Welcome to Oceanside, CA. We are OCEANSIDE ADVENTURES, a luxury Whale and Dolphin Watching company located in front of the historic Light House in Oceanside Harbor.
Set in a beautiful and flourishing harbor, Oceanside Adventures showcases our brand new state-of-the art high speed 50 foot catamaran. The Oceanside Adventures catamaran will be a naturalist led whale watching and sea life excursion cruise.
Come out with us for an AWE inspiring Whale and Dolphin Watching adventure. Our trips are 2 hours and are great for families, couples, private parties, corporate events and more. Our adventure is for anyone and everyone that loves the ocean and the wildlife we may encounter.
Our vessel is a 50 foot NEW, 49 passenger beautifully equipped Catamaran. Built by Cooper Marine in Florida, our one level design is perfect for optimal viewing, we will get you up close and personal to marine life minutes away from our harbor.
• Awe inspiring adventure
• Beautifully equipped vessel
• One level boat designed for optimal viewing
• Fun for all ages
The captains, crew, and onboard naturalists of the Oceanside Adventures share more than 20 years of on the water marine life experience. Come one, come all: whale watching is an event anyone will enjoy.
What is your location and contact information?
256 Harbor Dr S, Oceanside, CA 92054
Be sure and check in at our kiosk located by the Lighthouse for your boarding pass. Please do not go directly to the boat.
These landmarks will help you to find us better: 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!
What are your rates?
Adults (ages 13 and older): $39.00
Children (ages 3 to 12): $29.00
Seniors (ages 55 and older): $34.00
Active Military (Must present valid ID at check-in): $34.00
Infants (ages 2 and under): $10.00
Can I book a private charter?
Yes, all boats are available for private charters. The charter office can be reached at 760-277-3073
What might you see on a tour?
Nov-April: Gray Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback , Fin Whale and all 4 species of dolphin
May-Oct: Fin Whales, Blue Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales and all 4 species of dolphin
Other sightings may include Orca, Pilot Whales, Turtles, Sharks, Sun Fish, Sea Lions and various birds and other marine life, one never knows what we will see next on one of our adventures. Our daily sightings log is on our web site.
What Is Not Included?
Food and beverages are not included in your ticket price but are available for purchase.
What kind of whales and dolphins have been recently sighted?
For the latest sightings please visit our trip logs at https://www.oceansidewhalewatching.com/sightings-log/ Please note that there is NO better time for seeing whales or dolphin as they both move 24 hours/day!
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, and trips often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please buy your tickets well in advance.
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!
Are children allowed?
Yes! We have no age limit for our whale watching cruises. Everyone is welcome, and our vessel is very safe with high rails. However children ages two and under are not recommended.
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.
If this trip is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
Unfortunately we do not have waiting lists for our trips. If the date and time you want is sold out, please choose another date and time from the schedule for this activity.
How early should I arrive to check in before the trip?
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before the cruise departs and have your entire party check in at the kiosk for boarding passes and to sign the manifest.
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 unsurpassed record for success in the Oceanside area!
Do you sell gift cards?
Yes! Whale watching is a perfect gift and a whale watching trip is great for gatherings of friends or family! Click here to learn more or to purchase a gift card
When is 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.
How far does the boat go out?
Grey whales are coastal navigators, so usually we travel about a mile offshore. The same is generally true for Blue whales. The boat does have the range of up to 7 miles if needed.
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 on board?
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, please dress appropriately with a hat, sunglasses, and/or sunscreen.
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 very large, wide ramp which 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 absolutely 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 over dressed than under dressed. Once you are comfortable you can always peel a layer off! Waterproof clothing might be a good idea in the event of rain, and sunglasses are an absolute must!
Can I smoke on the boat?
No smoking is permitted.
Are dogs allowed on board?
We do not allow dogs on board, with the exception of service animals.
Can I bring my own food and/or beverages?
Dry snacks, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for purchase on the boat, cash only please. Alcohol may not be brought on board. No hot food allowed on boat. Snacks and water are ok.
How much money should I bring?
While no money is required from you on board, if you’d like to purchase food or beverages at the full service galley, or souvenirs, please bring extra money (approximately $20). While the store on-land accepts both cash and credit cards for souvenir purchases, food and drink on the boats’ galleys will need to be purchased with cash only.
How much should I tip the crew if any?
There is no gratuity required, but a recommended amount would between $2-$5 per person. The crew works hard to make your trip enjoyable!
Can I bring an ice chest?
No ice chests or coolers are allowed on board. We will make exceptions for special diets, however.
What is your refund/rescheduling policy?
Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled. Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
Full accommodation will be provided in the rare scenario the trip is canceled for any reason.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event for weather-related reasons or otherwise, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability), receive a credit for a future event or receive a full refund.
All participants are required to have tickets for this event.
Our boats are United States Coast Guard documented for a certain amount of passengers and we cannot exceed the capacity. This means that all passengers must have a ticket.