Your Ticket to Whale-Being

During the months of December through April, visitors to San Diego have the unique opportunity to witness the migration of California gray whales during their 5,000 mile (say WHAT?!) migration from Alaska to Baja California where they birth their young.

Many of the whales travel within only a few miles of the San Diego coast and so, there are a number of opportunities to hop aboard to observe their amazing journey:

The America

The America

Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience
Sail aboard the America, a historic replica of the world’s first America’s Cup winning ship and test out their “no sea sickness guarantee.” The long sailing yacht is perfectly suited for whale watching because of its low sleek lines, deep keel for stability (hence the no sea sickness part) and the ability to quietly approach the whales without using noisy engine power. The 4-hour whale watching excursions depart twice daily from the San Diego Maritime Museum dock at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Adventure RIB Rides
Experience a thrilling ocean safari aboard an authentic 30’ Navy SEAL Rigid Inflatable Boat (R.I.B.) for an intimate “on-the-water” whale watching adventure. A U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain will take you on a fast passed ride out in the ocean where you’ll get up close view of the migrating whales.  Daily 3-hour tours depart from the Sheraton Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island at 9 a.m.

Harbor Excursion and Hornblower Cruises and Events
Enjoy naturalist led, narrative tours of San Diego Bay, plentiful indoor/outdoor seating a full galley onboard and so much more. Two 3.5-hour tours depart daily from the Harbor Excursion and Hornblower ticket booths along the downtown Embarcadero.  Harbor Excursion tours depart at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day and Hornblower tours depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day 

Harbor Excursion

Harbor Excursion

OEX Dive & Kayak  and La Jolla Kayak
Skip the boat and enjoy the scenic La Jolla coastline during guided whale watching kayak tours. See gray whales and other fascinating marine life as you paddle along the gentle waters of La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove and through the fascinating Seven Sea Caves. 


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I’m a Nor Cal girl loving my Sol Cal world. I have a passion for fashion but can’t ever quite afford it. I love to laugh and often crack myself up. I hang with the guys and gossip with the girls. I like to wear my stunna shades at night.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?

I would spend the day in Balboa Park and finally visit all the museums.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’d hit the beach and get rid of my tan lines… can you tan when you’re invisible??

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Catching a Padres game at PETCO Park, bike riding along the Pacific Beach/Mission Beach boardwalk or going to the Little Italy Mercado on Saturdays.

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2 thoughts on “Your Ticket to Whale-Being

  1. Pingback: A Whale Of A Time On The Bay | San Diego Travel Blog

  2. Remember that you can pick up your discounted whale watching tickets for Harbor Excursion and Hornblower, as well as book private charters, at the International Visitor Information Center right next to the bay, on Broadway and Harbor.

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