The Ultimate Guide to Spotting Gray Whales in San Diego

San Diego’s Gray Whale Sighting Season: Everything You Need to Know

Gray Whales, also known as the California Gray Whale, are an important species in the marine ecosystem. They play a crucial role in the food chain, as they feed on small crustaceans and other invertebrates on the ocean floor, which helps maintain the health of the ecosystem

Quick Facts About Gray Whale Sightings in San Diego
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Coastal Gem: La Jolla Cove

Watch gray whales frolic in the crystal clear waters of La Jolla Cove, one of the most beautiful spots in San Diego for whale watching.
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Scenic Views: Cabrillo National Monument

Experience stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean while observing gray whales at Cabrillo National Monument, a prime location for whale watching.
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Up Close Encounters: Point Loma

Get up close and personal with gray whales at Point Loma, where the whales often swim close to shore during their migration.
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Unforgettable Experience: Daily Tours

Join one of our whale watching tour in San Diego for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see gray whales up close and personal, with a 95% success rate of whale sightings.

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Unforgettable Experience: San Diego Whale Watch Reports Unprecedented Gray Whale Sightings
Join San Diego Whale Watch for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the majestic gray whales on their migration path, and discover why this season’s sightings have left seasoned marine biologists and tourists alike in awe.

May 13, 2023

May 13, 2023

May gray is here and in full force! Our morning trip headed out to sea and found a small pod of long beaked common dolphins. There were lots of babies in this one. We pushed further and came across a pod of offshore bottlenose dolphins! They were pretty surface...

Apr 27, 2023

Thursday, April 27, 2023

We had two trips today in great conditions. This afternoon we found 3 baleen species! We first encountered a northbound pair of cow/calf gray whales and spotted a third just a bit west of them. We then went out to the drop off where we found a minke whale that I...

Apr 16, 2023

April 16, 2023

There was no shortage of life out there today! Our morning trip came across a smaller pod of about 150 long beaked common dolphins about 4 miles from Mission Bay. We saw lots of bow-riding and wake surfing. We pushed further west and found a fin whale that had a...

Apr 2, 2023

April 2, 2023

It was a day to beat out there on the Privateer! Our morning trip started strong, finding a gray whale about a mile outside of the jetties. We got a couple looks at it before it gave us the slip. We pushed out to about 7 miles and found a fin whale! It was pretty...

Mar 28, 2023

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

We had a great day on the water once again! We encountered hundreds of long-beaked common dolphins, a pair of northbound gray whales and a huge humpback whale on our afternoon trip and on our sunset trip we found a solo northbound gray whale, a mixed pod of feeding...

Mar 25, 2023

March 25, 2023

Happy Cetacean Saturday! We saw whales on all our trips today. Our morning trip started strong heading straight out west. We got to see a Mola Mola for the first time in a while! We kept pushing and got lucky catching up with a trio of gray whales and about 50 long...

Mar 18, 2023

Saturday, March 18, 2023

We had a great day on the water full of wildlife! The morning started out pretty foggy but had over a thousand common dolphins. This afternoon we found another big pod of long-beaked common dolphins feeding under birds and there were also 3 humpbacks in the area of...

Mar 17, 2023

March 17, 2023

We had super lucky day full of sightings! Our morning trip caught up with a fun pod of ~50 Offshore bottlenose dolphins up to the north. The afternoon cruise, encountered ~150 Long-beaked Common dolphins, 2 northound Gray whales, and 1 juvenile Humpback! On the...

Discover the Magic of San Diego’s Marine Life: Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, and Dolphin Sightings

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Experience the wonders of the ocean and witness the magnificent migration patterns of whales and dolphins in San Diego. With our comprehensive guides to Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, and Dolphin Sightings, you’ll discover the diverse marine life of this coastal city. Explore our additional resources and links to delve even deeper into this fascinating subject.

Whale Migration in San Diego

Witness the incredible Gray, Blue, and Humpback whale migration in San Diego

Gray Whale Sightings

Discover the unique behaviors and patterns of gray whales in the area.

Blue Whale Sightings

Experience the majesty of the largest mammals on earth in San Diego.

Humpback Whale Sightings

Witness the impressive acrobatic displays of these majestic creatures

Dolphin Sightings

Observe the playful and curious dolphins in their natural habitat.