San Diego Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour
20 Ratings
San Diego
Experience an unforgettable whale and dolphin watching tour in San Diego. Get up close to Blue & Grey whales, Fin whales, and Humpback whales as they feed on krill. Don't miss the chance to see the largest animals on earth!
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • 1500 Quivira Way - Your adventure begins the moment you step on board our 22’ expedition boat, because this is no ordinary whale watching trip. Say goodbye to the crowds and hello to a smaller, more personalized experience, where everyone has a front row seat.
    We will head out to the ocean on this amazing whale and dolphin watching cruise, but it is much more than that! Discover ocean going birds, unusual fish, sea lions and seals.
    -Convenient departure from Mission Bay (closest to the ocean).
  • USCG Licensed Captain with the experience to find the best wildlife locations
  • Observe whales, dolphins, sea lions and more in their wild environment
What's Included
  • Waterproof windbreakers
  • Comfortable USCG approved life jackets
What's Not Included
  • Minimum Passenger Count is 3 guests or the equivalent number of tickets.
  • Snacks
Additional Information

Join us on our 22-foot Zodiac adventure boat and be surrounded by nature’s wonders. Our skippers are friendly, well-informed, and considerate. We set sail to seek Blue & Grey whales, Fin whales and Humpback whales who put up a spectacular display as they feast on krill and various small sea creatures. Blue whales, the largest animals to have ever existed on earth, can grow up to 100 feet and weigh as much as 150 tons! The somewhat smaller fin whale typically measures about 88 feet.

Beyond whales, large dolphin groups residing along the San Diego coastline can also be seen. You can witness Bottle nose, Pacific white sided, Risso’s and common dolphins all year round.

So hop on board, let’s set the sail for an exciting journey!

  • NO children under the age of 3 years old
1500 Quivira Way
Quivira Way
We are the closest Whale and Dolphin Watching company in proximity to the ocean in San Diego. We meet in front of our office at least 15 mins before the scheduled tour begins.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(20 Ratings)
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Mar 29, 2024
Great experience! - This was a great experience for our family. We had 5 people so booked the whole boat - it's not a large boat. We saw literally hundreds of dolphins which was very cool. They swam alongside our boat and seemed curious about what we were. Just when we thought we'd have to give up, we saw a whale spout and subsequently saw a fin whale. After that disappeared, we motored around a bit and saw two gray whales. We got some pictures but they don't really capture what you see. There's no guarantee you'll see whales but regardless I think this would be a fun experience. It can be a bit rough riding especially for those who tend toward seasickness. But that said, two of my very motion-sickness prone family members, felt better in this small boat than they normally do on a larger one. This trip is definitely something to consider if you're visiting San Diego.
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Mar 17, 2024
CiCi was great! She was... - CiCi was great! She was very informative and did a great job of getting us close to the action when we spotted the whales!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 17, 2024
Great trip - Our captain CiCi was great we were able to see several groups of dolphins and one fin whale, great experience overall would do it again.
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Mar 15, 2024
Amazing trip - We see dolphins and a humpback whale. It was an enjoyable ride out there. May have gotten a little wet, but if I was worried about that I would’ve booked with someone else! Well worth every buck! Best birthday for me!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 11, 2024
Fabulous. Would do this again. - We had a fabulous morning with Captain Jules. We are a family of four including a 6 and 10 year old. Captain Jules made us comfortable with her professional and expert handling of our excursion. She’s also great with kids. We saw grey whales, common dolphins and sea lions. She took extra time with us and made sure we saw as much as possible.
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Mar 3, 2024
Whale tour/adventure! - We had a fantastic morning on the tour with Captain Tony. He was professional and knowledgeable and put us very much at ease. We really enjoyed being on this small boat and we had a great time being on the water. We saw 7!!! whales and too many dolphins to count…a beautiful morning in nature. We are a married couple in our 50’s and highly recommend this tour.
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Feb 18, 2024
Amazing experience - Much more comfortable and fun than a big ship tour. We were able to get closer to wildlife and make the experience more personal. We saw a gray whale, dolphins, birds, and sea lions. Jeff was wonderful!
Review provided by Viator
Jan 15, 2024
Great Whale and Dolphin Watching - We all loved Tony and highly recommend him. We were confident in his boating abilities. He made every effort to responsibly and successfully find whales and dolphins! Tony is professional, yet very friendly and super nice.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 14, 2023
Best Trip By Far! Look no further - We were the only two on the trip and Tony was an awesome captain! We saw dolphins seals and a juvenile grey whale. It was an awesome experience. Cici is great to work with also. Did you know she’s the only female owned whale watching place? Small place with big success which we will come back to time and time again. Worth every penny! If you are looking for a great experience look no further! I’ve used other places, this is my favorite!!!
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Sep 14, 2023
fun experience - unfortunately we didn’t see any wildlife. but we know that’s kinda part of the “risk” with trips like these. we still had a good time on the boat and the host was very friendly and invested.
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up to 5 guests
1 Adult
April 2024