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San Diego Whale Watching Sailboat Cruise

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See marine life of the Pacific Ocean on a whale-watching cruise from San Diego. Ride on a 40-foot sailboat with no more than 6 passengers for a personalized voyage that takes you close to sea lions, dolphins, sea birds, and migrating whales. Learn about the wildlife from a trained naturalist onboard, and stay comfortable with amenities like snacks and outerwear for chilly weather.
  • Small-group whale-watching cruise from San Diego
  • Venture into the Pacific Ocean on a comfortable 40-foot sailboat
  • Good chance of sighting whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds
  • Learn about the marine life from a naturalist guide
What to Expect
Board a 40-foot (12-meter) Catalina or Jeanneau sailboat and leave the sheltered waters of San Diego Harbor behind for the wide-open Pacific. Passenger group size is limited to 6, so the boat won’t be crowded and you’ll get plenty of attention from the captain and naturalist guide. These seasoned sailors will keep a sharp eye out for migrating whales plus dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, and birds. Learn about the habits and migratory patterns of these amazing animals, and get a closer look with provided binoculars. The boat is well stocked with other supplies like snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and warm weather gear for a comfortable journey.
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Important Information
Departure Point
2646 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 3.5-hour whale watching cruise
  • Beverages (chilled beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and hot chocolate, weather permitting)
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator
By: Sail San Diego
Pennie C
3 hour tour
loved, loved, loved sailing with Captain John, we went out to sea didn’t spot whales, but did see some other
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Ted T
Arvada, Colorado
Several whale tail encounters
The ride was comfortable. The scenery was spectacular. We had several whale and dolphin encounters. The
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Lisa U
Sail whale watching
Awesome whale watching day with Captain Greg! I will always sail to view whales and Sail San Diego was incredibly
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Best Birthday Gift Ever!
Fantastic sailing adventure! Captain Frank was a great host. We were one of two couples on the boat. Saw whales
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Intimate trip
We enjoyed our trip. Captain was great, ship was in great shape, we enjoyed just sailing. The fact we saw several
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Sail San Diego is Beautiful and Fun!
Captain Frank greeted us at the gate and took us to the sail boat. I needed assistance, being a physically limited
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Yuma, Arizona
Exactly as advertised
This is a great deal for a sail. We went it was cold windy and rainy. Despite all of that, we had an okay time.
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Winter Park, Florida
Great time on the water without the crowds
We've been on lots of whale watching cruises and this one was unique. The sailboat experience and the small number
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Dan P
Elgin, Illinois
Great whale watching experience!
Happy Captain Greg was the best! Smooth sailing and Gray Whales and sea lions. The day was fantastic!
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Dan P
Elgin, Illinois
Spectacular day on the Pacific ocean!
We had the great luck to book a sailing trip with Happy Captain Greg. The day was beautiful and sunny , Captain
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Key Details
  • Harbor and Shelter Islands, Sail San Diego
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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