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Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego

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San Diego, United States
Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 6 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Get the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins on a private boat tour. Your party will have the run of the boat, including an enclosed cabin, an observation tower, and a restroom. Your experienced USCG-certified captain knows the best places to spot wildlife and will provide engaging commentary on the local marine ecosystem.
  • Private tour for your family or group only
  • Enclosed cabin for protection from the elements
  • Captain devoted to your party
  • Guided commentary on the local wildlife and ecosystem
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Safety Equipment
Bottled water
**3 Passenger Min for a "Private Charter". (3 adult tickets must be purchased or the $ equivalent)
Less then 3 passengers may have other passengers on board for your excursion (Max 6)

Departure Point

1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

You have a "VIP/Private Tour". We will personally meet you at "The Market" Cafe located directly behind the Hyatt Mission Bay. (In front of the Commercial Docks)

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tailwalker Sportfishing / Whale & Dolphin Adventures
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.

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41 Reviews
2 stars

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It was an amazing...
, Dec 2021
It was an amazing experience! The coordinator worked with us when we mixed up our times. She was so understanding and the experience was amazing!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
So glad you guys had a great time! It was a pleasure to have you as our guest.
Only because we had to...
, Dec 2021
Only because we had to cancel due to weather and fog coming in off the coast. We wished that we could have gone on the excursion. The boat Captain was very informative and keeping us informed what was going on.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Aaron! Yes unfortunately we have no control over the weather and zero visibility fog is never a fun thing to be offshore in. Hoping you can join us again soon though in better conditions! -Capt Rich
I touched a dolphin!!!
, Nov 2021
This tour was absolutely phenomenal!! We went on the 9:30 am tour on 11/11/21 and saw so many dolphins. We were allowed to lay down near the front of the boat and have one arm reach down to touch the dolphins as they swam. We also saw some humpback whales and a couple of blue whales. And the sea lion family at the end of the tour were adorable. Would highly recommend and will plan another tour the next time I'm in San Diego.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Holli. Thanks for great review!!! Had so much fun with you guys! Hope to see you out with us again soon!! -Capt Rich
, Jul 2021
Excellent service, great way to go whale watching. I recommend Captain Rich, you'll be in great hands If you are prone to motion sickness, or uncomfortable on the water, consider a larger craft.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent dolphin experience
, Jul 2021
We didn't find any whales on this trip but the hundreds of dolphins we found all swimming together more than made up for it! Captain Rich did a great job.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the great Review Eric! So glad you guys had fun with us! -Capt Rich
While we did see some...
, Apr 2021
While we did see some dolphins, overall a bit of a disappointment. The owners rescheduled it, due to maintenance issues. The weather wasn't great when we did get to be out on the water the next day, so we had to return to the bay after just an hour. The boat was much smaller than anticipated. Captain Rich was great, though. Friendly, knowledgeable, and focused on safety.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Carol, Yes, Spring weather is always unpredictable. So happy you were able to see Dolphins though in those conditions!! I believe we did convert your trip to an extended bay cruise after. Hope to see out with us again soon! Thanks so much for booking with us! -Capt Rich
Exhilarating, Magnificent, Cool, Fantastic!!!
, Mar 2021
We saw everything we had hoped to see and many pods of dolphins playing and right up by the boat and under it, gray whales blowing and rolling, sea lions, and a wonderfully exhilarating trip out/back on the powerful boat. There were four of us, and loads of space/viewing area up top and on deck. Excellent for small private groups. Captain Rich was excellent - very knowledgable and chilled out. If not summer time, bring a jacket (pretty chilly when going fast). The only feedback i offer for the benefit of future trippers - the captain/boat operator does not have your contact details, so if there are weather issues that cause delay you won’t know this until you are waiting - we spent over an hour on the dock waiting due to fog out at sea (which was not obvious to a non-mariner/clear skies) had i known, we would have done something else with the early morning. I stress - this did not take from the trip or our appetite to join Captain Rich again to see the Blue Whales in July/August.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great trip to see dolphins and whales
, Aug 2020
We had a great family outing with Capt. Rich. The boat was a great size for our family of four, with a great upstairs sitting area to look out for dolphins. We went out at 9:30 a.m. and found dozens, maybe hundreds, of dolphins. Then Capt. Rich heard about a rare whale spotting so we went to find it and did. Then we found a pod of bottlenose dolphins before heading back to Mission Bay. Capt. Rich went out of his way to make sure we had a great trip.
2 travelers found this review helpful
, Aug 2020
The Captain was so set on us seeing a whale and he did just that... My friend and I saw 2 year old Blue whale and Dolphins... A lot of Dolphins... Sea Lions... We had the best time in San Diego on that boat... Fiance got called off his leave and had duty but the Captain told us we get a free passenger next time... Definitely coming back...
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks so much for joining us!! Glad you guys had fun!! Looking forward to seeing you all out with us again soon!! -Capt Rich
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nice Cruise
, Jul 2020
Wish we could seem more but it was exciting seeing what we did! The captain was very friendly and informative!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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