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Whale Watching

A once-in-a-lifetime Whale Watching experience!

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Whale Watching Tours at Next Level Sailing

San Diego’s Highest Success Rate!

We ARE open and we are the best and safest outdoor activity in town! 

Book with confidence as we are implementing reduced capacities, social distancing protocols, and enhanced sanitary measures to keep you safe and healthy. Check out our detailed Safe Reopening Plan by clicking here We can’t wait to take you whale watching!

Winter Humpback Whales and Gray Whales

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  • Availability: One trip per day
  • Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours
  • Times: Due to COVID, we are offering various times
  • Check-in between 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM. Depart by 9:00 AM, return by 1:00 PM.
  • Check-in between 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Depart by 11:00 AM, return by 3:00 PM.
  • Check-in between 12:30 PM- 12:45 PM. Depart by 1:15 PM, return by 5:15 PM.

All trips now operate from 2050 Shelter Island Drive San Diego CA 92106.

Weekend Pricing:

Adult (Weekends) $95.00
Child (Weekends) $47.50

Weekday Pricing:

Adult (Weekends) $85.00
Child (Weekends) $42.50

Whale watching season is all year long in San Diego! Our team at Next Level Sailing provides the optimal experience with guides so experienced we received a 100 percent success rate last year when spotting the King of the Deep. We consistently provide our customers with the best whale watching tours in San Diego and invite you to join in on this once in a lifetime experience.

This was an incredible experience with a wonderful, knowledgeable crew!” – TripAdvisor

Gray whale watching season spans from mid-December through April. In order to provide the best experience possible, our guides only offer one San Diego sailing whale watching tour a day to ensure focus and complete attention. Aboard our 139-foot sailing yacht, the Yacht America, you will see a plethora of gray whales firsthand in their natural habitat. Stick around as later in the season, you will also most likely see females leading their calves up north. In addition to whales, we also see dolphin and sea lion sightings as well!

During the month of March, the humpback whales start to come to San Diego. This year was no exception. We saw a mom and calf feeding right off our coast. In addition, a few humpbacks were extremely curious and swam right up to the boat. We even had a few humpback whales breach right in front of our guests.

We are seeing an abundance of food in our waters, so we anticipate more humpback whales in the future. In addition, we have heard reports that blue whales are already swimming off the coast of California. They should be arriving in San Diego very soon where they will stay all summer long to feed on krill. Have you seen a blue whale? They are the largest animal on the planet, weighing up to 300,000 lbs!

Our team at Next Level Sailing is so confident in our ability to provide the best whale watching tours in San Diego that we offer the only “no sickness guarantee” in the world. Our past statistics of only 1 out of every 400 passengers prove that we mean business when it comes to taking care of our own. Even if you are the one to get seasick, we will compensate you with a $25 gift certificate.

Come join us on the Yacht America and experience whale watching tours San Diego firsthand! Our staff at Next Level Sailing look forward to showing you the wonders of the ocean in the most beautiful city in Southern California.

Check In Information
We moved to a new location with ample FREE parking! Our new check-in location is at 2050 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego CA 92106. Please check with the crew member at the blue “Check-In” flag no later than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Check-in will begin an hour prior to your scheduled departure time.

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What to Wear/Bring
Dress in layers. It can feel chilly once we are out on the water, so it is always a good idea to bring a warm jacket or sweatshirt. Please wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to bring your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and camera. Binoculars are also a lot of fun to bring, but they are not necessary.

Food & Drinks
Feel free to bring your own lunch & drinks. Don’t forget plastic cups if you are bringing glass bottles. Kindly refrain from bringing red wine as we do not permit red wine on the boat. Water, soda, chips, and granola bars are provided during your voyage free of charge.


Directions and Parking
Check-in is located at 2050 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego CA 92106. If you noticed that there is no building at this address, you are correct! Drive west on Shelter Island Drive. As soon as you pass Silver Gate Yacht Club, turn LEFT into the parking lot. Look for the bright blue flag on the corner that says “Whale Watching” then you know you’re in the right place. Please park anywhere in this fabulous FREE all-day parking lot. Find the “Check-In” flag on the grass to get your boarding pass. If you are using public transportation, Lyft, or Uber, please check-in at this location as well.

Once everyone has their boarding passes, a crew member will escort you to the Yacht America. You will be walking on a wooden dock, so please make sure to wear comfortable close-toed shoes. High-heels and stilettos will get stuck between the wooden planks.

Quench You Thirst

Spending the day sailing can really bring on an appetite! Stop by Blue Wave Bar & Grill at the Best Western PLUS Island Palms Hotel & Marina to grab a quick bite on your way out. Boasting a versatile menu filled with fresh ingredients and tantalizing California coastal cuisine, you can’t go wrong dining on Blue Wave’s gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking the marina!

Cancellation Policy
Customers will receive a full refund for cancellations made outside of 48 hours prior to the trip. For groups of 8 or more, cancellations must be made more than 7 days in advance. Customers will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Forecasted rain does not always mean we will be cancelling due to weather. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation outside of 48 hours to the start of the trip. No-shows will be charged the full price.

If you have any questions the morning of the trip, please feel free to call 619-922-6215.

Looking forward to welcoming you aboard!