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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
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4.5-hr sailing cruise
Sodas and snacks
Whale sighting guarantee
No seasickness' guarantee
9:00 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11:00 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
2:00 PM Trip: Check in between 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Please check in with the crew member at the blue "check-in" flag at 2050 Shelter Island Drive. Check-in will begin an hour before scheduled departure time. Check-in no later than half hour prior to departure time. There is a lot of free public parking at our new location!

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Next Level Sailing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.

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  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review


715 Reviews

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Whale watching experience
, Oct 2021
The captain and crew were amazing, the ship beautiful! We were lucky and had a beautiful calm ocean. The captain did nit give up until we caught up with the whale. Amazing experience! Worth every penny!
Love it!! Will be doing it again!!
, Oct 2021
We had a great time. The staff was wonderful and informative. We saw two sightings of the same whale. They offered blankets because it was cold, chips, granola bars, soda and water were free, beer and wine only $5. One person got seasick and they were very attentive to him, offering barf buckets and napkins. They even mentioned if you think you will get seasick, let them know and they can give you something to help with it. We will be going back in December or January. Only downfall, some of the adults couldn’t follow simple directions, we were asked not to stand up while leaving the bay, and while the Captain gave safety instructions, you had to keep your phone down and pay attention, both of which adults could not do!!! He had to keep stopping until people put their phones down and had to keep telling people to sit down. Come on people, you can put your phones down and sit for 5 minutes, it’s not going to kill you!!!!
, Oct 2021
Although we didn’t see many whales, the tour was a nice way to spend a few hours at sea. The two younger team members were especially helpful and nice.
An exciting experience
, Oct 2021
We had an amazing captain and tour guide. They're very passionate and knowledgeable about whales and the surroundings. The crew went above and beyond to take care of passengers. We did this fun thing where you can help the crew hoist the sails. The whale watching itself was an amazing experience. We were able to get two sightings of a humpback. The experience was really worth the value. I would highly recommend this tour.
You have got to do this tour!
, Oct 2021
Such an awesome experience, the crew was amazing, down to earth, and had lots of cool facts about the area and about marine life in general. It was so cool to be on a sailboat and to see the whales we saw. Even if you don’t end up seeing that many whales, the sailboat is worth it on its own. Definitely recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best time ever on water
, Oct 2021
Everything about this Beautiful vessel brought joy to my son. The staff educated everyone on board about the history of the vessel and even educated the kiddos about whales during story time. Snacks provided to everyone with great individual attention. Even though we didn't get to see much because of the time of the year, we still get to come back for another trip free of charge. We will be back. See you soon America Crew.
We encountered a megapod...
, Oct 2021
We encountered a megapod of hundreds of dolphins. The crew was very friendly and made it educational for adults and children. The sailboat America is stunning!
Delightful Dolphins
, Oct 2021
We were able to see several different pods of Dolphins swimming with our sail boat for about 30 minutes. It was a wonderful experience to watch these beautiful creatures swim and frolic in the ocean. The crew was just as excited as we were as we witnessed so many dolphins in one area.
Relaxing trip
, Oct 2021
Beautiful trip. The boat was beautiful and the hard working for crew was amazing. While we didn’t see any whales, the time on the water was relaxing.
Great experience
, Sep 2021
I had such a great time on the America. The crew was experienced and knowledgeable. No whales were sighted but the ride was beautiful and there was plenty of other things to see! Will definitely return!

Product code: 5170WHALE

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