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San Diego Whale Watch

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Address: 1717 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA 92109
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The announcer was great. Friendly and super knowledgeable. Not only was the tour itself great and we got to see a lot of different marine life but my wife and I also go super sick... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Palm City, Florida
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice staff , but honestly trip should have been rescheduled or cancelled. When they tell you they had a sighting of a whale it doesn't necessarily mean you will see the whale. They have binoculars , and pretty much all you see if you're lucky is a spout. Glad we went on discount day. Majority of people were seasick. Staff... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The announcer was great. Friendly and super knowledgeable. Not only was the tour itself great and we got to see a lot of different marine life but my wife and I also go super sick and they were so sweet and empathic about the whole thing. I'm sure they have to deal with it all the time but they acted... More 

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Aarschot, Belgium
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been on a lot of whale watching cruises and this one was excellent. Everything was with respect to nature but nevertheless showing whatever is possible. We saw a huge amount of dolphins and 2 grey whales, but even without the whales I would have enjoyed my experience a lot with the knowledgable staf. Highly recommended

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Thank Stijn112233
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am sure SDWW is very busy year round, but don't count on them responding to you in a way that allows you to join one of their trips. I purchased a Groupon the night before and the message said that the trip was "not available yet" and to call in the morning. I made four telephone calls between 9... More 

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1 Thank Alicia B
San Diego Whale... T, Naturalist/Public Outreach Representative at San Diego Whale Watch, responded to this review

Hi Alicia. We are sorry that you had a negative experience communicating with the booking office associated with San Diego Whale Watch. Our reservations and day-time phone calls are handled by the company that owns the dock (our landlords at the marina, essentially), not a single member of our team. Although we cannot control their customer service standards, we will... More 

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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got to see grey whales during their migration and also a group of common dolphins. Always a great time. This was our second trip with them and we had a great time!

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Chandler, Arizona
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257 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice day on the water, saw many dolphins, harbor seals, sea lions. Nice narration, friendly and very knowledgeable crew, Bring sunscreen, I was fried, though wearing a ball cap. The crew even fishes plastic trash flotsam from the ocean Starts from a very scenic small boat harbor across from Sea World. Groupon is available. If you liked this review and... More 

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3 Thank slaterock1704
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great day out....and good value with groupon deal. However no whales :-( still enjoyable as we saw hundreds of dolphins

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Thank Jess W
San Diego Whale... T, Naturalist/Public Outreach Representative at San Diego Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, Jess! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip and the dolphins. As with any nature tour, wildlife is unpredictable and although we make every possible effort to search for whales, it is always a possibility that there may not be any to be seen at a given point in time. We hope that... More 

San Diego, California
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181 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our female Captain had the Privateer purring when we left the dock for the morning trip, then traveled out 7 miles from shore on a cool and very cloudy day. Saw 3 gray whales and had to stay attentive to see them - easy to miss, which several did because they were on the port side and the whales were... More 

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San Diego Whale... T, Naturalist/Public Outreach Representative at San Diego Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive feedback! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your trip with us. It sounds like you were expecting more whales but spotting three individuals in one trip is actually pretty fantastic. Big, baleen whales do not travel in pods and the Pacific Ocean covers over 60 million square miles. Also, most of the species we spot on... More 

Gilbert, Arizona
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the afternoon whale watch tour. We saw lots of dolphins and a couple of whales that even breached. It was windy and quite cold. But the naturalist was excellent at telling us where to look. Definitely take a jacket . Great experience!!!

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110 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We were unlucky today in that there was really only one glimpse of a whale breaking the surface- & I blinked & missed it! That said the staff were brilliant, looking out for things & circling round when crew or passengers thought they saw something to see if we could catch another glimpse of the wildlife & even delaying our... More 

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