Note: Some tour providers on this list may have limited operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.
Although it is home to an assortment of sea lions, dolphins and birds, San DiegoThe most popular animals are whales. It is hardly surprising, then, that the city boasts unrivaled opportunities to see these gentle giants. After consultation with both passenger opinion and expert input, US News identified the following five rounds as the best available for whale watching. These outings have professional crew who provide information about the creatures encountered during these water expeditions.
Adventure Rib Rides – Whale Watching San Diego
In this ride on a military-style rigid inflatable boat (RIB), views of whales (and dolphins), city skyline, submarine base and Point Loma Lighthouse can be seen. The trip occurs throughout the year, although the roster of whale species varies with seasons. Humpbacks and fin whales as well as mangoes and bottlenose dolphins are in the area throughout the year. Meanwhile, blue and mink whales appear from May to December, and gray whales appear from April to April. Trip-takers consider captains to be sociable and guide. Tours typically last from 2 three to three hours and occur three times daily, with departures starting at 8:30 and 11:30 and tickets at 2:30 pm starting at $ 98 per person. Groups are limited to 10 people, all of whom must be at least 4 years of age. Private tours are also available.
Flagship Cruise & Events – Whale Watching Tour
The tour aims to be equally educational and fun, and reviewers consistently report that it succeeds in both cases, with the crew winning accolades for being knowledgeable and admirable. Flagship Cruise & Events offer this three-hour tour from mid-December to mid-April – peak season to watch gray, fin and humpback whales as they migrate along the coast – daily 9:30 am 1:30 PM. Tickets start at $ 45 for adults on weekdays and $ 50 at weekends, with half-priced tickets for children 4 to 12 (children younger than 4 can ride for free.) If you If you don’t see whales in your tour, the flagship shows you. Free route on a later outing. In addition to its whale-focused tour, the company also offers a variety of other cruises, including a ferry ride. Coronado.
Next Level Sailing – Whale Watching
Yacht America, a 139-foot yacht used for this excursion, sails daily throughout the year, providing humpback, blue and gray whale watching with others depending on the season. The patrons consistently describe the captain and crew as competent, attentive and attractive. (The vessel is generally considered particularly attractive.) Tourists may opt for a morning or afternoon farewell and expect an outing of 3 to four hours. Tickets start at $ 85 for adults and $ 42.50 for children (prices are slightly higher on weekends); Fees include water and snacks. You are welcome to bring your food on board. Next Level also offers several charter options.
San Diego Whale Watch – Whale Watching
The 2-hour tour features a certified marine biologist as a guide, who ensures that marine life enthusiasts will get as much information about whales, dolphins and other creatures as they will see. Patrons appreciate the informed comments from friendly crew members. Tours take place throughout the year, with both 9 am and noon departure times available. Tickets cost approximately $ 48 per adult, with discounts for military service members, seniors, and anyone under 18 years of age. As an added bonus, if tourgoers do not spot any whales, they can take their next ride at no charge. San Diego Whale Watch also offers a sunset cruise and private charters.
Cell San Diego – Whale Watching Sale
If you are looking for a small group tour with individual attention for couples or families, Cell San Diego may be just the outing for you. Whale watching sails settle per six people and travel in the bay or open water. Reviewers often describe captains – who also serve as guides – as hospitable, helpful, entertaining and sociable. 3-hour cruises twice daily at 9:30 and 2 pm Tickets start at $ 89 per person; Fees include parking at the marina, light refreshments and beverages. Sail San Diego also operates a sunset sail and private tours.