Don’t miss taking a whale and dolphin excursion out to see the migrating whales coming down the coast of California from Alaska. They are on their way to the warm waters of Mexico to mate and give birth to baby whales. Being the largest mammals on earth, this is one adventure not to miss. Be sure to bring your camera!
Boarding is at Pier 2 at 970 North Harbor Dr. at 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket office at the foot of the pier. The cost per person may vary. See below.
Hornblower Cruises and Events offers the best venue according to the thousands of people who have taken this excursion before. Plus, Hornblower Cruises and Events is so sure that you’ll see a whale up close that they offer a FREE boarding pass for another day if you don’t see a whale. So you have nothing to lose. The whale watching season is from December through April.
A big plus is that Hornblower Cruises and Events have teamed up with The San Diego Natural History Museum, which now includes a live narration that includes scientific stories and fun facts about the marine life that they encounter. Additionally, onboard every vessel, expert naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum help point out whale sightings to the guests. Plus, they are happy to answer any questions spectators may have about what they are viewing.
To make their offer even sweeter is that they also offer a $5 off discount coupon in the SAN DIEGAN online and in print. You’ll board at their private easy-to-find dock at 1800 North Harbor Dr. on the Embarcadero. A good landmark to look for in locating the pier is that it’s located across the street from the big tall San Diego County Administration Building.
The Hornblower Cruises in San Diego are gearing up for this year’s whale watching season, set to begin in December and running through April. After a spectacular whale watching season last year, the Hornblower is expecting an outstanding turnout of marine life again this year. It’s an event one that should not be missed. Over the course of last year’s whale watching season, spectators on Hornblower’s boats saw almost 1000 whales and over 120,000 dolphins. Hornblower’s whale watching cruises depart daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Gray whale and dolphin watching are December through April with departures at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. Tours are three-and-a-half hours long and include a video and whale exhibits featuring fossils. The cost for adults is ($43) weekdays and ($48) weekends for adults; seniors and military receive a ($2) discount. The cost for children 4-17 years of age is ($20.5) on the weekdays and ($23) on the weekends. Children under 3 years of age are admitted free. Reservations are recommended. And prices are subject to change without notice.
Blue whale watching is every day June to September from 8:45 a.m.– 1 p.m. and the cost for adults is ($65). The good news is that whale sightings are guaranteed or receive a “whale check” for a FREE trip. Be sure to use their discount coupon and save $5.