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Get out and enjoy an inspiring adventure searching for Dolphin and Whales at Oceanside Adventures. The sailing trips are 2 hours and are great for families, couples, private parties, and corporate events. The tours are for anyone and everyone who loves the ocean or wildlife.

Oceanside Adventures utilizes a new 50 foot beautifully equipped, one level, fast Catamaran built by Cooper Marine in Florida. This US Coast Guard inspected Catamaran is perfect for optimal viewing during the San Diego whale watching season. The vessel has both covered and non-covered areas and seating throughout. Get up-close and personal to the marine life you’ll see just minutes away from Oceanside Harbor.

Oceanside Adventures
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heather Wilcox
heather Wilcox
21:46 22 Jun 21
We took the dolphin & whale watching cruise 6/21/21. We all had a great time. We saw three different types of dolphins... and saw sea lions. But unfortunately no whales. The captain was friendly and knowledgeable and even kept us out a little longer to interact with a large pod of dolphins we encountered on the way back. I would definitely recommend this activity. And at $44/person it’s very affordable.read more
Melissa Watson
Melissa Watson
07:53 21 Jun 21
Fantastic trip to see dolphins! Captain Shane was an easy-going, fun guy. Used coupon code SAN20 to get 20% off... tickets. Only complaint is it started 10 minutes late and returned to dock 10 minutes early. So not truly a 2 hour cruise.read more
Charles Goldenberg
Charles Goldenberg
04:05 18 Jun 21
We saw 3 blue whales! Unbelievable. We also went through a pod of dolphins. Sea lions and feeding pelicans were also... part of the experience. I was very lucky to take the 5pm tour where a blue whale family was seen—the first sighting of the season. Have a long sleeve shirt or some layers to keep warm. Be ready to cruise over uneven waves—take some medication for motion sickness if you think you’ll need it. Unforgettable, incredible experience. I’m so glad I decided to take the tour!read more
Manuel Coppola
Manuel Coppola
21:19 03 Jun 21
I took my brother who has mental disabilities and limited mobility. He will be talking about this experience for... months. That made my trip fabulous. Chris and Cindy were tops. Very informative and fun.read more
D P
D P
00:36 31 May 21
We went out two times on our recent trip to Oceanside.The first time, the ocean was calm, the air warm, and the skies... clear. We caught a glimpse of a sun fish - but that was all. You cannot guarantee what animals will do!!! However, the trip itself was a lovely respite after a long road trip to California. It was lovely to be on the Ocean.We went out again on Wednesday. The ocean was considered "high seas"! This means the ocean was choppy!! I thought that part was actually fun. Got some ocean spray! We found a pod of 300 dolphins - they were everywhere! So wonderful. I think we came across the same sun fish too!!!The boat was clean. The crew was knowledgeable. I will definitely go again when visiting Oceanside!read more
Deborah Kitchens
Deborah Kitchens
01:29 26 May 21
This was the highlight of our short vacation to Oceanside. The boat was clean and safe and the staff was kind and... professional. Best of all we got lucky and got to see two different species of dolphins and a swordfish. I realize you may not see anything but we will take our chances and do this again.read more
Michele Barnes
Michele Barnes
21:46 23 May 21
We had a wonderful time on our whale watching boat trip. Unfortunately we did not see any whales but we enjoyed the sea... air and being out on the water.The captain was very attentive with his search for whales but no such luck.The best part was Oceanside Adventures gave us our tickets back so we could go again at a later time.Thank you Oceanside Adventures for the wonderful boat ride and we will be back.Sincerely Dave and Micheleread more
Amanda R
Amanda R
02:21 18 Apr 21
Really great trip. Saw sea lions, seals, pelicans, a whale, a sunfish, and many dolphins. Staff on boat very... professional. They saved my vacation when the Whale watching tour next door cancelled on us. Will come again next time I come to cali. Don't forget to bring cash for bar and especially for TIP. 💸read more
Kortney Johnson
Kortney Johnson
23:31 12 Apr 21
This was the best thing my family and I did !!! So much fun! Saw two grey whales, plenty dolphin and sea lions.... Informative and so nice! Will do this again thank you for an awesome experienceread more
Sophia Sajen
Sophia Sajen
23:08 06 Apr 21
Wow, I was seriously amazed by my experience I had on Oceanside adventures. First we saw whales and what seemed to be... hundreds of dolphins. Shane and Chris were extremely informative giving plenty of information of all of the animals we saw. This price was a very good value for what I got out of it, I was very impressed with the whole experience. Seems like a great family day trip, I highly recommend going whale watching on oceanside adventures!!!!read more
Tracy Knibb
Tracy Knibb
21:52 03 Apr 21
Just went on an ocean adventure yesterday late afternoon with my girls. We did not see any whales or dolphins but sadly... wild life does not time their lives for our entertainment. Nevertheless, the crew was friendly and personable and the time out in the ocean was priceless. We had a total blast and will be using the free tickets we received (they are provided if no whales/dolphins are seen) next time we make our way to Oceanside. Highly recommend making this a must do activity!read more
Teresa Barry
Teresa Barry
17:41 16 Mar 21
We had a great time and the staff is very helpful and disability friendly and accommodating.
Kareem Pinkston
Kareem Pinkston
05:39 10 Mar 21
I’ve been living in Oceanside for over 5 years now and I’ve enjoyed my experiences while whale-watching with... Oceanside Adventures.I’ve been out on the ocean on 3 separate trips and each one was a pleasure.On my very first trip, I was fortunate enough to see dolphins, seals and some whales.This was such an awesome adventure being able to witness such massively majestic creatures breach in their own habitat.The crew know their craft and have good experience with sea creatures and I like all the fun facts and knowledge gained on these trips.The boat ride alone is peaceful and it is calming just being in the open water being able to look back on Oceanside.If soloing, it makes for great self-reflection time and reconnecting with your thoughts.Kids will love it just because SEA ANIMALS!!Definitely a fantastic family outing!Pros:The vessel is spacious and safe.The crew is friendly and knowledgeable.The prices are affordable and if you check Groupon, you’ll probably find a discount.There’s beverages & snacks for sale.Cons:Not guaranteed to see whales on every trip.Although you will most likely see dolphins and if you’re lucky see a playful pod!One thing that would be cool is if passengers were incentivize to take return trips if they didn’t see any whales on their voyage and could have an automatic 10% on their next booking.Overall, I recommend taking a ride out with Oceanside Adventures and enjoying the sea and don’t forget to keep your camera battery charged full 😊read more
Pam Stahlak
Pam Stahlak
01:47 23 Jan 21
Outstanding whale watch cruise. Covid-19 safe, fabulous crew on board! Ask for Carla Mitroff to book your cruise as... she is awesome. Sunny skies, glassy water conditions saw 300 long-beak common dolphins, plus 20-30 inshore bottlenose, scattered bait balls, witnessed sea lion slapping a fish on water to eat its food. Even though no Gray Whales we'll be back again to our "New Favorite Whale Watching Company" Again!!! A 5 Star company😊read more
Michael D Harris
Michael D Harris
18:49 03 Jan 21
They know how to find great sea animals for viewing while providing fun facts. I found the prices reasonable. Can move... around boat to get he best viewing experience.read more
Rachel Carter
Rachel Carter
21:49 21 Oct 20
Went out for my daughter's birthday..... she was so ecstatic to see dolphins so close! 😊 The quality time we got... together, alone, is a forever imbedded memory for both of us! 🥰They took us to a great spot approximately 6-10 miles off the coast.These guys know what they're doing when it comes to the ocean.... We never felt afraid of falling over, they had great hospitality, are very personable & professional guys..... & I was at to enjoy a beer! 🍺 😊It looked to me as if the dolphins were "playing with the bubbles from the boat" so I can bet these guys had plenty of experience being out on the waters and where to go to show their clients the beauty they see constantly. I found it quite peaceful & relaxing to not be anywhere near land, sit back & soak up the rays, & get a breath of fresh saltwater air! 🐬{I think due to covid there was only approx 15 passengers & masks were required} Space to see was not an issue so it made the experience that much more exciting to REALLY ENJOY the sights.We'll definitely be going again! Thank you so much!read more
Johnathon Robison
Johnathon Robison
19:29 09 Oct 20
Great staff . Had a beer on the cruise which is sweet. Saw some dolphins no whales though . But all in all a great... experience for the whole family.read more
jaasynergy8
jaasynergy8
04:33 09 Oct 20
It was such a fun experience for my grandsons! We saw dolphin and whale! Loved the whole trip and great value!
Donna Cerar
Donna Cerar
19:27 12 Sep 20
They got us right to the perfect spot. We saw several different whales and a super pod of common dolphins. It was well... worth it! Price was fair, nice boat, felt safe the entire time and well as a great experience. Don't forget to tip your deck hand. They deserve it!read more
Susan Hofer
Susan Hofer
10:42 08 Sep 20
A nice boat ride! No whales but loved watching dolphins and sea lions! Birds were abundant, too.
Michelle Mills
Michelle Mills
21:20 06 Sep 20
My 21 year old son and I went out for the 2 hour excursion yesterday. I love being on the water no matter what, so I... enjoyed the time much more than on a crowded beach. We didn’t see a whale and only saw only a handful of dolphins. Still, it was nice to see those dolphins and again, something you don’t see from the crowded beach. It was a budget friendly, family friendly outing and I think if you keep your expectations low in terms of what sea life you come across, you will find it an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours! The guys were professional, and Chris was a great crew hand/bartender... friendly and knowledgeable. I think it’s important to support these businesses during COVID. Btw, the boat was very clean and they followed all protocols.read more
Dianne Lehoux Smith
Dianne Lehoux Smith
23:40 17 Aug 20
Rented a boat and had a birthday party, a great time in the harbor. Rental area was well organized good instructions on... what was allowed and not allowed. We had the boat for 2 hours.read more
Heath
Heath
21:59 10 Aug 20
We had the most amazing time on this whale watching tour! From check-in until disembarking the boat, the staff was... outstanding and such a pleasure to sail with. The boat was spotless, the crew was fun and informative, the weather was perfect, the seas weren't too choppy, and we saw tons of dolphins. The captain really went out of his way to navigate us to the best location possible to look for marine life. I sincerely cannot wait to go on this tour again and highly recommend checking them out! Thanks so much!read more
Alexandre Beloussov
Alexandre Beloussov
00:28 08 Aug 20
We have been on whale watching tours before and learned to lower our expectation of seeing wild sea life to being able... to spot just a few sea lions and a couple of dolphins. That is what we set out to have for this tour. Our 6-year-old son likes boats and was excited to just be on a boat in an open ocean. Never did we expect to see not one, but *two* blue whales. Sure, that was a luck of a draw, but the crew's reaction and subsequent service was unexpected. First, one would never suspect that a boat like that could go THAT fast. Why were we going fast? Because the Captain (or "boat driver guy" as he introduced himself) was attempting to get the best possible view of the blue whales w/o disturbing or annoying the mammals. He was knowledgeable about the breathing cycle and behaviors of the whales and each time they dove, he was trying to rush to a place where he expected them to come up for air. He was right 100% of the time. It also appeared that the board was equipped with a sonar device and he was able to detect the depth and the animals under the boat - that is a huge positive difference compared to other whale watching tours. Being able to see what's going on under the boat is essential to spotting wild life, I think. To top that off, both the Captain and the First Mate where so stocked to see the whales, they were willing to forgo their break to continue chasing the pair. Prior to committing to a longer trip, Captain did ask us if there was any objections. There were none and we were able to find, take pictures and videos of the whales couple more times. This was outstanding!!!Crew qas very processional and friendly. They were also welcoming. What stood out was that they were passionate about studying the wild sea life behavior and habits and what seemed more so than the passengers of the vessel. Goes w/o saying, the vessel (including the bathroom) was clean and we observed the crew dis-infecting all surfaces before we embarked. This was also a plus a Covid-19 era. We highly recommend Oceanside Adventures for your next whale watching tour. While it is not guaranteed that whales can be seen, however, what is guaranteed that if one (or two) are spotted, the crew will make every accommodation to ensure the best possible viewing opportunity of the citing.read more
Donovan Black
Donovan Black
00:35 18 Jul 20
Great spot to score a kayak SUP or boat. Folks are always great and easy to deal with.
Rachel Mosley
Rachel Mosley
01:24 23 Jun 20
Saw thousands of dolphins and witnessed a dolphin super pod. Dolphins in every direction, it was really amazing and... beautiful. The staff was nice and helpful, especially after I got motion sickness halfway through. Gave me remedies to help and continuously made sure I was ok.read more
Karina Nava
Karina Nava
20:45 22 Jun 20
Went on a quick weekend trip with my kids to Oceanside and was looking into things to do and found this whale and... dolphin watching. Bought the tickets online for the next days trip. Only 20 tickets are sold per trip due to the Covid19 rules. We did had to keep our masks on while on board and they made us put on some hand sanitizer before going on board. Which was great to see them following the guidelines. We didn’t see any whales but did see sea lions and many pods of dolphins. Definitely recommend and we would definitely do this again. Awesome staff and very clean boat. FYI they do have a bathroom on board which is a must when going out with kids .read more
Elianna Vides
Elianna Vides
12:03 20 Jun 20
Loved it! Best boat ride ever. Didn't see any whales but, We saw plenty of dolphins and almost a great white. Boat ride... was really nice. Relaxing...I would come back..read more
RJ Tiffany
RJ Tiffany
06:55 29 Feb 20
The staff was nice and were knowledgeable about the ocean life. It was a nice experience and our first time out at sea... on the boat. The sunset was spectacular!read more
Mohammad Chaichi
Mohammad Chaichi
01:47 10 Feb 20
Great people, great experience. Went back a week later to ask if we could get back on one of the boats to take a... picture because we'd forgotten to the first time and they were really cool about it. Appreciated it greatly, wish them the best!read more
Shawn Quinn
Shawn Quinn
19:30 01 Sep 19
That was really fun. Crew was awesome and the captain had a bunch of animal facts to get you even more involved. We... had a chance at a Minke whale viewing but it didn't resurface. But we did sail with a pod of 200+ common dolphins. Done on time for lunch. Can't wait to go back again early next year to have a chance at a grey whale sighting.read more
Cindy Benson
Cindy Benson
22:48 03 Jun 19
Amazing! Saw a bunch of dolphins and sea lions. It was such an easy process to board. Fun and super special. If... you're looking for a great adventure, definitely take this tour!read more
Christine Fenimore
Christine Fenimore
05:33 06 May 19
We had such a beautiful experience! It was a bit chilly because a majority of the boat is shaded, but the crew was nice... and played great music on our way out to sea. Although we didn't see any whales, the boat ride alone was worth it! And honestly seeing 500+ dolphins was definetly worth the money! I highly recommend!read more
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