Some people are natural-born participants, always ready to take part in the next big adventure. San Diego dolphin watching is the kind of activity that appeals to doers and watchers equally well! The incredible setting aboard a luxury catamaran combined with the natural beauty of dolphins in their natural environment makes for an adventure that is just right for every guest’s level.

Q: What is the difference between a whale and a dolphin?

Dolphins belong to a suborder of whales with teeth. The largest member of this group is the orca, or “killer whale.” Dolphins have distinctly elongated beak and a curved dorsal fin. These mammals are also the friendliest of the mammals and they often seek humans out. When you go on a dolphin watch, you can expect to see different types of whales, dolphins, and other marine life common to the area. If the dolphins approach the boat, we will stop and cut off the motor so you can enjoy an even closer visit.

Q: Are all the dolphins I will see the same?

No, there are different types of dolphins off the coast of San Diego including Pacific white-sided, bottle-nosed, Risso’s, and common dolphins. At times, they can be seen in large herds. San Diego is also home to a number of whale species including gray, blue, humpback, fin, and minke whales. Do some research on the different species to get more familiar with the diversity of whales and dolphins that you might spot!

There are many species of dolphins and they come in a broad range of colors. Although those you will see during your San Diego dolphin watching tour are limited to a select number of species, there are many fun and interesting facts that will add to your experience.

Q: How do I prepare for my trip?

  • Temperatures on the water can vary a great deal. Wear layers and remove as needed for comfort. Bring a good waterproof camera with a wrist or shoulder strap and a zoom lens for taking pictures of the dolphins and other marine life. You also want a camera for any other activities included in your customized San Diego Dolphin Watching tour.
  • Apply sunscreen and take it along for touchups regardless of the temperatures. You will probably spend the majority of the tour on the deck where you will be exposed to UV light from the sun. Take sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Polarized lenses are a good choice since they reduce the glare off of the water.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that have a non-slip rubber sole.
  • A hooded waterproof jacket is a good idea, too. It will help keep you from getting wet from the ocean spray and you will have it on-hand if it rains.
  • Don’t let motion sickness ruin your day. If you have never been aboard a boat, you may want to take some motion sickness medication just in case beforehand. If you take OTC medications like Dramamine, you will need to take them at least an hour prior to the tour. If you are prone to motion sickness, there are prescription medications available that can help. See your doctor in advance to prepare. Also, avoid spicy foods and alcohol before boarding.
  • Put everything in a waterproof tote or backpack.

Q: Is there a specific “dolphin watching season?”

No, there are dolphins off the coast of San Diego during every season of the year. The same is true for whales. The only difference is that you are more likely to see certain species during some seasons. You can also plan your tour during any time of day. You don’t have to get up before daybreak to increase your chances of spotting the dolphins.

Q: What is a catamaran and why is it a better way to see dolphins?

Many recommend catamaran sailing as a top option when it comes to dolphin watching. But what is a catamaran? A catamaran is a boat with two hulls of equal size and a wide beam. The structure makes it a more stable vessel than other types of boats. You can comfortably stay on the deck for hours without losing your footing.

The Adventuress also has the comfortable interior of a luxury yacht. Large, panoramic windows give those who prefer not to be in the center of the action another option. It’s the perfect way for doers and watchers to have a great experience while San Diego dolphin watching.

Q: Do you allow kids on the trip?

We welcome kids and adults of all ages and activity levels. Activities like coloring books and crayons are a good idea for younger kids who might get bored waiting for the dolphins to show up.

Q: How far out to sea do you go?

Coastal dolphins are usually found close to the coastline. We don’t usually go any farther than five miles from the coast or eight at the most for dolphin watching tours. How far we travel depends on the specifics of your charter.

Q: What else is there for my group to do?

We offer a variety of options that let you customize your tour to your specific needs. We recommend 3 to 4 hours for dolphin watching. Take the Ultimate Expedition package so your more adventurous guests can take runs riding a Rigid Inflatable Boat like the Navy Seals use!

Another option is our Anchor and Play Team Building Challenge. It is as much fun for family reunions as it is for corporate events. Activities include standup paddleboarding relay races, beach games, and a kayak obstacle course.

For the watchers who prefer the comfort of the indoors, catering and entertainment can keep them happy. We will work with you to customize an all-day excursion or sort dolphin watching tour that ensures every member of your party will have the best possible experience.

Q: Why Choose Adventuress Luxury Catamaran?

We understand that every person that goes San Diego dolphin watching doesn’t have the same expectation. We offer the best possible experience for everyone aboard the Adventuress. We also work to personalize your experience and include the activities that will make everyone’s experience a memorable one.

San Diego Dolphin Watching on the Adventuress

Contact us to learn more about creating a personal charter for a thrilling dolphin watching experience your entire group will love!