Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on the thrilling San Diego Whale Watching Cruise. There is no hotel pick-up for this excursion. You should make your way to the check-in at Hornblower Ticket Booth, 970 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
Once aboard, you will head off to the Pacific in search of one of nature's greatest spectacles – the annual migration of the gray whales.
From December to March approximately 28,000 of these gentle giants pass the San Diego coastline on their way to and from the freezing Arctic seas to the warm waters of Baja California where the calves are born. The gray whales' north-south trek is the longest migration undertaken by any mammal.
Each whale-watching adventure is narrated (in English) by an experienced captain with information endorsed by the San Diego Natural History Museum. You will learn the whales' habits and life story – their size, how they eat, how they breath, where they're going, how to tell when a whale has just dived.
Nothing matches the thrill of a close-up view of one of the largest mammals on Earth. If you are lucky, you may see one of these magnificent creatures breach – propel themselves out of the water before crashing down in a shower of spray – or spyhop – pop their heads up for a good look around. You will be amazed at their size and agility.
The whales usually travel alone or in pods (groups) of two or three. At the height of the migration, you may see as many as 12 individuals swimming together. They cruise at fairly slow speeds of about five knots (about 6 miles Per/hour).
While swimming, the whales typically dive to a depth of about 100 feet for three to five minutes, then surface and blow, followed by a series of three to five shallow dives and blows before they dive deeply again.
Each particular whale or pod has its own breathing and diving rhythm.
Other wildlife that might put in an appearance on your trip include sea lions, blue herons and dolphins.
Although it is possible to see the moving whales from various vantage points on land, nothing can compare to the experience of seeing the grays aboard a whale watching cruise.
If you are hungry, there is a snack bar on board where you can purchase hot and cold food items and beverages including beer and wine.
You are very likely to see gray whales on your cruise. But nature does not always perform to order. There is a guarantee on your San Diego Whale Watching Cruise. If whales are not sighted, a 'Whale Check' good for another whale watching or harbor tour will be issued.
Your exciting adventure cruise lasts for 3.5 hours. At the end you will be dropped back at the starting point.