San Diego Whale Watching

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Offshore, San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego Whale Watching - Whalers offshore San Diego
San Diego Whale Watching - Heading out to sea
San Diego Whale Watching - Seals on the buoy
San Diego Whale Watching - Whaling
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San Diego Whale Watching Reviews

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44 reviews
Feb 20, 2007
If you're here in the winter make sure to see the gray whales. In the winter you can see them near the shore as the pass by on the way to Mexico. The best months are December-February, when they're heading south. They also cruise by in spring, on the way back north, but tend to be a little farther out.

You have two options- watch from the shore or go out on a boat. For shore watching, La Jolla or Point Loma are probably the best options. Both are peninsulas with high cliffs to watch from. They both jut out into whale's path along the coast so they're close in to the shore. Head down to Cabrillo National Monument on the tip of Point Loma, there's a lot a whale interpretive stuff at the park so you know what you're looking at. Bring binoculars and scan for blows of breath coming up when the whales surface. After the first blow, keep following for more with the binoculars (remember they're heading south) and with any luck a big tail fluke splash as they dive.

Most of the day fishing and boat trip companies send out whale watching boats in the winter. Two are the "San Diego Harbor Excursion" and "Hornblower Cruises" Harbor Excursion brings a crew of whale interpreters from the Scripp's Institute of Oceanography and Hornblower is crewed by the SD Museum of Natural History. Both run daily boats and are pretty good. If you don't see whales you go back for free, so they try pretty hard. Between whales you always see lots of dolphins, giant sunfish, seals, sea lions, and a view of the California coast from offshore. Bring binoculars and it's always cold, so bring a jacket. Catch both at the Embarcadero at the harbor, you can't miss them.

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Whalers offshore San Diego
Heading out to sea
Seals on the buoy
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