September 14, 2019

"Twitch" the Humpback Whale is BACK! It has been a long few weeks without our favorite summer humpback, but he/she is back off the San Diego coast following Long-Beaked Common Dolphins! This is typical behavior for the young, social whale and we were excited to see...

September 13, 2019

It was a Tern, Tuna and dolphin kind of day! What a unique experience we had on the Privateer!We first got mugged by a stealthy Minke whale off our bow! It then came up for a breath on our port side but quickly disappeared. As we continued west, we found a few...

September 12, 2019

It was a great day to be on the ocean! We experienced some calm sea conditions with nice visibility. We zoomed out to the drop-off and on approach we could see diving birds and splashing! We found a pod of ~20 Long-beaked Common dolphins! They were likely feeding on...

September 10, 2019

We enjoyed a full trip of dolphin activity this morning! Both Long-Beaked and Short-Beaked Common Dolphins were spotted during our three-hour trip. We first found a few dozen Long-Beaked Common Dolphins that were steadily moving toward the coast and intermittently...

September 8, 2019

It was great day on the water! We sighted two species of toothed whale! During the morning, we found a pod of Common dolphins near the drop-off. They were cruising along to the north, but came over to hang out with us. We could see lots of babies all around! They...

September 7, 2019

This weeks Cetacean Saturday was reserved for toothed whales and we encountered FOUR different species of them! All four species were spotted on the morning trip and we were able to relocate two species this afternoon. On the first trip of the day, ~35 Offshore...

September 6, 2019

Happy Friday equated to Happy passengers! What a gorgeous day off the coast of San Diego! The ocean was calm and the visibility was spectacular! We headed to the south in search for marine wildlife. Although it took some time, we spotted a huge pod of short-beaked...

September 5, 2019

Wahoo! We enjoyed an action-packed day, full of wildlife! We zoomed out to the drop-off and found our first sighting of the day, a huge pod of ~150 Short-beaked Common dolphins! They were racing to the south, but didn't mind hanging out with us. We observed many...
Tuesday, November 18th

Tuesday, November 18th

We had another beautifully calm and clear day on the water, just didn't find much wildlife today. We had a sighting of six Pacific white-sided dolphins but they didn't seem to want to play for long, so we decided to give everyone on board some free passes to use in...

read more
Monday, November 17th

Monday, November 17th

What a picture-perfect day on the water! The seas were glass-calm, the skies were sunny, and we had whales, dolphins, and a rare bird sighting as well! At the start of the trip, less than a mile from shore, we found 200 common dolphins that frolicked near the boat for...

read more
Sunday, November  16th

Sunday, November 16th

We just returned from two incredible trips! In the morning we had some nice close looks at 8 Pacific white-sided dolphins and then sailed out to deep water to investigate a large patch of kelp, underneath which we found one of the largest school of mola mola we've...

read more
Saturday, November  15th

Saturday, November 15th

Another beautiful day on the pacific! Captain Cristin and captain Steve did it again today. We had 4 fin whales and some pretty amazing close encounters as these magnificent giants graced us with their presence. We had another surprise today...a juvenile green sea...

read more
Friday, November  14th

Friday, November 14th

Captain Cristin guided the Privateer out of the jetties today for another successful 3 hour whale watching tour. We saw 3 whales today! 2 fin whales decided to show us their lovely faces about 6 miles offshore. We got some really great, close looks at them as they...

read more
Wednesday, November  12th

Wednesday, November 12th

Lots of diversity today! We may not have had a lot of people on the boat today, but we sure did see a lot of wildlife! Captain Ping set an amazing course today. We had about 200 scattered dolphins all the way out to the 100 fathom (600 feet) curve, a place where cold...

read more
Tuesday, November 11th

Tuesday, November 11th

We welcomed a number of veterans aboard the Privateer today and were able to show them a little bit of everything that our ocean has to offer! Before we even left the bay we were joined by three large inshore bottlenose dolphins that swam along beside the boat for...

read more
Monday, November 10th

Monday, November 10th

Weather forecasts around the country are calling for a dip in temperatures this week. Thank goodness it's still 70 degrees and sunny here in beautiful San Diego! With clear skies and calms, the best place to be is on the Privateer. Oh, and finding 500 common dolphins...

read more
Sunday, November 9th

Sunday, November 9th

Our guests got brief looks at two juvenile fin whales and a few Pacific white-sided dolphins in the morning. Although we weren't as lucky with wildlife sightings in the afternoon, the near perfect ocean and weather conditions made for a beautiful trip on the water!

read more
Saturday, November 8th

Saturday, November 8th

Beautiful, sunny, calm day out at sea. We encountered 3 Mola Mola, the largest bony fish in the ocean. We also had a visit from 1 curious Fin Whale that dove under the boat and lingered around for a while. And to finish the day off, we spotted a small pod of 10...

read more
Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday November 6th

Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday November 6th

What a great day out on the water! We had lots of sunshine and calm seas today, making it a fabulous trip for all aboard the Privateer. We saw about 10 scattered pacific white sided dolphins on the way out to deeper water. About 6 miles offshore we found a pod of...

read more
Friday, November 7th

Friday, November 7th

Awesome conditions today out on the open ocean! We saw another fin whale today at about 9 miles offshore. It decided to give us some pretty close looks! We also saw inshore bottlenose dolphins in the jetty, and about 100 common dolphins...amazing day!

read more