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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise provided by Next Level Sailing

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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
-Operating at 25% capacity (avg. 20 guests) -We are 141 feet long. To put that in perspective, a major competitor is 84 feet with 149 passengers. -Four wooden doghouses on 25 foot wide deck, always cleaned -Each reservation assigned to a side of a dog house, providing over 10 feet of separation.
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Though several whale watching tours operate out of San Diego, only one cruise whisks passengers out to sea on an actual sailboat. Harness the power of the wind on this whale watching sail, where you board a replica 1851 ship for your cruise. Enjoy unobstructed views from the decks, get a smooth ride, and expect great views of the sea creatures you spot—since they're not scared by a motor.
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You'll start at
2050 Shelter Island Dr
2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USAPlease check in with the crew member at the blue flag at 2050 Shelter Island Drive. Check-in will begin an hour before scheduled departure time. Check-in no later than half hour prior to departure time. There is a lot of free public parking at our new location!
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  • Pass by Old Point Loma Lighthouse
You'll end at
2050 Shelter Island Dr
2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USAPlease check in with the crew member at the blue flag at 2050 Shelter Island Drive. Check-in will begin an hour before scheduled departure time. Check-in no later than half hour prior to departure time. There is a lot of free public parking at our new location!
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Highlights
  • Animal lovers embark on a whale sightseeing cruise by sailboat, in San Diego
  • Try to spot marine life in the Pacific, from gray whales to dolphins
  • Have a fantastic trip—there's a no seasickness and whale sighting guarantee
  • Depart from Shelter Island Drive, just a short walk from Shoreline Park
Important Information
Departure Point
2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
Duration
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 4.5-hr sailing cruise
  • Sodas and snacks
  • Whale sighting guarantee
  • No seasickness' guarantee
  • All trips depart at 11 AM *subject to change due to weather
  • Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
  • Boarding starts at 10:45 AM. Please note, if you arrive at 10:45 AM, you will miss the trip.
  • Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
  • Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lori R wrote a review Yesterday
San Juan, Puerto Rico19 contributions2 helpful votes
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Its was a beautiful day for sailing. The captain and crew were super knowledgable of the harbor and San Diego. Lots of interesting facts and info! We felt very safe with the safety measures they are following due to Covid-19. Masks were enforced until you were in your seat.
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Albi K wrote a review Yesterday
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Give people more freedom. I wanted to go on a boat ride not in jail. For every move i made even if i got on the other side of the boat for just a second i was yelled at by the crew. Terrible experience. 4 hour ride and all they give you were some extra small chips.... the seats
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Keith wrote a review Jul 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a must for anyone who enjoys being on the ocean. The captain and crew were outstanding and very responsible for the health and well-being of all aboard. They generously shared their knowledge and hospitality. Our family will definitely do this every time we are in San
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for making our day! We are so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time aboard the Yacht America. We can't wait to have you again next time you are in San Diego. Thank you again so much for such a generous recommendation!
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Rebecca D wrote a review Jul 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The staff and captain are great. We did see whales and it was amazing. The staff had a lot of patience and very kind people.. if you want to have a fun time whale watching I highly recommend them.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, we are so glad you had a wonderful time sailing with us! We sincerely appreciate your recommendation as well. Thanks again :)
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hjll4 wrote a review Jul 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I went on the whale watching tour on 7/18 and it was incredible. We saw two species of dolphins, but unfortunately no whales. Fortunately I was able to go again on 7/26 where we saw one blue whale and some more dolphins! Seeing the largest animal on the planet is something that
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I am so glad you came back to fulfill your whale watching guarantee. Isn't it amazing to watch and hear these magnificent creatures take a breath? I am so glad you enjoyed both of your trips. Thank you so much for recommending us, we really appreciate your support!
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

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Chuesli
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Great Adventure !
Best whale watching outfit in San Diego. Having a fun, safe, outdoor activity nearby is wonderful. Four visits and
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elato67
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June trip 2020
Was a nice trip with perfect weather. Not much wildlife to see beside a small pod of dolphins, got a free next crui
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Valerie H
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The America
We had a wonderful time on The America. They crew were so concerned with our safety and made sure all safety measu
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Celine C
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Wonderful time out at sea
This was a spectacular way to see wildlife. We were hesitant about being out and about too much this summer (all th
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plcard8934
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Best Whale Watching Trip of all time!
I had a wonderful day with the crew on the America in San Diego. They did a great job of keeping us all safe & gave
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TheLawsFamily
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A great day on a beautiful boat
The America, Captain Troy & the crew never disappoint. The boat is a gorgeous piece of living nautical lore, Troy a
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Inspire531567
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Next Level Sailing Review
The America is a beautiful vessel and I enjoyed the time aboard it. I felt very safe as passengers were limited an
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Chauntellem74
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Not for the easily seasick
First off, I want to say this company exceeded my expectations for making us feel safe during these Covid times. Th
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chilly0ne
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Amazing time
I can't recommend this enough. Was so much fun. They made it safe also in every way during this time
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Cary_Marie
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Wonderful trip on July 3rd 2020
Amazing job with COVAD-19 regulations in place. The boat is so much fun to experience. We saw many cetaceans, Fin w
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vskuz
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Great experience aboard this 130’ sailing yacht.
We had a great family trip with our 6 year old even with the COVID rules currently in place. Very safe experience.
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Vacation10721427695
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Bucket List Sail and Whale Watching
We were fortunate enough to go out on The America whale watching on June 25th 2020. We saw three blue whales, a cou
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cecilcollins
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Fabulous day on the water
Crew was very knowledgeable about area and very friendly. We saw lots and lots of dolphins. Unfortunately the whale
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allbcj
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Thats a Yacht of distinction
This was our second trip on the America and it does not disappoint. The ambiance of this vessel is worth the trip.
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rhooser2013
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Awesome time with Great People
Scheduled this tour before all of the COVID-19 stuff took place. When it got closer to time, they responded to ema
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  • Duration: 4h 30m
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