Year-Round Whale Watching on Yacht America

 The Best Grey Whale Watching Excursions in San Diego!

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From December 13 through to April 30th experience a rare opportunity to whale watch on AMERICA, a replica of the famous schooner from 1851. Experience San Diego sailing as never before on our luxury and historic yacht America as we go whale watching. This is the peak season for whale watching, when some 28,000 Gray Whales migrate over 10,000 miles to Baja California where they birth their young.

Your AMERICA whale watching ticket also includes the $14 admission ticket to the San Diego Maritime Museum. Here you can pursue all of the amazing history, boats and ships that the Maritime Museum has to offer. Explore the magnificent “Star of India”, prowl an ancient Russian Submarine and navigate your way through “Surprise,” the beautiful ship from the movie “Master & Commander” and more recently as the pirate ship of Jeffry Rush’s character “Captain Barbossa” in “Pirates Of The Caribbean – On Stranger Tides”

In the 2013/2014 season the beautiful ‘America’ carried over 3200 guests to the grey whale grounds in her 84 sailings. This was amazing support from the public making the ‘America’ the most popular whale watching excursion in San Diego. This wonderful support is testament to the ‘value’ included in every trip. Here are the main ingredients with every ticket purchased.


  • A lifetime opportunity to sail on the most famous racing sailing vessel in the world.
  • Free entry to the wonderful “Maritime Museum of San Diego”
  • A “NO Seasickness” Guarantee
  • A “Whale Sighting” Guarantee
  • BYO lunch & alcohol for a “Picnic On The Ocean” with the whales and dolphins
  • The ‘Green’ way to get up close with ‘Mother Nature’

Most charter vessels close whale watching by April 7th, however scientific evidence and long term data show positive proof that these Baja Gray Whales are still migrating in quite large numbers past San Diego through until the end of April. The “American Cetacean Society Los Angeles Chapter” have been monitoring and recording whale migration passing Los Angeles for 30 years. These volunteers watch the migration from the cliffs of Palos Verdes and in their own words… “we see only a small proportion of the total gray whale population”.

Hence the yacht ‘America’ will commence our season on December 20 and sail through to the end of April or longer if sightings and public support prevail. In 2014/2015 we will continue to provide a ‘whale sighting guarantee’, a ‘No seasickness guarantee’, entry to the ‘Maritime Museum of San Diego’ and the BYO ‘picnic lunch’ option as has been very popular in past seasons.


Join us and see what makes the whale watching tours on America experience so popular.

Sail Times


Overview of your sailing excursion

More about the Gray Whales seen sailing on yacht ‘America’


AMERICA is the ONLY sailing yacht that opens its decks to the public each day as we head out to watch the grace and beauty of California Gray Whales. Unlike other San Diego whale watching tours that use diesel engines (which can cause some ocean-goers to become seasick), our AMERICA yacht is a sailing yacht, allowing us to offer a “no seasickness” guarantee.


When you sail with us to the ocean, should sea sickness spoil your experience we will issue you a Gift Certificate for lunch at the famous San Diego “Anthony’s” Seafood restaurant. That is how confident we are that you will not get seasick!