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Des Moines, Iowa
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whale watching

Any recommendations on which company to use for a whale watching trip - we will be in San Diego the first part of February.

Lodi, California
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1. Re: whale watching

Check w/Hornblower. I am not sure if they will still be heading south then or not!

San Diego, CA
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Both the Hornblower and San Diego Harbor Excursions are great. I went on the hornblower last year and enjoyed it. The typical whale watching season begins the middle part of December and goes until early march.

Have fun, and bring a coat and a camera!

Tempe, Az
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Both those Cruise lines offer excellent Whale watching Harbor tours. IMO, the Hornblower is slightly better. Many local Hotels/Motels offer discount coupons (up to 50% off) for these cruises. During the week they even offer a whale watching cruise that's actually Free if you do not have a whale sighting!

St. Johnsbury, VT
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So not worth taking a cruise in April? Are they even offered trhen?

St. Johnsbury, VT
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So not worth taking a cruise in April? Are they even offered then?

Tempe, Az
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Their excellent 2 hour boat tour operate year round, however, I believe, the Whale watching concludes about March 15. IMO, the 2 hour Hornblower tour (not conisered a Cruise) is definitley worth it to see all the many SD sites from the ocean's perspective. Many top notch photo opportunties as well as sea life and water attractions!

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We went down to San Diego in December of 2004. We decided to do some whale watching. There are two companies: the Hornblower and San Diego Harbor Excursions. We picked Harbor Excursions randomly. The captain of the boat told us the trip had to be cancelled due to rough weather just after the boat sailed out of the harbor while we watched a bigger Hornblower boat past us on its whale watching trip. After we returned, they gave us a come-back ticket as both companies promised. However, you cannot use the ticket on weekends and it is only valid for this season. So basically you are screwed if you don't live local.

The conclusion: go with Hornblower. Both companies cost the same. You'd rather to ride on a bigger boat.