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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go on a whale-watching expedition in San Diego on this 3-hour cruise. Get the scoop from a guide who studies the migratory patterns of grey whales as you keep a lookout for whales in the water. Board a 2-story yacht that gives you 360-degree views of the ocean. Plus, you're guaranteed to see whales or you get to ride again for free.
  • 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego
  • Cruise along the water, and keep your eyes peeled for whales in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi
  • It’s recommended to dress in layers to suit the weather
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Indoor and Outside seating
We suggest dressing in layers. The temperature and winds can be unpredictable even if it's sunny out.
warm clothing
medication - If you may be prone to seasickness, plan ahead. Medication only works when taken BEFORE boarding the vessel. Wristbands for motion sickness also can be effective. Either can be purchased at any drug store.
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Departure Point

990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet at Broadway Pier at least 30 minutes before your departure time for this 3-hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego. Your cruise takes off at 9am.

After boarding, pick a spot on the 2-story yacht either on the main level or upper sundeck. It’s recommended to dress in layers, so you won’t get cold out on the water. The yacht is equipped with free Wi-Fi, a snack bar, and multiple restrooms for convenience.

During your time on the water, your guide tells you interesting facts about the whales, their migratory patterns, their ocean habitat, and other species that call the ocean home. Keep your eyes peeled for grey whales. You might just see a quick glance of them popping up from the water, but in many cases, you’ll see them jump up and make a huge splash.

After your cruise is over, make your way off the yacht. The rest of the day is in your hands.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Chances of spotting a whale are exactly the same, whether you choose the morning or afternoon departure. Whales don't wear watches.
  • Same goes for the days of the week. Each day has an equal chance of sightings. Whales do not have calendars.
  • In the unlikely event that your departure is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, we do our best to contact you in the morning at the phone number you provide. We will reschedule your tour for another day if you like or provide you with a full refund—your choice.
  • Guests with wheelchairs can access the vessel and interior main deck. However, the exterior top deck and the restrooms are not ramp accessible.
  • No touching the whales. No feeding the whales. No petting the whales. This is whale watching. We watch with our eyes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Indoor and Outdoor Seating
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The State of California Department of Public Health has issues a new mandate. Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status from December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Flagship Cruises Events
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise .
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise .
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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Traveler Tips

  • "I would advise thought to pack some Dramamine for the boat can get pretty rocky once you head way out in the water." See review
  • "It's a great experience over all and great opportunity to get fresh sea air." See review


188 Reviews

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, Jan 2022
Friendly, helpful crew. Great time! Loved watching the dolphins race along side. Exciting to look for “blow spray” from whales and their flukes as they dove deep. Impressive!
Beautiful afternoon at sea!
, Jan 2022
Great experience with Flagship Whale Watching cruise! We saw 8 whales, many interesting birds,& naval airplanes, including fighter jets. The guide was very informative & answer lots of our questions. It was also so much fun to see more of San Diego Bay & be out in the ocean beyond Point Loma.
The guide was very...
, Jan 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and personablethe.. The ability to see whales was wonderful. Thank you
Great trip with a great crew
, Jan 2022
Crew was extremely knowledgeable about the whales and other ocean wildlife, as well as the many landmarks the boat passed by. Super friendly and very professional, too! They said their trips can have as many as 250 passengers on board during peak times of the year; we were fortunate to only have 40 passengers on board for a Saturday morning trip in January. That definitely made the experience even more enjoyable!
Wonderful trip
, Jan 2022
Wonderful trip on a gorgeous day. We were very lucky to se about 6 grey whales and bunch of sea lions. Crew is super nice, and very knowledgeable. We definitely
Really worth it!!
, Jan 2022
We saw like 6 whales, pretty impressive! And loooots of dolphins and some see lions. The crew was so friendly and knowledgeable! Just make sure you get there right on time, they almost leave us behind!!
Whales are too cool
, Jan 2022
The best! Your(your guide) guy was hilarious. Highly recommended taking cruise. All staff are friendly and attentive.
We had the opportunity to...
, Jan 2022
We had the opportunity to see 3 whales! Our guide was very informative. It was super fun to be with my family, I would go again
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great day at sea!
, Jan 2022
Awesome trip, checked seeing migrating whales off my bucket list!! Out tour guide was funny and full great information
Fair trip
, Jan 2022
It was interesting to hear about the gray whales & they made a big effort to try to see them but the boat, supposedly only half full, was still far too crowded. We’ve had better sea tours.

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