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Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA

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Oceanside, United States
Shared Two-Hour Whale Watching Tours from Oceanside, CA

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Set sail from Oceanside during a whale watching excursion led by a certified naturalist guide. Board a comfortable 50-foot (15-meter) catamaran with covered areas for seating and cruise along San Diego’s coastline to spot whales and other marine life, getting as close as possible without disturbing them. Plus, choose from multiple departures to easily fit this whale watching tour into your schedule.
  • Catch sight of whales off the coast of Oceanside, California
  • Cruise along San Diego’s coastline aboard a catamaran
  • A family-friendly tour ideal for nature lovers and first-time visitors
  • Choose from multiple departure times to best suit your needs
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Local guide and professional guide
Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages (available to purchase cash only)
256 S Harbor Dr , 256 S Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA

Please CHECK IN at our kiosk in front of Rockin' Baja Lobster restaurant near the historic Oceanside Harbor Lighthouse AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO BOAT DEPARTURE TIME. 45 MINUTES ON HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS. If you are lost please call 760-277-3737. There are no refunds or rescheduling for no shows.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • On board, you will find a snack and beverage cash only bar (additional expense)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Oceanside Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "The boat is easy to board and large enough to ride the sometimes choppy waves comfortably." See review


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I'm local and brought a...
, Jun 2022
I'm local and brought a buddy out and we were not disappointed. Saw lot's of Common Dolphins. The Captains narration was informative and the beer cold. I will keep supporting Oceanside Adventures!!
Once in a lifetime
, Jun 2022
Trip was so much fun!! Once in a lifetime. Loved seeing the dolphins by the boat. Captain and crew were amazing.
Very nice!
, Jun 2022
Saw 50 to 100 dolphins who followed the boat for quite some time. No whales but best dolphin experience we have had.
Dolphins everywhere!
, Jun 2022
We spotted hundreds of dolphins! Such a great time and an amazing crew! It was also my sons first time at sea.
Seeing the dolphins was...
, Jun 2022
Seeing the dolphins was great!! The boat ride was nice but no whales this time. Hopefully the next time the whales will be seen!!!!
Amazing Time
, May 2022
Loved the ride to sea. Educational info given, loved the dolphins. Great Staff. We will repeat again
We enjoyed being on the...
, May 2022
We enjoyed being on the water, beautiful day! Great staff, friendly and knowledgeable. Dolphins we’re awesome, very playful. We’ll be back next year.
Great trip
, May 2022
It was amazing so glad we got to see dolphins it was a little cold but the staff was great offered blankets
Adventurous Trip
, May 2022
We had a very enjoyable trip. Saw hundreds of dolphins. Very knowledgeable staff. Would have loved to see whales, but not in anyone's control.
Dolphin and Sun Fish
, May 2022
We enjoyed seeing so many dolphins. Didn't see any whales. However, it wasn't whale season. We also saw 2 Sun Fish. My first Sun Fish.
Great experience! Highly recommended!
, May 2022
We were able to see a super pod of dolphins. Wow.. What a great experience!! Prefect day on the water and great tour guides. Thank you
, May 2022
Great tour Captain and Guides were fabulous very knowledgeable and engaging. We saw a huge pod of dolphins with lots of babies having fun
Loved seeing the common dolphins 🐬
, May 2022
The boys loved seeing the hundreds of common dolphins 🐬 swimming around the boat. Chris and the crew were amazing and so informative.
Whale Watching Bonding
, May 2022
Family together is always nice. Even better when young and old are able to enjoy what is sometimes a new experience. This was Great for All!!!
Great experience with dolphins!
, Apr 2022
Great Experience with dolphins and staff! Could not have been a better day!!! The driver of the boat really knew how to put us right in the thick of the wildlife!
Great experience for our family!
, Apr 2022
Awesome experience with dolphins, sun fish , etc .. the guide Tikhon was so friendly and helpful! We lived the whole experience!
We saw a school of dolphins!!
, Apr 2022
We saw a stampede of dolphins of at least 50 dolphins!!! It was great. I will definitely use them again during whale season. I’ve been on several of these type of whale/dolphin watches and this was the best.
Dolphin siting
, Apr 2022
We saw dolphins, no whales on our trip, but still worth it. Beautiful day for a boat ride. Nice time
Perfect activity for kids and adults alike
, Apr 2022
We saw a gray whale and pacific dolphins. It was family friendly, timed perfectly, informative and a great trip.
We scored with a dolphin experience!
, Apr 2022
We had a nice calm and sunny day for our adventure. Our captain did a great job of finding some awesome marine life. Even though we didn't get to see any whales, we did have an incredible show of common dolphins. We were positioned so we had countless dolphins (100's) swimming with us, right up next to the boat on both sides. This went on for 10 minutes or more. You could have reached out and touched them. Could hear them breathing each time they surfaced. It was so cool! The only reason that I didn't give 5 stars is that the crew which were down by us, really didn't interact with anyone. They were pleasant but spent the entire trip just talking intently to each other.

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