Tours and Tickets

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise provided by Next Level Sailing

Reserve Now & Pay Later

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

Save
Share
COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this experience is taking.Read more
Select Date and Travellers
From
€71.66
Date
2 adults
Options
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Low Price Guarantee
Travel safe during COVID-19
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
Read more
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.
Read more
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.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2050 Shelter Island Dr
    2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
    Please check in with the crew member at the blue "check-in" 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!
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Old Point Loma Lighthouse
  • You'll end at
    2050 Shelter Island Dr
    2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
    Please check in with the crew member at the blue "check-in" 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!
    See address & details
+
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
  • 9 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • 11 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
  • 1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
  • 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
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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.
388Reviews
29Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 221
  • 9
  • 8
  • 1
  • 1
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Popular mentions
Bob P wrote a review Feb 2021
Greve in Chianti, Italy11 contributions3 helpful votes
The ship and crew are fantastic. We have been whale watching many times but this is a unique and very enjoyable tour on the only full size replica of the original America's Cup yacht.
Read more
Date of experience: February 2021
Helpful
Share
Christi wrote a review Feb 2021
1 contribution
We had a fabulous COVID SAFE day out on the water! Plenty of room to social distance while enjoying the fresh air, whale and dolphin watching, on a beautiful sailing ship. Easy free parking, friendly and knowledgeable crew, ability to bring our own food and drinks, and sailing
Read more
Date of experience: February 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad you had a fantastic time and felt safe during your entire experience. Thanks again :)
Read more
WanderingOttersons wrote a review Feb 2021
Denver, Colorado275 contributions76 helpful votes
+2
Did we see any whales? No. Disappointing for sure but not for lack of trying. The crew is in constant contact with other boats in the area and are taking in reports from multiple sources for the past several days in order to get the opportunity to sea some whales. The ocean
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your review! I am so sorry you didn't see any whales. Please let us know when you'd like to rebook by emailing us at info@nextlevelsailing.com or call us 619-922-6215. We can't wait to have you again. Thank you!
Read more
Pargev G wrote a review Jan 2021
San Diego, California2 contributions
Wonderful experience for a family! The friendly crew, sharing delightful stories and facts and entertaining along the entire trip. They are also careful with social distancing and making sure everybody on the ship maintained the COVID-19 guidelines! We spent an awesome time on
Read more
Date of experience: January 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are so glad you had a fantastic time sailing with us. We sincerely appreciate your review. Thank you!
Read more
Jacqualynn G wrote a review Jan 2021
Encinitas, California58 contributions6 helpful votes
Next level sailing provided an all around great experience from start to finish. Fathom extremely knowledgeable and engaging , had great communication and was very sweet. Snacks and beverages were provided. Social distancing was properly enforced and the ship was kept sanitized
Read more
Helpful
Share
Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 7 Jan 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your review, we really appreciate it! I am so glad that you enjoyed your entire trip with us. Thank you again for sharing your experience, we can't wait to have you again soon!
Read more
About the operator

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

By: Next Level Sailing
velouria1
00
Great tour, beautiful vessel
Great informative tour, experienced crew, beautiful unique sailing vessel. We lucked out and actually had two whale
Read more
cynthiatremblay16
00
Amazing experience!
Going out with next level sailing was an amazing time for my mom and I. The captains know so much information, Fath
Read more
rebeccazirger84
00
Fun times on the wild sea!
Capt Troy and the whole crew are amazing! There was a little hiccough in our journey as a result of a storm that bl
Read more
coreyjgrindle
00
Amazing experience
Everything about this trip was awesome. The workers are extremely knowledgeable and easy to talk too. Youll regret
Read more
nanakids
00
Wonderful Day
We celebrated our grandson's birthday with an outing of sailing. Next Level Sailing always provides a lovely time.
Read more
Maps286824
00
A beautiful experience with the ocean, nature, and the amazing Yacht America.
We saw Dolphins and Gray Whales with a sailing experience I believe is unrivaled in San Diego and any other place.
Read more
jenrt2rn
00
Best company to see whales!
Love this company and the people! They have an amazing sailing vessel and have a guarantee that if you don't see a
Read more
jboyn
00
Great day on the ocean with Next Level Sailing
My family of four took a whale watching trip on December 30th and it could not have been better! This was my second
Read more
Z3819IKpaulg
00
Trip highlight
Excellent crew, fantastic sailing vessel, and beautiful day of motor/sailing. Only a couple of views of the whales
Read more
BusyRN6
00
Whale watching
We went on the 4 hr trip, did not disappoint. We watched a young gray whale play and frolic with dolphins. We had s
Read more
tck71365
00
Fantastic trip!
The crew was very informative and did a great job of dealing with any Covid concerns. The boat is amazing and comfo
Read more
pams892
00
Whale Watching Trip on the America Sailboat
We enjoyed a fabulous excursion on this large beautiful sailing ship. The staff was very professional, but friendly
Read more
chrisH6570EQ
00
The perfect day on the water!
The perfect way to spend time with friend and family or even a date! The crew are informative and engaging along wi
Read more
Passenger826959
00
Such an Amazing Time with a Great Crew!!
We had a blast sailing today! We didn't see whales, but we did see an amazing pod of dolphins. The crew was incred
Read more
jflar2020
00
Great time! Unique adventure!
My wife, son, and I sailed aboard the schooner America, an authentic replica of the 1851 ship that is the namesake
Read more
Key Details
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
Why Book on Tripadvisor?
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:+44 12 2492 8241

Day Cruises

from €23.60*
Popular: Booked by 6,746 travellers!
San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
from €71.66*
Popular: Booked by 3,223 travellers!
San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride
from €26.98*
Popular: Booked by 877 travellers!
Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego
from €92.73*
Popular: Booked by 660 travellers!
Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Whale Watching Cruise