Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE FOR SAN DIEGO WHALE WATCH?

For safety purposes, we have an minimum age requirement of 2 (two) years of age.

ARE WHEELCHAIRS ALLOWED ON BOARD?

We do allow manual wheel chairs on board. Unfortunately, due to the weight of an electric wheel chair, we cannot have one on board. Our crew members need to be able to lift the wheelchair from the dock to the boat, and will do so prior to boarding the remaining passengers.

WHEN DOES YOUR SCHEDULE COME OUT?

Our schedule is available one month in advance. If you do not see the date that you would like to go out with San Diego Whale Watch, please keep checking back.

DO YOU ALLOW ALCOHOL ON BOARD?

Unfortunately, we do not allow guests to bring alcohol on board, however our galley is stocked with beer, wine, and champagne.

SHOULD I BOOK MY TICKET IN ADVANCE?

We do suggest making a reservation prior to the day you would like to go. Our tours fill up quickly, and there is no way for us to guarantee there will be room the day of.

DO YOU OFFER GROUP DISCOUNTS?

We do have a few different specials, including group discounts. Give us a call at (619) 839-0128 to find out specific pricing for groups.

IS THERE PARKING?

We do have ample free parking available in our lot.

MY VOUCHER THAT I PURCHASED HAS EXPIRED. DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A NEW ONE?

We accept expired vouchers. If your voucher code is not working to book your reservation, please give us a call at (619) 839-0128 and we can assist you in making your reservation.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE TO THE BOAT?

We require guests to check in 45 minutes prior to departure to ensure the boat is able to depart on time.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME AND WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

We suggest bringing a camera and extra layers of clothes, such as a light jacket. The temperature on the water is about 10 degrees cooler than it is on land, and it can get chilly when the boat is moving. Also, you will want to wear comfortable shoes. Our crew all wear closed toes shoes with a good grip on the bottom and we suggest the same, but wear whatever is best for you and your feet.

I HAVE A RE-RIDE VOUCHER. HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION USING THIS?

Unfortunately, at this time, there is no way to redeem a re-ride voucher online at this time. Please give us a call at (619) 839-0128 so that we can assist you in booking your reservation.

DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS ON BOARD?

Unfortunately, the Privateer is a cash only vessel. If you are interested in making a purchase in the galley, please make sure to bring additional cash with you. There is also an ATM conveniently located inside of Seaforth Landing where you check-in, in case you have forgotten cash.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET SEASICK?

Although an uncommon occurrence, it happens! We will do everything in our power to make you comfortable. However, the best offense is a good defense. Prior to your trip, take seasickness pills (we sell them aboard the ship, in case you forget) and get a good night’s rest. If you start to feel sick, stay outside, near the stern of the boat, where it’s more stable. Find a spot on the horizon and keep staring at it, to help regain your coordination. Nibble on some plain crackers and drink some ginger ale. If none of this helps, and you are about to lose your lunch, just lean over the railing and feed the fish. Please do NOT use the bathrooms. If we hit a swell and you hit your head on the toilet, our crew will have difficulties getting to you to administer first aid. Our crew is here to help, so if you aren’t feeling 100%, let us know. We will do everything we can to make your trip as enjoyable as possible! All crew members are first aid and CPR certified.

CAN I BRING MY PET ONBOARD?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the facilities for your pet to come with us! However, all service animals are welcome aboard. They must have their ADA paperwork and/or tag visible.

WHAT WILL I SEE?

It all depends on the day, the time of year, and where we go! In the winter, we typically see gray whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and the Pacific White Sided Dolphin. We also have the chance to see humpback, fin and minke whales. We might also see sea lions, seals, sunfish, sharks, and plenty of avian wildlife! In the summer, we typically see blue whales, fin whales, common and bottlenose dolphins and have the chance to see humpback and minke whales. We might also see sea lions, seals, sunfish, sharks, and plenty of avian wildlife!

DOES YOUR CREW ACCEPT GRATUITIES?

Yes, of course!  There is no pressure or necessity to tip, but they are greatly appreciated.