Whale and Dolphin Expedition

Large blue whale from aboveOverview

Are you looking to get closer than the rest?  SD Expeditions offers a whale and dolphin expedition unlike any other.  If you’re looking for a truly intimate encounter, look no further.  We have Kayaks on board that we may use to offer a closer encounter. As with all our tours, we put the welfare of the animals first and foremost. We are diligent in ensuring both participant and animal are safe during wildlife encounters.

Members of the SDE team stay in contact with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography which allows us to remain well informed and aware of any activity occurring off our coast. As you know, the ocean is full of a diversity of marine life – which includes Common and Bottlenose dolphins, Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, Gray Whale, Blue Whale,  Humpback and Minke Whale.   We want you to experience the ocean in all it’s glory.  So join SD Expeditions and do something different!

This product is booked on a private charter basis or for parties of 4 or more.  Please contact us to schedule your next ocean safari.


The boat we will be using is either a 25-foot six-pac local dive boat meant for the open ocean or a 40-foot convertible sport yacht. Both are equipped with all standard safety equipment.  We carry a maximum of 6 -12 guests (dependent on boat). We will provide lunch and refreshments to keep you energized over the duration of the trip – if you have any special requests feel free to let us know.

Wilderness Disclaimer:

At SD Expeditions we use all means necessary to provide you with the safest interaction possible. We are diligent about checking the latest weather reports and updates to remain well informed. However, we are out in the open ocean, and if weather conditions do not cooperate, we may need to head back early.

We are not in a theme park with domesticated animals, nor would we want to be. The excitement of not knowing exactly what you will see or encounter in the open ocean is what makes this excursion so amazing.

This product is booked on a private charter basis or for parties of 4 or more.  Please contact us to schedule your next Whale and Dolphin Expedition.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need any equipment?

Participants are welcome to enter the water on this expedition, in which case, we provide all the gear you’ll need. In the event you’d rather enjoy from the boat, you’ll  want to pack a warm jacket, sunglasses or a hat, and some sunscreen. We will be in the open ocean and weather can change quickly.

How close will I get to a Whale?

As whales are wild animals and we are operating in their environment, there is the possibility that a whale may surface next to our boat. We maintain a safe distance for both participant and animal.

What do I do with my belongings?

We will have space on board to stow small personal items, although we recommend anything that you won’t need on the ocean to be locked in your car.

How long is the excursion?

Expect to be out at sea for around 4 hours.

Trip Information


Leave from Mission Bay

Number of Guests:

Up to 12


4 Hours


10am – 2pm


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Interested in a private trip? Contact us!