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We’ve always wanted to do a whale watching tour and soo happy we went with Half Off Things To Do, we saw (12) humpback whales and a plethora of other species, the MC was so knowledgeable and entertaining, then my 2 year old got sick and the crew was right there to lend a hand. Highly recommended we’ll be back!
2½ hour whale watching cruise located in Mission Bay San Diego CA
*Please note there might be a gas surcharge of $3-$4 per ticket depending on current gas prices.
- FREE and ample parking
- Narration by a certified marine biologist
- A sea adventure of whales, dolphins, sea lions, and birds
- Outdoor seating Only - Dress Warm!
- If you don't see any whales or dolphins --come back again for free!
*Please use discretion with kids under 2 years old (due to increased chance of seasickness)
May through November
San Diego is equipped with a cold-water up-welling system that brings especially nutrient-rich water up to the surface, drawing in hungry Blue Whales and Fin Whales. Although the production of food could attract them to our coast at any time, recent years have shown a spike in Blue whale and Fin whale encounters throughout the summer and fall. Blue Whales are the largest animals to have ever existed on the planet and we are lucky enough to see the healthiest population around the world. Only 1% of the human population will ever be able to say that they’ve seen a Blue Whale. That means that we can drastically increase your chances of becoming part of that small percent! Runner-up in size and well-known for being the fastest of the baleen whales is the mighty Fin Whale! They can also be spotted at any time, feeding along our deep-water banks.
Throughout the year
Fin Whales, Humpback Whales and Minke Whale can be spotted off the coast of San Diego at any time. Although this makes them a little less predictable, it also means that we have a chance of seeing them on every trip! Various types of toothed whales (includes all dolphin species) also visit our coast throughout the year. Common Dolphins (both Short-Beaked and Long-Beaked), Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins and Risso’s Dolphins can be seen year-round. Pacific White-Sided Dolphins are a seasonal visitor that we get to observe during the winter, typically between the months of December-April. In addition to cetaceans, California Sea Lions, Sharks, Bony Fishes and a wide variety of sea birds will also be pointed out for your enjoyment!
Frequently Asked Questions
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One of our staff favorites is to go from downtown San Diego through Harbor Island to Liberty station via e-bikes. The bikes throttle up to 20mph so they are extremely fun and the views are amazing during the whole route. In addition Liberty Station is a fun local spot because it has an amazing selection of farm to table food and craft brews (and an indoor farmers market!) Liberty Station was converted from an old Naval Base.
Since we work with multiple tour providers we ask that you book each experience separately.