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Flagship Cruises & Events' tours operate year-round; however, please note that Whale Watching Season is late December-April only.

Whale Watch tickets

Gate Prices Adult $40.00
Child (3-12) $20.00

Your choice of a Harbor Tour OR Whale Watch daily with Go San Diego Card.

In this adventurous, three-and-a-half hour excursion, you’ll seek out majestic gray whales that migrate from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California between late December and April. A whale sighting is guaranteed — or else you ride again for free! While the whale sightings are the real prize, you might also spot dolphins, seals, and sea lions as well.

During your cruise, you’ll listen to whale and dolphin sounds play in real time using state-of-the art research equipment from the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Throughout, you’ll also be kept informed by a knowledgeable naturalist from Birch Aquarium who narrates the tour. The vessels of Flagship Cruises offer both indoor and outdoor seating for your comfort. For more details about this unique opportunity to see marine life off the Pacific Coast, visit the Flagship Cruises & Events.

The Go San Diego Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Whale Watch tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

Getting In

You get a choice of a one-hour harbor tour daily or one Whale Watch daily with the Go San Diego Card. Note that whale watching season is late December to April.


Reservations required for Whale Watch; call ahead to book.


Daily, 9:15 am and 1:00 pm

Please note: Whale Watch is seasonal and only available from late December to April. May be available October to April, weather permitting.


May be closed major U.S. holidays.


Whale Watching season is late December-April.


990 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Driving Directions

From I-5 S, exit at Front Street. Turn right at Broadway. The ferry and cruises are at the corner of Broadway and North Harbor Drive (Next tothe USS Midway). From I-5 N, exit at Hawthorn Street/Airport. Turn left at North Harbor Drive. The ferry and cruises are at the corner of Broadway and North Harbor Drive (Next to the USS Midway). Parking is available next door or across the street.

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