November 12, 2019

THREE more Humpback Whales were spotted off San Diego this morning! The ocean was full of life and food was clearly plentiful. We observed flocks of shearwaters hovering above an active pod of ~12 Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and half a dozen California Sea Lions. All...

November 10, 2019

Holy Humpbacks! We spotted FIVE different Humpback Whales this morning and every one of them was traveling south. Two pairs and one single individual were seen throughout the trip. Sandwiched between humpback sightings were TWO different species of toothed whale!...

November 9, 2019

We had a wonderful day full of wildlife! We set out to 8-miles from Mission Bay to find a single Humpback whale. It was seen traveling in many different directions, but we got to see it surface right beside us a few times. We observed its mighty spout, back, and big...

November 8, 2019

BREACHING Friday! Although we had a pretty thick marine layer all morning into the afternoon, it didn't hinder us from having one of the most thrilling experiences aboard the Privateer!We were alerted on the radio as we were a few miles from the coast, there was a...

Thursday, 11/7/19

Unfortunately it was just one of those days today. The conditions were great, but the animals were just not there. We got skunked! The good news for our passengers, though, is that everyone received a free re-ride voucher so that they can come back and try again for...

November 5, 2019

We traveled 13-miles out to find an amazing sighting of a curious juvenile Humpback whale, and ~200 Long-beaked Common dolphins! The whale went under the boat several times and we could see its distinctive white pectoral flippers spread out beside it. The white...

November 3, 2019

CALLING ALL WHALE WATCHERS! Now is the time to get on a boat! We have increased chances of seeing Humpbacks as they migrate South and today was our fifth day in a row of sighting them! Read more about our encounter:Super Cetacean Sunday is here again! Boy did we find...

November 1, 2019

The first of the month brought us one of the MOST memorable sightings of the YEAR! As usual, the San Diego coastline had epic conditions for whale watching this morning. We ventured down to the south in hopes of encountering both toothed and baleen whales. It didn't...

Sunday, June 1st

We went the distance today; about 14 miles offshore. We were in search of the largest animal ever to inhabit planet earth. Unfortunately, we came up short in finding a blue whale, but we DID find about 600 common dolphins! It was pretty amazing to be in the middle of...

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Saturday, May 31st

2 blue whales! Naturalist Jeremy's first of the season! This is great news for the upcoming summer. Although we aren't seeing them everyday right now, their numbers should be increasing steadily off of the San Diego coastline.

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Friday, May 30th

A very rare morning on the Privateer--just a handful of cetaceans spotted-- six inshore bottlenose dolphins in the Mission Bay channel. Weather was beautiful, seas calm, quite a few bait balls consisting of very small anchovies and lots of elegant terns and...

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Thursday, May 29th

Several bait balls consisting of small anchovies attracted at least 600 common dolphins, shearwaters, terns, gulls and sea lions. Guests and crew enjoyed being in the midst of their feeding frenzy. A little further out we encountered another school of about 150 active...

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Tuesday May 27th

We had a gloomy May Gray day out on the water but that didn't stop the animals from coming out to play! In the morning we saw dolphins upon dolphins starting with inshore bottlenose dolphins just outside the channel, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins out to sea, and at...

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Monday, May 26th

Fantastic weather and wildlife out there today! In the morning we saw two separate groups of common dolphins totaling more than 700 individuals as well as one very young northbound gray whale! This gray appeared to be very small, perhaps a "yearling" making his first...

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Sunday, May 25th

Both trips today got amazing shows from a large pod of about 300 offshore bottlenose dolphins! We all cheered and shouted as they jumped around the boat, sometimes close enough to SOAK our passengers near the railings! They put on one of the best bottlenose shows...

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Saturday, May 24th

First BLUE WHALE of the season spotted on this afternoon's cruise--unfortunately it wasn't very accommodating--didn't even have a chance to get a photo. We only got brief views of a few tall spouts and a quick look at it's large body….however, was thrilled to see it...

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Friday, May 23rd

Molas and jellies and dolphins, oh my! What a fun day! We started the trip with a send-off from four inshore bottlenose dolphins. Little did we know that later in the trip we'd run into about 60 of their offshore bottlenose friends. We also saw 500 common dolphins,...

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Thursday, May 22nd

Megapod of 3,000 or more common dolphins this morning-- special and not something we see often. A little bumpy seas in the morning, but calmed by afternoon. Holiday weekend coming up--get out there and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Ocean! Perhaps we'll find our first...

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2014 Certificate of Excellence

We are so happy to announce that San Diego Whale Watch has received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

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Monday May 19th

We traveled very far today in search of whales and dolphins and while the big whales seemed to be taking the day off, we did see two species of dolphins on this morning's trip. We were lucky enough to see a stampede of roughly 500 common dolphins and on the way back...

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