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Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA

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Oceanside, United States
Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Set sail from Oceanside during a whale watching excursion led by a certified naturalist guide. Board a comfortable 50-foot (15-meter) catamaran with covered areas for seating and cruise along San Diego’s coastline to spot whales and other marine life, getting as close as possible without disturbing them. Plus, choose from multiple departures to easily fit this whale watching tour into your schedule.
  • Catch sight of whales off the coast of Oceanside, California
  • Cruise along San Diego’s coastline aboard a catamaran
  • A family-friendly tour ideal for nature lovers and first-time visitors
  • Choose from multiple departure times to best suit your needs
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Local guide and professional guide
Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages (available to purchase cash only)

Departure Point

256 S Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • On board, you will find a snack and beverage cash only bar (additional expense)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Infant tickets (under 2 years old) must be purchased by calling our kiosk direct
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Oceanside Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA?
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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  • "The boat is easy to board and large enough to ride the sometimes choppy waves comfortably." See review


362 Reviews

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, Jul 2021
Wonderful highly recommend! Enjoy so relaxing and fun . Can’t wait to return. Great boat captain and assistant.
No whales this afternoon
, Jul 2021
Dolphins, sleeping sea lions, No whales. Nice to be on the boat. Fresh air wonderful. Attendants helpful.
Oodles of dolphins!
, Jul 2021
It was a lovely 2 hours. We must have seen hundreds of dolphins!! - Luckily a whole feeding pod and joined by 4 other pods. The captain was very informative, telling us about the different species of dolphins and a lot of information about their lives. It was a very comfortable and lovely time.
Planning on going again as soon as my schedule allows
, Jul 2021
Crew was great at finding wildlife and then explaining what we were looking at. Highlight was seeing Patches.
It was awesome
, Jul 2021
It was awesome!!! Saw Hundreds of beautiful dolphins.. Chris and Ivy were perfect thank you lots.. we really enjoyed ourselves
Great day
, Jul 2021
The people were all very nice very helpful and very pleasant and we got to watch a wonderful school of dolphins playing and we had a Great day my entire family loved it
A beautiful trip with dolphin antics.
, Jun 2021
The most memorable was getting into a pod of common dolphins that was over 800 strong. They were so playful and stayed near us for quite awhile. We saw two whale plumes, but sadly no whales although the captain tried very hard. It is always a pleasure to be out on the ocean on your wonderful boat with your friendly and helpful staff.
Terrible service and overbooking even if you make a reservation
, Jun 2021
So I made a reservation for my husbands birthday over a week before. It sounded great….until I got a phone call TWO hours before the reservation saying they had to cancel due to over booking issues. And they couldn’t take us till 4-5 days later. When I explained it was his birthday and to see if there was anything else we can do. I was told “that sucks” she was rude about it. And didn’t even care about it. And issued me a refund. Broke my heart. We booked for the 5 pm. So it was already too late to make new plans.
Great Experience
, Jun 2021
I originally booked a 2:30 departure time, but was caught up in traffic. Oceanside adventures was really accommodating given our situation with traffic, and reschedule this for the 5:00 departure. From that point, the whole excursion was first class. The Captain's on board where knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. My date and I enjoyed it immensely, and we saw about 1,000 dolphins. The only reason they get four stars instead of five is because we saw no whales. But that's not OA's fault. I look forward to the next excursion.
Nice way to spend a few hours
, Jun 2021
The dolphins were fun and the crew were very nice and helpful. I was surprised the trip turned out to be very educational as well.

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