Oceanside Adventures presents a Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour guests of all ages will enjoy! Highlights include an impressive variety of marine wildlife as well as picturesque views. Trips are two hours long and narrated by expert marine naturalist captains. Marine mammal sightings are guaranteed year-round, meaning guests will receive a voucher for a free trip that never expires if a whale or dolphin is not spotted during the tour.
What happens if it rains?
We do run in light rain, but if it becomes extremely windy, we might have to cancel the trip for safety reasons. If the trip has already left the dock and conditions become unsafe, we will issue a "whale check" that will allow you to come back another time for another one of our whale watching cruises!
Is the tour/attraction/activity appropriate for children?
Yes! We have no age limit for our whale watching cruises.
Is this cruise suitable for pregnant women?
While we don't put a limitation on who may or may not attend, pregnant women should always consult with their doctors before participating in any active activities.
How early should I arrive to check-in before the trip?
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before the cruise departs.
Are we guaranteed to see whales or dolphins?
While we can't guarantee a whale or dolphin sighting every trip, our experience has allowed us to maintain an unprecedented record for success in the Oceanside area!
When is the whale and dolphin watch season?
It's always whale watch season at Oceanside Adventures! Grey whale season officially begins on November 28th and runs through the end of April. Blue Whale Season runs May - November. The Dolphins do not migrate, so we often see common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Risso Dolphin, and Pacific White-Sided Dolphin all year round!
What is the best time of the day to see whales or dolphins?
Whales migrate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no "best" time to see whales or dolphins, but the weather on the water tends to be calmer in the morning.
How close do we get to the whales and dolphins?
The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires that we stay 100 yards away from the whales, but some may swim right up to the boat! Dolphins usually come very close, but we do not touch, swim with, or feed the wildlife.
Where exactly is Oceanside Adventures located within Oceanside Harbor?
Oceanside Adventures is located in the heart of Oceanside Harbor off the 5 freeway, and 30 minutes north of Sea World in San Diego, and 30 minutes south of Orange County! Our ticket office is located near the historic Oceanside Harbor Lighthouse in front of Rockin Baja Lobster restaurant, 256 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside, Ca 92054
Will I get seasick?
While the Oceanside Adventure's dual-hull catamaran construction makes it very safe and stable, we will be in the ocean. If you are susceptible to motion sickness, you might want to consider taking preventative measures beforehand.
Are there restrooms onboard?
Yes, there is a clean marine head on board.
Is there shade on the boat?
Yes! Indoor seating and awnings are available. If you plan on staying outside to have a better view of the whales and dolphins.
Is the boat safe?
Absolutely. In addition to modern safety equipment (EPIRB, Life Floats, Life Jackets, etc.), the Oceanside Adventures is constantly maintained and inspected once a year by the United States Coast Guard, a Division of Homeland Security.
Is the boat wheelchair accessible?
Yes! Our boat has a huge, wide ramp that can accommodate guests in wheelchairs, and the entire boat has just one level. If you have any additional questions, please click on "Contact Oceanside Adventures" to the left of the page.
Are there life jackets on board? Do I have to wear one?
We do have life jackets on board, but it is not required for any passenger to wear one during the cruise.
Will there be room on the boat to stow my belongings?
There is limited room to stow your belongings on board. Please only bring what is necessary for the trip.
What should I wear?
Warm, layered clothing is best. It is always much cooler (10-15 degrees) on the ocean than in the harbor, so it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. Please dress appropriately with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Can I smoke on the boat?
No smoking is permitted.
Are pets allowed onboard?
We do not allow pets on board, except for service animals.
Can I bring my own food and/or beverages?
No hot food or Alcohol may be brought on board. Dry snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for purchase on the boat. Please, no ice chests or coolers are allowed on board. We will make exceptions for special diets, however.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes, there will be plenty of photo opportunities!