San Diego

Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego

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Private Family Whale and Dolphin Adventures
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Get the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins on a private boat tour. Your party will have the run of the boat, including an enclosed cabin, an observation tower, and a restroom. Your experienced USCG-certified captain knows the best places to spot wildlife and will provide engaging commentary on the local marine ecosystem.
  • Private tour for your family or group only
  • Enclosed cabin for protection from the elements
  • Captain devoted to your party
  • Guided commentary on the local wildlife and ecosystem

What's Included

  • Safety Equipment
  • Bottled water
  • **3 Passenger Min for a "Private Charter" (3 adult tickets must be purchased or the $ equivalent)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tailwalker Whale & Dolphin Adventures
    1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

    You have a "VIP/Private boat just for your Family/Group". We will personally meet you at "The Market" Cafe located directly behind the Hyatt Mission Bay. (In front of the Commercial Docks)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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Tonya_D
The captain is amazing. He is so knowledgeable about the area and sea life. It is truly an amazing experience. You feel like you are one with the dolphin pod. Thank you Captain Rich.

Reviews

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My wife stated, "This is...
Thomas_P, Feb 2024
My wife stated, "This is the greatest day of my life!". That sums up the trip we had with Captain Rick and TailWalker tours. We saw hundreds of dolphins and 6 incredible humpback whales. He put us right in the pod with them! We will be back with the kids soon!
So much better than Sea World!
Michelle_C, Jan 2024
We loved seeing a juvenile grey whale and it was so exciting! It was great sitting up high looking for marine life. We had a great time!
Worth every penny thank you
TERRY_F, Nov 2023
We seen a hump back whale several times. He was a juvenile absolutely beautiful I would recommend this to anyone the best money we spent so far on our vacation absolutely beautiful thank you.
Family
Brant_C, Sep 2023
The beautiful views our family saw, we will cherish them forever. Captain Rich was very knowledgable and went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our trip.
Incredible! The dolphins...
Christine_S, Jul 2023
Incredible! The dolphins and the whales were breathtaking! Captain was so knowledgeable and gave us every opportunity to enjoy the marine life around us.
Great experience!
Tammy_B, Jun 2023
The experience was amazing. We were able to see blue whales. We didn’t get great pictures, but it was breathtaking.
Definitely saw whales, but be prepared! It’s a long, old, choppy ride out there!
Ramona_C, Jun 2023
We enjoyed the experience of going out to see the Fin Whales, and are happy we did this excursion. But, in the future it might be a good idea to put more information on the description. We had difficulties finding the boat as the ‘Mission Bay marina behind the Hyatt’ was huge and very crowded. We called them, and it was worked out. Also, for us non-west coasters a bit of warning on weather and how to dress would’ve been useful. We were freezing, and it’s hours long. The tour also never mentions a straight drive out for approximately 9 miles to get to the whales. It was rough, cold and caused lots of seasickness even though we took Dramamine. Overall, it was nice to see the whales, but I wouldn’t do it again as it was too cold and too far out.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
HI! Spring time can be a little bit bumpy sometimes. So glad you were able to see Fin Whales with us! These are the second largest animals on the planet! So sorry for your sea sickness. -Capt Rich
Awesome experience
Anouck_G, Jun 2023
"Best birthday present ever! My mouth hurt from smiling so much, but I just couldn't stop. This was one of those core experiences for future marine biologists!" -- Mia, age 9. Captain Rich was super helpful and knowledgeable. We saw a blue whale, two fin whales, and a bazillion dolphins!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
So Happy Mia got to see her Bithday Dolphins!! Had so much fun with you guys today!! Thank you so much for the wonderful review!!! -Capt Rich
Fun with dolphins
Amy_A, Apr 2023
Our captain, Rick, was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a lot of fun seeing all the dolphins and sea lions. Didn’t see any whales but that’s just a hit or miss especially since it had been really windy the previous couple of days. Definitely recommend it to everyone.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Amy! Yep, it's been one of those years. We normally don't have this much wind and Rain. So glad you had fun with the dolphins! Hope to see you out with us again soon! -Capt Rich
Unbelievable experience!
Olivia_P, Feb 2023
Captain Rich-the owner operator, is awesome! We saw two kinds of dolphins and watched whales breeching a few times. Captain Rich knows exactly where to go, gets close to the action, and knows the ocean. He has the secret connection!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Olivia! Thank you so much for the Excellent Review!! I had such a goood time with you guys on your Private Family Adventure!! Hope to see you all out with us again soon!! - Capt Rich
Amazing Experience!
Emily_W, Jan 2023
Captain Rich is simply amazing! From a very in depth safety brief, to ensuring all members of our party knew the correct terminology and way around the boat, to his taking the time to highlight various sights and sea life, it was the most professional experience on a boat we had experienced. Perfect for all ages, our party ranged from early 40s to 80 and everyone had a wonderful and comfortable experience. We saw gray whales, a humpback, several dolphins, and some tuna during our adventure. Truly a wonderful experience that we cannot recommend enough! 100/10! Thank you for a truly wonderful experience.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Emily!!! What a great day that was!! I'm so glad we were able to bring those memories to you and your family! Thank you for the amazing review!! Can't wait to see you all out with us again soon! - Capt Rich
One with the pod. Thanks
Tonya_D, Sep 2022
The captain is amazing. He is so knowledgeable about the area and sea life. It is truly an amazing experience. You feel like you are one with the dolphin pod. Thank you Captain Rich.
Real life Sea World
Sherlyn_T, Aug 2022
Amazing experience being around and up close to soooo many dolphins! Captain Rich was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Fun for all ages! We saw...
lauramantle, Aug 2022
Fun for all ages! We saw so many dolphins and a few whales, we all had an Amazing time! 10/10 would recommend this private tour
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Laura! What a great day on the water with you guys! So nice to meet you all! Hope to see you out with us again soon! Thank you so much for the great review!! = Capt Rich
Great wildlife experience
Ericka_P, Aug 2022
Rich was great boat captain! We saw three whales , large pod of dolphins, sea lions, a Mola Mola fish! Perfect morning at sea.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Erika! So Glad your family enjoyed your Private Ocean Adventure with us! Thank you for the wonderful review! Hope to see you out with us agains soon! -Capt Rich
A perfect day with my...
Julie_R, Jul 2022
A perfect day with my family! Loved the experience! Wonderful and knowledgeable captain! Would do it again!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Julie! Thank you so much for the 5 star review! Yes, looking forward to seeing you guys again soon for another Private Whale/Dolphin Adventure with us! -Capt Rich
Amazing Experience
Mary_D, Jul 2022
Captain Rich did an amazing job locating dolphins. He was very knowledgeable about our surroundings and the wildlife.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Mary! So glad you enjoyed your Private Dolphin experience with us! Thank you for the amazing review! Hope to see you out with us again soon! - Capt Rich
Amazing experience! Awesome captain.
Lynda_H, Jul 2022
Captain Rich was excellent! This was our first dolphin and whale adventure. Before we left dock, he explained about the boat and made us feel comfortable and safe. We saw bottlenose dolphins, which was exactly what we were hoping for. Captain Rich was very accommodating when we wanted to spend time in the bay looking at the sea lions. He gave us lots of great info when we were searching for and seeing the wildlife. Don’t hesitate! This was an amazing experience!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks Lynda! Your great review means so much to us!! I'm so glad we were able to find those Bottlenose for your Family!! Hope to see you out with us again soon! -Capt Rich
Have you ever seen 100+ Dolphins playing????
Robert_C, Mar 2022
Awesome trip all around - Captain Rich was amazing and knowledgeable. Within about 30 minutes we were right in the middle of the largest Dolphin pod I have ever seen. Everyone on the trip was in Awe - definitely doing this again.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hi Robert! So glad you enjoyed your Private Family Adventure with us!! Thank you for the great review!!! -Capt Rich
Excellent fun
Craig_J, Mar 2022
Captain was excellent. He explained everything, pointed out interesting things, talked about the area's history, and spent time showing us several pups and local birds.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hi Craig! Thanks so much! It’s was a pleasure having you all aboard! Hope to see you out with us again soon!! -Capt Rich

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