Blue Whale off the San Diego Coast
Hundreds of dolphins spotted during the season
Whale Watching on the Marietta
Up close view of the Blue Whales
Sea Lions lounging on a bouy
Whale tale guarantee
See many different kinds of whales

Whale & Wildlife Cruise

Once-in-a-lifetime encounters with whales, dolphins and San Diego’s diverse marine wildlife. Cruise into open ocean in comfort with our expert crew. Summer weekends, May 27 - Labor Day
  • Search for whales, dolphins, sea lions and more
  • Comfortable ship with snack bar and unobstructed viewing
  • Guided by Birch Aquarium naturalists on board
  • Scenic sights of San Diego Bay
  • See a whale or ride again free!

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Departure Schedule

May 27 through Labor Day
  • Departs 9:00 AM - Returns approx. 2:00 PM
Boards 30 minutes prior to departure, all cruises are weather permitting.

Looking for gray whales? Check back this winter.
Daily gray whale excursions resume in December.

Before You Depart

  • In the unlikely event that your departure is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, we do our best to contact you in the morning at the phone number you provide. We will reschedule your tour if you like or provide you with a full refund—your choice.
  • Guests with wheelchairs can access the vessel and interior main deck. However, the exterior top deck and the restrooms are not ramp accessible.

No touching the whales. No feeding the whales. No petting the whales. This is whale watching. We watch with our eyes...

If you have any questions at all, please contact us or read our FAQ.

What To Bring

Be prepared for a five hour ride. 

  • light long sleeves
  • binoculars
  • camera
  • hat
  • plenty of sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • medication - If you may be prone to seasickness, plan ahead. Medication only works when taken BEFORE boarding the vessel. Wristbands for motion sickness also can be effective. Either can be purchased at our dockside gift store, the Wheelhouse Gift Shop, or most drug store.

Whale Watching Route

Off the San Diego coast, we see the Eastern North Pacific stock of blue whales. These animals are thought to spend winters off Mexico and Central America and feed during summer off the U.S. West Coast. Each whale watching excursion is slightly unique. We find the areas with high krill concentrations where whales feed to bring you up close for the best sighting spots.

Whale Watching Map