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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise provided by Next Level Sailing

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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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Though several whale watching tours operate out of San Diego, only one cruise whisks passengers out to sea on an actual sailboat. Harness the power of the wind on this whale watching sail, where you board a replica 1851 ship for your cruise. Enjoy unobstructed views from the decks, get a smooth ride, and expect great views of the sea creatures you spot—since they're not scared by a motor.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Animal lovers embark on a whale sightseeing cruise by sailboat, in San Diego
  • Try to spot marine life in the Pacific, from gray whales to dolphins
  • Have a fantastic trip—there's a no seasickness and whale sighting guarantee
  • Depart from Shelter Island Drive, just a short walk from Shoreline Park
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Animal lovers embark on a whale sightseeing cruise by sailboat, in San Diego
  • Try to spot marine life in the Pacific, from gray whales to dolphins
  • Have a fantastic trip—there's a no seasickness and whale sighting guarantee
  • Depart from Shelter Island Drive, just a short walk from Shoreline Park
What to expect
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5170WHALE
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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!
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
  • 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!
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travellers
Inclusions
  • 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!
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Departure details
  • 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!
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 25 Sep 2021
A note from San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
-Operating at 78% capacity -We are 141 feet long. To put that in perspective, a major competitor is 84 feet with 149 passengers. -Four wooden doghouses on 25 foot wide deck, always cleaned
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2050 Shelter Island Dr
    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!
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Old Point Loma Lighthouse
  • You'll return to the starting point
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DaveBYU
Provo, UT51 contributions
Highly Recommended!
Oct 2021
The ship is absolutely beautiful, immaculately kept, and a very smooth ride (we only had one person get seasick, and I was surprised at that). The snacks and ample water and soda were very nice. More important, the owners and staff are wonderful to be with and very attentive to your needs. They were constantly educating us, and the conversations were excellent. We only saw one whale on our cruise, and it was a humpback. We know that we came during the offseason for whale watching, so we understand that sightings can be limited at this time. I have been on one other whale watching cruise in the past, in Canada, but with a smaller boat. Based on that limited experience, the only thing that I felt was a liability to such a big vessel (this time) is that they cannot maneuver so readily to keep pursuing a sighting. When you are on a smaller, more agile boat, it seems like you can potentially follow a whale for a bit as you can turn the boat more readily (this seemed to be the case with my prior experience, anyway, and we got very close to the whale we saw that day). In our case, the whale surfaced on the left side of the boat, a ways out, and then appeared on the right side of the boat, a bit closer. It would have been nice to try and track it to perhaps see it surface one more time. But we were already a bit behind schedule as we had to travel further to see a whale, and such a large ship cannot turn so readily. I may also know very little about what I am talking about--I am not an expert. We were NOT disappointed with the experience. It was indeed an excellent voyage and my teenagers really enjoyed it. One real plus, compared to my prior whale watching experience, is that we were not packed like sardines into the boat. We had a lot of room to mill about and to congregate on the side of the boat where the whale appeared. We had a place that consistently served as our seats for the trip. It was fun to see the sails go up! It is important that you layer as it is cooler out on the ocean! They also handed out blankets when passengers needed them.
Written 19 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DCVisitor28970
Cleveland, OH7 contributions
Fun, Relaxing and great crew!
Oct 2021
This was a great experience. I'd never been on a sailboat before and it was FUN. Very relaxing. Friendly crew. The captain took extra time to ensure we saw a whale. Lots of great information. Focused on safety first and then kept an eye on each of us. Bonded with one of the crew members who knows my hometown. It's such a small world. This was well worth the time and money!
Written 18 October 2021
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Anna T
10 contributions
Beautiful boat, beautiful cruize
Oct 2021 • Couples
Beautiful boat, very nice crew, awesome 5 hour ocean cruise. We saw sea lions and dolphins. We didn't see a whale, but because of the guarantee we were given free access to any future available trip no expiration. However, the cruise itself was worth the price of the trip.
Written 16 October 2021
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Thomas
Appleton, WI87 contributions
Fantastic ship and crew! Highly recommend.👍
Oct 2021 • Solo
I highly recommend this sailing whale watching tour.
The sailboat is a replica of the 1851 America sailing ship. It is a huge ship! There is plenty of room to walk around while the on the water for the tour. Because of its size, it is extremely steady, no worries about seasickness.
The crew onboard is EXTREMELY friendly, helpful and informative. 👍I learned a lot about San Diego bay, the military installations, and the other ships we encountered. We were fortunate to see a newer US Navy battleship pass us in the harbor channel.-
Unfortunately, we didn’t see any whales, but we saw hundreds of dolphins, and other sea life. One of the crew members even climbed up the front mast in order to try and spot a whale for us.
I had a FANTASTIC time, and I would definitely take this tour again. 😊👍
Written 15 October 2021
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Sandeep j
1 contribution
First time sailing and great experience
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is my first time sailing and couldn’t ask for a better crew to do it. The crew were very friendly and answered any questions we had. They even provided soda and snacks to all the visitors. We spent around 4 hours and watching dolphins was a treat.
Written 6 October 2021
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Martha Zuniga
4 contributions
Best 4 hours investment
Oct 2021
I loved the experience even though we did not see any whale, the ship is impressive and the vibe is wonderful, you do not get bored in those 4 hours you spent in the ocean.

I will definitely come back on whale season.
Written 4 October 2021
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Kkegler
Beaverton, OR2 contributions
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Oct 2021 • Friends
I highly recommend this adventure. From beginning to end it was fabulous. The crew, the boat the entire sea adventure will be one I’ll never forget. We saw dolphins but no whales. Since they guarantee whales we are able to come back again at no cost. No matter what you won’t be disappointed.
Written 2 October 2021
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Rebecca H
1 contribution
Check in process
Sep 2021 • Couples
It would be nice if they would explain the check in process better. We expected a building or hut and it’s simply just meet your guide in a parking lot. Once we figured that out it was a great trip snd the crew were wonderful!! Would highly recommend it.
Written 26 September 2021
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Tiana B
2 contributions
Dolphin’s Galore!
I went on this trip with a friend. We both enjoyed ourselves very much. The captain and crew were awesome. They provided some history of the area, shared some insights and were all very personable and outgoing. They took the proper precautions regarding COVID and ensured our safety on the boat. We had the pleasure of discovering a very large pod of dolphins and traveling with them sways, being entertained by their beauty and playful spirits. I would highly recommend this trip for most anyone.
Written 25 September 2021
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CaptainFathom
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful time. Please come back and sail with us for free anytime in order to fulfill your whale watching guarantee. Just give us a call 619-922-6215 or email info@nextlevelsailing.com. Thank you!
Written 26 September 2021
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Val K
Sioux Falls, SD1 contribution
Whale watching guarantee!
First trip out we did not see anything. They rebooked us for Friday and what a trip it was! Saw a large pod of dolphins and 2 whales.
Written 18 September 2021
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CaptainFathom
Thank you so much! I am thrilled you came back so you could fulfill your guarantee. We can’t wait to see you next time you’re in town. Thank you for sharing your review :)
Written 26 September 2021
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Vacationer790184
Vacationer790184
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Smooth Sailing...
Gorgeous day out on the ocean aboard the amazing Yacht America. The weather was perfect, the Whale Watching / Sail
Eric M
Eric M
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Great Experience
The tour was beautiful and enjoyable. The crew were very nice and informative. They served the guests well. The s
Darryl L
Darryl L
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Unique sailing and whalewatching experience
Sadly we went during an unlucky day with no whales, but there was a huge dolphin pod and the usual military planes
renkenc2021
renkenc2021
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Great Experience
Would highly recommend. Staff was friendly and made entire trip better. Plus the ability to be on a boat like
Trail236948
Trail236948
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A Must for San Diego Residents as well as Visitors
As a Resident of San Diego, I have gone whale watching many times before and I have Always come back just a tidge q
Lynda M
Lynda M
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Wonderful Time on the Water and Saw a Brydes Whale
Can't say enough good things about Next Level Sailing. The crew was wonderful, accommodating and knowledgeable. Th
Bandit548
Bandit548
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Life on the sea.
A great way to spend a few hours. If you love the ocean you will love this experience. The crew is wonderful, helpf
Tim A
Tim A
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Fantastic Time!
My wife and I had a fantastic time with Next Level Sailing! America is a classy sailing yacht and a lot of fun to b
Joseroman103
Joseroman103
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Beautiful views
Al the workers on the boat were real nice and owner of boat was very educational the ride was really nice I can’t w
Connector698318
Connector698318
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Next Level Sailing Whale Watching Trip
Most awesome experience! We took a different whale watching tour 2 years ago and there is no comparison. The boat w
jes20212021
jes20212021
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Whales?
I have been on this ship at least 6 times. We did not see any whales this past Saturday but they offer a free trip
AZDoodleMom
AZDoodleMom
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Skip the others
Having been on other whale watching tours in San Diego, I highly recommend you skip the rest and choose to sail wit
Bradadunn
Bradadunn
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Wonderful Day!
This was a great day trip. We didn't see whales, but we did see a pod of dolphins—maybe 200 or more. The boat is be
aharvey96
aharvey96
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Great Time!
We’ve never been on a whale watching experience and we had a great time. The America is a beautiful and it is so co
DBenton162021
DBenton162021
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America1 Afternoon Sail
We had an excellent sail! The captain and crew hustled to insure the guests enjoyed a special sail.....from escort
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