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San Diego Whale Watching Tours

For Those That Want To See It All!


  • Comfortable Ship with 360-Degree Viewing
  • Guided By Experts From Birch Aquarium
  • See Diverse Marine Life


  • Departing: San Diego
  • Operator: Flagship Cruises & Events
  • Inclusions: Taxes & Fees
  • Exclusions: Gratuities, Round-trip transfers
  • Important Info: If you may be prone to seasickness, plan ahead with motion sickness wristbands or taking medication prior to boarding the vessel
  • What to Bring: Binoculars, Camera, Hat, Sunscreen, Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Tour Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours

From: $47.00 $21.00*

* No Hidden Fees



San Diego’s best whale watching! Guided by whale experts from Birch Aquarium, get a unique and intimate view of spectacular whales and other sights along the San Diego coast. Board the Marietta, a spacious 100 foot vessel that offers 360-degree views from each level, a multi-level sound system and a full-service cocktail bar and snack area. With Flagship Cruises & Events, this is the experience of a lifetime!
The Marietta vessel is one of San Diego’s finest ships. She has a roomy sundeck which is optimal for sightseeing and whale watching. 100 feet in length and capacity of 458 guests this vintage-style, open-air vessel also has a full-service bar on the main deck with several beers on tap. Her captain will set a course for a smooth ride on the San Diego Bay and we offer free guest WiFi on-board!
Book this cruise and enjoy:
  • The only San Diego whale watching tour led by naturalists from Birch Aquarium
  • A spacious and comfortable ship with a variety of amenities and 360-degree viewing
  • Experience sightseeing, whale watching and see diverse marine life with amazing photo opportunities

Each year, between October and April, nearly 20,000 gray whales migrate from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja, California, and back again. Witness this amazing journey off the coast of San Diego on this once-in-a-lifetime educational whale watching excursion. Flagship Cruises & Events, and our partner of 18 years, Birch Aquarium at Scripps will create thrilling memories you will never forget so grab those binoculars and cameras and set sail on this 3.5-hour excursion! Departing twice daily you can choose to set sail in the morning or early afternoon. You’ll also receive coupons to Birch Aquarium!

Whale Tale Guarantee

Whale Tale Guarantee

Each whale watching excursion is slightly unique. Our tour routes follow the whales’ migration path to bring you up close to the best sighting spots, which change daily. Early in the migration season the southbound whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3-5 miles. Toward the end of migration season when the northbound whales swim further out, we will cruise up to 9-12 miles off the coast. With our Whale Tail Guarantee, guests are guaranteed to see whales or their next trip is free!

This 3.5-hour whale watching excursion departs from the Broadway Pier located at 990 North Harbor Drive. Guests are welcome to self-drive to this location where several parking options are available, or you may use public transportation or a ride-share service. We strongly recommend arriving at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time to allow ample time for check-in. After purchase, you will receive an email receipt confirming your reservation. An additional confirmation email will follow with your redemption instructions, address and directions to the pier where you will check-in for your Flagship Cruise. If you have any questions, please call our friendly Travel Concierge at +1-844-868-7392.