San Diego Whale Watching Tours

 
Guided by Experts from Birch Aquarium

Between December and April, more than 20,000 gray whales migrate along our coast. For the thrill of a lifetime, cruise alongside these magnificent whales with Flagship Cruises, the only whale watching tours led by experts from Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Best of all, whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see a whale, your next trip is free!

Tours depart twice daily aboard our comfortable, two-story whale watching yacht, with spacious open-air sundeck, snack bar (with local beer on tap), multiple restrooms and free guest WiFi. Reservations recommended.

Guaranteed Sighting

Your experience includes

  • A fun and family-friendly adventure exploring our beautiful ocean 
  • The only tour led by marine experts from Birch Aquarium
  • Comfortable ship with 360-degree viewing and free WiFi
  • See whales gauranteed or your next trip is free!
Download our Printable Whale Watching Guide
Whale Watching Guide

Select Your Cruise

Whale watching season ends in Mid-April.
Book now and secure your reservation.

Whale watching season begins again in early December and will run through Mid-April.
Book now and secure your reservation.

Whale Watching Tours

    • Boarding
      • 9:15 am
      • 1:00 pm
      Cruising
      • 9:30 am - 1:15 pm
      • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
      Weekdays
      • $45.00*Adult
      • $43.00*Senior/Military
      • $22.50*Child (4-12)**
      Weekends
      • $50.00*Adult
      • $48.00*Senior/Military
      • $25.00*Child (4-12)**

    Before you Depart

    Arrive 15 Minutes Before Scheduled Departure
    Dress in Warm Clothing in Layers
    If Prone To Seasickness, Consider Medication In Advance
    If Prone To Seasickness, Consider Medication In Advance
    Binoculars Recommended
    Don't Forget Sunscreen & a Hat
    Bring a Camera
    Refreshments Available For Purchase
    No Smoking
    No Pets Except Service Animals
    The vessel and interior main deck are wheelchair accessible but the exterior top deck and restrooms are not

    Cruises may be cancelled in the rare event of unsafe weather conditions.
    For further information, please visit our FAQ.

    Whale Watching Route

    We follow the whales' migration path to bring you up close for the best sighting spots, which change every day. Early in the season, whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3-5 miles. On their return trip, northbound whales swim further out, up to 9-12 miles off the coast.

    All cruises depart from 990 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA (Directions, Parking & FAQ).
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