San Diego Whale Watching Tours


Returns Mid-December 2022

San Diego ranks among the world's most incredible places for viewing marine wildlife. During whale watching season, mid-December through April, more than 20,000 gray whales migrate along our coast. For the thrill of a lifetime, cruise alongside these magnificent whales with Flagship, San Diego's most experienced whale watching company.

Flagship's history traces back to the world's first whale watching cruise—right here in San Diego in 1955.

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,  multiple restrooms, and free guest WiFi. Your ticket sales help support our partner, Ocean Connectors, providing San Diego Youth with access to hands-on environmental education.Ocean Connectors logo

Reservations recommended.  Guaranteed Sighting

Your experience includes

  • A fun and family-friendly adventure exploring our beautiful ocean 
  • Comfortable ship with 360-degree viewing and free WiFi
  • Onboard snack bar and refreshments for purchase
  • See whales guaranteed or your next trip is free!

Select Your Cruise

Whale watching season begins Dec 19th and ends in Mid-April.
Book now and secure your reservation.

Whale watching season begins December 19 and will run through Mid-April.
Book now and secure your reservation.

Whale Watching Tours

    • Boarding
      • 9:15 am
      • 1:00 pm
      • 9:30 am - 1:15 pm
      • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
      • $45.00*Adult
      • $40.00*Senior/Military
      • $22.50*Child (4-12)**
      • $50.00*Adult
      • $45.00*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
    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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