Oceanside Adventures
Boat Tours • Eco Tours • Private Tours • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
About
Come out with us for an AWE inspiring Whale and Dolphin Watching adventure. Trips are 2 hours and great for families, couples, private parties, and corporate events. Our top rated adventures are perfect for anyone and everyone that loves the ocean or the wildlife we may encounter. The Oceanside Adventure is a 50 foot beautifully equipped one level fast Catamaran built by Cooper Marine in Florida. You will find our Kiosk conveniently located next to the historic Oceanside Harbor Lighthouse. FREE parking in designated area. We look forward to having you aboard soon!
Oceanside, California
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2022

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4.5
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caminarqueen
San Marcos, CA1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
Although we didn't see any whales, it was late in the season as they migrated to Alaska. The boat and captains were wonderful. We were blessed with great weather, sunny and 70 ventured out at the noon time slot. The seas were rough and had some water splash a bunch of us sitting on the outer deck but it was so much fun and excitement! A family of 6, 2 children 3 and 5, 2 parents, and 2 grandparents. It was educational and fun. We all enjoyed it and will do it again as well as other excursions as we live so close not to take advantage of these great experiences.
Written May 25, 2022
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We are happy your family enjoyed the cruise and look forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much!
Written May 31, 2022
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Cdkoneill
North Las Vegas, NV1 contribution
Aug 2022
My husband and I really enjoyed the whale watching excursion. The captain kept everyone on the tour abreast of everything he saw; pointed out harbor seals (2-miles off shore), a juvenile Blue Whale and Mahi Mahi jumping out of the water. It was amazing!!! The captain knowing a lot about the Blue Whale’s habits, he was able to show us 3 different times of the juvenile breaching the surface. Everyone was able to get awesome photos. Going back next year.
Written August 26, 2022
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Donna K
Thank you this was such an amazing day and we love hearing from our passengers about what they saw, the Mahi Mahi was an extra surprise too ! Sharing this 5 star review with the world really helps us as a company and again we are very grateful.
Written September 4, 2022
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jilllovestheocean
1 contribution
Aug 2022
we had such a fun day. it was a beautiful day to be out on the water. we loved all the info the crew told us about the whales and dolphins we were seeing out there. the crew was so patient with the whale and made sure we could see it come back up to the surface . thanks guys !
Written August 19, 2022
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Donna K
Thank you so glad you had a great time !
Written September 4, 2022
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HavanaB1997
1 contribution
Nov 2021
This was hands down one of the best ocean outings I have been on. The boat was safe and easy to navigate for my handicapped husband. As we scanned the water for signs of sea life, Captain Chris spotted some dolphin activity. We headed that way and found ourselves in a gathering of dolphins that was in the thousands! We were completely surrounded by the dolphins jumping, playing, and chasing the boat. It was truly incredible. The beauty and magic of that hour is hard to describe. We will do this again with our family, and highly recommend this as part of any vacation or family outing. Shout Outs to Tikhon and Ivy, our crew on the boat. Aloha for now!
Written November 21, 2021
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We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us.
Written November 28, 2021
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Joe M
Vista, CA5 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We saw dozens of Common Dolphins (probably more like two or more hundred) and they swam and surfaced and played by the boat as we moved along. There were also some sea lions in the bay as we pulled out and returned. We didn't see any whales, but the sea was calm and just being out on the sea and enjoying those sea birds and dolphins that we did see was a real treat.
Written July 17, 2022
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We couldn't be happier to hear you had a great trip and enjoyed our cruise. Thank you very much for taking time to share your opinion.
Written July 20, 2022
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Michele S
Anaheim, CA1 contribution
Feb 2022
My husband and I had the day off on Friday, so decided to go out on this excursion. The weather was so nice and the sea was calm so I was happy to be out on the boat weather or not we saw much. About half way through the trip we came upon a pod of Dolphin..must have been a thousand Dolphin-many playfully jumping out of the water-it was unbelievable! The Captain took us into the middle of the pod and we all just watched in amazement ! I will never forget this trip! I plan to do this excursion every year from now on.
Written February 14, 2022
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Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to provide fellow consumers with your rich perspective. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written February 20, 2022
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jimkrzmarzick
Naperville, IL2 contributions
Feb 2022
Although no whales seen, our noon Feb 12 ocean adventure involved seeing an active concentration of 900+ dolphins (per the captain). A bottle-nose dolphin was sited during return to harbor. The trip was very rewarding.
Written February 17, 2022
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Thank you for both your patronage and for posting such generous comments regarding our business. We work very hard to ensure that we please wonderful customers like you. Thank you for validating that we are accomplishing that goal.
Written February 20, 2022
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laurynb760
Vista, CA1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Family
We had such a fun couple of hours on the water with Oceanside Adventures! We saw dolphins and a whale and the crew was really great the whole time. They spent time educating us about what we were seeing and migration routes as well as interesting facts about each species. They took the time to interact with everyone on the boat and made sure we got to see a whale before we went back into the harbor. It was fun! I would definitely recommend this excursion for tourists and locals alike.
Written March 22, 2022
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Thank you for both your patronage and for posting such generous comments regarding our business. We work very hard to ensure that we please wonderful customers like you. Thank you for validating that we are accomplishing that goal and we appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again!
Written March 22, 2022
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elizvarg
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Family
We were running late so I called ahead but they said that the boat leaves at 12 sharp. I understand that there are other people who expect to leave on time but there has to be some point where you make an exception especially since the trip went 30 minutes over the 2 hour listed time. I told the worker that my husband was on his way from the parking lot but they literally pulled away while he stood on the dock watching us leave. It ruined our entire family trip. We’ve taken trips out of New Port beach that we’re much better service and quality of viewing. (And at a fraction of the price of Oceanside Adventures.)
Written April 28, 2021
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We are sorry this happened and looked into the entire situation as your comments were very concerning to us. Check in time on the weekends is 45 minutes prior to departure as mentioned in your booking confirmation, it also requires your entire party to check in at the same time. You called us at that time saying your ETA was 5 minutes before the boat departed. We waited an extra 10 minutes for your husband and that is why we were late coming in. It is not fair to all the other passengers that arrived on time to hold them up. This all could have been avoided if the check in requirements were followed. Again we are sorry but did what we could in this situation.
Written April 30, 2021
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CHernanigans
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
We didn't see any whales. That's understandable. We did see dolphins which made up for it. I feel children like my 2 year should be free or of lesser charge than an adult admission. Other than that it was a nice 30 min or an hour out at sea. Might go back cause they gave me a coupon for our next trip. I really want to see whales lol
Written August 30, 2020
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Thank you for your review and we are happy you enjoyed the 2 hour cruise! Due to the limited capacity allowed on our boat due to Covid 19, we have changed our pricing to General Admission only, infants are $10 (under 2 years old). As soon as we are able to run at full capacity we will start to offer our tiered pricing once again. We hope you can use your 25% off coupon on your next visit!
Written September 3, 2020
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