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San Diego's only year-round whale watching company


  • Testimonials

    "We were fortunate to see 3 gray whales and tons of dolphins on our trip; it was the most amazing experience ever. It is definitely better than anything I’ve seen at Sea World. We’ll be coming back often"

    … Michelle F

    "I couldn’t believe how close the whales came to the boat. We saw a mother and calf. Melissa’s education on the whales was great too."

    … Julie & Miles

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    Whale Watching


    Be a part of the fun with San Diego Whale Watch, the only year-round whale watching operation in San Diego! Just around the corner from Sea World, we’re sure this will be an experience you’ll never forget. Within minutes of departure, you and your family will begin enjoying the wide open ocean, marine birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins and of course, whales!!!! The trip is narrated by a certified marine biologist!  We are certain you and your family will enjoy this sea adventure that is not only relaxing but a truly exciting experience. Make your reservation today and get ready to have a whale of a good time!

    The Privateer began her early years in Provincetown, MA (the extreme tip of Cape Cod) as the first ever whale watching boat on the East Coast!! Though she was built as a whale watching boat, she was originally used as a sport fishing boat. However, the fisherman spent more time marveling over whales in the ocean that they changed the focus of the boat to solely whale watching. After 10 years in Provincetown, MA the Privateer moved to a new home in Gloucester, MA. And after 28 years of providing countless magnificent whale watching memories on the east coast, the Privateer decided to make a move to warmer weather. Just recently, in May 2011 to be exact, she made the 4 week voyage down the Atlantic and through the Panama Canal to be a part of our San Diego family. With a large platform she can hold 128 guests and provides the smoothest ride on the ocean. The Privateer has roomy outdoor decks which allow for tons of viewing space. She is equipped with the state of the art electronics and is Coast Guard certified for your safety. Be a part of the Privateer’s splendor and make your own magnificent memory.