Cruise the open ocean alongside whales, dolphins, sea lions, and much more! This professionally-narrated San Diego whale watching cruise provides spectacular views of the city skyline, local landmarks and marine wildlife. Enjoy comfortable indoor and outdoor seating as you experience the magic of migrating whales aboard this thrilling oceanic adventure.
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San Diego whale watching cruises are approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. This includes time for boarding, the cruise itself, and disembarking.
In addition to dolphins and whales, you might see California sea lions, seals, pelicans, birds and more. If some type of whale is not sighted on your whale watching cruise, you will receive a pass good to return for a Whale Watching Cruise or Harbor Cruise from City Cruises San Diego.
Casual attire is appropriate. Be sure to dress in layers as the weather can change quickly out on the water. It is also a good idea to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, binoculars and cameras. Be sure to double check the weather forecast to direct your clothing choices for the day.
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to your cruise departure time to check-in. Boarding will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to departure.
Outside food and beverages are not allowed onboard. The ship has snack bars featuring hot food, a full bar, and souvenirs.
The whale watching season in San Diego runs from mid-December to early April. This is when the gray whales migrate from Alaska to Baja California. The blue whale season runs from June to September, when they migrate from Central America to California.
It is very likely! San Diego is home to a large population of common dolphins. They often swim alongside the whales, so you may get to see them up close.
This cruise is not wheelchair accessible.
Each vessel is 100% Coast Guard certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests. You do not need to wear a life vest or the provided PFDs during the course of this cruise. However, if you would prefer to have children wear the PFDs during the cruise, please advise so at time of booking in the "Have Special Needs" box.
Most guests experience no discomfort. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may experience seasickness. The whale watching cruise goes out into the open ocean and as a result, the chance of getting seasick increases. If you are prone to motion sickness, City Experiences by Hornblower recommends that you take advantage of preventative measures that are available to you.