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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise provided by Next Level Sailing

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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
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Updated 20/06/16 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.
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Updated 20/06/16 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!
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  • 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
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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
  • All trips depart at 11 AM *subject to change due to weather
  • Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
  • Boarding starts at 10:45 AM. Please note, if you arrive at 10:45 AM, you will miss the trip.
  • 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
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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.
351Reviews
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JohnF wrote a review Yesterday
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This was not only a very safe tour with masked crew, social distancing and cleaning but also THE MOST enjoyable experience we have had on a large sail boat. We had at least a full hour of NON-STOP ACTION watching whales, dolphins and sea lions supported by the constant
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Bob T wrote a review 17 Nov
Cypress, Texas1 contribution
Coming from TX, really appreciated tour not being canceled in COVID environment. You book it, they honor it! Each party had designated area to enjoy safe social distancing. We really enjoyed the 150 ft America replica sailing vessel. We saw some sea lions and dolphins but
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Robinson S wrote a review 10 Nov
San Diego, California1 contribution
For us was a incredible tour. People on boat are kind, friendly and super comprehensive, besides understanding a lot about the sea. Unfortunately we don’t see any whales, just a nice group of dolphins.
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Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for sharing your review! I am sorry we couldn't find any whales for you, but please let us know next time you are in town! Just give us a call, 619-922-6215 or email us, info@nextlevelsailing.com and we are happy to rebook you to a future trip. Thanks so much!
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Jaimely wrote a review 01 Nov
Homestead, Florida1 contribution
The crews hospitality is above and beyond. They're super sweet and very knowledgeable. Sadly we weren't able to see any whales but we enjoyed our time on board. It sucks that we won't be able to try the complimentary whale watch trip in case we didn't see anything cause we're
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Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review! We will keep our fingers crossed that you will be able to come to San Diego in the future. Don't forget, there is no expiration date! Just give us a call or email us whenever you are back in town: info@nextlevelsailing.com or 619-922-6215. Thank you!
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JW Clevinger wrote a review 01 Nov
Lexington, Kentucky1 contribution
The crew had everything set up perfect from start to finish! Each group was given their own section of the ship to sit in and stand up for the best views while maintaining social distance from the others. It was awesome to see how the crew interacted with each group, they were
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Response from CaptainFathom, Manager at San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time sailing with us. I am glad to hear that you are happy with our COVID-19 safety protocols and education for the kids. We are so glad you had a great time. Thanks again for your review, we really appreciate it!
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chrisH6570EQ
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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
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Passenger826959
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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
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jflar2020
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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
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18nayelig
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Great experience
It was a great experience. You can bring your own food/drinks on board which I didn’t know. They do have free water
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ZeboftheMountains
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An experience of a lifetime
I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this! Price is well worth it! Incredible experience on a beautiful h
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Explorer50602498973
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"America" Schooner --- A Must Do in San Diego!
I recently took a trip with 30 of my friends from Mission Bay Yacht Club. We had a wonderful time!! Capt. Troy & C
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hhunl2180
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Whale watching
The crew members were very helpful and very informative. All the crew members were very nice. Will be going again
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347christophf
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Top notch trip and great staff
Had an absolute blast on the America, despite COVID. Staff was awesome and my kids had a blast. Highly recommended.
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Camper56871115454
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Great staff, very friendly environment.
I really enjoyed this trip overall, but I do recommend for couples maybe a different excursion, only because it was
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Duncan F
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Great trip on a vintage sailboat
We had been on whale watching trips before but had never been lucky enough to see a whale. We figured at least on
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ihfarm13
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Best way to go whale watching in SD!
Been on six trips. Love it! This is the only way to whale watch in SD. Beautiful boat with a very knowledgeable ca
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amarose1613
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Amazing experience!!
I did a lot of research before our trip as I was really wanting to see a blue whale, even though I knew there is ne
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delphinidae0725
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Excellent trip on 8/8
Leanne and I had a wonderful trip on 8/8. I love that we are on a stable boat so close to the water line. We had so
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Readytogoanywher
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Beautiful day
Had such a nice time on America. Staff is so friendly and accommodating. The day was gorgeous. It felt great to be
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tmartin8006
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So relaxing
Sadly we did not see any marine life but it didn’t matter. The trip was so relaxing and enjoyable. The crew made su
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