San Diego Whale Watching

Enjoy a whale watching tour in San Diego with City Cruises!

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Can you do whale watching tours in San Diego?

You sure can! City Cruises offers some of the best whale watching tours around. Enjoy a narrated experience by our expert guides and see whales up close and personal. If you are looking to see specific whales, be sure to visit during the appropriate season! 

How much is whale watching in San Diego?

Prices for whale watching tours in San Diego usually range from $60 to $75 per person. It depends on the day, time of year and a few other factors. It is well worth the experience! 

When can you see gray whales in San Diego?

Gray whales can be seen in San Diego from mid-December to early April. This is the time of year when they migrate from Alaska to Baja California. Book your whale watching cruise for the winter season! 

When can you see blue whales in San Diego?

Blue whales are more likely to be seen in the summer months, from June to September. This is the time of year when they migrate from Central America to California. If you want to see blue whales, book your whale watching tour for the summer! 

How long are whale watching cruises?

They are usually about three and a half or four hours long. This includes time for boarding, the cruise itself, and disembarking. 

What should you bring on a whale watching cruise?

Be sure to dress in layers as the weather can change quickly out on the water. It is also a good idea to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, binoculars and cameras. And don’t forget your sense of adventure! 

Will you see dolphins on the cruise in San Diego?

It is very likely!  San Diego is home to a large population of common dolphins. They often swim alongside the whales, so you may get to see them up close. 

What other wildlife will you see on the tour?

In addition to dolphins and whales, you might see California sea lions, seals, pelicans, birds and more. Keep your eyes peeled and your binoculars handy! San Diego is home to some of the best wildlife in the state.  

What is the best time of day for whale watching?

The best time of day for whale watching is usually early morning or late afternoon. This is when the sun is not as harsh and the whales are more active. 

When is whale watching season in San Diego?

The whale watching season in San Diego runs from mid-December to early April. This is when the gray whales migrate from Alaska to Baja California. The blue whale season runs from June to September, when they migrate from Central America to California.