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San Diego Whale Watching Tours for Vacationers

Whale watching tours in San Diego are a memorable way to experience the uniqueness of this waterfront city. Each year, blue and gray whales swim past San Diego’s coast during their migration from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Baja California. This migration occurs in late December through late April and is one of the longest migrations of any animal. Those who vacation to San Diego are provided with the rare opportunity to observe this unique migration of whales through whale watching tours.

What You Need to Know about San Diego Whale Watching Tours

If you’re planning on embarking on a San Diego whale watching tour, be sure to look into multiple whale watching operations as some only offer tours during the whale migration months of December through April. Many smaller, privately owned whale watching tour operators offer whale watching tours year-round.

The length of an average whale watching tours is 3-4 hours. Many companies that offer whale watching tours in San Diego have both a morning and an afternoon tour available. Typically, the morning tour begins at 10am and the afternoon tour begins 1pm. Most tour operators suggest that passengers arrive 15 minutes before their tour departure, but it is recommended that you check the schedule of your individual tour operator for exact times.

The length, pricing and what is included in a whale watching tour varies depending on the tour operator. Tour prices can range from $22-$65 a person for a weekday tour and $44-$85 a person for a weekend tour. If you are traveling with children, be sure to ask your operator discounted pricing for children, which typically includes those under the age of 12. During non-peak whale watching season, operators will refund passengers’ tickets if no whales are sighted during the tour.

Our Hotel near the San Diego Bay is Ideal for Guests
Interested in Whale Watching

Check out this amazing and unique San Diego whale watching phenomenon by staying at the Marina Inn. The Marina Inn hotel near the San Diego Bay provides its guests with easy access to where many of the whale watching tours depart. In addition, guests can enjoy the hotel’s affordable rates, friendly staff and complimentary amenities.

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14 Days - 12% Off

7 Days - 10% Off

3 Days - 8% Off

Zoo & Seaworld Discount

15% OFF

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Weekday Discount

10% OFF

Stay any day
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10% OFF

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