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Whale Watching Tour with Flagship Events & Cruises

Join a whale watching tour with Flagship Events & Cruises to explore the Californian coast and experience the greatness of migrating whales. Book your tour aboard the Marietta vessel and learn from a Flagship naturalist about the California coastal ecosystem and its inhabitants. If you book a morning trip Friday-Sunday, there will be an Ocean Connectors/ naturalist aboard to provide you with exciting biofacts during your voyage.

Your ticket sales help support Ocean Connectors, providing San Diego youth with access to hands-on environmental education.

Best of all, whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see a whale, your next trip is free!

Book today at Flagship Events & Cruises!

Duration 3-4 Hours
Ticket Cost $52-55/Adult $39-41.25/Child
Season December — April

Whale Watching Highlights

  • Whale Watching includes Ship-Wide, 360-Degree Viewing
  • Open-Air Observation Deck
  • Snacks and Beverages for Purchase
  • Spacious Indoor/Outdoor Seating
  • Biofacts and educational materials from an Ocean Connectors naturalist Friday-Sunday
  • Whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see a whale, your next trip is free

Featured Wildlife

What You Need to Know – Whale Watching

  • This tour is recommended for ages 6 and up, and is therefore a great option for beginner and seasoned whale watchers alike.
  • In order to prevent potential seasickness it is recommended that guests take seasickness medication. (if you have any physical limitations, please let us know if advance).
  •  Parking is available on the Navy Pier adjacent to the USS Midway Museum.

Whale Sightings by Ocean Connectors 2021/2022 season

In the past we have used the Whale Alert App to record any whales that we spot. This information is used to warn shippers when they are near whales so they can avoid a collision and initialize rescue efforts for entangled whales. We also share this data with our partners over at The Port of San Diego, they use this information to educate the public on the presence of marine mammals outside the bay and the potential impacts of vessel activity.

FAQs – Whale Watching Tour

What is the best time of year to see whales?

The best time to see gray whales in San Diego is from December through mid-April. This is when they travel past our coast on their annual migration. Our tours only run during the peak gray whale season.

How likely are we to see whales?

Wildlife is unpredictable and sightings are never guaranteed. However, the Flagship captains are in contact with other vessels and whale spotters and we typically see whales on over 80% of our tours. We spot dolphins on almost every tour, occasionally we also spot humpback whales, and if we are really lucky orcas!

What other types of wildlife could we see?

There is a plethora of marine life right off the coast of San Diego, including sea lions, dolphins, and sea birds! Our marine biologist tour guide also has a lot of information to share about the annual gray whale migration and marine mammal conservation, making it a memorable day even if we do not spot whales.

How does my ticket purchase support youth education?

Ocean Connectors provides presentations and field trips for all public elementary and middle schools in National City, as well as 27 schools in Nayarit, Mexico. All our youth education is free of charge, and our vision is to cultivate a future generation of passionate, globally-aware, and empowered coastal residents who take active steps to enjoy and protect ocean health. All proceeds of your ticket price goes directly toward these youth education programs. All our 5th grade students use the gray whale as a case study and attend whale watching excursions with Flagship Cruises and Events every year!

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