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Flagship Cruises & Events' tours operate year-round; however, please note that whale watching season is late December-April only. The Go San Diego Card is not valid for the summer season weekend whale watching.

Whale Watching San Diego by Flagship Cruises & Events

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

In this 3.5-hour adventure, watch for majestic gray whales that often pass through local waters. Listen, too: whale and dolphin sounds play in real time, and a naturalist from Birch Aquarium narrates the tour. And if there's no whale sighting, you ride again for free!

Join Flagship Cruises & Events and the world-famous Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a California Gray Whale watching adventure and enjoy the natural beauty of one of America’s finest bays. 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. Your 3.5-hour, fully-narrated adventure promises to deliver close-up views of the behemoth California Gray Whale. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, sea lions, and migrating birds as well, but don’t get so caught up in the marine life sightings that you miss the spectacular views of San Diego Harbor!

In addition to the standard features of this whale watching cruise, Flagship Cruises & Events now allows you to listen to whale and dolphin sounds in real time using state-of-the art research equipment from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography! Your first-rate tour will be narrated by a knowledgeable naturalist from Birch Aquarium-- an offshoot of the world-renowned research center at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Passengers can choose indoor or outdoor seating, making for a comfortable journey regardless of weather and outdoor temperature. Before the cruise, you’ll also be given a handy fact sheet about the stunning marine mammals that can be seen in the waters around San Diego. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase during the journey.

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

Gray Whale: 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 one of the finest examples of marine life off the Pacific Coast in its natural habitat and thriving in waters that were once hostile and filled with whale-hunters. San Diego now boasts a rich legacy of conservation and marine research, and there is no better place to behold this wonderful natural spectacle!

Build your own discount attraction pass and save on combined admission to two or more attractions. Enjoy guaranteed discounts on Whale Watch tickets and your choice of other top attractions.
Build your own discount attraction pass and save on combined admission to two or more attractions. Enjoy guaranteed discounts on Whale Watching San Diego by Flagship Cruises & Events and your choice of other top attractions.

Getting In

Head to the Flagship Cruises awning on the water front (1050 North Harbor Drive) a few minutes before your reservation and present your Pass for admission.

Reservation Instructions

Reservations required, please call (800) 442-7847 to schedule your cruise.

Hours

Daily at 9:15 am and 1:00 pm

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

Closings

May be closed major US holidays

Note

Flagship Cruises & Events' tours operate year-round; however, please note that whale watching season is late December-April only. The Go San Diego Card is not valid for the summer season weekend whale watching.

Address

990 North Harbor Dr
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 to the 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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