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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
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4.5-hr sailing cruise
Sodas and snacks
Whale sighting guarantee
No seasickness' guarantee
9:00 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11:00 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
2:00 PM Trip: Check in between 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Look for a blue "check-in" flag on the grass at 2050 Shelter Island Drive, across the street from the Best Western Island Palms Hotel and Blue Wave Bar & Grill. Check the Inclusions/Exclusions list for check in times. There is a lot of free public parking at our location!

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Please call if you have a wheelchair so we can discuss the boarding options as we have had guests with wheelchairs enjoy this experience. We do have 5 steps in order to board the vessel. There is a single step in the deck. Please call Thank you!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Next Level Sailing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.

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  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Worth doing
Harley_T
, Jan 2022
We were able to spot a gray whale mom and her calf. It was a memorable experience to watch them swim together and have the crew tell us about these whales and other fun facts. Even without the whales, we had a great time sailing on the Pacific Ocean. Just remember to pack warm clothes, hats, and maybe a blanket or two!
star-5
What a great day in the Pacific
Mike_K
, Jan 2022
What a wonderful day in the waters Pacific watching whales!!! 5 stars to the crew, that’s the heart of the excursion! They wanted us to spot the whales sooo bad!!! The boat is spotless and you will always have space. It was me , my wife, our 3yo daughter and our infant. Everything runs so smooth! Totally suggest this tour to everyone looking to have a good time and enjoy a great day in the water.
star-5
The staff was very knowledgeable friendly and welcoming. The experience was truly delightful and inspiring!
Dana_G
, Jan 2022
We actually got to see unusual breaching of male whale showing off for a female whale during their migration back to Mexico warm waters. Extremely unusual, very cool, the staff was totally pumped at the sight. Our sail ship was only 2,000 yards away. The one thing I totally appreciated about the tour group was their care and respect for the whale and sea life species. They truly care, and it shines through! Thank You!
star-5
Memory Maker!
Jason_P
, Jan 2022
We were in SD for my wife’s birthday and this was the highlight of our trip! The crew was amazing, the ship was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and we saw plenty whales!! Plus, the crew went out of their way to assure we were all a comfortable! And they know so much about whales and San Diego!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience!!!
Cara_E
, Jan 2022
The whale watching was fun. I do wish they’d be a little bit closer but it is very exciting, nonetheless. The crew of this bot are super knowledgeable and friendly- lots of cool info was learned and the sailboat itself was STUNNING. Just the ride itself on such a beautiful boat was a great experience- relaxing and interesting- and the whales were the cherry on top.
star-5
Great Family Fun
Nadi_M
, Jan 2022
Great time on a replica ship. Fun and knowledgeable crew. Saw some whales and dolphins. The crew is great with kids and they have a storytime.
star-5
Loved it!
Matthew_F
, Jan 2022
This tour was fabulous! The America is so cool, and Fathom (our guide) was excellent. You can tell the staff really loves their job! It was a great time and highly recommend. Bring layers and a hat to keep you warm!
star-5
The captain and the crew...
Michael_W
, Jan 2022
The captain and the crew informed us what to be looking for and where to start watching. The captain and crew were awesome.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much! We are so glad you had a wonderful time sailing with us.
star-5
An Amazing Experience
Timothy_M
, Jan 2022
Watching the gray whales and sailing along with the jumping dolphins was amazing. The old times ship was cool and the crew were friendly and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much! We really appreciate your review.
star-5
Beautiful Trip
EMILY_C
, Jan 2022
It was an Amazing Experience First time out in the Ocean! The Crew was Great…..They even offered drinks and Snacks
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much! We are so glad you had a great time.

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