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Blue Whale Watching

Daily June 27 to September 7; 9 AM to 1 PM

Blue whales, the largest mammal and possibly the largest animal to ever inhabit Earth, can be spotted swimming and feeding off the coast of California during the summer months. Join the San Diego Natural History Museum Whalers on a breathtaking experience on the open ocean to see these magnificent creatures aboard a large, comfortable yacht from Hornblower Cruises and Events

The 4-hour tour includes live narration by experienced captains and the Museum Whalers, trained naturalists who accompany every cruise. You’ll stay cozy and comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating, a snack bar featuring hot food and a full bar. 

By purchasing your tickets through theNAT, you will receive discounts off the retail prices while also supporting the Museum’s mission and programming. Check back soon for ticket prices, or call 877.946.7797 for more information. 

Tickets

By purchasing your vouchers through theNAT, you'll receive up to 20% off retail prices while also supporting the Museum's mission and programming. 

Member Price
Public Price
Adult*: $61 (ages 13+)   $65 (ages 13+) 
Child: $38 (ages 4-12) $38 (ages 4-12)

Buy Vouchers

*Photo ID required for all adults.
**Tickets purchased through the Museum require registration with Hornblower for the day and time you wish to go whale watching. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-467-6256.

June 27–September 7

9 AM—1 PM Daily  
Boarding 15 minutes prior to departure. 
Boat leaves from the San Diego Navy Float, 970 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 

Did You Know?

  • Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are long and slender, having a remarkably streamlined shape for such a large animal. They are the largest mammal on Earth, some as long as 110 feet and weighing 165 tons or more.
  • Blue whales are found in all oceans of the world and sighted off the coast of San Diego each summer. They mate and calve in tropical-to-temperate waters during winter months and feed in higher latitudes during summer months. The largest population in the northern hemisphere is found along the west coast of North America and the high level of productivity off southern California seems to attract a number of these animals each year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that there are approximately 5,000 blue whales worldwide.
  • Blue whales are classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In 1966, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned all hunting of blue whales and gave them worldwide protection. Recovery has been extremely slow, and only in the last few years have there been signs that their numbers may be increasing. NOAA estimates that blue whales once numbered about 180,000 worldwide.