FAQs - Whale Watching at H&M Landing

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When should I arrive?

Please arrive 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Will we see whales?

The San Diego area has become a world class destination for viewing marine wildlife. During the high season, whales are typically observed along with a variety of marine wildlife, some rare and endangered.

What else can we see?

San Diego and the Point Loma region have become a premier global destination for viewing marine wildlife. Waters around the point have been set aside as a sanctuary, a safe haven for the diversity of species found in the region. It is not uncommon to observe several species of whales on a single outing. In addition, typical observations within Sanctuary and offshore waters can include Gray Whales, Humpbacks, Fin Whales, Blue Whales and more. Several species of Dolphin, Seals, Sealions and a variety of aquatic fowl can be observed daily. In addition, your adventure includes a tour through San Diego Bay where you will observe one of the world’s most powerful Naval bases along with the ships and aircraft that command this designation.

How big is the boat?

We have several boats in our fleet. Our primary vessel is 85’ overall.

Is there seating inside/outside?

Bench seating is provided outside and galley seating inside.

What do I bring?

We suggest you bring a quality camera to capture images of your voyage. San Diego Bay and offshore areas offer an unsurpassed opportunity to gather images of wildlife in a unique setting. In addition, but not necessary, a set of field glasses for viewing those sights just out of range, or for those wanting a closer look.

Can I bring my own food?

While we do offer a full service galley onboard, you are more than welcome to bring your own food. Please, no ice chests, glass containers and alcoholic beverages.

Are we guaranteed to see whales?

The San Diego region offers the visitor the best opportunity anywhere to observe whales in season. We typically observe several species on the same trip. But remember, we are not in a wild animal enclosure. All wildlife in the surrounding waters are free to come and go as conditions dictate. There is no guarantee you will see whales, but you will see wildlife throughout your trip in a setting that is offered nowhere else up and down our coast.

Is the AM or PM trip better to see whales?

Neither is better or worse. Whales are wild animals and travel, hunt, feed, play, breed and socialize, on their own free will.

What if we don’t see whales?

This is what sets Whale Watching at H&M Landing apart from all others up and down the Pacific Coast. Every trip travels through the pristine waters surrounding Cabrillo State Marine Conservation Area as well as just south of the La Jolla State Marine Reserve. Here, species thrive. The scenery is unsurpassed and the wildlife diverse.

How far do we go out?

Most trips take place within a few miles of the coast. Some days we travel 10-12 miles offshore,depending upon where our best opportunity is to observe the day’s wildlife.

Do we go to the islands?

While these trips are Whale Watching in nature, your trip offshore will afford you a unique view from a distance of the Los Coronado’s Islands. We do offer Seafari Tours that visit the islands and identify all the wildlife that call this region their home.

Can we get off on the island?

Whale watching trips are Non-Landing trips, which means we do not get off on the island. We do, however, on Seafari trips, observe a variety of wildlife, some rare and endangered while conducting a close shoreline tour.

When does the season end?

Our Gray Whale season ends April 15.

When do we have the best chance of seeing whales?

Whales are observed year round. We begin Thanksgiving weekend and offer Whale Watching trips through April 15. Southbound migratory period typically is November through early February. Northbound migration late February through April. Other species such as Humpbacks are at times observed in March. Blue Whales in the summer. Orcas…any time.

Is the trip narrated?

All of our trips are fully narrated. The captain and crew have logged many years on the waters surrounding the Point Loma region, the Los Coronado’s Islands as well as offshore. They are true naturalists and experts at identifying wildlife in the region. They are dedicated and passionate in providing you with a quality offshore experience.

What happens if the trip is canceled, do we get a refund?

If the trip is canceled prior to departure due to weather, lack of reservations or any other unforeseen reason, we will make every possible effort to accommodate you on another date. With over 120 days to the season, this is typically never an issue.

What if it rains?

It’s easier to find the whales…you should see the size of their umbrellas! Wear your rain gear!

What do I wear?

Dress in layers. The weather can vary throughout your trip. Better to have than have not.

How long is the trip?

Whale Watching trips are typically 3 hours in duration.

Is there an age limit?

Wildlife viewing is fun for all ages, however we recommend ages 2 and beyond.

Can I bring my 2 month old baby?

This is a family activity enjoyed by all ages. While offer a special rate for children 12 & under, our vessels have a maximum capacity and each person on-board must be accounted for, therefore do require a fare be paid. We recommend this activity for children ages 2 and older.

Are vessels accessible for those with limited mobility?

While this activity may pose a challenge, we do our best to accommodate all of our guests. We typically have no problem accommodating those with the least bit of mobility. Please contact us in advance if you have any questions or concerns.

Will I get sea sick?

Motion sickness is typically not an issue. If you are prone, take your typical remedy prior to boarding. We offer a variety of generic products for those with concerns.

Do you offer group rates?

We offer group rates for 30 or more people.

Can we reserve the whole boat for our group?

Yes. We specialize in private charters. Customize your itinerary or focus on a specific agenda. Let us help you plan a trip for your group.

How do I get there?

We are the easiest Whale Watching Company to find. We are located at 2803 Emerson Street, San Diego CA 92106. From I-5 South, Exit Rosecrans Avenue and head South. Turn left on Emerson Street. Proceed 2 blocks East to H&M Landing.
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Is there ample parking?

We offer the most convenient parking of any Whale Watching company in San Diego Bay. Acres of spots are located just onshore from your point of departure.