When is whale watching season in San Diego?

One of the most common questions we get asked is “when is whale watching season in San Diego?” There are certain times during the year that the chances to see a whale is greater than others due to the migration path of these animals. With most of these migrations overlapping, we have whales all year round!  Depending on the type of whale you are hoping to see, there are certain times of the year that will have a higher chance.

The best time to see our amazing Blue Whales would be in the summer. They will start to be seen off the California coast around May and can stay here as late as October. However, peak season in San Diego is usually May through August. The next whale is one that we will see easily offshore starting in November until early March, and sometimes even see a mom and calf as late as May! This would be the Gray Whale; a curious baleen that likes to stay close to shore for food. Our stinky, but loved, Minke Whales are mostly spotted June through September, and even if you don’t see one, you may end up smelling it if you’re downwind!

Whale watching in San Diego is a great pastime with these migratory whales. To make it better, some whales can be seen in San Diego year round! The Humpback Whale and the Fin Whale spend the year in San Diego with some fluctuations in feeding grounds. Between the playful demeanor of the Humpback and the size of the Fin Whale (second largest to the Blue Whale), whale watching is always in season in San Diego!

Other whale species found off the West Coast

We are so lucky to have all the different species of whales pass through our waters here in San Diego. Some other species of whales that can be seen off the coast of California include:

-Sei Whales

-Bryde’s Whales

-North Pacific Right Whales

-Sperm Whales

-Baird’s Beaked Whales

-Cuvier’s Beaked Whales and Stejneger’s Beaked Whale

-Hubb’s Beaked Whales and Perrin’s beaked whale

And don’t forget the Orcas!

For more information on these beautiful animals, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric website!

Why whale watch in San Diego with Adventure R.I.B Rides?

With our fast and fun RIB (rigid-hull inflatable boat), you will be taken on the adventure of a lifetime! On our three hour whale and dolphin watching tour, you will be immersed into a fun and thrilling ocean safari full of beautiful scenery and exciting marine mammal sightings. Our six passenger, low-profile boats allow everyone to have a front row seat to the action and a chance to talk one-on-one to the captain!

Marine mammal sightings calendar

If you need a visual of what we see and when to plan your trip, please use the calendar provided bellow!

Whale watching season San Diego calendar

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