October Whale Watching in San Diego

We can see a variety of whale and dolphin species in San Diego during October. Join us on an adventure to see Humpbacks, Orcas, and more!

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Yes, we see whales in San Diego throughout the entire year. 

What are the chances of seeing whales in October in San Diego?

October is a great month for wildlife sightings as the water temperatures change. We see whales, dolphins, harbor seals, sea lions, and tons of pelagic birds in the month of October.


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Are there whales in   san diego during october?

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What kind of whales do you usually see in San Diego in October?


  • Humpback Whales

  • Orca Whales

  • Minke Whales

  • Grey Whales 

Humpback Whales are the most commonly sighted whale species in San Diego during October. The water temperatures during October bring in more anchovies which the Humpback whales like to eat so we often get to see them lunge feeding this time of year.

Orca Whales are another species that we can see during the month of October. There is a tropical-Pacific pod of Orca Whales that we get to see when they come up from the warm waters in Mexico.

Minke Whales are the smallest species of baleen whales in the world. We see them occasionally during October but they are one of the more illusive species.

Grey Whales are generally seen during the Winter and Spring months, but sometimes we start seeing Grey Whales on their Southbound migration as early as late October.


what to expect

Every Adventure Whale Watching San Diego tour is unique. We have a variety of wildlife species in San Diego throughout the entire year. Every day provides us a new and exciting adventure.

Whale Watching Prices

Public Whale Watching
Monday – Thursday: $99 + tax per person 
Friday – Sunday: $109 + tax per person

Private Whale Watching
$660 + tax for up to 6 passengers
$1,095 + tax for up to 10 passengers

re-imagine whale watching


Ditch the slow, crowded boats and embark on an ocean wildlife safari with front row seats to the action!


See more of what you love. The fastest whale watching boats have the  highest chances of finding wildlife. We talk to the other whale watching boats and work together to find marine mammals. We can cover more distance in less time so we can see more on the tour!

Enjoy 360 degree views. A limited number of passengers on each boat means that each passenger gets to have 360 degree views and front row seats to the action!

Get arms reach away from wildlife on our low profile vessels. Dolphins love to swim in the pressure wave around our boats and put on a show for the passengers.

Ask questions and enjoy one-on-one time with the captain on our interactive tours. We will provide you with educational information, stories from experience, and unforgettable memories.


Year-Round wildlife sightings

Our ocean safaris will take you out in to the ocean looking for marine mammals, pelagic birds, and any other wildlife we can find!

Some of the species we encounter most often include: Grey Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, SeaLions, and California Brown Pelicans.

There are many types of marine mammals off the coast of San Diego all year long. Although we do find wildlife on almost all of our tours, please remember that we are looking for wild animals and are not able to guarantee that we will find them.


Whale Watching San Diego Seasons


Grey Whales
Humpback Whales
Fin Whales
Pacific White Sided Dolphins
Common Dolphins
Sea Lions
Harbor Seals


Grey Whales
Humpback Whales
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
Common Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphins
Sea Lions
Harbor Seals


Blue Whales
Fin Whales
Humpback Whales
Bryde's Whales
Common Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphins
Risso Dolphins


Humpback Whales
Minke Whales
Common Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphins
Mola-Mola Sunfish
Sea Lions
Harbor Seals

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