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Address: 2864 Palomino Cir, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-7066
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Awesome experience!

Once in a lifetime experience. Russell was very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable! We had our 6 year old with us so he tailored the trip to keep everyone entertained. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 4, 2017
Shelley B

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Once in a lifetime experience. Russell was very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable! We had our 6 year old with us so he tailored the trip to keep everyone entertained. The dolphins swam so close to the boat we could have touched them. I highly recommend using Xplore Offshore

Thank Shelley B
Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

My wife, aunt, and two cousins went on a 3-hour tour. (Not the Gilligan's Island kind) with Capt. Russell. It was perfect conditions: sunny, calm, & warm. Within one hour we were surrounded by literally thousands of Common Dolphins. That is not hyperbole, they were everywhere as far as we could look in every direction. It really was a profound... More 

Thank JonDLee
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015

Capt Russell was an awesome guide. We saw many blue whales and hundreds of dolphins. I have never been so close to a whale. It was only about 10 feet from the boat! It was an unforgettable experience. Definitely worth it.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2015

Captain Russell is great! He went out of his way to create a unique trip for our family. We saw a blue whale and her calf and a huge pod of dolphins. My husband and teenage daughters swam in the ocean and were able to hear the Dolphins communicating! Captain Russell is knowledgeable and friendly. This was the highlight of... More 

Thank CallieCK
Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2014

We had a great time with Captain Russell on our trip to Catalina. He is a great captain and knows what he is doing. Our kids enjoyed every moment of it and it was a memorable trip ! Will go again!

Thank Niyz
Denver, Colorado
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

Captain Russell ensures that you are safe and at ease, but really lets you pick the destinations and activities. His versatile craft excels at whale/dolphin viewing in the ocean but you can also inflate the towable raft and have the kids skipping across the bay. Russell is an expert at his trade and passionate about the sea. I could not... More 

Thank azoutte
Big Rock
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

What a tour! This was great and we would do it again. We saw dolphins, whales and other wildlife. We spent three hours with him and we could customize our tour! It was work the money!

Thank GinaDunlap
Mesa, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

I would highly recommend going out on the boat with Captain Russell if you are looking for a unique ocean experience. It is unlike I had ever done before. My wife, two 11 year old boys spent about 3 hours on the ocean. The captain found a mega-pod of dolphins and they were jumping all around us and interacting with... More 

Thank Patrick B
Queensbury, New York, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is well worth the money. We contacted Captain Russell to sign up for a boating excursion with our two teenage boys, ages 13 and 16. We were staying at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego and Captain Russell picked us up and we headed out into the ocean. We were the only ones on the boat and... More 

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Ankeny, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is the second time my daughter and I have booked with Russell (owner and captain). I'm pretty sure we will do this every time we are in San Diego. We did a few hours each time; I would go out longer if we had more with us and could afford it. Russell did everything he could to accommodate us... More 

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