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san diego whale watching cruises

Whale Watching in San Diego

Each year approximately 20,000 gray whales migrate from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California and back again. From December through April you can witness this amazing journey off the coast of San Diego on educational whale watching excursions with Flagship Cruises & Events and our partner of over 14 years, Birch Aquarium. According to our partner, optimum whale migration viewing times are late December through January during the southward migration.

Flagship Cruises & Events along with Birch Aquarium is proud to provide two types of whale watching experiences, both leaving daily from the San Diego Harbor. Whichever one you choose, you will have an experience of a lifetime!

3.5 Hour Cruise

Join Birch Aquarium naturalists and Flagship Cruises & Events as we venture out for twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their annual round trip migration from December through April. Get a close-up look and learn about gray whale baleen, barnacles, and prey items from the naturalists during the tour.


Whale Watching Season starts  mid-December. Book today for your next whale watching adventure!

Educational Whale Watching
with Birch Naturalists
Adult
Seniors(55+)
Military
Children(4-12) Children age 3 & under are FREE
Monday-Friday
38.00
33.00
19.00
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Saturday- Sunday
42.00
37.00
21.00
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Crunched for Time?

A new addition to our fleet is our High Speed Jet Boat, the Patriot. The Patriot will take you out to see the majestic whales and other marine life such as seals, sea lions, migrating birds, and more in half the time!

Patriot High Speed
Jet Boat Whale Watching
Adult
Seniors(55+)
Military
Children (4-12) Children age 3 & under are
NOT ALLOWED
Saturday & Sunday
49.50
44.50
39.50*
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What to Bring

Bring warm clothing and your binoculars for a memorable San Diego whale watching experience. Oh, and don't forget your camera, because you are guaranteed to see a whale, or you ride again for free!

Standard Whale Watching

Boarding: 9:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Departs: 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Vessel Location:

990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
FAQ's for Whale Watching

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Cruise Features:

  • Tours are guided by Birch Aquarium Naturalists and include Gray Whale Fact Sheets.
  • Approximately 3.5 hour excursion
  • Marine life sightings
    View Article: Majestic Creatures Within Reach
  • Onboard snack bar & restrooms
  • Coupons to Birch Aquarium
  • Whale sightings guaranteed or ride again free!

Patriot Jet Boat Whale Watching

Boarding : 11:00 a.m.
Departs: 11:30 a.m.

Vessel Location:

990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
FAQ's for Whale Watching on Patriot

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Cruise Features:

Please call: 619-234-4111 or 800-44-CRUISE (27847)
or click above to make reservations.