Every summer the mythical Blue Whale visits the nutrient-rich waters off San Diego. Join us on a long-range whale watch expedition for a fantastic encounter with one of the most iconic of all the great whales. We run our Blue whale expeditions from June to August at the peak of the Blue Whale Season.
The length of the expedition ranges from four to eight hours providing enough time to cover a wide area of the ocean opening the opportunity to encounter Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Sea lions, amongst other marine mammals.
On this thrilling wildlife tour, we'll explore up to 100 miles off San Diego's Offshore waters specifically in search of Blue Whales and other exotic whale species. Our Blue Whale private expedition departs from mission bay in San Diego at a custom time determined by the weather forecast and our guest's preferences.
We suggest you to contact us before booking to go over custom logistics for this expedition.
4 - 8 hours.
June - August
Location of Departure/Return:
Mission Bay, San Diego California.
* Plus taxes and booking fees
* We need a minimum of two passengers to run this expedition.
*If only two passengers book this expedition the duration will be limited to four hours.
Although never expected, gratuities are a great way of saying thanks to our hardworking crew.
*We can accommodate groups of maximum 12 people (in two boats)
Please note our Zodiac boat cruises at 20+ mph and although our Captain will maneuver to avoid 'bumps' there's always the possibility to encounter unexpected rough seas. With this in mind, we do not recommend our expeditions for people with back or neck problems.
We suggest you bring a reusable bottle of water and snacks.
It’s always a great idea to bring warm clothing, a sweater and a rain jacket (Layering works wonders) We'll also be under the sun so please bring biodegradable sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Our Zodiac boat has a low center of gravity minimizing rocking motion. However, If prone to seasickness we recommend you to take the seasickness medicine the night before your expedition and another dose 30 minutes before the trip.
When is the best time in the year to find Blue Whales?
We only run this expedition in the peak of the Blue Whale Season happening in June and July as this is the best time of the year to find Blue whales offshore San Diego.
How long are this expeditions?
This expedition typically lasts four to six hours. However, plan for a full day at sea as this trip can last up to eight hours, with the duration depending on sea conditions, wildlife encounters and our guest preferences.
How many species of whales can be seen in San Diego?
Although this expedition specializes in Blue Whales there are chances for sightings of a wide variety of whale species.
The list includes:
Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Risso’s dolphin, Orca , False Orca, Common Dolphin, Pilot Whale, Bryde’s Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin, Sperm Whales.
Will I get seasick?
Our low-profile RIB Zodiac offers less rocking than large vessels which reduces rocking motion and the possibility of getting seasick. However, if you are prone to seasickness we recommend you to take sea sickness medicine one night before your expedition, have a light breakfast/ meal, and take another dose before boarding our boat.
Do you offer food / drinks onboard?
This expedition doesn't include any drinks or food. However, we encourage our guests to bring their own non alcoholic drinks, lunch and snacks.
Is there a restroom on the Boat?
We don't have a restroom onboard. We ask our guests to use the on-site restrooms before boarding our vessel.
What is the minimum age required for this expedition?
4 years and up, If 18 years or younger, you must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
*Please let us know if you have children younger than 4 years.
Please note you are booking an open ocean whale watch expedition and due to the unpredictable nature of wildlife, we are not in a position to guarantee any whale sightings. However, we’ll do our best to improve the chances of finding whales and dolphins.
100% of the trip payment is required at the time of booking to reserve the expedition. You can cancel up to two weeks before the trip for a full refund*. We reserve the right to cancel any expedition due to unfavorable weather conditions, in this case, you will be informed and rescheduled at the earliest date available. Alternatively, and if you prefer, you will receive a refund for the full amount.
Net Zero Expeditions provided us with the most amazing experience. The trip was a delight and filled with magic. We couldn't believe the amount of dolphins we saw and count our blessings to have been able to see Blue whales as well. The captain and co-captain's passion and respect for the ocean and wildlife is contagious.. This trip will be memorable for all of us and was exactly what was needed for our guests. Cannot wait to be back!