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Whale Watching Season San Diego

“Any trip to San Diego is shore to please the soul.” ~ Unknown

Did you know that Captain Dave’s Whale Watching offers whale watching tours for San Diego residents? Are you looking for more environmentally friendly activities than paying for tickets to see whales inside a tank at SeaWorld? If you’re looking for a fun day out with friends, vacationing with family, or planning a school field trip, whale watching season in San Diego happens all year long, and with Captain Dave’s you’ll have an experience you won’t soon forget!  In San Diego, whale-watching is available on the entire stretch of coastline located near Dana Point, CA, the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World®.

Whale Watching with Captain Dave’s Offers Several Tour Options:

All of Captain Dave’s tours are never crowded and offer comfortable seating.

Whale-watching near San Diego is simple to book online with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari. We invite you to skip the lines at SeaWorld, take a ride with us on one of our six vessels, and let us show you the wonderment of the secret lives of whales and dolphins. Close your eyes and imagine the sound of the ocean rushing past you as you swiftly move through the velvety waves of the sea. As you glide through the water, you feel a sense of calm as you are whale watching near San Diego. You begin to feel the rhythm of the ocean. Now imagine that while you are San Diego whale watching, you see a pod of dolphins swimming underwater, who all appear to be smiling as if to welcome you to swim within their pod and in the wild.

“The sea is as near as we come to another world.” ~ Unknown

Whale Watching Tours in San Diego at Dana Point


Whale watching in San Diego California

When it comes to whale watching season in San Diego, every day is a great day to see whales, and Captain Dave’s 2 ½ hour ocean cruises are the best in Southern California! Scheduled every day of the week on our spacious catamaran sailboat Manute’a, we provide two exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods that allow close-up viewing of undersea fish and ocean mammals. You’ll quickly see why this is our most popular tour!

Zodiac-Style Dolphin & Whale Watching


San Diego whale watching tour

On our high-speed Zodiac-style boat, you can get within arm’s reach of the most amazing ocean wildlife on Earth! If you’ve previously avoided whale watching tours because of concerns about seasickness, our boats’ heavily padded seats and low profile will make you feel very comfortable.

Private Dana Point Harbor Tours with Captain Provided!


San Diego offers a year-round whale watching season

If you’re searching for a private whale watching in San Diego tour, Captain Dave’s wide variety of boats that can be rented along with a Coast Guard-certified Captain. Choose from motor yachts, Zodiac-style boats, a catamaran sailboat with exclusive eye-to-eye underwater viewing pods, and more!

Why Choose Captain Dave’s for Whale Watching Season in San Diego?

The Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World® is at Dana Point, and when you book your trip with Captain Dave’s, whale and dolphin sightings are guaranteed! Contact us today to reserve your tickets and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Need a place to rest your fatigued flukes during your San Diego whale watching adventure? On the hunt for a tasty treat to feed the whole pod?

Here are some ideas to help your migration while whale watching in San Diego.

Old Town

Shopping at Old Town During San Diego Whale Watching Season

San Diego whale watching trips MUST include a trip into Old Town San Diego, the birthplace of California and the oldest settled town in San Diego. Here you can fill your heart and soul with the authentic sounds of Mexican music, colorful fanfare, and delicious traditional Mexican flavors. Visit a local farmer’s market, try your hand at candle dipping and watch as the smell of house-made tortillas on fire grills fill the streets.

Old Town is a neighborhood within San Diego and the first-ever European-settled town in present-day California. Containing over 230 acres bounded by Interstate 8 north and Interstate 5 on the west with Mission Hills and Bankers Hill to the east and south, Old Town has just as much history as it does fun things to do and great places to eat. San Diego whale watching is even more fun with a stopover in Old Town.

Gaslamp Quarter

Scenic view of Gaslamp Quarter during San Diego whale watching

The heart and soul of the 16-square block of the Gaslamp Quarter District of San Diego offers a lively food and theatre scene in San Diego. From Summer music Thursdays, Summer Flick Fridays to Skate Sundays, this area of San Diego is known for fun and inspired menus from around the globe. Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers stand side by side, housing more than 100 of the city’s finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, retail shops, offices, and residential/work lofts. Horton Plaza Park provides expansive grassy lawns, delicious ice cream, and a multitude of coffee vendors inside the park. Be sure to stroll to the interactive fountain, which is always a beloved kid’s favorite! Only eight miles from Ocean Beach and a ten-minute drive, the Gaslamp District is the perfect spot for a romantic evening, a family ice-cream party, or a fun and festive bachelor or bachelorette party! The Gaslamp Quarter District of San Diego has something for anyone and everyone while on your whale watching near San Diego vacation.

When the sun goes down and your San Diego whale watching activity is complete, look no further than the Gaslamp District of San Diego to fulfill all your feasting delights. From 5-star restaurants to local hot spot eateries, San Diego has options for anyone and everyone of all ages.

City Center / Bay Front

Visit downtown during San Diego whale watching trip

Coronado Island

Visit Coronado during San Diego whale watching season

An actual true peninsula and not an actual island, Coronado became a world-famous vacation destination with the arrival of the black and white film “Some Like it Hot, starring Jack Lemon and Marilyn Monroe.

Beach Cities

Aerial view of Mission Bay in San Diego during whale watching season

When planning your San Diego whale watching itinerary, it is important to note how long it takes to get from place to place, as this is an area where people from all over the world come to visit!

La Jolla

While whale watching in San Diego see wildlife at Scripps Pier in La Jolla

Over 20 beaches make up the pristine city area known as La Jolla, California. When booking your upcoming whale watching near San Diego, it can feel overwhelming to plan the perfect vacation so that you do not miss out on the best local hotspots. Knowing where to stay and all of the new local hotspots in town that have everyone talking about is key so read below to find out some of our favorites to keep your San Diego whale watching trip on point.  When it comes to a beachfront location that you won’t want to miss out on in La Jolla, trust us…we understand the assignment.

North San Diego County

Give surfing a try during your next San Diego whale watching adventure

Here in North County, it is all about the waves! You will find surfers and coastal bottlenose dolphins catching a ride on this coastal area’s surf break from sun up to sun down. From Solano Beach, Encinitas, Cardiff, and Del Mar to Carlsbad and Oceanside cities, these North County towns are making a splash when it comes to fun things to do and fabulous places to eat and stay while visiting San Diego, California, for your upcoming whale watching trip near San Diego. Depending on the time of year you plan to visit, many activities are happening all year long throughout this part of San Diego. Read through our list below so you are in the know of where to go and what to do as you plan your next vacation!

'Sea' You Soon!

Whales jumping out of the water can be seen during your San Diego whale watching cruise

We hope with these suggestions, you’ll find the perfect places to eat and rest your head on your next San Diego vacation!

Please be sure to tell us your favorite places too when we see you on your Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari at Capt. Dave’s!