Whale Watching in Rancho San Diego


Pacific Nature Tours: Full Day Whale Watching and Nature Tour for 1, 2, or 6 from Pacific Nature Tours (Up to 47% Off)

Full Day Whale Watching and Nature Tour for 1, 2, or 6 from Pacific Nature Tours (Up to 47% Off)

Pacific Nature Tours

Mission Bay Park

A 70-foot boat ferries passengers on eight-hour tours for whale and dolphin sightings; tours include breakfast, lunch, and drinks

$125 $69

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Dana Wharf Whale Watching: Two-Hour Evening Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 52% Off)

Two-Hour Evening Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 52% Off)

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Dana Point

Experienced crew guides sightseers on two-hour evening tours to catch views of scenic seascapes and blue and gray whales

$29 $14

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Freelance Ocean Tours: Whale Watching with Binocular Rental for One or Two Adults or Kids from Freelance Ocean Tours (Up to 70% Off)

Whale Watching with Binocular Rental for One or Two Adults or Kids from Freelance Ocean Tours (Up to 70% Off)

Freelance Ocean Tours

Newport Beach

Groups survey the waters off Newport Bay in search of giant blue whales, gray whales, dolphins, and more

$41 $15

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Davey's Locker Whale Watching: Tickets for a Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker Whale Watchings (Up to 70% Off)

Tickets for a Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker Whale Watchings (Up to 70% Off)

Davey's Locker Whale Watching

Newport Beach

Cruises sail into the waters of Orange County to spy blue whales and finback whales during their annual May–October migration

$30 $9

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Newport Landing Whale Watching: 2.5-Hour Blue Whale-Watching Cruise for One or Two from Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 65%)

2.5-Hour Blue Whale-Watching Cruise for One or Two from Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 65%)

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Beach

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

$36 $13

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

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

Ocean Explorer Cruises

Newport Beach

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
    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.
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    1050 N Harbor Dr
    San Diego, CA US
  • San Diego Seaplanes
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: San Diego Seaplanes facet_type_id: 8fac4860-5f39-1032-bffd-8c3e12734d0a html_text: |- 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.
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    3717 John J Montgomery Drive
    San Diego, CA US
  • San Diego Whale Watch
    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.
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    1717 Quivira Rd.
    San Diego, CA US
  • Hornblower San Diego
    San Diego’s picturesque harbor—awash with graceful bridges, sweeping views, and glimpses of sea lions—has thrilled passengers on Hornblower San Diego's ships for more than 30 years. The large fleet includes an antique yacht and one of the largest charter yachts in Southern California, and each cruise is narrated by a knowledgable expert. An environmentally concerned company, Hornblower San Diego introduces passengers to ecological problems and ongoing environmental projects in the area on its cruises.
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    1800 North Harbor Drive
    San Diego, CA US
  • Another Side of Los Angeles Tours
    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 take to the air during helicopter tours, hot air balloon tours, and biking tours with optional ETs. The company’s segway tours wheel saunterers through Mission Bay or the Gaslamp Quarter and the Embarcadero at sunset, when San Diego twinkles and teenage werewolves cycle through awkward states of half-transformation. In addition to information and adventure, the company frequently gives tour takers round-trip transportation, waives entrance fees, and serves bites to eat.
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    300 G Street
    San Diego, CA US
  • 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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    1717 Quivira Rd.
    San Diego, CA US