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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
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4.5-hr sailing cruise
Sodas and snacks
Whale sighting guarantee
No seasickness' guarantee
9 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Next Level Sailing

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review
  • "For the experience of being on a fair dinkum sailing ship, plus the experience of seeing whales the trip is exceptional value for money." See review

Reviews

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Incredible adventure
Duane_L
, Feb 2021
What an amazing experience! The sailing cruise is the only way to go whale watching! The crew and captain are so very friendly and knowledgeable. The captain even took us out farther to ensure we saw whales. The boat is beautiful in itself and sailing out on the open ocean was a complete experience in itself! An absolute perfect way to spend a day in San Diego..recommend this adventure to anyone, you will have a day you will never forget!!
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A great experience! I highly recommend.
SaylesFam
, Feb 2021
This ship is stunning, a beautiful vessel in and of itself. The crew was attentive, informative and engaging. Their knowledge of all things ship, ocean and the San Diego area was educational and very interesting. On our trip we spotted a mating pair of whales and a momma and calf. A rather rare site we we told. The captain was good about maneuvering the ship so both sides had good views. Just as interesting were the navy vessels we got to see as we came in and out of the bay. The crew is very COVID conscious and took great care to keep all passengers safe. I would suggest you bringing your own snacks or food as options on board are limited. And, I'd highly recommend you take precautions, sea bands (what I used) or medication if you get sea sick. The water can get choppy, plan ahead to enjoy this wonderful experience.
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Great day at sea! This is the whale tour for you!
Julie_H
, Feb 2021
Great captain and crew. Great ship. Very clean and conscious of Covid concerns. Wonderful insights and education about whales. Diana - the “spotter” - didn’t stop looking for sea animals the entire time. Beautiful day - saw 10 gray whales and 3 types of dolphins (including an entire pod that traveled with us for quite some time). If you’re looking for a Covid safe activity - do this. Highly highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we really appreciate it! We are so glad you had a fantastic time. Thanks again!
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Wonderful experience! Highly recommended!
Erin_B
, Feb 2021
We sat in the cockpit, so we got to hear the chatter and comraderie between the crew and the other boats. Everyone was so kind and professional. My husband is disabled, and everyone went out of their way to make sure that he was having a good time. We never once felt unsafe. Seeing the whales was wonderful! This is not the cheapest whale watching cruise, but you definitely get what you pay for! Pay the small extra money and have the best experience ever!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are thrilled you had a fabulous time, we sincerely appreciate your kind words and recommendation. Thank you for coming out to support us and being flexible with your time. We truly appreciate it!
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Excellent Experience
Rebecca_m
, Jan 2021
My family and I had an incredible experience. We saw gray whales. The crew was so knowledgeable and nice. I would highly recommend going on this whale watching adventure with us next sailing
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it! I am so glad to hear you had a great time. Thank you :)
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Magnificent afternoon on the bay whale watching
KARENS_C
, Jan 2021
The walk through the "big yacht" marina to our magnificent, historic sailing vessel America was an impressive start to our trip. Cruising out of San Diego Harbor past the Navy Yard and the strange research vessels, submarines and navy conscripted dolphins was fascinating. The weather was perfect. We would have been happy without seeing a whale. We were however treated to an hour observing a grey whale mother and calf, later joined by a group of dolphins for what looked like a brief play time before returning to their migration south. The trip back to the dock showed off the City of San Diego in all its glory. The crew were hard-working and careful to maintain social distancing while being welcoming, fun, and informative about whale migration, the beautiful boat, and the ecology and history of San Diego Bay. We strongly recommend this wonderful tour, especially in our current entertainment starved environment. We will definitely do this again.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Karen! We truly appreciate your kind words and feedback. I am so glad to hear you had a fabulous time. We can't wait to have you again in the future. Thank you for supporting us!
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Highly recommend - COVID friendly activity
Tracy_S
, Jan 2021
The crew and captain were so friendly and accommodating! The bot was HUGE and absolutely gorgeous, ample space for social distancing guidelines and the crew did a great job enforcing everyone have a safe and fun experience! We saw a wale take several breaths as well as about 100 dolphins!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you so much! We really appreciate your review and I am so glad to hear you had a great time and felt safe during your entire voyage. Thanks again for sharing your experience!
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Sea lions and bay tour!!
Audrey_P
, Jan 2021
The crew was so kind and amazing. From the boat to the sweet resident dogs aboard, everything was wonderful. We went on the afternoon cruise and the morning cruise had encountered unexpected high swells outside of the bay. The owner was very transparent for what that meant for our cruise as they wanted to put our safety first. They let us know we wouldn’t be able to go far outside the bay to find whales because of the dangerous conditions. While this was a bummer, they let us know we could come back any other time for free to go find whales if we so choose. Even though we were unable go out of the bay on today’s journey it was still very informative as the staff knew everything there was to know about everything surrounding the bay. We saw sea lions, which was a treat. The resident puppy “Charlie” was one of the highlights. She was so very social, but well mannered for a puppy. I could say many more good things about the experience, but you should go check it out for yourself! Tip: Bring a jacket and blanket you can take on and off!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad that you had a wonderful time despite the unexpected change of events. We really appreciate your flexibility and understanding. It just wasn't safe to go out to sea in the afternoon. We can't wait to have you back to go whale watching. Please email us at info@nextlevelsailing.com or give us a call 619-922-6215. Thank you so much! I am so glad you had a good time with us in the bay. Thanks again for your wonderful review, we really appreciate it!
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Magical
Carol_G
, Dec 2020
We had a wonderful time on our whale watching tour. The boat was beautiful, the staff was amazing and being out on the ocean was magical.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your review! We are so glad you had a wonderful time sailing out on the ocean. Thank you again for your review, we really appreciate it :)
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Great Experience!
Nicole_R
, Dec 2020
Although we did not see any whales (this is rare) we did see many dolphins, seals and even sharks feeding on a dead seal! It does sound a bit morbid but was actually something amazing and was a first for much of the staff as well. Fun sailing and super friendly staff! Loved it and would do again for sure!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. That was such a crazy day, I have never seen anything like that before either! Please do come back and join us for a free trip whenever you are in town. Just email us at info@nextlevelsailing.com or give us a call to rebook 619-922-6215. Thank you so much for sailing with us, we can't wait to have you again in the future. Thank you!
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