Whale & Dolphin Watching Expedition

By Hornblower Cruises & Events


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Cleaning and safety practices

Masks required
Contactless tickets
Vehicles and venues disinfected


  • Possible California gray, humpback & killer whale sightings
  • Guided by a professional naturalist
  • Sea lions, dolphins & other sealife in their natural habitat
  • Climate-controlled indoor seating
  • Live educational narration from the captains

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What's included, what's not

  • Guided whale-watching excursion
  • Whale report of the San Diego coast
  • Beverages, bottled water, and snacks

Know Before You Book

  • Children 3 and younger are complimentary.
  • If no whale is sighted, a “Whale Check,” good for another whale-watching or harbor tour, will be issued.
  • Access to outer decks is via stairs only, this cruise is temporarily not wheelchair accessible due to outdoor seating restrictions.
  • Boarding is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
  • This cruise is offering outdoor seating only

What you can expect

Cast off from San Diego Harbor and head into the waters of San Diego Bay in search of the majestic California gray whale. Feel the exhilaration of seeing some of the ocean's largest and most magnificent creatures.

Enjoy live educational narration from the captains and a trained naturalist from the San Diego Natural History Museum. As you make your way out to the bay, pass by the historic landmarks that dot the coastline, such as the naval submarine base, Point Loma Light House, and Cabrillo National Monument.

Witness the many varieties of marine life that call the bay home. Gray whales are essentially an unavoidable sight in the bay, but humpback and killer whales are frequently sighted as well. Many other animals call this area home. You may see several species of dolphin, California sea lions, and a wide variety of marine birds—including brown pelicans and blue herons.

You can also explore the various sections of the whale-watching boat, the outdoor lounging areas, where you can sit and enjoy the breeze and breathtaking skyline views.

This cruise is currently only offering outdoor seating options only. We are fortunate to have beautiful outdoor decks that are available for sightseeing on San Diego Bay. Access to the outer decks is by stairs only and you will have access to restrooms. We have great weather on the bay right now, we would just recommend you bring a hat, light sweater or jacket and of course your shades!

Access to outer decks is via stairs only, this cruise is temporarily not wheelchair accessible due to outdoor seating restrictions.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
  • Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travelers

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Masks required
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Individually wrapped food options available
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Activity Location

  • San Diego Bay
  • 1800 North Harbor Drive
  • San Diego California 92101

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Pier 1, Hornblower Cruises
    • 1800 North Harbor Drive
    • San Diego California 92101

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