San Diego Whale Watching Conservation

San Diego Whale Watching Tours

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Past Reviews of the
Western Explorer

"We've been on about 4 whale watching trips, but the zodiac trip (Western Explorer) was by far the best! Besides a great day of whale watching, the trip on the zodiac is amazing...comfortable, but fast and fun!"

Tripadvisor Review

"When I chose a whale watching trip, I selected the small zodiac-type boat Western Explorer owned by Western Prince and I was not disappointed. I traveled with my husband, our 11 and 14 year old children, and my visiting brother. We all had an excellent time. I felt the small open boat (which takes 15 or fewer passengers) was more adventuresome and agile ... It was a real sun in your face, wind in your hair, enjoy the beauty of nature experience. We were delighted by the trip, and would gladly take others on this boat again."

Susie Ev, Everett, WA

Adventure awaits you in beautiful San Diego. Join Western Prince Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours on an intimate sized tour (limited to 15 passengers) as we explore the coastal waters of Southern California and discover the area's abundant wildlife and spectacular beauty.

Our tours generally run 3 to 3.5 hours on the Western Explorer. Every tour is guided by an experienced Naturalist. We interact directly with you to answer your questions and provide interesting and insightful information about the whales, dolphins, wildlife and islands we encounter.

We are dedicated whale and wildlife watchers. This is our passion, it is all we do, and it shows in the type of tours that we run. As an owner operated company, we take pride in providing a quality tour with a personal touch. We aren’t the biggest charter company in San Diego, nor do we strive to be.

The Coronado Islands, Gray Whales, and Dolphins are usually the primary focus of our whale watching tours. However, we may also see Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, California Sea Lions, Northern Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, and an amazing array of beautiful Sea Birds. We make a point of not following a set route. Each tour is unique and each day is a new adventure. We are known for going the extra miles, searching for interesting encounters. You never know what will turn up out there.

It is a truly amazing experience to view these wonderful animals in their natural environment. We hope you not only find our tours fun and exciting, but also enriching and enlightening. We always operate with the utmost respect for the wildlife we view and the environment we operate in and always follow current guidelines and regulations. We believe that the best way to ensure the long term survival of the wonderful whales and wildlife we encounter is through endearment and education.

Expected Whale & Wildlife Sightings By Month
(Sightings will vary from year to year. High sightings does not mean 100%)
H = High
M = Medium
L = Low






Gray Whales     M H H H
Humpbacks       M M M
Blue Whales H M        
Dolphins H H H H H H
Elephant Seals L L L H H H
Harbor Seals H H H H H H
Sea Lions H H H H H H
Sea Birds H H H H H H