private Family Whale Adventure
86 Ratings
San Diego
Embark on a thrilling private family whale adventure in San Diego. Cruise in a luxurious family limo on the water with a licensed captain, equipped with safety measures and an observation tower.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Tailwalker Whale & Dolphin Adventures - We will explore the waters off the Beautiful San Diego Coastline in Search of all different types of Whales, Dolphins and other Sea Animals. This “VIP/Private” Tour will put you right in the middle of all the Action to see these Amazing Creatures “Up Close” and in the Front Row!!

“This is the absolute Best VIP/Private Whale Watching Experience in San Diego!!”

For over 14 years, We have offered VIP/Private” Family Whale & Dolphin Adventures, Offshore Eco-Tours and Sunset Bay Cruises in San Diego.

What's Included
  • Safety equipment provided
  • Complimentary bottled water
What's Not Included
  • **3 Passenger Min for a “Private Charter” (3 adult tickets must be purchased or the $ equivalent)
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

For over ten years, we have exclusively provided San Diego with VIP/Private, Family-oriented Whale/Dolphin Expeditions!!

Enjoy a personal ‘Family Yacht’ experience, on the open seas with a Licensed USCG Captain in charge!!

Fully compliant with current operating permits and USCG safety requirements.

Comfortable Enclosed Cabin featuring Captain chairs and a complete restroom.

A 3-seater Observation Tower on deck for an exhilarating view!

Tailwalker Whale & Dolphin Adventures
Quivira Road
You have a "VIP/Private boat just for your Family/Group". We will personally meet you at "The Market" Cafe located directly behind the Hyatt Mission Bay. (In front of the Commercial Docks)
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(86 Ratings)
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Mar 24, 2024
Amazing day of whale and dolphin watching! - We had an amazing time with Captain Rich and Tailwalker. Rich called to give us an update on the weather and then passed on instructions where and when to meet. Once on the boat, he gave us a safety lesson, allowed us to go up onto the flying bridge, and we were on our way. We first came upon a gray whale, our goal for the day, we then had a sea lion make his way past us and then it was off to a very large pod of dolphins. The dolphins were jumping and swam along with our boat for at least 30 minutes. It was amazing!! On the way back towards the bay, we saw more dolphins and then Captain Rich took us past the sea loins who reside in the bay. The day was wonderful!! And truly the best part of our trip. We plan to return and go blue whale watching with Captain Rich. Thank you again Captain Rich!!
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Feb 20, 2024
My wife stated, "This is... - My wife stated, "This is the greatest day of my life!". That sums up the trip we had with Captain Rick and TailWalker tours. We saw hundreds of dolphins and 6 incredible humpback whales. He put us right in the pod with them! We will be back with the kids soon!
Review provided by Viator
Feb 13, 2024
Best Boat with a great view - Captain Rick is the best. We saw gray whale, seals and sea lion. We have awesome video, but not able to upload here🤷🏻‍♀️
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Jan 4, 2024
So much better than Sea World! - We loved seeing a juvenile grey whale and it was so exciting! It was great sitting up high looking for marine life. We had a great time!
Review provided by Viator
Nov 6, 2023
Worth every penny thank you - We seen a hump back whale several times. He was a juvenile absolutely beautiful I would recommend this to anyone the best money we spent so far on our vacation absolutely beautiful thank you.
Review provided by Viator
Oct 26, 2023
Excellent activity, nice between size boat that has high bench seat for outstanding viewing. Captain great - I went with my family: wife, 9 year old daughter, and mother in law. We didn't see whales but had a nice tour and just when we were to head back we came upon a dolphin pod, really amazing. Of course it's mostly random luck what you see but the captain was very knowledgeable and truly excited to share that knowledge. I liked its size, 6 person max, in between the rubber dinghy size and the large tour boats. It seems way more stable and comfortable than the rubber boats. Unusually it had a high bench seat above the cabin where we (not abuela) spent the tour. It's the single biggest advantage this tour had in addition to friendly experienced safety-oriented captain. I highly recommend
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Sep 24, 2023
Family - The beautiful views our family saw, we will cherish them forever. Captain Rich was very knowledgable and went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our trip.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 2, 2023
Dolphins Everywhere! - Imagine being surrounded by a thousand dolphins! Captain Rich was able to locate them and give us an unforgettable experience! My son was able to touch two from the front of the boat. Though the whales were shy, the dolphins put on a show! Fantastic day!
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Mar 11, 2024
Huge disappointment - This was an incredibly disappointing experience after having read so many reviews about marine life sightings. The water was extremely choppy and 2 of us were sea sick. The long ride off shore felt interminable and all for nothing. We had a brief glimpse of 2 dolphins in over 2 hours of scanning rough, white caps. Saw nothing else. The captain eventually turned back to shore and sped all the way back (which was a relief to get off the boat). We were freezing, sick and bored. Super disappointing since we flew out from Texas for this excursion.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 19, 2024
Dangerous and uncomfortable. - This was really bad. As we were walking up to the boat, we figured out that there was really no seating. He sticks you up on a perch on the bridge of the boat, which seems really good at first, but the bench seat is broken so you are sliding out of it the whole time and I literally have a cut from a nail going into my butt cheek from the broken seat. We were with our children who are teenagers, and two of us were asked to precariously sit on the roof of the boat and it was horribly uncomfortable- my daughter and I have bruises on our backs from having to lean against the seat rail to stay safe on the roof of the boat as he drove over waves. Lastly, he is not a charismatic captain. In fact, there was not a personality to speak of. I NEVER write reviews. I grew up with small business owners as parents so I really wanted this to work out, but this guy charged us over $700 to ride in a dangerous situation and to admonish us for not looking out enough for whales. I would recommend going on a different tour.
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minimum 3 guests
up to 12 guests
3 Adult
April 2024