- 4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Jump on board the world-famous America sailing schooner for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching experience. The only whale-watching sailing trip in San Diego, a cruise on America is the environmentally-friendly and most personal wildlife experience in town. Complete your nautical day with a visit to San Diego Maritime Museum any time you like.
- 4.5-hr sailing cruise
- Sodas and snacks
- Whale sighting guarantee
- No seasickness' guarantee
- April 6th: Departure 10:00 AM
- April 11th: Departure 10:30 AM
- April 20th: Departure 10:00 AM
- All other trips depart at 11 AM *subject to change due to weather
- Entry/Admission - Star of India
- Entry/Admission - Maritime Museum of San Diego
- Entry/Admission - Next Level Sailing
- Hotel pickup and drop off
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Returns to original departure point
December 18 to April 15 & June 1 to September 30
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Star of India, San Diego, California
The oldest active sailing ship in the world. You can tour is magnificent 155 year old ship for free when you go whale watching aboard the Yacht America.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego, California
We are located in the Maritime Museum. There are many fabulous ships here including the Star of India, San Salvador, Californian, Berkeley Ferry, B-39 Soviet Submarine, Surprise, Dolphin, Swift Boat, and more!
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Next Level Sailing
The Yacht America is owned by Next Level Sailing. This 139 ft sailing yacht will leave from the San Diego Maritime Museum and sail past North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado Island, the Submarine Base, Point Loma, the Point Loma Light House, and Hotel Del Coronado. Guests will also get good views of the USS Midway and the Coronado Bay Bridge. The Yacht America will sail out into the opean ocean and search for whales and other wildlife.
Duration: 4 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
A must do, bucket list trip to do. The crew are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. It was a cold windy but beautifully sunny day. The seas were 1 meter plus but with all the sails we were skimming across the swells.One of the crew came with a blanket for me, I thought that was so thoughtful of him. Crew also got guests involved in putting up the sails and once these were all aloft away we went! We did see mother and calf grey whale after a crew was hoisted up one of the sails for whale spotting duty! There were plenty of savoury snacks and drinks, cheese and biscuits plus danishes. Then the crew decided they would make us a hot chocolate on the way back to harbour, it was divine as was so warming, dont know if this is part of the experience but was most welcome. The facilities were clean and fresh albeit very cramped but we are on a racing yacht ok! For the experience of being on a fair dinkum sailing ship, plus the experience of seeing whales the trip is exceptional value for money. Go do it.
Had a great time on the ship. Saw some whales and lazy seals. Beautiful day and great crew on the ship. Had a lot of fun.
A must do experience - fantastic.
The wooden sailing ship is amazing and we followed a whale for ages which was a beautiful sight. It was much appreacted that the crew took professional photos which they published much better than I could have managed which allowed me to sit back and just enjoy the experience and enjoy the photos on my return. Being out on the water was really relaxing and I wouldnt hesitate to book this again!
The museum was inter sting and had lots to look at and climb aboard. I especially liked the Star of India which had a wealth of information displayed below and The Surprise from Mastercand Commander a film I really love.
We had one of those perfect San Diego days on a beautiful ship. The captain and crew were friendly and sailed the ship perfectly. The crew found a Blue Whale floating on the surface to everyone's delight.
A great trip. We saw a mega pod of dolphins. As far as the eye could see dolphins swimming around the boat.
We were lucky enough to find ourselves in the middle of what the guide called a megapod of dolphins. Hundreds of dolphins jumping and feeding. It was wonderful,
Spectacular trip, many whales and dolphins. We saw whale behaviors we had not seen before in 40 years of whale watching Our Guide Al was tremendous. Must See.
Had a beautiful day, great privilege to be on the America schooner with owner/captain Troy Sears at the helm.
A great tour on a gorgeous sailing boat. We were close to whales. The weather was very good too.
Al was fantastic! The whole crew was friendly and shared their sailing knowledge with us. We saw a humpback, dolphins and many blue whales. So fun!
I would absolutely recommend taking this tour if you are in San Diego during the whale migrating season. The crew was amazing and took us to several spots to see the whales. At one point we saw a group of 5 whales. I wish the tour had been longer!
An outstanding day and experience! Great crew, great ship and the whales were out in their full glory that day. The best tour we took on our 50 day trip.
This trip a must for locals and tourists. We live in the area and have whale watched before, but this boat and crew made the experience spectacular. We saw a lot of whales and one of the crew shared history and pointed out things about the history of San Diego and the US Navy sites that we had never heard before. This is a must for something different and a good relaxing informative experience.
This was a wonderful trip. The passenger numbers were below capacity so there was more room for us all and we had a great day on the water. We did see a whale and calf but, given that it was at the end of the season, everyone was satisfied with that. There were also dolphins and seals so it was well worth the effort. Crew members were helpful, informative and interacted well with the passengers. This was a very enjoyalbe day and is to be recommended. Well done!
It was amazing to be on a schooner, sailing out on the Pacific! The passengers helped raise the sails as we got underway and we covered our ears as the horn blasted out the start of our adventure. As we cleared Point Loma we hit open water and it was exhilarating to be racing on the waves and feeling the wind and salt spray as the search for whales began. We did see whales, following them for 30-45 minutes,an unforgettable experience!! The captain and crew were excellent,mindful of our safety and comfort, but also encouraging all of us to enjoy this once in-a-lifetime outing! The kids on board got special attention from Captain Al as he explained a lot of the history of whaling and sailing. As we said goodbye to the whales, the crew opened up the last sail and we winged back San Diego, passing the schooner Californian with a cheer! Lots to see in the San Diego harbor, from the Navy warships and submarines, to a glimpse of the USA 11 . As we pulled up to the dock, all aboard agreed that it was a memorable experience, thanks to the crew and captain, and of course, the whales!!!