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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego, CA

Item #: CRU-SDI-0012
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Take San Diego sightseeing to a new level aboard a scenic cruise featuring much, much more than the city's famed landmarks. The San Diego Whale Watching Cruise is your chance to embark on the H2O adventure of a lifetime!

  • The cruise company's 30+ years of experience makes this some of the best whale watching in San Diego
  • Gaze across pristine Pacific waters in search of wildlife like whales, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals and sea birds
  • Enjoy fascinating narration from your Captain and a trained Natural History Museum naturalist, during the course of this 3.5-hour tour
  • Share the outing with family or friends, taking full advantage of the boat's many entertaining amenities!
San Diego, CA
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Mid-December through April:
Weekends - 9:00 AM & 1:00 PM

*Rates do not apply for specialty cruises and/or holidays

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    Essential Information
    • Coast Guard regulations require all participants over the age of 18 to have a valid photo ID to board
    • Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian supervision
    • You may not bring food or drink on board
    • There are food and beverages available on board for purchase
    • Binoculars are available to rent on board for $5 (subject to change) and a $50 cash or credit card deposit is required to rent
    • If a whale is not sighted on your cruise, you will receive a pass good for another Whale Watching or Harbor Cruise
    3.5 Hours
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    The yacht can accommodate up to 500 guests.
    This experience is only for those on the cruise.
    Weather Dependent
    This cruise will run in light rain. Cancellations depend on wind, sea conditions, and precipitation; your experience provider will reach out the day of your cruise in the event of a cancellation. If you have any questions about weather conditions, please contact your experience provider. Cruises canceled due to weather conditions will be rescheduled for another date.
    What To Wear
    Please dress in warm layers as the temperature and winds are often unpredictable.

    For this experience, our partners are taking extra measures to help prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. In those jurisdictions where it is required, guests will undergo temperature screening prior to boarding. Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry. If a guest has traveled internationally in the last 14 days, they will not be permitted to board.  Additionally, all guests ages 3 and older are required to wear face coverings at all times while on board our partners vessels, except while dining (unless the local health authority has set forth an alternative age or other exemption). All guests should provide their own breathable mask and will be required to enter the vessel. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    Will I get seasick?

    The yacht has stabilizers that greatly reduce its motion. However, if you tend to have trouble with motion sickness, you may experience seasickness. Bio bands are sold both at the ticket booth and on board for $11. Medicine is not available for purchase.

    What if I don't see any whales?

    If you do not see any whales, you will be issued a "whale check" that is good for another whale watching cruise or 1-2 hour narrated bay cruise.

    Is smoking allowed?
    Smoking is not allowed on this cruise.
    How far out will the boat cruise?
    In the beginning of the season the ship cruises 3-5 miles from shore. Toward the end of the season the ship cruises up to 9-12 miles from the coast.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final and no rescheduling or cancellations will be allowed.

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