With a 70 mile coastline and beautiful weather year round, San Diego is the premier location for whale watching. Visitors and marine enthusiasts are presented with the opportunity to observe the migration patterns of a variety of whale species,while enjoying the natural panorama of the open water. With estimates of tens of thousands of whales migrating during peak whale watching season, vacationers can depart from the San Diego Bay on a guided boat tour and experience the beautiful creatures firsthand. Visitors staying at the Pacific Inn and Suites, a downtown San Diego hotel, are conveniently located within one mile of the San Diego Bay and other harbor tours.
Hornblower Cruises and Events is a popular cruise choice offering visitors an outstanding way to experience the December through April migration of California gray whales. The Hornblower yacht has a flexible schedule with departures at various times in themorning and afternoon. Their tour package features a 3.5 hour whale watching experience with professional live narration from expert captains and whalers from the San Diego Natural History Museum. Cruise guests are presented with an exclusive look at local environmental efforts as well as the opportunity to spot other marine life such as dolphins, sea lion and harbor seals.
Another company, San Diego Whale Watch, offers year round whale watching. Also giving visitors the option to observe the California gray whales during their migration season, the San Diego Whale Watch boat also sails from May to November. During this secondary season, guests are given the opportunity to view the largest animal on earth, the Blue whale. The tours, narrated by a professional marine biologist, enrich the experience as they sharetheir wealth of knowledge with guests. In addition to whales and other marine life, guests can also view famous shoreline destinations and landmarks.
Whale watching is a San Diego experience that individuals of all ages can enjoy. Most whale watching companies offer guests a guarantee where a voucher will be awarded for a free or discounted cruise if no whales are observed. Additionally, the whale watching vessel does cruise on the open ocean and the boat will experience a certain level of motion. For individuals where seasickness is a concern, getting plenty of fresh air or taking over the counter, anti-seasickness medicine prior to the cruise may be advised.
Participating in a whale watching tour is sure to create an experience the entire family will remember. For those staying in the downtown area, the Pacific Inn is the preferred choice of hotels near San Diego Bay. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to book your reservation and start planning your whale watching adventure today.