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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
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4.5-hr sailing cruise
Sodas and snacks
Whale sighting guarantee
No seasickness' guarantee
9:00 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11:00 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
2:00 PM Trip: Check in between 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Please check in with the crew member at the blue "check-in" flag at 2050 Shelter Island Drive. Check-in will begin an hour before scheduled departure time. Check-in no later than half hour prior to departure time. There is a lot of free public parking at our new location!

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Next Level Sailing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.

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  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review

Reviews

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Worth every minute of your vacation
Peggy_K
, Dec 2021
The crew and captain worked hard to make sure we all were comfortable, had fun, learned a bit, and most importantly saw a whale and a pod of dolphins. Watching the sails go up and down on this awesome replica is like stepping back in time.
star-5
Super fun and very...
Megan_B
, Dec 2021
Super fun and very friendly crew. The Captain’s dog Marie was so cute and a fun addition to the cruise. We saw grey whales, sea lions, and dolphins!
star-5
Stop looking for a whale watching tour, you’ve found the best one here!
Rachel_W
, Dec 2021
I was so surprised by the level of service and hospitality of the crew on this ship! Each member was so kind and attentive to everyone while they were also working and navigating this beautiful ship to the first gray whale sighting of the season. They really went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and make it a memorable experience.
star-4
Beautiful day!!
Sandra_H
, Nov 2021
It was a wonderful experience, we just didn’t see any whales. But the owner promised a free trip in the future to compensate for the disappointment.
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Jaime_T
, Nov 2021
What a wonderful day!!! I truly enjoyed the experience and would encourage everyone to go as well! The boat is absolutely gorgeous and the crew was friendly, informative and inviting. I’m definitely going back!!
star-5
Fun
Bijun_C
, Nov 2021
Nice boat and great crew. Fun and informative. Will recommend !learned a lot about the whales. Nice weather
star-5
Great Time
Donnalee_U
, Nov 2021
Had a Great Day. Everybody was so nice and knowledgeable. Went the extra mile to ensure we saw some whales as well as thousands of Dolphans. Thanks for a Great Time!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much! We really appreciate your review :)
star-5
Best tour ever
Leila_M
, Nov 2021
It was the best tour ever and we were lucky to see whales and dolphins . I came from London and I’m so happy I chose them for this tour , very nice crew. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much! I am so glad you had a fantastic time sailing with us. Thank you for coming all the way from London!!
star-5
Whale Watching - San Diego 21
Raul_A
, Nov 2021
Outstanding time with Captain Troy & his crew. Everyone was very professional, friendly & informative. A MUST attraction when in San Diego. We saw whales actually breach the surface numerous times, we went through a pod of dolphins containing hundreds. Worth every penny!!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you had a fantastic time whale watching with us. Thanks!
star-5
A must.
amy_e
, Nov 2021
We truly had a magical experience. We saw hump back whales and they even breached for us. Saw too many dolphins to even count. Such a cool experience and the crew was amazing.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! We are thrilled you had a wonderful time.

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