Whale Watching Tours

Seasonal | January - April 2023

Sail with the Whales

Departing from one of the closest marinas to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is the place to see Grey Whales. Every year, these magnificent creatures migrate south from Alaska where our warm, relatively shallow and protected waters make an ideal location for their journey to Baja California to mate and give birth to their calves.

This seasonal whale watching experience embarks from our private marina in the San Diego Bay. Enjoy your morning coffee on deck and join the captain in keeping a look out. When we have enough wind this trip is exclusively sailing, so relax on board without the drone of a motor and we’ll head to wherever the whales may be!

During your whale watching tour, you’ll get more than just amazing views of the San Diego coastline and a front-row seat to whale breaches.  While onboard, your captain will also share fun facts about the whale population and their habitat, providing a truly meaningful encounter for our guests.


Choose Your Experience

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Public Whale Watching


On a public sailing trip, you'll be on board with other awesome guests. Couples may be grouped together. We never take more than 6 guests on Public Trips.

Departure Times: 9:30 AM & 2:00 PM

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Beverages & Snacks Included

$129 Per Person

Sail San Diego

Private Whale Watching

Up to 6 Guests

On a private trip, you decide who else (besides our captain) gets to be on board your sailing yacht with you. This is a Private Experience.

Departure Times: 9:30 AM & 2:00 PM

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Beverages & Snacks Included

$650 Total | Up to 6 Guests

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Private Whale Watching

Up to 10 Guests

Have more than 6 guests? Not a problem, this option is for you. Our bareboat program can accommodate up to 10 guests per boat.

Departure Times: 9:30 AM & 2:00 PM

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Beverages & Snacks Included

Starts at $700 

What to Expect

Take an eco-friendly whale watching tour with the San Diego's #1 tour company by TripAdvisor! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with our top notch captains. We take great pride in offering amazing and intimate whale watching adventures from a fleet of spacious and seaworthy boats.

Top Rated

Sail San Diego has been rated the #1 Outdoor Activity in San Diego by TripAdvisor! We’ve received over 4,000 raving five-star reviews!


Soak up the sights – and some knowledge! Learn unique facts along the way about the local waterways, wildlife, and more from our awesome captains.

Small Groups

Our public max group size is 6 guests – the perfect size to hear our captains and enjoy conversations along the way. (Larger private groups are available through our Bareboat Program)

Great Views

Sailing is hands down the absolute best way to view the whales, and there’s plenty of opportunities to snag a sweet Instagram picture!

Spacious Boats

We have the newest most beautiful, spacious, seaworthy boats in San Diego. Plenty of room to stretch out and be comfortable.

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