San Diego Private Whale Watching Tours
If you love whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds, hop on board for a breathtaking experience on the open ocean. We’ll speed out to sea on one of our comfortable yacht and pass barking sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins as we search for the legendary blue whales. As we make our 4-hour tour by our experienced captain. You will stay cozy and comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating and a snack bar and a full bar.
More than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. They typically spend several months in the warm Baja California waters, time for their young to grow strong enough to make the journey home, before making their way back north again in the Spring. It is the longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis and is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants. According to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego, gray whales generally travel alone or in pods of two or three but more may be seen traveling together during peak migration season. These giants are roughly the width of a basketball court and cruise at an average speed of five knots (about six miles per hour).
San Diego has become a global destination for visitors to observe one of the longest migrations on our planet, the Pacific Gray Whale. Each year, thousands of these gentle giants pass right offshore as they head south to the calving lagoons of Baja Mexico, and then back North returning to their traditional feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. Marine Sanctuaries established along our seacoast provide a haven for a diversity of wildlife, all of which are commonly observed.
Mexico’s wildlife sanctuary at the Coronado Islands, just 14 miles from San Diego, provides a spectacular environment for whale watching and wildlife observation, including dolphins, seals, sea lions, kelp forests, up to 80 varieties of sea birds and one of the only two elephant seal rookeries within 300 miles. Learn more about life on the islands – the famous “rum-running” days, the old casino, Dead Man’s Island and more.