Whale Watching in Rancho San Diego, CA

Whale-Watching Cruise from Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 64% 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

$25 $9

Three-Hour Whale-Watching Tour for One, Two, or 10 from San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 60% Off)

San Diego Whale Watch

San Diego

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

$48 $23

Whale- and Dolphin-Watching Tour or Sunset Couple's Cruise from Tailwalker Sportfishing (Up to 68% Off)

Tailwalker Sportfishing

Hyatt Area

Set out in search of whales and dolphins on a scenic three-hour tour, or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise

$250 $139

Five- or Nine-Hour Fishing Trip for One from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching (Up to 55% Off)

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Dana Point

Fish for seasonal catches such as bass, yellowtail, rockfish, and more during 1/2 or 3/4-day excursions

$64 $29

Catalina or Coastal Sport-Fishing Trip for 1 or 2 Adults or 1 Junior from Davey's Locker (Up to 67% Off)

Davey's Locker Sportfishing

Newport Beach

Fish for yellowtail, tuna, dorado, white sea bass, calico bass, bonito, halibut and dozens more off Catalina Island or the Pacific coast

$71 $28

Sport Fishing or Whale Watching for Two or Private Trip for Six at Cowbouy Sportfishing (Up to 53% Off)

Cowbouy Sportfishing

Midway District

USCG certified captain relies on 30 years of experience and 34’ trawler to catch yellowtail and halibut or spot majestic whales and dolphins

$900 $434

Two-Hour Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four from Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 57% Off)

Flagship Cruises and Events

Flagship Cruises and Events

Narrated cruise takes passengers on a 25-mile tour past sights such as Coronado Bridge, Point Loma, and North Island Naval Air Station

$56 $24

$21 for a Wine Tasting and Artisanal Cheese Pairing for Two at Wine A Bit Coronado ($44 Value)

Wine A Bit Coronado

Wine A Bit Coronado

Friends enjoy a selection of wine samples and artisanal cheeses at a cozy shop that often features live music

$44 $21

Wolf Recovery Today Tour for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for Four at California Wolf Center (Up to 62% Off)

California Wolf Center


Wolf Recovery Today program includes observation of wolf packs; membership includes program admission, newsletter, and bio

$40 $17

Up to 63% Off Wine Tasting at Salerno Winery

Salerno Winery


From the merchant: Taste 4 wines of your choice along with our special port while enjoying live entertainment on the shaded patio.

$60 $22

San Diego Automotive Museum Visit for Two Adults, Two Adults and Two Kids, or Four Adults (Up to 59% Off)

San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

Classic motorcycles join a 1928 Studebaker and a custom 1947 Cadillac to pay homage to collectable autos

$17 $7

Meadery Visit and Tasting with Flights for One or Two at Golden Coast Mead (Up to 54% Off)

Golden Coast Mead

Golden Coast Mead

Craft brewers use California honey and San Diego spring water to make light-bodied, easy-drinking mead, the world’s oldest alcoholic drink

$13 $6

One, Two, or Four Pedal-Pub Tours from Social Cycle (50% Off)

Social Cycle

San Diego

16 passengers bike from bar to bar during two-hour tours in San Diego

$60 $30

$20 for Admission for One to The San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds (Up to $36 Value)

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fishermans Wharf

Experience a unique, thrilling, and fun theatre experience at the historic Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as a celeb-filled wax museum

$36 $20

Museum of Making Music Visit for Two Adults, or Two Adults and Two Children (Up to 62% Off)

Museum of Making Music


Interactive activities and exhibits showcase innovations in instrument construction and popular music through the 20th century

$16 $6

Brewery Tour for Two, Four, or Eight with Pint Glasses at Mission Brewery (Up to 49% Off)

Mission Brewery

East Village

Five 4-ounce samples kick-start a tour through the historic Wonder Bread building

$30 $16

VIP Winery Tour and Tasting Experience for One, Two, or Four at Miramonte Winery (Up to 69% Off)

Miramonte Winery


VIP winery package includes winery tour, tasting of 10 wines, and a wine appreciation and food-pairing class

$75 $23

Wine Tasting Experience with Seven Wines for Two or Four at Principe di Tricase Winery (Up to 64% Off)

Principe di Tricase Winery


Tour the 4-acre vineyard that overlooks Ramona’s Highland Valley and sip award-winning wines crafted from four grape varieties

$36 $16

Wine Tasting for Two with a Bottle of Wine at BK Cellars (Up to 53% Off)

BK Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Lounge

West Escondido

Enjoy an ever growing and wide array of impressive varietals of wine and leave with a personal bottle

$38 $18

Wine Tasting for One or Two at Miramonte Winery (Up to 62% Off)

Miramonte Winery


Guests sample six wines in the indoor and outdoor tasting spaces overlooking the site’s beautiful garden and lawn

$17 $8.50

Brewery Tour with Beer Flights and Growlers for Two, Four, or Six at Little Miss Brewing (Up to 59% Off)

Little Miss Brewing

Little Miss Brewing

After getting an up-close look at the inner workings of the brewery, you’ll get to sample some of its hoppy wares in your take-home growler

$70 $35

Old Town Walking Ghost Tour with Stop Inside Whaley House for Two or Four from Ghostly Tours in History (Up to Half Off)

Ghostly Tours in History

Old Town

Ghostly walking tour featured on Fodor’s Top 400 visits sites of haunted history, from the Whaley House to Old Town's oldest cemetery

$50 $27

Admission for Two or an Individual Membership to the Creation & Earth History Museum (62% Off)

Creation & Earth History Museum

Creation & Earth History Museum

10,000 square feet of exhibits display evidence suggesting a young Earth inhabited by an intelligent Creator’s designs

$16 $6

Tour and Whiskey Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at San Diego Distillery (Up to 60% Off)

San Diego Distillery

Spring Valley

Independent distillery invites guests to learn about the “Grain to Glass” concept that guides each of its craft-beer-inspired whiskeys

$24 $12

Wine Tasting with Cheese and Patatas Bravas for Two or Four at Solterra Winery & Kitchen (Up to 47% Off)

Solterra Winery & Kitchen


Sip wines paired with cheese, olives, and patatas bravas at a beautiful winery that is 2 blocks from the beach

$47 $25

White or Red Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Briar Rose Winery (62% Off

Briar Rose Winery


Vintners describe the flavors of house varietals as they pour four samples of reds and whites made from grapes grown onsite

$40 $15

Visits to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Historic Ford Island

One of TripAdvisor’s top 10 aviation attractions in the US, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor boasts 45+ vintage and modern aircraft

$25 $12

General Admission or Family Membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Veterans Museum & Memorial hosts exhibits on World War I, World War II, Pearl Harbor, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts

$14 $6

Adult, Child, or Youth General Admission at California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

Golden Gate Park

Explore a four-story living rainforest, a planetarium with a 75-foot dome, a moving earthquake exhibit, a living roof, and much more

$24.95 $24.95

20-Minute Biplane Ride for Two from San Diego Air Tours (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

San Diego Air Tours

Kearny Mesa

Expert pilots and guides take pairs into the skies above Mission Bay, La Jolla, and Torrey Pines in an antique biplane

$249 $118

Select Local Merchants

  • Seaforth Sportfishing
    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.
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    San Diego, CA US
  • Cast Off Sailing, Inc
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Set sail on San Diego Bay aboard our 37ft sail yacht! Enjoy sipping on bubbly while watching Sea Lions frolic, or take the helm sail us away. * $150 for up to 6 passengers on our 10 a.m. San Diego Bay sailings. What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I have always loved the ocean, whether it's sailing, scuba diving, or just swimming around in the surf, there is no place I'd rather be! What do you love most about your job? See people's faces when they see their first Dolphin, Sea Lion or sail a boat for the first time! What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer? I was once told, "sailing has always been on my bucket list, and this experience was way beyond what I ever expected it to be."
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    San Diego, CA US
  • Chubasco II Sportfishing
    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.
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    San Diego, CA US
  • Cast Off Sailing, Inc
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? During your sail you'll view San Diego like you never imagined. We'll cruise through the bay and see Sea Lions basking in the water, huge ships departing and arriving in our busy port, all while carving through the seas on this race inspired sloop! What is the experience customers can expect? We sail for afternoon, sunset sail, nature cruise, or choose your own adventure. We encourage our guests to take an active role sailing the vessel, Or, if you prefer, sit back and relax while she glides effortlessly through the water. What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I love sailing! What do you love most about your job? The wind, the sun, the sounds of water rushing by, and Sea Lions!
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    San Diego, CA US
  • Fisherman's Landing
    With its fleet of luxurious vessels, Fisherman’s Landing leads equally adventurous, and often awe-inspiring, expeditions throughout the year. Its family-friendly half-day fishing trips encourage anglers of all ages to try their hands at snagging seasonal targets. As a pod of 12 gray whales epically crashed through the waves, their mighty fins left a trail of mist in their wake. This jaw-dropping natural display didn’t come from the pages of National Geographic, but was actually witnessed live by a group on a whale-watching trip off the San Diego coast in January 2013. Private charter trips, meanwhile, offer a bit more flexibility as they cruise highly populated fishing zones such as the Coronado Islands and the backyard ponds of local celebrities.
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    San Diego, CA US
  • Next Level Sailing
    With San Diego being one of the world’s sailing capitals, any visitor or local alike should get out onto the water and enjoy the city’s aquatic playground. Next Level Sailing has three gorgeous yachts – Abracadabra, America and Stars & Stripes – that each offer two to three hour excursions around the bay and open ocean. During these hands-on sails, passengers act as part of the team and get to steer the yachts, grind the winches and learn about the entire boating process. The 139-foot America ship takes groups whale watching off the coast from December to April, as pods of gray whales travel from Alaska to Baja. A few months later, 100-foot blue whales appear off the coast, making one of Next Level Sailing’s former America’s Cup vessels the perfect place to catch an up-close glimpse. And regardless of the season, dolphins and sea lions are always ready to make a playful appearance.
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    San Diego, CA US