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Whale Watching on a Semi-private Boat

San Diego, United States

Experience hosted by Cici

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Your excursion starts with a short orientation at our office, where I will show on a nautical chart, the area covered during the trip, describing the types of whales and dolphins, as well as other marine life you are likely to see, and where you might see each type.
When everyone is comfortably seated on board, we will motor slowly out of the basin, and enjoy a "warm up" stop by the bait receivers to see our California sea lions, and a multitude of different birds. Then the boat will pick up speed for an exhilarating high speed run out to where the whales and dolphins are usually found. Once we have located the animals we slowly approach them, so as not to disturb them. Quite often the dolphins will come directly up to the boat and begin to surf our wake or bow ride in front of us. Whales are observed from a safe distance (as required by law), but still close enough to hear them breathing! What a wonderful sound that is!
As the boat heads back to the harbor you can be sure that you have had the experience of a lifetime, one that we hope will be the highlight of your stay in San Diego.
Other things to note
~Even though we are in So.California, the winter months can be quite chilly! From December thru May, please remember to bring a warm jacket & dress in layers!
~This excursion is not suitable for persons with sever/chronic back or neck pain.
Your excursion starts with a short orientation at our office, where I will show on a nautical chart, the area covered during the trip, describing the types of whales and dolphins, as well as other marine life you are likely to see, and where you might see each type.
When everyone is comfortably seated on board, we will motor slowly out of the basin, and enjoy a "warm up" stop by the bait receivers to see our California sea lions, and a…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Comfortable inflatable lifejackets are provided for each passsenger. Also...
From $100
/ person
Fri, Apr 23
From $395 per group
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Private groups only
From $395 per group
Sat, Apr 24
From $395 per group
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Private groups only
From $395 per group
Sun, Apr 25
$100 per person
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$100 per person

Meet your host, Cici

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 61 Reviews
  • Identity verified
In 2010 I started Offshore Blue Adventures as a way to share my love of the ocean with others. I did not care for the large, over crowded whale watching boats, so I decided to have a small intimate excursion, where everyone got a front row seat on the action. I am a USCG Licensed captain with over 20 years whale watching, experience, SCUBA rescue diver certified, with current CPR/First responder certification.
I have devoted my time to learning about and understanding the lives & habits of the animals we see out on the ocean, from the smallest dolphin to the mighty blue whale.
In 2010 I started Offshore Blue Adventures as a way to share my love of the ocean with others. I did not care for the large, over crowded whale watching boats, so I decided to have a small intimate excursion, where everyone got a front row seat on the action. I am a USCG Licensed captain with over 20 years whale watching, experience, SCUBA rescue diver certified, with current CPR/First responder certification.
I have devoted my time to learning about and understanding the lives & habits…
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Where you'll be

Our small fast boat can cover considerable distances. Sometimes we head north past LaJolla and up into the marine reserve off the Torrey Pines reserve. There is a deep underwater canyon that some of the largest whale species might be found. Other times we may head South, past Point Loma and down to the Mexican border. A third option (weather permitting) is out to the 9 mile bank, where there is a great diversity of fish and wildlife.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 61 reviews.

Rebecca
April 2021
We had a wonderful time. This was the most amazing experience. There was 4 in our group and it was a very personal experience. She took time to see that we all had a good time and she is a great guide. Very knowledgeable and experience!
Cindy
April 2021
Our whale-watching tour was fantastic. Dophins jumping right off the front of the boat, our 7 and 9 year old girls squealing as we rode over waves, and our fabulous guide who was determined for us to see whales (which we did). Highly recommended over the big, commercial whale-watching tours. Such a unique experience
Our whale-watching tour was fantastic. Dophins jumping right off the front of the boat, our 7 and 9 year old girls squealing as we rode over waves, and our fabulous guide who was…
Eric
April 2021
Christina was very knowledgeable and passionate about the experience. In our quest for the elusive Fins we found an incredible pod of Dolphins. Along with the Grey Whale sighting this trip did not disappoint. Would recommend to anyone!
Rio
February 2021
Great experience. Always wanted to go whale watching and had a magical time. Found ourselves surrounded by thousands of playful dolphins, and saw a humpback whale dive. Great guide, great information, had a great time. Thank you!
Katrina
February 2021
Absolutely one of my favorite experinces! We saw thousands of dolphins, a humpback, and sea lions. It was such an up close and personal experinces with dolphins literally jumping up to spray up and a whale practically right in front of us. It's also a surprisingly smooth ride given the tiny boat and we felt safe and taken care of the entire time!
Absolutely one of my favorite experinces! We saw thousands of dolphins, a humpback, and sea lions. It was such an up close and personal experinces with dolphins literally jumping u…
Alfred
January 2021
Capt Lisa was very friendly and knowledgable. My 6y/o and 9 y/o had so much fun learning and seeing different kinds of birds, sea lions, dolphins and whales. We actually saw a humpback, gray whale and dolphins were swimming beside our boat!

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    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Sat, Apr 24
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Sun, Apr 25
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $100 per person
  • Mon, Apr 26
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Private groups only
    From $395 per group
  • Tue, Apr 27
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Private groups only
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  • Wed, Apr 28
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $100 per person
  • Thu, Apr 29
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 4 and up can attend.

What to bring

During the winter & spring months, warm layers, are essential as it can be quite chilly on the water.

Sun Glasses, Hat, Sunscreen