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San Diego 2015 Blue Whale Watching Season

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Date Sightings Notes
7/5/15 2 Blue Whales, 1 Mola Mola A great day to be out on the ocean, including good visibility, calm waters and mostly overcast skies.  A small group of enthusiastic passengers had incredible views of 800 Common Dolphin and a 300 pound Mola Mola!  Two Blue Whales were seen, one of which came very close to the stern of the boat.  Close views of the blowholes and the muscles of the back were highlights.  Several other blows were seen in the distance.  Once again, a fabulous day with cetaceans off the coast of San Diego!
7/4/15 1 Blue Whale, 5 Fin Whales Received a good show from one Blue Whale, 8 miles off of Point Loma.  Decided to venture off and found 5 Fin Whales in a pod giving a great show.  Also came across 500 Common Dolphins and 15 Pacific White Sided Dolphins.
7/3/15 3 Blue Whales People from all over the US came to San Diego for the 3 day weekend and chose Blue Whale watching for their Friday morning.  They were not disappointed!  We saw a nice pod of Common Dolphins swimming all around the boat which is always very exciting.  After traveling a little further north, we saw two Blue Whales.  One was a special whale – it showed its fluke each time it went down for a deeper dive.  On the way back to the dock the sun broke through and we had a great view of the summer ocean at its best.
7/2/15 5 Blue Whales We had an overcast start to the cruise with a very flat ocean.  We encountered 100 + Common Dolphins that played and stayed with us for about 10 minutes to the delight of everyone.  We saw several Blue Whales and with lots of blow and fluking.  Two came very close to the boat and we saw their full bodies several times before they each fluked and took a deep dive. We counted 5 Blues altogether including a mom and calf pair.  There were folks from Japan, England, Arizona, North Dakota, Illinois and France.  We came back into the harbor with lots of clear, blue sky!
7/1/15 5 Blue Whales For a day that started out overcast, the whale watching was superb!  We encountered the first Blue Whale about 4 miles out, first seeing its blow.  Then, the whale fluked before diving under!  Following it a while, visitors from the local area, PA, MN, UT, and AZ got many photo ops.  Later we encountered 3 or 4 more Blue Whales and even 1 calf.  One whale was very near the boat, so we had an excellent view of its dorsal fin, markings, and blow holes.  We could appreciate its size and got a good view of its tail fluke!  There were some swells, but mostly calm waters.  The trip ended with sunny skies – an excellent day on the water.
6/30/15 4 Blue Whales, 1 Mola Mola A single large Blue about 8 miles out.  When we got tho it, there was a mother and calf, and then another single.  Total 3 adults, one calf.  Near the end, the calf appeared close under our bow and after crossing, turned to look at us again.  When he sounded, I was not sure where he would come up again, so I asked guests to look over the side to make sure the calf was clear.  Sure enough, he came up on our bow again.  I had been stopped the entire time. Saw 12 Bottlenose Dolphins at buoy 5, and a Mola Mola on the way to the whales.
6/29/15 1 Blue Whale An excited group of whale watchers from across the U.S. including Virginia, Ohio, and Arizona set out this morning to find Blue Whales.  Captain Nick took to the area where Blues were seen yesterday, and sure enough there was one in the area.  This Blue was rather long winded and made several long dives but did surface relatively close the boat so we could hear the blow and see the blow hole.  We also saw a pod of about 300 Common Dolphin who came over to swim in our pressure wave.  Another beautiful day on the water.
6/28/15 2 Blue Whales Today was a great day to be out – swells about three feet with strong wind so some rocking on the boat. Captain Eric provided us with latitude and longitude for the two whales we saw and that info was recorded. First Blue Whale was a good sighting with blows and dives.  The second whale was a fast motivated whale, moving in a northerly direction. Prior to leaving this whale, we got a terrific fluke with the whale in front of the boat – to the delight of the guests on board.
6/27/15 2 Blue Whales Awesome opening day of Blue Whale season! It was a beautiful day on the ocean, the color contrast between the ocean and sky was gorgeous. Perfect San Diego weather. Passengers from Sweden, Denmark,England, Mexico, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Texas, Arizona and of course California, were delighted with the Blue Whale sightings. We also saw several sea lions lounging on buoys on our way out of the bay. It was amazing seeing the blue color of the whale just under the surface of the water right before it fluked right by the boat!

Pay Once & Cruise All Season

BLUE WHALE WATCHING PASS is a pay once, cruise all year free offer. This amazing experience has the same perks as the Gray Whale Adventures but you will be on the search for the massive legendary Blue Whale! (Blue Whale season in San Diego is from late June to mid September)


BLUE WHALE PASS MEMBERSHIP – A $150 one-time membership fee per year applies.


  • FREE admission on Harbor Cruise & Sea Lion Adventures and seasonal Blue Whale Watching Adventures for one year (offer is available once you pick a date to cruise)
  • 10 percent discount on San Diego cruises, including Nightly Dinner Cruises, Champagne Brunch Cruises and Sights & Sips Sunset Cruises*
  • Free “Celebration Package” for the month of your anniversary or birthday on any Brunch or Dinner Cruise (value of $69.35)

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