San Diego Morning Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure

San Diego Morning Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure

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      San Diego, California, USA
      3.5 Hours
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 41

      Travel along the San Diego coast for the best marine sightseeing! See the majestic gray whale as well as sea lions, dolphins, and herons on an unforgettable cruise experience. Take in beautiful views of the coastline on this half-day tour. 

      Tour highlights

      • Narration by experienced captain
      • Best views of San Diego Bay 
      • See a variety of marine animals 

      What’s included in the tour

      • Sightseeing San Diego on the water
      • Family-friendly experience


      This is a seasonal tour operating from mid-December through beginning of April.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to 970 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101.

      Helpful hints

      Operates December 9th through April 23rd. Cruises daily from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Boarding 15 minutes prior to departure. Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only.

      Getting around

      Hornblower does have handicap accessibility on some, but not all, of the yachts and decks. Please contact the GoBe Crew 24 hours in advance to confirm availability.

      Activity type

      Adventure, Boat Tour, Family Friendly, Scenic, Wilderness/Wildlife

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages. Children 3 years of age and younger participate free of charge.

      The beaches, cliffs, and waters that comprise the San Diego coastline are truly a top sight to behold. The natural scenery, when combined with the thrill of seeing marine creatures up close, make for a potent pair. On this tour, go on the experience of a lifetime on a whale-watching cruise. See the massive mammal from the water on a comfortable yacht and check out the splendid view of beautiful San Diego as you travel along the coast. 

      San Diego’s waters are home to the gray whales from December until late March. These gentle giants travel the longest mammal migration route: they spend the summer months in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, located in the north, then head south to the breeding lagoons found in Baja California, Mexico. Their temporary residence in the warm Pacific Ocean waters makes it an even more incredible experience. Get your cameras ready as the gray whales approach the yacht and splash about in the ocean. 

      Your adventurous marine tour doesn’t just stop at whales, however. Keep your eyes open for amiable dolphins, sea lions, and a variety of birds overhead. See the great blue heron soaring in the blue sky and seagulls flying near the coast. Discover the best views of San Diego’s man-made landmarks, too, such as the Coronado Bridge and the charming Seaport Village. Appreciate the beauty of the San Diego Bay in all its glory.  You can also see historic warships, such as the USS Ronald Reagan, from your spot on the water. It’s a visual experience that cannot be beat!  

      The tour comes with excellent commentary narrated by a certified captain with experience. This adventure is family-friendly, exciting, and one of the best things to do while in San Diego. Experience the city from the water on a memorable tour. 




      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.


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      San Diego, California, USA
      Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring money
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear warm layers
      Wear Sunglasses

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      Your order is subject to TourTrek's Booking Ticket Agreement, including all TourTrek and GoBe policies incorporated therein.

      This is a seasonal tour operating from mid-December through the beginning of April.