San Diego Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise
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The last date listed for San Diego Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise was Friday June 28, 2013 / 9:30am.
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With sweeping vistas, romantic sights and abundant marine life, the beautiful -- and historic -- San Diego Bay is a natural wonder of Southern California. Locals and tourists alike will love this professionally narrated tour of its harbor aboard one of the area's largest and most comfortable yachts, featuring outdoor areas as well as climate-controlled indoor seating. Spectacular sights include the Navy Submarine base, the spectacular Coronado Bridge, the famous Star of India, dry-docking and ship building facilities and the legendary Hotel Del Coronado. Friends, family and loved ones will have a blast enjoying the views and maybe even spotting some sea lions. Plus, the ship boasts a full cash bar with snacks available for sale as well. Learn More
Bring gloves and a hat! It was a beautiful day, but it was very cold.info • Feb 23 2013 star this tip starred
We packed a nice lunch for the boat, which made the trip even more enjoyable.info • Feb 23 2013 star this tip starred
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Lisa Rothstein Benson
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Fabulous! A really amazing and awe-inspiring experience. We didn't see much at first and I understand that some trips are duds because the whales can't be forced to make an appearance. But after an hour or so of evasions and frustration we were rewarded with many sightings (one of the crew counted at least 20 different whales) and even--ahem--two mating couples! We also saw delightful dolphins and sea lions. This trip would have been well worth the full price, but with Goldstar it's a no-brainer. The trip lasts 4 hours, so for the sail alone it's worth it. The captain pointed out many interesting sights along the way, including military installations that are not really view-able from any other vantage point. On the way back, we even got to see a nuclear powered sub being escorted on its way out to sea. During the return voyage, docents from the Natural History Museum gave a nice little talk below deck about the whales, complete with hands-on objects like a piece of balleen.
I really do not see how this could have been a better experience. To make sure you really enjoy yourself, however, I do have some advice: Dress warmer than you think you need to (bring layers and a windbreaker and gloves), don't forget binoculars if you have them (or they are for rent on board), bring snacks/sandwiches unless you want to pay snack-bar prices--and finish with a bowl of clam chowder and a glass of wine at the Fish Market, on the other side of the Midway for a perfect end to a perfect day. Also, if you tend toward sea-sickness, don't forget the Dramamine!
Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures from San Diego are educational cruises and visual experiences for people who love sea birds, dolphins, sea lions, and whales. Whale migration season is December through April, when gray whales travel over 6,000 miles from the Arctic down to Baja California's warm lagoons, where calves are born and can frequently be seen swimming at their mother's side. The tour is conducted in educational partnership with the San Diego Natural History Museum.
The tour includes:
- Professional narration on marine life from Hornblower's expert captains.
- Interactive presentations led by SDNHM Whalers.
- Snack bars featuring hot food, full bar and souvenirs.
- Climate-controlled indoor seating.
- Views of sea lions plus famous San Diego landmarks.
About the Ticket Supplier: Hornblower Cruises and Events, SD
For twenty-five years, Hornblower Cruises & Events has provided stunning venues for corporate events, wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, nightly dinner cruises and weekend champagne brunch cruises. Book now to enjoy spectacular views and the refreshing ocean breeze aboard a dining cruise or champagne brunch cruises departing daily from Hornblower's ports in San Francisco, Berkeley, Marina del Rey, Long Beach, Newport Beach or San Diego.