From The Docks – San Diego Marine Wildlife Tours

Have you ever witnessed whales or dolphins in the wild? Wintertime is a great time to experience San Diego’s marine wildlife out on the ocean while sailing. In our last post, we announced the launch of Sail San Diego’s 2022 Whale Watching Season. San Diego is a main stop for Gray Whales migrating from Alaska down to Mexico. However, whales certainly aren’t the only marine life we see out there! Our guests & captains often see dolphins, seals and sea lions on our San Diego sailing tours. We see herons, parrots & other exotic birds. Our captains often sail near the floating docks here in San Diego’s Big Bay, where you can see the sea lions sunbathing.

Lately, we’ve experienced several dolphin sightings as well! Check out these photos our captains caught of the dolphins during a recent San Diego Sunset Sail.

Looking to go out sailing with us, but not sure which type of sailing experience to choose this time of year? The most popular are The Whale Watching Tours, Day Sails, & Sunset Sails. These tours depart daily from our private marina here out of Shelter Island / Point Loma. You have the option to join a group sail on any of these experiences (we accommodate up to 6 passengers per boat for our group sails), or you can book your charter privately and have anywhere from one to ten guests aboard. Come join us this winter season & experience San Diego’s marine wildlife up close while sailing!

All shown prices have NO EXTRA TAXES OR FEES

We do gently remind our guests to think of their Captain with Gratuity. They work hard to give you the best experience and the best sail every day.

Thank you very much for booking with Sail San Diego. Here are a couple of things to make your experience more memorable:

  • Please plan to arrive 20 minutes before the start of your sail.
  • Dress appropriately to the weather, and remember it is often a little chillier out on the open water than on land.
  • We always recommend wearing soft (non-black soles) shoes.
  • Arrive at 2646 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego Ca 92106.

Terms and Cancellation Policy

  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your sail within 3 days of your trip, you can do so on the website, inside of 3 days please call 1-619-297-7426.
  • Our boats will sail in light rain as well as other “safe weather”.
  • Reservations may be canceled for a full refund only if canceled within 3 days of your reservation.
  • For Private and Bareboat Charters, Sail San Diego will enforce a cleaning fee if necessary.

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