San Diego Whale Watching: Marine Biologist Guided
1,040 Ratings
San Diego

We depart from Mission Bay and within a brief 10-minute sail, we’re at the open sea, a habitat for whales and dolphins! As soon as we leave the dock, the quest for whales and other marine creatures commences with our marine biologists narrating the spectacle and setting the expectations right from the start!

Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Ocean Beach - The tour will take you to the ocean without stopping
What's Included
  • Marine biologists provide live narration
1617 Quivira Rd
Quivira Road
Our Ticket / check-in booth is a small grey booth between H2O rentals and the Fish & Chips shop facing the marina. [Click this link for our exact check in location](
Cancellation Policy

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

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(1040 Ratings)
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Mar 23, 2024
Fantastic experience - So fun watching the dolphins all around the boat. The naturalist was very knowledgeable and took great pics of the journey. A great experience-would do it again.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 17, 2024
An exciting time at sea. - The ride out to the continental drop off was rough but exciting and memorable. As we arrived at that location a school of dolphins swam alongside our boat. Then we saw a pod of whales. It was a great day, which I and my grandchildren will neve4 forget.
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Mar 14, 2024
San Diego Whales ! - It was a beautiful day and we were able to see four gray whales and a sea lion. The crew was super friendly and knowledgeable.
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Mar 13, 2024
Go see the whales!! - We had the BEST time! Whales and dolphins were easy for Captain Brian to find.. Vanessa, the on board biologist rattled off facts about the wildlife that was fun and informative. Great choice for a fun family day!!
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Mar 2, 2024
Best experience watching gray whale and pacific white sided dolphin - We booked the tickets for whale and dolphin watch in advance, which was the best decision. We reached the venue about 45 mins before time, which helped us get to the upper deck. The sign in process was smooth and then we had to queue up for the boarding. While there was an incident and there was delay in boarding for about 15-20 minutes, it was not that bad. The guide on the boat was very good and was providing good commentary of the things around us. It all started with seeing lot of pelicans, then several pacific white sided dolphins in the wild and that experience was amazing. And finally, the highlight, we were able to see the gray whale doing lot of spouting. Finally, taking lot of pictures of sunset and getting back to the shore. Highly recommended trip in San Diego
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Mar 2, 2024
Lovely trip - We were unlucky that there was a huge number of naval ships in the water the day we went and whales were scarce but the crew went above and beyond to go further out than normal to find us some whales. We did eventually see a few and with good weather it was a a great boat trip regardless as the crew pointed out sights and gave us some interesting facts along the way.
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Feb 28, 2024
Great Trip - The staff was very nice and competent. They explained everything about the animals we saw we were able to see several whales and a lot of dolphins. It was a very nice trip I would recommend it.
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Feb 27, 2024
Gray Whale Highway - We thoroughly enjoyed our trip! We got so lucky the seas were quiet and glassy with very little wind. We saw 2 gray whales, spouting, and even breaching several times! We harbor seals, and lots of birds but the highlight of the day was a huge pod of Common Dolphins. Hundreds of dolphins swimming, jumping and showing off for us. Incredible! The guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic ~ the experience was memorable and would definitely go again!
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Feb 26, 2024
Dozens and dozens of dolphins swimming alongside our boat! - We had a great experience a few weeks ago. Saw an enormous pod of dolphins, which swam alongside our boat. I'd never seen that many dolphins at once. They surrounded us! That made the trip worthwhile - we were OK with not seeing whales. The excitement in our tour guides' voices made it clear this was an extraordinary event.
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Mar 3, 2024
Avoid like the plague - Cancelled with little notice, no explanation and so far no refund. Avoid. What more can I say. Found an alternative that were better located and cheaper
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024