San Diego

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sunset Cruise

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Dolphin and Whale Sunset Cruise
  • 2 to 3 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a classic San Diego sunset while spotting whales and dolphins during this wildlife cruise in Mission Bay Park. Travel comfortably on a well-equipped boat with a dedicated and knowledgeable crew. Learn about San Diego's coastal marine mammals as you scan the harbor. Watch the sun set while sailing the shore.
  • A sunset whale and dolphin watching tour in San Diego
  • Ideal for couples and families, tours include a panoramic sunset experience
  • Listen to facts and stories about whales and dolphins while you sail
  • Get a chance to see coastal California's marine mammals in person

What's Included

  • Certified Guide
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1617 Quivira Rd
    1617 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

    Our ticket / check-in booth address is 1617 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA 92109. It is a small grey booth between H2O rentals and the Fish & Chips shop facing the marina.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Ticket redemption point

1617 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

What To Expect

Mission Bay Park (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum Drinking age is 21 Years
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time
  • Kids Go Free October: If you have more than one child traveling per adult, please pay operator directly for additional children at time of travel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 140 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Featured review
There were SOOOO many dolphins! I was in heaven! I will definitely book this again. Staff and boat was really nice.


126 reviews
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The entire trip was...
Danielle_N, Jan 2024
The entire trip was phenomenal. We unfortunately did not get to see any whales or dolphins but the crew was amazing. Very informative and led the trip great. It was a beautiful trip on the sea
Killer whales oh my!
Kim_T, Dec 2023
We had a marvelous experience! We watched five killer whales (cub, juveniles, mama, and adult males) frolicking for an hour outside of the harbour. What beautiful creatures! We didn’t see much else since killer whales are referred to as “killer” for a reason. The other sea life steered clear except for a single sea lion hiding close to our boat. We were told this was a rare siting which was confirmed on the local, nightly news who had helicopter coverage of the whales. .
Dolphin stampede!
Karen_W, Dec 2023
There were so many dolphins, we couldn't believe it! They were having so much fun! Amazing tour all around. Great staff.
Lovely sunset
Mayme_N, Dec 2023
Beautiful sunset to behold. No whales seen on our excursion , but such is nature. We did enjoy seeing many dolphins in the wild. Very cold and choppy on the sea so be prepared. Nice boat.
Great Experience
RENEE_B, Nov 2023
For my 85 year old mother, visiting brother, and myself, it was a WONDERFUL experience! The staff was friendly and informative. We were especially blessed to see 5-6 whales which we were told is unusual and happens about once per season. The dolphins provided great hosptality, keeping us amused with their 1/2 moon jumps. Highly recommend this adventure.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
I'm delighted to hear that you, your 85-year-old mother, and visiting brother had a wonderful experience! Spotting 5-6 whales, especially during a rare occurrence, must have made the trip truly special. It's great that the dolphins added to the hospitality and amusement with their 1/2 moon jumps. Thank you for highlighting the friendliness and informativeness of the staff. Your recommendation is much appreciated, and here's to more memorable adventures in the future!
No whales
Laurids_S, Nov 2023
Went there without sporting anything. No whales, no dolphins. So unfortunately, that was nothing special.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
I'm sorry to hear that your experience didn't meet your expectations, and you didn't get to see any whales or dolphins. Wildlife sightings can be unpredictable, and I understand how it can be disappointing when the expected encounters don't occur. Your feedback is valuable, and I hope if you decide to try a similar experience in the future, it turns out to be more fulfilling. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Be sure it’s a season before to pay for it
iuliia_K, Nov 2023
Disappointment . Half the people vomited. It would be good to warn that it will be so painful. We spent three hours searching through the waves and we didn’t see any whales or dolphins. Local people said that this was not the season and there was a suspicion that they were simply doing business with us, knowing that it was unlikely to see the declared animals in November. disappointment . it was my birthday Friendly people work on the boat .
Great experience
Tbs_I, Oct 2023
Awesome experience. Make sure you are not sea sick. Saw some dolphins but no whales this time. Hope you enjoy it
Loved seeing so many...
Marcia_B, Oct 2023
Loved seeing so many dolphins and 3 whales, followed by a beautiful sunset. The crew did a great job of making us welcome and providing good information.
A great time!
Kelli_D, Oct 2023
We did the sunset whale and dolphin cruise. We saw breaching humpback! Dolphins racing with us! Pelican feeding frenzy! AND a beautiful sunset.
Must see!
Joseph_S, Sep 2023
My partner and I booked this tour for our trip and we are so happy we did! The crew was friendly and informative, the captain was great and the tour guide did an amazing job explaining everything and getting everyone engaged. I can’t recommend this tour enough! Thank yall again for a lovely experience for a great price!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
We're delighted to hear that you and your partner had such a wonderful experience on our tour! Our friendly crew, knowledgeable captain, and engaging tour guide are dedicated to making each trip memorable. Thank you for your kind words and for choosing us for your adventure. We look forward to hosting you both again in the future!
Not fair
Silvia_E, Sep 2023
I paid a lot for only se a cuplé of dolphins and only there tail not gods experience May be tell people they might not see dolphins
Response from Host, Oct 2023
We're sorry to hear that your dolphin-watching experience didn't meet your expectations. While we always strive to provide the best possible sightings, marine wildlife can be unpredictable, and we understand that it can be disappointing at times. We appreciate your feedback and we hope you'll consider giving us another chance in the future for a more fulfilling experience.
Renee_S, Sep 2023
The courtesy and kindness of the to a guides welcoming us, and making us feel at home also preparing us of a wonderful experience ahead
Response from Host, Oct 2023
We're delighted to hear that our tour guides extended such courtesy, kindness, and a warm welcome to you, making you feel at home and preparing you for a wonderful experience ahead. Providing a friendly and informative atmosphere is something we value, and we're glad it enhanced your overall experience. Thank you for sharing your kind words, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for more memorable adventures in the future! 😊🌊🐬
Rana_M, Aug 2023
Great experience! Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Online booking experience was fairly easy. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
We're delighted to hear that you had a great experience with our friendly and knowledgeable staff and that the online booking process was convenient. Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we appreciate your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back for more wonderful adventures in the future! 😊🌊🐬
Beautiful scenery.
Tom_L, Aug 2023
Very calm and relaxing cruise. No whales and no dolphins, but as long time San Diego residents, we didn't expect to see any this time of year.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
I'm glad to hear that you had a calm and relaxing cruise! While it's unfortunate that you didn't spot any whales or dolphins, it's understandable as they may not be as commonly seen during this time of year in San Diego. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed your time on the cruise and found it to be a peaceful experience.
Fun experience
Kim_B, Aug 2023
We lucked out on our trip, having stumbled upon a megapod of dolphins. But the crew were very knowledgeable, providing information along the way about all sorts of marine life.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
That sounds like an amazing experience! It's always a bonus when you come across unexpected wildlife during a trip. It's great to hear that the crew was knowledgeable and shared information about the marine life you encountered. It adds an educational element to the adventure and enhances the overall experience.
Is not worth it
Carmina_R, Aug 2023
I paid to see a whale, but I didn’t see any. Is not wort it to me, I spend almost 3 hours for nothing.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Sorry that we could not put you on a whale that day! It is wildlife and we try our best to get to them, we hope to see you out again.
Wonderful Experience
John_P, Aug 2023
The most memorable experiences were seeing the Dolphins 🐬 and gorgeous sunset. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales upclose, but there were some rare sighting far out. I thought it was very professional of the company to offer 50% off on a future tour which never expires.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
We're so glad that you cherished the dolphin sightings and breathtaking sunset on your recent trip. While we regret the missed chance for baleen whale sightings, we hope you return for another trip to try again!
Bryn_J, Aug 2023
Didn’t See Whales but did see dolphins that was still pretty cool and sea lions if u haven’t seen them yet.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience! We're glad to hear that you found the dolphins and sea lions impressive, even though the whales weren't in sight. Nature's surprises often bring their own unique charm, and we're thrilled you got to witness these amazing creatures. We hope you consider joining us again for more exciting encounters in the future!
Very good experience
Linda_T, Aug 2023
Tour done very well. Everyone very nice and professional. Room to move around. Able to see a few whales and several dolphins. Enjoyed it very much
Response from Host, Aug 2023
We're so glad to hear that you had a fantastic experience on our tour! Thank you for your kind words about our team's professionalism and the enjoyable atmosphere onboard. We look forward to welcoming you back for more enjoyable adventures in the future!
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