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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventures

Experience the San Diego Winter Whale Watching Cruise in style aboard a Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht. Tour San Diego Bay, gaze at awe-inspiring sights of the majestic Gray Whale and relax on deck, with your camera in one hand and a cold drink in the other.

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Come aboard the San Diego Winter Whale Watching Cruise, where you will be treated to awe-inspiring sights of the majestic Gray Whale and the scenic magnificence of San Diego's Coronado Bay Bridge, Seaport Village and America's most historic warships to name a few.


  • Narrated by an experienced captain

  • See sea lions, blue herons and three kinds of dolphins

  • Whale watch aboard a comfortable yacht

  • Magnificent views of the San Diego Bay

  • Views of historic warships such as the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan

Whale watching season with Hornblower Cruises & Events runs from December through April, with approximately 28,000 gray whales passing by the San Diego coast. Other wildlife, such as sea lions, blue herons and three kinds of dolphins put in appearances, so have your cameras focused and ready.

The average size of a Gray Whale is approximately 30 to 50 feet long and may weigh up to 35 tons. They spend the summer months in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, then leave for the breeding lagoons along western Baja California, Mexico. Gray whales follow the longest migration route of any mammal on Earth, sometimes traveling 12,400 miles round trip. In December, the first pass along the California coast, with peak numbers passing by in early January and remain until late March, within six miles off the coastline.

Whether you're a tourist looking for the best way to see all of the San Diego attractions, or a local that knows the best way to entertain out of town guests, Hornblower has something for you.

All aboard! Make your reservations and get your eTickets today for The San Diego Whale Watching Cruise. It's a once in a life time adventure for the entire family!


Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventures

Operating Times:

Please check calendar for dates and times available. Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure.

Reservation Notes:

Reservations confirmed for date and time selected. Reservation based tickets are non-refundable.


3.5 hours

Booth Location:

970 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego CA. 92101. Pier 2.

Nearest Intersection:

Harbor Drive and Broadway Ave.


Kettner/Cedar Garage @ 775 West Cedar, San Diego CA 92101 San Diego County Center Parking @ 950 W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101. Find more parking information at https://aceparking.com/find-parking

Age Requirements:

Child Ticket: 4-12 years. Under 4 are free.


Covid-19 Safety Precautions:
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Guests are required to wear masks/face coverings when on board and as they are interacting with others who are not members of their household/party. Masks/face coverings are not required while seated. Masks/face coverings are not required on children under the age of two and anyone who cannot medically tolerate the mask/face covering.

Hornblower does have handicap accessible yachts in the fleet. Please check with Reservations for more details. Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Bring a light jacket and dress appropriate for weather. Hornblower sails rain or shine. In the very rare case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, we will remain dockside.

Guarantee Note: Due to the limited reserved seating and factors beyond the control of the operator, this product does not fall under the Trusted Tours and Attractions Guarantee program.