Whale Watching & Sightseeing

La Jolla, CA

From: $450
Item #: WAT-SDI-0015

Experience the ultimate excitement of whale watching from a perspective unlike any other on your own private boat!

  • Featured in National Geographic, your Coast Guard Certified captain has lead tours for over 30 years
  • Speed across the ocean water in a custom-built, Navy SEAL-style boat 
  • Once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of whales and dolphins
  • Private and customized experience that is tuned to your interests and seasonal wildlife cycles
  • Enjoy the best seat on the ocean with your friends or family to be immersed in San Diego's coastal ecosystem! 

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Experience the ultimate excitement of whale watching from a perspective unlike any other on your own private boat!

  • Featured in National Geographic, your Coast Guard Certified captain has lead tours for over 30 years
  • Speed across the ocean water in a custom-built, Navy SEAL-style boat 
  • Once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of whales and dolphins
  • Private and customized experience that is tuned to your interests and seasonal wildlife cycles
  • Enjoy the best seat on the ocean with your friends or family to be immersed in San Diego's coastal ecosystem! 
Location
La Jolla, CA
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Availability:

Year-Round:
Daily - recommended during peak summer months

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 7 days in advance.

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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Private Whale Watching and Sightseeing Tour in San Diego you're sure to remember!

Unlike typical whale watching where you are looking down on whales from the deck of a huge boat, you will be moving with the whales at sea level from a custom-built, Coast Guard Certified, rigid-inflatable boat (RIB).

The Navy SEAL-style boat travels 5 times faster than typical large whale watching boats which enable you to journey 1-3 miles offshore for the best chance of seeing blue, gray, humpback and killer whales, dolphins, sunfish and other sea life.

Your friendly and knowledgeable captain will customize the trip to your group's interests and the seasonal wildlife cycles to immerse you in an authentic ocean experience.

Whether you are watching dolphins play within an arm's reach under the bow of the boat, sitting back and viewing blue whales surface, or swimming with the wildlife in the summer months, this trip will deliver the perfect adventure for all ages! 

Essential Information
  • All ages are welcome
  • The guide encourages input so that your experience is customized to your liking
  • It is highly recommended to plan this trip in the summer months
  • You may bring along your own snacks and beverages
Duration
3 hours
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Maximum Participants
This private tour is for 1-12 participants, depending on the option selected.
Spectators
This experience is for booked participants only.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Bring warm clothes, a windbreaker, a hat, sunglasses and a towel. Even in the summer months, the breeze off the water is cool.
Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 7 days in advance.
Cancellation Policy
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 14 days prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
What are the best months to go?
For this experience it is highly recommended to go during the summer. The best months are July through September. During these months you will have the best chance to see Blue Whales. Blue Whales are much bigger than Gray Whales. Gray Whales are more common during the winter.
Are there any age restrictions?
All ages are welcome!
Is there a bathroom onboard?

Yes, there is a clean restroom on the boat.

Do you have life jackets for adults and for kids?

Yes, there will be life jackets available for adults and kids.

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 3 reviews.
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Absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! Captain Russel is the man! He is very accommodating and makes you feel right at home on his one-of-a-kind RIB. He tailored the trip to us and knows the waters like the back of his hand. His excitement only made us that more pumped! We had absolutely perfect weather and calm waters. Perfect conditions for seeing an assortment of extraordinary marine life: common and bottle nose dolphins, sunfish, sea lions and a whale! Hanging over the bow of the boat, watching dolphins swim directly underneath within an arm's reach jumping and playing, is truly an unforgettable experience! Highly highly recommend! No other San Diego water adventure can even compare!
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hi Brooke!  Wow! Talk about an incredible experience, and a stellar review to match! I will be sure to pass this along to our partners, and Captain Russell. They will be so thrilled to hear that you had such an awesome time! Ideal weather, smooth waters, and playful sea-life? Your adventure sounds like something out of a movie! It is so wonderful to hear that you were able to really engage with nature, and observe so many cool creatures. We cannot wait to get you out on your next experience of a lifetime!  Best, Sophia
Russell was absolutely incredible! We had the experience of a lifetime. The boat was top of the line. We could not have asked for a better skipper and blue whale "whisperer." If you are looking for someone who not only understands the biggest mammal on earth but also, respects the blue whales and the ocean, Russell is your man. He will give you an intimate experience with the big blue! We were fortunate enough to see 6 different blues on our trip. 2 deep dives with tail fins and some 300 common dolphin! A trip we'll never forget! We'll be back Russell!!!
We had a great time. The day was fun and the captain was very knowledgeable and helpful to make the excursion our own.

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