The best

Whale Watching

In San Diego.

Commune with gentle giants year-round.

Have a whale of a time.

Oceanside Harbor is ground zero for whale-watching adventures, with tour boats and charters departing daily. Out on the open ocean, experience the thrill of a lifetime spotting diving whale tales, blowhole spouts, and even—if you’re lucky—breaching whales. Oceanside is ideally located along the migration routes of several impressive species, and boats respectfully protect each pod’s safe passage.

What can you see?

November to April

May to October

Other Potential Sightings

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What to wear:

Remember, the temperature is always cooler and wind speeds are stronger out on the water. It’s better to overdress and have to shed a layer than wind up shivering.

What to Bring:

Remember, the temperature is always cooler and wind speeds are stronger out on the water. It’s better to overdress and have to shed a layer than wind up shivering.

Watch the weather

In O’side, average annual high temps are in the mid to high 60’s, with summer months averaging in the low 70’s—ideal conditions for year-round whale watching. Check the weather in advance to help you decide what clothing to pack for your adventure.

*Note: Despite how nice it looks outside, due to tide cycles and wind speeds creating rough waters, some scheduled trips can be canceled for safety concerns. On the day of your trip, contact your boat service provider to confirm whether conditions are favorable.

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