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Whale Watching

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

Whale Watching Tours at Next Level Sailing

Spring/Summer 2019 Season Started January 1st

We saw whales today! Check out our gallery, it is updated daily

  • Availability: Daily
  • Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours

Weekend Pricing:

Adult (Weekends) $76.50
Child (Weekends) $38.25

Weekday Pricing:

Adult (Weekends) $67.50
Child (Weekends) $33.75

Whatever the season, whale watching in San Diego never disappoints. 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


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  • 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. In addition to San Diego sailing whale watching with our team, we also offer free admission to the San Diego Maritime Museum!
    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
    Please check in at the San Diego Maritime Museum no later than a half hour prior to your scheduled departure time. The museum opens at 9:00 AM, so feel free to come early and check out all the cool exhibits.

    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
    Be advised that we are aware of an issue with Apple Maps. If you type “1492 North Harbor Drive” on an mobile device, Apple Maps will automatically direct to the WRONG location. Please be sure to type “Maritime Museum San Diego” on your mobile device if you are using Apple Maps or use our links or Google Maps to be directed to the correct location.
    In order to get to the Maritime Museum, we always suggest public transportation or ride sharing options such as Uber or Lyft.

    If you choose to drive your own car, please allow plenty of time for parking. There is free parking on sections of Grape Street, Hawthorn Street, and Pacific Highway. These spots are usually full unless you arrive early in the morning.

    The metered parking spots in front of the Maritime Museum have a 3 hour time limit and our trips are between 4-5 hours. Guest with a handicap placards may use the metered spaces without paying for the entire day. With this in mind, we suggest the following parking lots:

    Wyndham Hotel Parking Garage
    1355 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
    Entrances on both Pacific Highway and North Harbor Drive
    Cost: $5 per hour with a $35 max

    World Pier Parking
    1140N Embarcadero, San Diego, CA 92101
    Cost: $16 all day
    Notice: If there is a cruise ship, this parking lot is not available

    Administration Center Garage
    954W W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101
    Cost: $10 all day except during major events when pricing can be higher.
    Notice: This parking lot is only available on the weekends and certain holidays

    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!