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Whale Watching in San Diego: Fun for the Whole Family

Whale Watching in San Diego: Fun for the Whole Family 

Throughout the year, you can witness the wonder of migratory whales in San Diego! There are a variety of whale watching tours to see whales off the coast of San Diego, whether you want to get up close and personal or just observe them from a distance from the shore.

When Is the Best Time to Go Whale Watching In San Diego?

San Diego boasts a sparkling shoreline that is alive with marine life activity throughout the year. From mid-December to April, enjoy the greatest whale watching experience as grey whales travel from feeding sites in Alaska to Baja California and back. Each year, around 20,000 grey whales make this 10,000-mile round-trip migration.

Female grey whales give birth in Baja California, spending time in the warm waters before returning north in the early spring. With 70 miles of the San Diego coastline immediately in the migratory path, late in the season provides excellent views of mothers returning north with their calves. These magnificent beasts will be easy to see as they measure around the width of a basketball court.

From December to April, you are guaranteed a memorable and successful whale watching experience in San Diego’s vibrant marine environment.

On the other hand, excellent whale sightings persist during the summer months as blue whale migrates. Blue whales, the world’s largest mammals and the most endangered of the great whales are most likely to be observed from mid-June to September. These creatures prefer deep water, which is conveniently located in San Diego. Just a few miles offshore, the depth drops from 400 to 4,000 feet.

Apart from these gentle giants, additional marine life can be found in San Diego, including orcas, fin whales, humpback whales, pilot whales, killer whales, dolphins, and more! 

Where to Find the Best Whale Watching Tours in San Diego

Whether you are looking for a memorable whale watching experience with your friends, family or wish to witness the marvel on your own, Pacific Beach is the place to go. Book a tour with whale watching tours, such as Gone Whale Watching or San Diego Whale Watch in Pacific Beach today!


Video by Nadezhda Moryak from Pexels

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