Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing a majestic whale in its natural habitat, the brisk blue waters of San Diego Bay. April is an excellent time to spot these sea creatures of the deep, marine mammals that are among the most intelligent animals on earth. The Bay is also teeming with other ocean wildlife, including beautiful sea birds and playful dolphins.
The best way to spot whales and other marine animals in San Diego is on a whale watching cruise. Several companies offer these boat trips, which are short forays out into the waters off the Southern California coast. In many cases, you're guaranteed to see a whale or you can take the tour again for free.
Some companies offering local whale watching tours include:
- Hornblower San Diego - Comfy, stabilized boats with naturalist guides
- Next Level Sailing - Unique guarantee that you won't get seasick
- Flagship Cruises - Discounted tours via the Go San Diego Card
- San Diego Natural History Museum - Longer, six-hour cruises to the Coronado Islands
- Xplore Offshore - Speedy, raft-style boats that get you closer to the water
- OEX La Jolla - Whale watching tours by kayak
Want to see the whales without getting on the water? You can often spot them from the shores in the northern parts of the city. Great places for landlubber whale watching include:
- Cabrillo National Monument
- Scripps Park in La Jolla
- Birch Aquarium
- Torrey Pines State Reserve
Whether you board a boat or stay on land, our friendly, beachfront hotel features a central location that makes it easy to get around. Contact us today for more information about whale watching, San Diego attractions, and reservations at our hotel.