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Xplore Offshore

La Jolla, CA, USA
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About Xplore Offshore
Xplore Offshore is San Diego's original and still the best whale and dolphin experience. I operate in a USCG certified boat and create custom and intimate trips for any age and interest. I utilize a rigid inflatable boat that was custom-built for me to provide a safe, thrilling and memorable experience. I hope you will come see me and let me show you a slice of the wildlife and magic that lives right off the San Diego coast.
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Jill P wrote a review Jun 2019
Appleton, Wisconsin8 contributions2 helpful votes
This is my third Whale and Dolphin watching tour that I have been on. My second in San Diego and once in Mexico. I have enjoyed all three tours, However, this one with Captain Russel is my favorite and I would only book this tour from now on when in San Diego! Captain Russel plans your excursion based on what you want to do and see. My friends and I enjoyed the boat ride itself, and it was a bonus that we saw several dolphins and blue whales! Captain Russel makes it affordable and gives you an amazing experience. He definitely understands how to give a good boat ride even on somewhat rough waters, and he knows the best places to go to see the amazing marine animals! I highly recommend booking this tour! No need to spend any more time looking for the best cuz you found it right here! 💕
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Tourist285615 wrote a review Mar 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Captain Russell is a rare gem! He is super friendly and accommodating, as well as knowledgeable about marine life and the local area. We are boaters and we were very impressed with the way in which his souped up craft sliced through waves. It is incredibly smooth and comfortable! Our family of four (kids 11 and 14) had an amazing day cruising around, and then witnessing some wonders of nature up close. We spotted 3 migrating humpback whales and a pod of over 200 dolphins! Because the boat rides low, we were riding along right next to the dolphins. Hard to describe how amazing this was! Don't hesitate - hire Russell!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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douglaslurie wrote a review Aug 2018
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Captain Russell could not have been better. We all had a great time. The boat was very stable and dry, and we all were very comfortable (2 kids ages 6 and 11). Highly recommend this trip for families.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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iadggm wrote a review Jul 2018
Phoenix, AZ34 contributions25 helpful votes
Every time we vacation in San Diego we try and arrange a tour with Captain Russell. He is just so great. His tours are geared toward things that you want so see. If you are unsure, he has plenty of recommendations. Yes, you can choose to go with the huge whale watching tours and stand three deep at the rails trying to get a glimpse of a dolphin. Captain Russel will take you out in a smaller, but very secure boat, where you can reach out and touch the dolphins - plus Captain Russell will tell you what kind of dolphin it is and answer any other questions you have.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Bay_Voyager wrote a review May 2018
Oakland, California, United States7 contributions
I went on a cruise in San Diego with Capt. Russell and it was one of the most amazing experiences I have been on. As a small business owner myself, I love this cruise. The weather was perfect. We saw where they filmed some of the Pirate of the Caribbean.movie, amazing homes, dolphins, did I mention the water was amazing? Capt Russell is an very cool host and makes you feel like family from the first contact to the end of the cruise. I can not express any more to you as to how much fun this trip was. Thank you and I look forward to the next time I'm down in San Diego with family!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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