One of the few places in the world that offer year-round whale watching opportunities is the coastline of San Diego and Orange County. As you take your first step onto The Cloudia you will step back in time, into “an old-world vessel feel” encased in modern comforts. There is no better way to view these magnificent giants!

Our year-round list of whale and wild life viewing includes, the gray whale migration during the winter and spring months and the giants of the sea, the blue and finback whales during the summer and fall months.

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Be sure to have your camera set to panoramic to capture images of giant blue whales and the annual gray whale migration.

Finback, Minke, Humpback, and even Killer whales can be viewed onboard The Cloudia’s 4 hour whale watching tours. A favorite of families that sail with us always includes the many species of playful dolphin, such as the giant Risso’s and common dolphin which are seen regularly. Megapods of a thousand or more common and bottlenose dolphin unique to Southern California can also be on our visitor list!  Sea lions, and all types of other marine life can also be discovered.

We leave from America’s Cup Harbor in San Diego Bay and sail along Shelter Island past an amazing collection of marine birds and barking sea lions waiting for their chance at an anchovy.

Continuing along Point Loma on our way to the Pacific Ocean, we pass Fort Rosecrans, Ballast Point and the historic Point Loma lighthouse. Sit back, relax and take in the magnificent San Diego coastline on this breathtaking tour on the open ocean.

We encourage participation. It’s up to you, your ambitions, abilities and attitude. The captain will have ultimate control of the ship and its crew’s movements.

In The Movies

Although the Cloudia should have received a Hollywood Star for her unique design, history and splendor. She did make it as “the lead role” in her debut to the big screen in a Warner Brothers movie – The Sea Gypsies (1978). It’s a story about a family’s adventures on a sailing trip around the world. Your friends and family will love that you took you took a tour on a ship used in a Hollywood movie.

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Thar she blows!!

Whale watching on the Cloudia – what a great afternoon! You take off from a real fishing harbor in a sloop with 10 to 20 other guests – so very personal experience, not like those big crafts 200+. The young crew was so informative about whales, sealife, San Diego’s marine history – and all the while taking up sails, showing us how things worked, and watching for signs of dolphins, whales, etc. We saw a grouping of Humpback whales and later Grey whales along with numerous dolphins. Thoroughly enjoyed it – feels like going sailing on a friend’s boat!

cblairsd, TripAdvisor

Whale watching

My wife and I live in the Arizona desert and we love it. When we want a change we head for San Diego. In the 30+ years that we have traveled there we had our best experience and most fun last month when we went whale watching on The Cloudia. The ship is magnificent. The owner, captain and crew made our trip one that we will remember forever. We saw many whales, dolphins and lots of other sea life. The price is right and the experience was grand.

Dwnclu, TripAdvisor

Excellent afternoon of whale watching

5 of us had a picture perfect afternoon on a wonderful old wooden boat. The captain and crew were very knowledgeable and found numerous whales and dolphins. The seating was very spacious and we saw other people on the cattle boats crammed around the railings looking for whales as we sat on comfy cushions watching whales. It would be a really great boat for a sunset cruise around the bay.

jerry631 - Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia, TripAdvisor