Carlsbad

Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tour from Oceanside

Carlsbad, USA
Two Hour Whale Watching Trips
  • 2 hours
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Set sail from Oceanside during a whale watching excursion led by a certified naturalist guide. Board a comfortable 50-foot (15-meter) catamaran with covered areas for seating and cruise along San Diego’s coastline to spot whales and other marine life, getting as close as possible without disturbing them. Plus, choose from multiple departures to easily fit this whale watching tour into your schedule.
  • Catch sight of whales off the coast of Oceanside, California
  • Cruise along San Diego’s coastline aboard a catamaran
  • A family-friendly tour ideal for nature lovers and first-time visitors
  • Choose from multiple departure times to best suit your needs

What's Included

  • Local guide and professional guide
  • Cruise
  • Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages (available to purchase cash only)

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 256 S Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA

    Please CHECK IN at our kiosk in front of Rockin' Baja Lobster restaurant near the historic Oceanside Harbor Lighthouse AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO BOAT DEPARTURE TIME. 45 MINUTES ON HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS. If you are lost please call 760-277-3737. There are no refunds or rescheduling for no shows.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • On board, you will find a snack and beverage cash only bar (additional expense)
  • No private groups may book through VIATOR, also no one person or group may buy more then 10 tickets for any cruise time . Questions or to book large groups call 760-277-3737
  • Due to the nature of our cruises no refunds or reschedules will be given for no shows or cancellations .
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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jnp9wcnvyf
We encountered two huge pods of dolphins! The captain was a great guide. It wasn’t crowded at all. Plenty of seating.

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Worth it
jnp9wcnvyf, Apr 2024
We encountered two huge pods of dolphins! The captain was a great guide. It wasn’t crowded at all. Plenty of seating.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you has such a great trip. We hope you can visit us again soon.
We loved the dolphins!
Rhonda_S, Mar 2024
We moved this trip out to sea. Saw so many dolphins and sea birds. Also learned a few things we didn’t know about the ecosystem and feeding strategies of the ocean animals. A lovely morning!!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip out to sea and had the opportunity to see many dolphins and sea birds. It's fantastic that you also found the insights into the ecosystem and feeding strategies of ocean animals informative. We're thrilled to have been a part of your lovely morning and hope to welcome you back for more enjoyable experiences in the future!
Enjoyable experience. Beware if you have motion sickness though.
Laura_P, Mar 2024
We saw lots of dolphins and sea lions. Unfortunately, no whales this trip. It seemed like a calm day, but the boat's motion resulted in several seasick passengers.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed seeing dolphins and sea lions during your whale watching trip. We apologize for not spotting any whales and for any seasickness experienced. Your feedback helps us improve. We hope to welcome you back for a better experience in the future.
Even though we saw no...
Alice_Z, Mar 2024
Even though we saw no whales, we did see common dolphin. A very relaxing 2 hours on the water. A great deal for the price.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We are sorry to hear that you didn't get to see any whales but glad you enjoyed your trip. We hope you can visit us again soon for another chance at whales.
Worth Every Penny,10/10
Shannon_G, Mar 2024
I had high hopes,I admit it. I know nature and wild animals don't operate on a tour schedule,but I couldn't help how excited I was. My high hopes managed to be exceeded. The staff/crew were so kind, so knowledgeable. We sailed through well over several hundred dolphin and got to see a humpback whale. It was extraordinary!!! My two 12 year olds were beside themselves. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We are very happy tp hear that we could exceed your high hope on this trip. Thank you for your review. We hope you can visit us again.
Dolpine amazing, boat full speed on high waves on boat which is not designed for such use was not fun or pleasant.
vickar4, Feb 2024
We seen a lot of dolphins and that part was amazing, mesmerizing. No Whales. Thou unpleasant part was boat going full speed on huge waves tossing us on hard benches. Throwing us from benches high up, only to have hard landing back on benches. That was dangerous. And person in charge seems to have kick of it.
It is a wonderful experience
Laura_T, Feb 2024
It was cold, windy & wet but we had a fabulous time. Saw a teen age hump back frolicking in the seaweed for at least 35 minutes. It was awesome. The operators and helpers were very very nice and informative. I loved being able to go out from the Oceanside Harbor. I intend to do it again soon it was so delightful.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We are very happy you had such a wonderful experience even with the bad weather. We hope to see you again soon.
Great family trip
Pat_D, Dec 2023
Wonderful trip. Saw lots of dolphins. The guides were knowledgeable. The boat accommodated opportunity for for everyone to see them
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for your review we hope you can visit us again soon.
Funtastic time
Leslie_O, Dec 2023
Great time with a great knowledgeable crew. Comfortable boat ride. I would definitely go again. Whale watching is always different and you never know what you will see.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
We are happy to hear you had such a fantastic trip. We hope you can visit us again.
Although we didn't see...
Ken_D, Dec 2023
Although we didn't see any dolphins or whales it was an enjoyable day on the water and we had great weather. We will be back
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for your review we hope you can visit us again soon.
Wonderful!
Jennifer_B, Dec 2023
Beautiful day with a knowledgable crew! It was a wonderful experience. The crew knew everything about the animals we saw and I learned a lot. Very pleasant trip!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for your review we hope you can visit us again soon.
Awesome
Febe_V, Nov 2023
My family and I had such an amazing time. It was such a beautiful experience . Our favorite part was the dolphins swimming right beside the boat.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
We are happy to hear you had such an amazing time. We hope you can visit us again soon.
Whale flukes
Karen_V, Nov 2023
The boat had a great crew. We saw tons of dolphins as they were playing in the wake of the boat. we were fortune off to see 4 whales! Wonderful experience.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
We are happy to hear that you had such a wonderful experience. We hope you can visit us again.
Amazing afternoon
Beth_H, Nov 2023
Absolutely the best experience ever ! Clara, Tico, and Chris were amazing. Saw a super pod of dolphins and 8 humpback whales. Who could ask for anything more.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We are happy to hear that you had such an amazing time. We hope you can visit us again soon.
Worth going
Alex_W, Nov 2023
Weather was perfect. Very nice crew!! Saw a large pod of dolphins had a good time. No whales but no one can control that!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your review. We hope you can visit us again soon.
Dolphins in abundance
James_U, Nov 2023
No whales, but we cruised amongst hundreds of common dolphins. It was incredible. The crew was very knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your review. We hope you can visit us again soon.
5 whales and a lot of dolphins!
Dorothy_M, Nov 2023
This trip was amazing! We saw many many dolphins and 5 whales! The captain went out of his way to make sure we saw some whales-a clad and cow-and then found 3 more! I highly recommend this trip
Response from Host, Nov 2023
We are happy to hear that you had such an amazing time. We hope you can visit us again soon.
October may not be a great month to see whales.
Sharon_B, Oct 2023
Went out with high expectations but didn’t even see dolphins. Although not the fault of the crew, it was very disappointing. They did give us our tickets back to use anytime which was very nice, but being from the east coast, not likely we’ll use them.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Sometimes mother nature does not cooperate and we hope that the next time you come you will get to see lots of dolphins and whales.
Fun afternoon
Kathy_M, Oct 2023
Great time! Staff was very nice and helpful! We will definitely go back! We are from Las Vegas so this was a fun experience! A must do activity for a great price! ❤️
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your review. We hope you can visit us again soon.
Wonderful experience.
Robert_G, Oct 2023
Feeding frenzy with hundreds of dolphins and 1000s of birds. Seeing Pacific white-sided dolphin Crew was great and informative
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for your review. We hope you can visit us again soon.
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