Whale Watching in Winter Gardens

Three-Hour Winter Whale-Watching Cruise for One or Two at H&M Landing (Up to 54% Off)

H&M Landing

San Diego

Three-hour voyage passes by Coronado North Island and the U.S. Naval Fleet on its way to view California gray whales, dolphins and sea lions

$45 $21

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3.5-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 47% Off)

Flagship Cruises and Events

Marina

Birch Aquarium naturalists point out migrating gray whales and share facts about sealife

$38 $22

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$39 for Half-Day Sport Fishing Trip for One with Equipment at Chubasco II Sportfishing ($60 Value)

Chubasco II Sportfishing

San Diego

Hit the high seas on a 60’ ship to catch Yellowtail, White Sea Bass, and Halibut

$60 $39

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Three-Hour Whale-Watching Tour for One, Two, or 10 from San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 61% Off)

San Diego Whale Watch

San Diego

Three-hour tours include narration by a naturalist, snack bar, and indoor and outdoor seating for 149

$48 $22

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Two-Hour Kayak Whale-Watching Tour for One or Two from Everyday California (Up to 63% Off)

Everyday California

Everyday California

Kayakers can get up-close views of whales and dolphins during two-hour tour

$80 $30

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching (Up to 61% Off). Four Options Available.

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Dana Point

Captains narrate two-hour tours through the Pacific in search of gray whales, dolphins, and sea lions

$45 $19

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One or Two Kid or Adult Tickets to Whale/Dolphin-Watching Cruise from Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 60%)

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Balboa Peninsula Point

Spot giant blue whales, California gray whales, finback whales, dolphin pods, and other native creatures in their natural habitat

$36 $15

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One or Two Junior or Adult Whale-Watching and Drink Tickets from Ocean Explorer Cruises (Up to 63% Off)

Ocean Explorer Cruises

Balboa Peninsula Point

2.5-hour tour takes passengers around the Newport and Laguna Beach coastlines in search of whales, dolphins, and other marine life

$41 $16

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Flagship Cruises and Events hosts more than harbor tours. On a given evening, a party floats out onto San Diego Bay. The stars overhead combine with the skyline's twinkling lights to become a giant disco ball, which sets the mood for dance after dance aboard one of Flagship Cruises and Events'?signature vessels. These nighttime dinner cruises send gourmet chefs, DJs, and ample bottles of champagne out on 25-mile voyages up and down San Diego's waters. Yet this is only one of the events Flagship's team has dreamed up since they chartered their first cruise back in 1915, the year water was discovered not to be poisonous. You'll also find their boats basking in the glow of fireworks on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July, as well as carrying sprawling brunch buffets during weekends.

Additionally, Flagship's captains charter private cruises and lead sightseeing trips. These include thrilling Patriot speed boat rides and more leisurely harbor tours, which float past area attractions such as the city shipyards, U.S. Navy ships, and the Coronado Bay Bridge. From December?April, some 20,000 gray whales swim through the area and give passengers even more to look at.

1050 N Harbor Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Ordinarily it's bad news if your plane is in the water, but not so at San Diego Seaplanes, where the flying machines are made for aquatic takeoffs and landings. On any given day, the small planes whisk passengers in a romantic journey from the water's surface up into the air above San Diego, where they can survey the skyline, see California grey whales below, swoop over Coronado Island, and take in the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.

Despite its name, San Diego Seaplanes doesn't only serve America's Finest City. The pilots also transport passengers around the Hawaiian Islands, Baja California, and areas of the Caribbean known for their dolphins that race the planes.

3717 John J Montgomery Drive
San Diego,
CA
US

Though she's only a few decades old, the Privateer has already retired to a warmer climate. In May 2011?after 28 years of ferrying passengers around on whale-watching trips in brisk Massachusetts waters?she made her way down the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, and to the warm San Diego coast. She hasn't stopped working, however. The Privateer still carries up to 128 passengers across ocean waves during sunset cruises. With her roomy outdoor decks, she makes it easy for people to have unobstructed views of the pink-and-gold horizon kissing the Pacific's azure waters.

1717 Quivira Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

The staff members at Another Side Of Los Angeles Tours take an unconventional approach to sightseeing. The goal is to fashion an experience that is as much about the sights as it is about the tour itself. Sightseers glide along the surface of the sea during kayaking tours that can convert to snorkeling expeditions, hike through LA’s mountains, or steal behind-the-scenes glimpses at Warner Brothers Studios. The company’s segway tours wheel customers through downtown Los Angeles, down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and along the scenic shores of Santa Monica and Venice Beach like a king crab that discovered a more efficient way to move. In addition to information and adventure, the company frequently gives tour takers round-trip transportation, waives entrance fees, and serves bites to eat.

300 G Street
San Diego,
CA
US

As twilight colors San Diego's skyline and the waters surrounding it, the 85-foot New Seaforth is just setting out onto the ocean. Onboard, passengers armed with rods and reels watch the coast shrink as they make their way to Point Loma and the La Jolla kelp beds in search of yellowtail, barracuda, and other fish who have late curfews. Joining them the whole way is Seaforth Sportfishing's crew, who help beginners set up their equipment and give more experienced anglers tips and pointers. And for those who've caught their limit or are waiting for a bite, the galley stands ready, serving up cheeseburgers and sodas or beers for them to sip while they watch the last color fade from the sky and the stars come out. On the way back to shore, during the summer months, passengers might catch Sea World's fireworks show to cap off their evening with a bang.

These twilight trips are indicative of the experience every Seaforth Sportfishing excursion offers. Captains aboard the company's 17 vessels?which range from 65 to 85 feet?also venture out on half-day trips for yellowtail, barracuda, bonito, and bass, or full-day trips into Mexican waters, where tuna and dorado flash beneath the surface.

1717 Quivira Rd
San Diego,
CA
US

Captain Ernie Prieto III is a third-generation fisherman with decades of experience casting in the rivers and oceans of Southern California and Mexico. He welcomes up to 40 passengers to cruise the coastal waters of San Diego and the scenic Coronado Islands aboard the Chubasco II, a 60'x20' ship with side-scanning sonar, a low deck, and all the gear you need to land a fish or escape from a really angry fish. The spacious Chubasco can hold up to 49 passengers and reaches comfortable cruising speeds, but it's Captain Ernie's know-how that makes for successful sport-fishing expeditions. He and his crew help beginners and experts catch Yellowtail, Barracuda, White Sea Bass, and Halibut. Each passengers is given a numbered burlap sack for their catches. At the end of the trip, passengers can opt to take their catches home to cook and eat or take photos with. The Chubasco's galley features cold beer, beverages, and snacks available for purchase.

1617 Quivira Rd.
San Diego,
CA
US