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Save up to 55% on Whale Watch and 43 other San Diego attractions with the Go San Diego Card.

Whale Watch

A $42.00 value, FREE with your Go San Diego Card!

This attraction is seasonal and may be closed during your visit. Please verify when this attraction is open in the getting in tab below.

Whale Watching

Make reservations after you have purchased your Go San Diego Card. Harbor TourWhale Watch is seasonal and only available from late December through April.

In this adventurous, three-and-a-half hour San Diego Harbor Excursion, watch for majestic gray whales that often pass through local waters. Listen to whale and dolphin sounds play in real time, as a naturalist from the Birch Aquarium narrates the tour. A whale sighting is guaranteed — or else you ride again for free!

Approximately 20,000 Gray Whales pass through San Diego’s waters in their 10,000-mile annual, epic migration from the Bering Sea to Baja California. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, sea lions, and migrating birds as well!

Flagship Cruises now allows you to listen to whale and dolphin sounds in real time using state-of-the art research equipment from the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography! Your tour will be narrated by a knowledgeable naturalist from the Birch Aquarium.

Passengers on a San Diego Harbor Excursion can choose indoor or outdoor seating, making for a comfortable journey regardless of weather. Before the cruise, you’ll also be given a handy fact sheet about the stunning marine mammals that can be seen. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase during the journey.


Whale Watch is seasonal and only available from late December to April.
Reservations required: Daily, 9:15 am and 1:00 pm.
Please note, Go San Diego Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.


May be closed major U.S. holidays.

Redemption Instructions

Your choice of a one hour harbor tour or Whale Watch daily with Go San Diego Card.

Reservation Instructions

Reservations required for Whale Watch. Harbor Tours do not require advance reservations.


Whale Watching season is running from late December to April.

Included Extra(s)

20% savings at the Glorietta Gift Shop and 20% savings at the Bay Cafe with the Go San Diego Card.


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.

Here’s a little information about the magnificent mammal that is the namesake of this Flagship Cruise:

The Gray Whale is a dark, slate-gray colored baleen whale that can reach lengths of 52 feet and weights of up to 36 tons, with a lifespan of up to 70 years. The gray whale migrates annually through the Pacific waters off the coast of America and parts of Asia, at distances of up to 10,000 miles in a given migratory pattern. Gray whales feed mostly on crustaceans and sediment on the ocean floor, which they filter through their “baleen” (‘whalebone’).

Take this unique opportunity to see marine life off the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat, thriving in waters that were once filled with whale-hunters. San Diego now boasts a rich legacy of conservation and marine research, so there is no better place to behold this wonderful natural spectacle!

Save on admission for a San Diego Harbor Excursion, plus the city's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with the Go San Diego Card!

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  • Seasonal
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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990 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 1-800-442-7847

Website: www.flagshipsd.com

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$42.00 $21.00
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