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Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego

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Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 6 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins on a private boat tour. Your party will have the run of the boat, including an enclosed cabin, an observation tower, and a restroom. Your experienced USCG-certified captain knows the best places to spot wildlife and will provide engaging commentary on the local marine ecosystem.
  • Private tour for your family or group only
  • Enclosed cabin for protection from the elements
  • Captain devoted to your party
  • Guided commentary on the local wildlife and ecosystem
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Safety Equipment
Bottled water
**4 Passenger Min for a "Private Charter" (3 adult tickets must be purchased or the $ equivalent)
Gratuities
Tailwalker Whale & Dolphin Adventures , 1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

You have a "VIP/Private Tour". We will personally meet you at "The Market" Cafe located directly behind the Hyatt Mission Bay. (In front of the Commercial Docks)

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Tailwalker Sportfishing / Whale & Dolphin Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure in San Diego.

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star-5
Have you ever seen 100+ Dolphins playing????
Robert_C
, Mar 2022
Awesome trip all around - Captain Rich was amazing and knowledgeable. Within about 30 minutes we were right in the middle of the largest Dolphin pod I have ever seen. Everyone on the trip was in Awe - definitely doing this again.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Robert! So glad you enjoyed your Private Family Adventure with us!! Thank you for the great review!!! -Capt Rich
star-5
Excellent fun
Craig_J
, Mar 2022
Captain was excellent. He explained everything, pointed out interesting things, talked about the area's history, and spent time showing us several pups and local birds.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Craig! Thanks so much! It’s was a pleasure having you all aboard! Hope to see you out with us again soon!! -Capt Rich
star-5
Private Family Fun!
Stephanie_R
, Mar 2022
Captain Rich was very knowledgeable and friendly! Although our tour was delayed of fog, it worked in our favorite because we saw two different types of dolphins, a giant whale playing with the dolphins and sealions! Amazing time!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
So glad we were able to make it work for you guys with the Fog. Hope to see you out with us again soon! -Capt Rich
star-5
Amazing experience. Would go again
Michael_H
, Mar 2022
Captain Rich was very friendly and knowledgeable. Boat was clean and well kept. Kids had a wonderful time seeing dolphins and sea lions.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thanks so much for joining us! It was a pleasure to have your family aboard!!! Hope to see you out with us again soon!
star-5
It was an amazing...
shaday_P
, Dec 2021
It was an amazing experience! The coordinator worked with us when we mixed up our times. She was so understanding and the experience was amazing!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
So glad you guys had a great time! It was a pleasure to have you as our guest.
star-1
Only because we had to...
Aaron_M
, Dec 2021
Only because we had to cancel due to weather and fog coming in off the coast. We wished that we could have gone on the excursion. The boat Captain was very informative and keeping us informed what was going on.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Aaron! Yes unfortunately we have no control over the weather and zero visibility fog is never a fun thing to be offshore in. Hoping you can join us again soon though in better conditions! -Capt Rich
star-5
I touched a dolphin!!!
Holli_M
, Nov 2021
This tour was absolutely phenomenal!! We went on the 9:30 am tour on 11/11/21 and saw so many dolphins. We were allowed to lay down near the front of the boat and have one arm reach down to touch the dolphins as they swam. We also saw some humpback whales and a couple of blue whales. And the sea lion family at the end of the tour were adorable. Would highly recommend and will plan another tour the next time I'm in San Diego.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Holli. Thanks for great review!!! Had so much fun with you guys! Hope to see you out with us again soon!! -Capt Rich
star-5
Dolphins!
Levi_B
, Jul 2021
Excellent service, great way to go whale watching. I recommend Captain Rich, you'll be in great hands If you are prone to motion sickness, or uncomfortable on the water, consider a larger craft.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent dolphin experience
Eric_L
, Jul 2021
We didn't find any whales on this trip but the hundreds of dolphins we found all swimming together more than made up for it! Captain Rich did a great job.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the great Review Eric! So glad you guys had fun with us! -Capt Rich
star-3
While we did see some...
Carol_L
, Apr 2021
While we did see some dolphins, overall a bit of a disappointment. The owners rescheduled it, due to maintenance issues. The weather wasn't great when we did get to be out on the water the next day, so we had to return to the bay after just an hour. The boat was much smaller than anticipated. Captain Rich was great, though. Friendly, knowledgeable, and focused on safety.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Carol, Yes, Spring weather is always unpredictable. So happy you were able to see Dolphins though in those conditions!! I believe we did convert your trip to an extended bay cruise after. Hope to see out with us again soon! Thanks so much for booking with us! -Capt Rich
star-5
Exhilarating, Magnificent, Cool, Fantastic!!!
Geraldine_S
, Mar 2021
We saw everything we had hoped to see and more.......so many pods of dolphins playing and right up by the boat and under it, gray whales blowing and rolling, sea lions, and a wonderfully exhilarating trip out/back on the powerful boat. There were four of us, and loads of space/viewing area up top and on deck. Excellent for small private groups. Captain Rich was excellent - very knowledgable and chilled out. If not summer time, bring a jacket (pretty chilly when going fast). The only feedback i offer for the benefit of future trippers - the captain/boat operator does not have your contact details, so if there are weather issues that cause delay you won’t know this until you are waiting - we spent over an hour on the dock waiting due to fog out at sea (which was not obvious to a non-mariner/clear skies) had i known, we would have done something else with the early morning. I stress - this did not take from the trip or our appetite to join Captain Rich again to see the Blue Whales in July/August.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip to see dolphins and whales
Anthony_G
, Aug 2020
We had a great family outing with Capt. Rich. The boat was a great size for our family of four, with a great upstairs sitting area to look out for dolphins. We went out at 9:30 a.m. and found dozens, maybe hundreds, of dolphins. Then Capt. Rich heard about a rare whale spotting so we went to find it and did. Then we found a pod of bottlenose dolphins before heading back to Mission Bay. Capt. Rich went out of his way to make sure we had a great trip.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
Ebony_G
, Aug 2020
The Captain was so set on us seeing a whale and he did just that... My friend and I saw 2 year old Blue whale and Dolphins... A lot of Dolphins... Sea Lions... We had the best time in San Diego on that boat... Fiance got called off his leave and had duty but the Captain told us we get a free passenger next time... Definitely coming back...
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks so much for joining us!! Glad you guys had fun!! Looking forward to seeing you all out with us again soon!! -Capt Rich
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Nice Cruise
Anna_P
, Jul 2020
Wish we could seem more but it was exciting seeing what we did! The captain was very friendly and informative!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Everything was awesome
Howard_H
, Jul 2020
Had a fantastic time celebrating a 40th birthday. Saw 4 fin whales including a calf, and a nursery pod of dolphins!
star-5
Probate Whale Watching
Jon_S
, Jun 2020
Captain Rich was very knowledgeable and took us everywhere to find ocean life. While there wasn’t many out he tried his hardest to make sure we had a great time. The seats up top were a blast!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic Way to Create Special Memory
charlotte_h
, Feb 2020
My 24 year old son and I had such an incredible time on family whale and dolphin adventure. we saw whales, dolphins, and sea lions. Coach Rich was excellent guide. Even though it was not a bright sunny day, it was an absolutely fantastic way to spend an afternoon with a 20 something emerging adult. we could put behind us all our anxieties about our futures, work stressors and be swept away by the beautiful ocean perched high on a very comfortable bench seat. It was terrific to make a great memory unfettered by cell phones, screens and other distractions.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Playing with the dolphins
MaryAnn_S
, Feb 2020
Captain Rich showed as amazing adventure. We felt safe and secure and total confidence in his ability. We spent time in our whale hunt we seen them from a distance as they were being evasive. We also played with a pod of dolphins for a significant amount of time. Finishing with your and information on the sea lions and birds on the barge. Captain Rich was very informative. Would definitely do this trip again worth the money
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent
Terry_P
, Nov 2019
Had a great time. Saw a whale exiting the water. The captain was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would thoroughly recommend a trip.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thanks Terry! It was a pleasure to have you on board a "Private Whale & Dolphin Adventure" with us! Hope to see you out again soon! Capt Rich
star-5
Great adventure!
katbweed
, Jul 2019
Capt. Rich was so accommodating and very knowledgeable! He went out of his way to make sure that we had a good experience. He put us right on a pod of dolphins and were so excited to see hundreds of them running right next to the boat. He took time to educated my grandson on the wonders of the ocean. I would recommend the trip to everyone!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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