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Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
  • Cruise on the sailing ship America from San Diego
  • Spot migrating whales and dolphins frolicking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Choose the only whale-watching cruise by sailing yacht in San Diego
  • Includes whale sighting and 'no seasickness' guarantee
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4.5-hr sailing cruise
Sodas and snacks
Whale sighting guarantee
No seasickness' guarantee
9:00 AM trip: Check in between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
11:00 AM trip: Check-in starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:30 AM
1:15 PM trip: Check in between 12:30 - 12:45
2:00 PM Trip: Check in between 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Free Parking. Check-in located next to parking lot.
Bring layers, blankets, and jackets. It can be cold on the water!
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

2050 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel back in time when sailing on the America, a replica of the sailing ship that won the first America's Cup sailing competition in 1851. Your classic sailing vessel provides a smooth ride and spacious decks, perfect for sailing on the Pacific Ocean in search of gray whales and other marine life. Since your boat principally moves under wind power without using the engine, your captain can get closer to the marine animals without scaring them. The boat's deep keel provides excellent stability and large decks offer unobstructed views, making the America a prime vessel for whale-watching.

Snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) are offered during the cruise. You are welcome to bring along a picnic lunch or your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy onboard.

Whale sightings are guaranteed on your cruise. If no whales are sighted, you can return for a complimentary whale watching cruise on another day in the same season. The America also provides a 'No Seasickness' guarantee.
Pass By:  
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
We sail past North Island Naval Air Station, US Navy Base Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma Lighthouse
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Next Level Sailing

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Whale Watching Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 77 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Whale Watching Cruise.

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  • "I would recommend that you bring your own beverages and snacks." See review
  • "This sailing experience is a must do while in the area." See review


521 Reviews

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I didn't get sea sick at all. Saw 2 blue whales.
, Jun 2021
Amazing experience. The crew was very informative and friendly. Saw 2 blue whales. My third whale cruise and I have gotten very sick on the other 2. NO seasickness at all, very smooth ride. Highly recommended.
Awesome! If you’re debating this, go!
, Jun 2021
This was so much fun! The captain and crew were very helpful and funny! We saw lots of dolphins. My advise is to make sure to bring jackets. We forgot ours, but luckily the crew was prepared and had blankets for us.
Fantastic outing!!
, Jun 2021
We saw whales! The crew was so nice and very informative. We learned a lot about whales, but had fun doing it!
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Whale watching
, Jun 2021
The crew was great, very knowledgeable, had fun throughout the trip and a wonderful experience overall!
Must do
, Jun 2021
Had so much fun. Such a great experience between the Navy vessels, being out in the ocean, seeing wild ocean life in their natural habitats. Definitely something everyone should do once in their life. The crew and Captian are amazing as well. Makes the trip even more enjoyable.
Great trip
, Jun 2021
It was great we seen plenty of dolphins different pods, a couple of sharks some sea lions, military training. It was amazing!
Sailing the deep in search of a whale
, Jun 2021
We enjoyed the experience, the amazing crew, they other people who sailed with us, the comoradary, and the beautiful ship. We were sad the main sail was broken, and that we didn't see a whale or Tijuana. We will forget the blue bucket. Thanks for a truly memorable day.
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Whale of a time!
, Jun 2021
It was fun, relaxing, and a friendly crew. They were well informed of the surrounding area and animals. Like Seaworld on a boat. We had a good time. Well worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your review! I am so glad you had a fantastic time sailing with us.
Awesome experience!
, Jun 2021
knowledgeable and kind crew! i had a great time. i liked how they narrated and provided information about the bay, the ocean, and whales. they provided some snacks and drinks which was awesome.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for sharing your feedback, I really appreciate it. I am so glad you had a great time. Thank you again for your review :)
, Jun 2021
Beautiful day filled with sunshine, calm seas and a good breeze. Crew was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We saw a blue whale and a few pods and herds of dolphins. They met every expectation!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much! I am so glad you had a great time sailing with us. Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it :)

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