A perfect winter field trip at affordable group rates with classroom resources
We invite you and your students to join us on a unique and valuable marine field trip, highlighted by the presence of the majestic Pacific Gray Whale.
There is no place like San Diego to experience this remarkable annual migration. And there is no company more experienced in whale-watching field trips than H&M Landing.
By November, large pods of migrating Pacific Gray Whales will arrive off our coast enroute to the warm-water lagoons of Baja California, where they mate and bear their young.
A short boat ride into coastal waters provides the unique opportunity to witness nature in motion.
In addition to Gray Whales, trips may also encounter other whales including Humpback, Minki, Sei, Fin and possibly Orcas! Dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and many species of pelagic birds, including pelicans, terns, petrels, herons, egrets, cormorants and gulls are seen each trip.
At the end of the day, your students will see San Diego, the bay and the ocean with different eyes and will take home a new sense of place.
3-HOUR MARINE WILDLIFE FIELD TRIP GROUP RATES
Our low rate is available to all qualifying school groups, regardless of size. Group rates are available Monday through Friday; reservations are required. Call 619 222 1144. Adults $19, Students $15
ADDITIONAL SCHOOL-GROUP OPPORTUNITY
San Diego Floating Marine Classroom: Using scientific collecting gear, including plankton nets, trawl nets and other sampling equipment, students on our Marine Floating Classroom trips have the opportunity to get a hands-on, close-up and personal look at our rich marine environment and the diversity of like that it support.
San Diego Marine Floating Classroom trips are available Monday through Friday, October through May. Trips are approved by San Diego Unified School District. For information on these trips please call 619 889 4535.
TEACHER WHALE-WATCHING RESOURCES
Pre- and post-trip STEM curriculum, an on-board reference library, and a recommended-reading list are available to optimize the learning experience.
MARINE ADVENTURES FOR ALL AGES
3-HOUR WHALE-WATCHING ADVENTURES
Our most popular field trip is the 3-hour coastal/offshore cruise, available November through April, 2017.
The trips begins with a cruise through San Diego Bay and a chance to see U.S. Navy ships, international freighters, historic Ballast Point and the Cabrillo Lighthouse atop Pt. Loma. Traveling through the harbor you will see sea lions, harbor seals and many species of aquatic birds. Once offshore you can expect to see whales, dolphins and other marine life while enjoying an interpretive commentary provided by an experienced and knowledgeable staff.
5-HOUR ISLAND NATURE TOUR
Mexico’s wildlife sanctuary at the Coronado Islands, just 14 miles from San Diego, provides a spectacular environment for whale watching and observing a multitude of marine wildlife, often including varieties of sea birds plus one of the only two elephant seal rookeries within 300 miles. Passport and Mexican Tourist Visa required.
PACIFIC SEA-FARI® EXPEDITIONS
For the more adventurous, H&M Landing proudly offers sea-going nature expeditions to the offshore islands, sea coast and warm-water lagoons of Baja California’s Pacific coast end the Sea of Cortez. Trips range from full-day overnight to 11 days. Available February through April.
THE H&M LANDING FLEET
The H&M Landing fleet of full-service power vessels will take you to sea and back in complete comfort and safety. All vessels in the fleet are U.S. Coast-Guard inspected and documented. Shipboard accommodations include comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, full-service galleys for the purchase of food and beverage. All trips include interpretive commentary by knowledgeable and experienced staff.
PREPARING FOR A WHALE-WATCHING TRIP
For comfort, participants are encouraged to bring a sweater or jacket, hat and sunglasses. Rubber-soled shoes and sunscreen are highly recommended.