San Diego Patriot Jet Boat Weekend Whale Watching Tour

San Diego Patriot Jet Boat Weekend Whale Watching Tour

Want to see the whales but are crunched for time? Here's a great weekend solution!

Let the high speed jet boat, the Patriot, take you out to see the majestic whales and other marine life such as seals, sea lions, migrating birds and more in half the time!

Come on board and hold on tight for trip from the harbor to where the whales are found - and back. The ride is truly a blast!

Bring warm clothing and your binoculars for a memorable San Diego whale watching experience. Oh, and don't forget your camera, because you are guaranteed to see a whale, or you ride again for free.

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Tour/Activity Details


approximately 90 minutes


11:30 am Saturday & Sunday (Mid December to Mid April)

Please Note: Boarding is 15 minutes before departure time.

Minimum age is 4. Minimum height is 40 inches (100 cm). Rates do not include hotel pick up. Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.


Cruise Features

  • All open air seating
  • Marine life sightings
  • Coupons to Birch Aquarium
  • Whale sightings guaranteed or ride again free

Terms & Conditions

  • All passengers must be at least 4 years old and 40" (100 cm) or taller.
  • An adult must accompany all children ages 4 through 12.
  • All passengers, including those with disabilities or use a wheelchair, must be able to transfer into and out of the Patriot by themselves or with the assistance of a member in their party.
  • Passengers may get wet and are advised not to carry valuables while riding the boat. The Patriot's crew assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property.
  • Passengers must be ready to board 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Tour may be cancelled due to weather conditions.
  • Tour times are subject to change.


Passengers of the Patriot will be exposed to forces, speeds and other intense features that may cause distress or injury to persons with pre-existing health conditions. Only guests in good health should ride the Patriot. For your safety, do not ride the Patriot if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  • Pregnant
  • High blood pressure
  • Prone to motion sickness
  • Heart, neck or back problems
  • Recent surgery or other medical condition that might be aggravated by the forces of the Patriot


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you really see whales? -- Yes. San Diego is one of the top gray whale watching destinations in the world.

What else do you see? -- In addition to California gray whale adults and calves, you could also see finback whales, blue whales, humpback whales, minke, killer and false killer whales. Additionally, you could see pods of hundreds of dolphins including risso's, common and white sided, and other marine life such as sea lions and a variety of coastal birds.

Is Smoking allowed? -- No, smoking is not allowed on the vessel.

Why is this cruise different from a regular whale watching cruise? -- The Patriot Jet Boat Whale Watching cruise is a high speed, 1.5 hour trip out to sea and back. There are no naturalists on board. It’s a great way to go out to see the whales if you don’t have a lot of time, but want a great adventure!

How far will we cruise into the ocean? -- In the beginning of the season, the southbound whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3 to 5 miles. Toward the end of the season, when the northbound whales swim farther out, the cruise may be up to 9 to 12 miles off the coast.

Can I touch the whales? -- No.

What should I wear? -- It's suggested you dress in layers, as the temperature/winds are often unpredictable. The ride out to the whales can reach speeds of up to 50 mph. It will be cold and there is a strong possibility you may get wet. It is also recommend you bring sunscreen.


Minimum age is 4. Minimum height is 40 inches (100 cm). Rates do not include hotel pick up. Please order online or call us at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Rates All rates are in US Dollars

Event Date:

March 24, 2018

Desired Time:

11:30 AM