San Diego, California is the perfect place to experience one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime – whale watching. The warm Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of San Diego and the magnificent sight of thousands of whales from many different sources as you cruise along the California coastline provide one of the most breathtaking experiences for any visitor. A visit to the California coast is the perfect setting for whales watching tours.
To get to whale watching in the warm Pacific Ocean waters off the shores of San Diego, you can take a boat tour up the California coast or take to the water on a kayak or catamaran. Or you can drive your car along the coastal roads past whale watch tours being operated by the San Diego-based nonprofit group, Marine Hearing Technologies (MHT). MHT organizes trips to remote mountain lakes and seaside coves with carefully selected resident killer whales and their friends. The tours last two to three days and are designed to give visitors the opportunity to interact with one of our amazing species. As you learn about the cultures of these amazing mammals and meet with the whales themselves, you will begin to develop an appreciation for all that California has to offer.
For people who want to whale watch but aren’t able to make it to San Diego, there are other options available. There are dozens of small whale watching sanctuaries throughout the state that host whale watching festivals during the summer months. The larger whales, like the Orca, the Humpback and the Southern Right Whales, are more likely to be seen close by. For a truly unforgettable experience, you may wish to join a guided tour of one of the sanctuaries. Many of the tours are guided by experienced marine biologists with years of experience seeing and photographing whales. Since each species has its own characteristics, behavior and habitat, the tour guides will know exactly where to find them so you can get up close and personal with one of our amazing mammals.
Even if you don’t have the chance to join a guided whale watching tour, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy San Diego’s natural habitat by watching whales play in the ocean. Each season, from March to November, there is the Pacific Whale Watch to consider. This is an annual event with hundreds of whales from all over the world. Whale watching is a fun and educational way to spend your time in San Diego!
The National Whale Watch Association holds the largest whale watching conference in the western hemisphere. In April, participants travel to Alaska to witness the Bering Sea’s Humpbacks. The largest whale, the Alaskan Killer, will be the main attraction, but you may also witness humpback, sperm, grey, green and black whales. Other events may include seal watching, dolphin and shipwrecks tours, kayaking or snorkeling adventures and much more.
The National Whale Society has even created a YouTube channel for individuals and companies to showcase their whale watching activities. You can register for membership and take part in various activities. For those who are interested in San Diego whale watching, it doesn’t matter if you live on the West Coast, the East Coast or even the Gulf Coast. San Diego is the perfect vacation or getaway spot. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!