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Whale Watching in and near San Diego, CA


San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

Whale watching season is all year long in San Diego! Our team at Next Level Sailing provides the optimal experience with guides so experienced we received a 100 percent success rate last year when spotting the King of the Deep.

Not only are we open (as of February 12, 2021), we are one of the best outdoor activities to do in San Diego. Gray whale watching season spans from mid-December through April. Aboard our 139-foot sailing yacht, the Yacht America, you will see a plethora of gray whales firsthand in their natural habitat. As we approach the end of the season, you will see females leading their young calves up north. In addition to whales, we also see dolphins and sea lions, and an abundance of naval activity. Don't be surprised if you see an F-18 fly overhead!

Please keep in mind that we do need at least 10 guests in order to sail. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in case we ask to rebook your trip to a different day :)

2050 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego 4.1 mi
5.0
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82 Ratings
$79.00
San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Three Hour Whale Watching Tour for One, Two, Three, Four, Five, or Six at Legacy Whale Watch (Up to 46% Off)
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Three Hour Whale Watching Tour for One, Two, Three, Four, Five, or Six at Legacy Whale Watch (Up to 46% Off)

Knowledgeable crew will narrate and point out wildlife like whales, dolphins, seal lions and bird life in a 3 hour nature tour

1717 Quivira Road, San Diego 5.7 mi
4.8
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373 Ratings
$48.00 $34.00
29% discount_off
3-Hour Whale Watching Tour for One Person
Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruise for 1, 2, 4, 6, or 10 People at San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 54% Off)
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Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruise for 1, 2, 4, 6, or 10 People at San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 54% Off)

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

1617 Quivira Road, San Diego 5.8 mi
4.7
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5,275 Ratings
$48.00 $29.00
39% discount_off
3 Hour Whale Watch Cruise for 1 Person
Five-Hour or Nine-Hour Shared Fishing Trip from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
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Five-Hour or Nine-Hour Shared Fishing Trip from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

During the trip on the Southern California waters, guests can spend time admiring picturesque views and catching fish, such as bass or tuna

34675 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point
4.7
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4,659 Ratings
$59.00
5 Hour Fishing Trip
2–2.5 Hour Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker (Up to 58% Off). All Fees Included.
2–2.5 Hour Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise from Davey's Locker (Up to 58% Off). All Fees Included.

Participants can admire blue whales, finback whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures in waters near Newport Bay

400 Main Street, Newport Beach
4.5
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26,817 Ratings
$28.00 $11.50
58% discount_off
2–2.5 Hr Whale Watching and Dolphin Cruise for One Child (Ages 3–12); Valid Monday–Friday Before 10 a.m. or After 5 p.m.
2–2.5 Hour Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise - Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 52% Off). All Fees Included.
2–2.5 Hour Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise - Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 52% Off). All Fees Included.

Participants spot giant blue whales, California gray whales, finback whales, huge pods of dolphin and much more in their natural habitat

309 Palm Street, Newport Beach
4.4
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6,636 Ratings
$34.00 $17.00
50% discount_off
Before 10 a.m. or After 5 p.m.: Whale Watching Cruise for One Adult; Valid Monday-Friday
Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA
Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA

Your guide will tell you about the history of Oceanside, CA as you travel to see marine life. Your boat is equipped with dolphin and whale information, fun facts and photos of recent sightings. The tours are two hours and are great for families, couples, private parties and corporate events. For anyone and everyone who loves the ocean or the wildlife we may encounter, our adventure is perfect!

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4.8
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8 Ratings
$44.00
Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA
Whale Watching Cruise from Mission Bay
Whale Watching Cruise from Mission Bay

Our trips depart from Mission Bay, which requires only a short 10 minute journey access to the open ocean where whales and dolphins can be seen! The search for whales and other animals begins as soon as you depart the dock and our marine biologists are on the microphone explaining exactly what to expect and what you are seeing from the get go!

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5.0
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3 Ratings
$51.20
Whale Watching Cruise from Mission Bay
4 Hour Whale Watching/Eco Adventure
4 Hour Whale Watching/Eco Adventure

Sail aboard a one of a kind ship in search of Grey Whales. Cloudia is a fully restored classic sailing yacht dated all the way back to 1934! We can accommodate 12 passengers safely and comfortably with plenty of deck space and have a clean restroom available. You will have a Licensed Captain and two crew aboard your ship as you disembark from Shelter Island and head out to sea looking for these gentle giants.

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4 Hour Whale Watching/Eco Adventure
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$885.92 for Three-Hour Private Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Adventure RIB Rides ($1,107.04 Value)
$885.92 for Three-Hour Private Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Adventure RIB Rides ($1,107.04 Value)

Families and friends experience the thrill of nature up-close with whales and dolphins in their natural environment

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego 2.6 mi
5.0
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5 Ratings
$1,107.04 $885.92
19% discount_off
Three-Hour Private Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour for Up to Ten Passengers
Two-Hour San Diego Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four from Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 56% Off)
Two-Hour San Diego Harbor Tour for One, Two, or Four from Flagship Cruises and Events (Up to 56% Off)

Friends and families can enjoy a narrated 2-hour and 25-mile tour and admire notable sights including Coronado Bridge or Naval Air Station

990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 1.0 mi
4.8
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30,610 Ratings
$33.00 $17.00
48% discount_off
Two-Hour Harbor Tour for One; Valid Monday–Friday
Up to 47% Off on Party - Boat at Pacifica Sailing Charters
Up to 47% Off on Party - Boat at Pacifica Sailing Charters

Relax while sipping Champagne and watching dolphins & seals; enjoy a sunset trip with views of the bay & downtown

1880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego 2.9 mi
4.8
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219 Ratings
$750.00 $525.00
30% discount_off
2-Hour Captained Private Charter with Champagne and Snacks for Four
Gila River Rafting, Birding, and Eco Tour for One, Two, or Four at Pacific NW Float Trips (Up to 47% Off)
Gila River Rafting, Birding, and Eco Tour for One, Two, or Four at Pacific NW Float Trips (Up to 47% Off)

Clients experience the Gila River as an expert guide points out magnificent birds in their natural habitat

105 2nd Street, Windelman
4.0
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184 Ratings
$87.00 $46.50
46% discount_off
Gila River Rafting, Birding, and Eco Tour for One
Snorkeling Adventure in La Jolla
Snorkeling Adventure in La Jolla

We're proud to have an out-going team of seasoned guides who spend their lives around the ocean! We also offer quality dive gear and the use of wetsuits to keep you comfortable in our Pacific Ocean!

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$44.00
Snorkeling Adventure in La Jolla
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Private Beach Fire Experience in San Diego
Private Beach Fire Experience in San Diego

Unlike most companies that perform these types of service, we have focused on hand selecting only the best spots in Southern California for your beach fire experiences. We get that when you come out with your family or friends, you'd like it to be as private as possible. While not always possible, we've done our best to give you the greatest flexibility in choosing your spot and getting the most out of your experience.

As a customer service oriented company, our primary focus relies on providing 3 things that maximize your experience....
-A dedicated staff member for your evening
-Hand selected locations
-Photographs to remember your experience with.

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5.0
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$150.00
Private Beach Fire Experience in San Diego
La Jolla Cove Walking Tour
La Jolla Cove Walking Tour

There are plenty of kayak tours at La Jolla Cove, but not everyone is excited about getting wet! That is where the Ride Guide comes in. The La Jolla Cove Walking Tour is perfect for multi generational families, children, elderly, wedding parties, and anyone interested in learning about the natural world. The primary focus of the tour is the incredible marine mammals and bird species found year round throughout this San Diego paradise. Admission to the legendary Sunny Jim's Cave is also included in the tour purchase price.

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$20.00
La Jolla Cove Walking Tour
Romantic Wine and Cheese Boat Tower Cruise
Romantic Wine and Cheese Boat Tower Cruise

This, Private Sunset Boat Cruise, is truly a unique and beautiful experience.

whether your local, or visiting, this is a sunset cruise your sure to remember.

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$125.00
Romantic Wine and Cheese Boat Tower Cruise
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Admission for One Infant, Child, or Adult to San Diego SEAL Tours
Admission for One Infant, Child, or Adult to San Diego SEAL Tours

Participants can enjoy scenic views of San Diego Bay and the city during a 90-minute amphibious bus tour

825 Kettner Blvd, San Diego 0.8 mi
4.6
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176 Ratings
$10.00
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General Admission or Family Membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.
General Admission or Family Membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

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

2115 Park Blvd, San Diego 0.9 mi
4.5
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184 Ratings
$10.00 $4.99
50% discount_off
General admission for 4 adults
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat on a guided and narrated tour around San Diego's Harbor. You’ll navigate and captain your own speed boat for the entirety of the tour while following a trained and knowledgeable guide in a different boat. There is a two-way communication systems mounted in each boat so you'll be able to hear your guide throughout the tour. This speed boat adventure is a great way see the beautiful San Diego harbor and learn about its history while speeding through water.

3 Locations 0.9 mi
5.0
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49 Ratings
$79.90
San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride
San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

A boat ride on San Diego Bay is lovely, but an exhilarating ride on a dual-engine jet boat is an experience to remember. Zoom around the bay, enjoying views of the city skyline and Coronado Island and relishing the feel of the roaring wind. If that’s not enough thrill, 360-degree spins add to the excitement. Choose from several departure times to suit your sightseeing schedule.

2 Locations 1.0 mi
4.7
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22 Ratings
$32.00
San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride
Adult or Child Admission to Weekend Champagne Brunch from Flagship Cruises and Events
Adult or Child Admission to Weekend Champagne Brunch from Flagship Cruises and Events

During the cruise, guests may enjoy San Diego’s panoramic waterfront while sipping mimosas and savoring the plated brunch

990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 1.0 mi
4.8
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30,610 Ratings
$64.91
Champagne Brunch Cruise for One Adult (Age 13+); Valid Saturday-Sunday
Dinner Cruise for One Adult or Child from Flagship Cruises & Events. Eight Options Available.
Dinner Cruise for One Adult or Child from Flagship Cruises & Events. Eight Options Available.

Guests can taste gourmet food, admire the San Diego waterfront views, dance, and have fun during these entertaining dinner cruises

990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 1.0 mi
4.8
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30,610 Ratings
$73.13
Harbor Dinner Cruise for One Adult (Ages 13+); Valid Thursday
Single-Day Youth or Adult Admission for One to USS Midway Museum Through December 31
Single-Day Youth or Adult Admission for One to USS Midway Museum Through December 31

29 restored military aircraft and 60 exhibits sprawled above and below the decks of an aircraft carrier that served from 1945 to 1992

910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 1.1 mi
4.9
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4,884 Ratings
$18.00
Single-Day Admission
Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego
Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

We offer a premium sailing experience aboard the vintage sailing yacht “Liberty”. Our vessel is a work of art unlike any boat on the bay. She is flawlessly maintained with high standards of pride and craftsmanship. You will fall in love with her mirror-finish wood accents, beautiful cozy cabin and clean facilities. This is an all-inclusive 2 ½ hour experience with beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Play some music and relax on cushioned seats as we sail the scenic waters of San Diego Bay. Feel free to steer the boat and feel the power of the wind in the sails. Our sailing experience is limited only to 6 guests. You can sail with other travelers or select a private cruise for just you and your friends and family.

2 Locations 1.1 mi
4.9
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14 Ratings
$110.00
Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego
Three-Hour San Diego Bay Cruise for Up to 25 or Up to 50 from Chere Amie Yacht Charters (Up to 28% Off)
Three-Hour San Diego Bay Cruise for Up to 25 or Up to 50 from Chere Amie Yacht Charters (Up to 28% Off)

Patrons can enjoy a three-hour private cruise around San Diego Bay on a spacious 90-foot yacht

1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 1.1 mi
3.4
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19 Ratings
$2,500.00 $1,800.00
28% discount_off
Three-Hour San Diego Bay Cruise for Up to 25
1-Day Pass for Adult or Child at San Diego Zoo
1-Day Pass for Adult or Child at San Diego Zoo

Children can play around the exhibits and watch lions and penguins busy with their daily life

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego 1.5 mi
4.8
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1,482 Ratings
$62.00
1-Day Pass Admission
San Diego Bay Cruise with Appetizers and Wine from Taste of Salt (Up to 38% Off). Six Options Available.
San Diego Bay Cruise with Appetizers and Wine from Taste of Salt (Up to 38% Off). Six Options Available.

Guests can enjoy appetizers and wine while admiring the San Diego Bay aboard a ship which features an outdoor TV projector

1010 University Avenue, San Diego 2.3 mi
$200.00 $125.00
37% discount_off
2.5-Hour San Diego Bay Cruise for One with Appetizers and Wine; Valid Monday–Thursday
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$587.60 for Two-Hour Private Sunset Tour of the San Diego Bay from Adventure RIB Rides ($734 Value)
$587.60 for Two-Hour Private Sunset Tour of the San Diego Bay from Adventure RIB Rides ($734 Value)

A quick two-hour getaway around the San Diego Bay allows participants to admire views such as Navy SEAL Amphibious Base or sea lions

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego 2.6 mi
5.0
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5 Ratings
$734.00 $587.60
19% discount_off
Two-Hour Private Sunset Tour of the San Diego Bay for Up to Ten Passengers
North or South San Diego Harbor Tour for Up to Six People at Anytime Boat Charters (Up to 27% Off)
North or South San Diego Harbor Tour for Up to Six People at Anytime Boat Charters (Up to 27% Off)

San Diego harbor tour provides an opportunity to see Ballast Point Submarine Base, Naval Air Station North Island, and Point Loma Lighthouse

1880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego 2.9 mi
$400.00 $289.00
27% discount_off
North San Diego Harbor Tour for Up to Six People
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