know before you go!

Planning an exhilarating whale watching adventure with us in San Diego? Here’s everything you need to know before you go to prepare for an unforgettable experience!

Tours and Options:

  • Public Whale Watching Tours: Share the adventure of the oceans largest mammals with fellow enthusiasts on our 6-10 passenger boats.
  • Private Tours: Ideal for a personalized experience, reserve the entire boat for your group.
  • Bay Tours: Explore San Diego Bay with a cruise on our open air vessels.
  • Mexico Island Tours: venture to the Los Coronados Islands in Mexico to see the unique wildlife and beautiful landscapes. 

Boats and Safety:

  • Our military-grade inflatable boats are fast, stable, and equipped with plush seating and a Bluetooth sound system. Their low-profile design minimizes sea-sickness and brings you close to marine life. Our smaller crafts are perfect for an intimate experience with the wild life, while providing everyone their own seat and 360 degree view!




here’s What to expect!

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Dress Appropriately:

  • Wear layered clothing to stay warm. The weather gets about 10 degrees colder on the water, plus the wind. We provide snowmobile suits for extra warmth, but it’s good to dress in layers.
  • Non-slip shoes are recommended.

On the



Here are some helpful hints and tricks to know before you go, to be the most prepared!

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What to Bring:

  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Camera: Capture the stunning sights (waterproof if possible).
  • Hydration: Bring water to stay hydrated.
  • Small Snacks: Any small snacks that won’t make a mess are welcome on board, as long as you are responsible for the trash. 


  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure to ensure a smooth check-in process. This includes signing in at the office and getting fitted for a life vest. 

Safety Briefing:

  • Listen carefully to the safety briefing from our experienced captains. Safety is our priority.
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What You’ll See:

  • Depending on the season, you might encounter humpback whales, blue whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more. Some rare sightings that you may be ucky enough to find, also include the sunfish, rizzo dolphins, and orcas!
  • Keep your camera ready for breathtaking moments like breaching whales and playful dolphins.

Interactive Experience:

  • Our small group sizes ensure a personalized experience. Engage with our knowledgeable captains, ask questions, and learn fascinating facts about marine life.

time for the tour!

Limited Seats:

  • Tours fill up quickly, especially on weekends. Book in advance to secure your spot.
  • You can do this by visting our website and clicking the Book Now link, also included throughout this blog!

Special Offers:

  • Use code WEEKDAY10 for a 10% discount on weekday public tours.
  • Purchase gift certificates with the code GIFT10 for 10% off.

Share Your Experience:

  • We love hearing from our guests! Share your photos and experiences on social media and tag us.
  • Or, if you’d like to email us your content, we would be happy to share it and credit you for it!