We’re about to enter our second full season of whale watching adventures in San Diego. Last year we were able to spot and sail with whales on nearly every charter. There was one outing where we didn’t spot whales, but we did cruise along with a small pod of dolphins. We see a variety of sea life on every charter. The most common are birds and sea lions. We make it a point on most outings to cruise by the bait barges where there are usually dozens of sea lions lounging in the sun. We will be doing whale watching tours every Saturday beginning in January and running through March. Please see our calendar here for all of the dates and times. You can click on the date / time of any outing and get more details about the tour. We hope that you and your friends can join us soon for one of these exciting adventures!
Oh my, oh my, oh my gooooodness! We are so excited we are beside ourselves! The biggest event of the year in San Diego is on the horizon. Just pick up your spyglass and point it to the west and you will see the masts of a fleet of tallships rising in the distance, soon to arrive at the Big Bay! YES, the Festival of Sail is coming this Labor Day Weekend. Check out the website here Maritime Museum to see the best place to be Labor Day weekend in San Diego. The Parade of Tallships happens on Friday September 4th from 3 til 5pm. There are locations all around the bay to view the Parade of Tallships from the shore, but we all know that the very best seats are on board JADA, as she takes her place in the parade. So join us for the parade of a lifetime as we open the big event. Call now as we always sell out for this event. Snacks and drinks are provided, just come prepared to have a grand time. Bring your friends and family for the very best view in the world of our own San Diego Tall ships, our famous visiting ships and the highly anticipated San Salvador which is set to debut this weekend. Oh, and plan to stop by and say hello to JADA, her crew and our exceptional family of friends and Jada Alumnae. We will be open daily for tours and will sail each day on the bay.
Whale watching season is upon us! Our first 2015 public Whale Watching sail was January 24th. We will continue to offer our saturday whale watching cruises through March 28th. These are always popular cruises, so don’t hesitate, call Carole today at 858-222-9479 to book your San Diego Whale Watching cruise on our 1938 all wooden sail yacht JADA. We always schedule our Whale Watching for the height of the season so we are most likely to spot whales. Last season we spotted whales on every trip but one, and on that one we saw a great pod of dolphins. We Often See More Than Whales While we are always on the hunt for Grey Whales, we often see other types of sea life including sea lions, sea gulls, and dolphins. Many people say that they enjoy the dolphins every bit as much or more than the whales. The dolphins are always playfully with lots of jumping out of the water and surfing along in our bow wake. A Few Things To Know About Our Whale WatchingCruises: The trips usually last about 4 hours. As a sailing vessel we are very stable even in the ocean swells. The whales often travel in groups of 2 or 3. While maintaining a safe distance, we get close enough that you can see the whales and dolphins clearly. In addition to great food, we also serve coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Although it’s almost always comfortable, you should bring clothing layers, including a jacket. Our Captain and crew love to share interesting facts about the whales and other sea life. For more information about whale watching trips and purchasing tickets go to our main website www.sailjada.com We plan to go every Saturday during the season. Private groups can go whale watching too throughout the week Come out and enjoy this great adventure!
I went aboard the JADA this last Monday for a sailboat charter just before sunset. Knowing that the JADA was the only classic all-wooden yacht available for charter in San Diego, I envisioned being taken back to how it would’ve been to sail on a sailboat in the 1940’s. For being over 70 years old, JADA was in great shape. The crew were all nice and the captain was very informative on the San Diego bay and its history. The JADA has to be one of the best private yacht charters around. I highly recommend trying this! And the best part of all is that you don’t have to do anything on the JADA but eat and drink! All kinds of snacks and beverages are brought to you by the crew so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. If you like to be catered to this is definitely the right place. The JADA has to be one of the best private yacht charters around. I highly recommend JADA for anyone who is wishing to sail San Diego. The view of San Diego aboard the JADA is unreal. – Oscar, SD
Here’s a sequential description of what you’ll see on a charter with us. After we leave the dock we raise sails as we motor out of the marina basin. Once the sails are up, we turn off the motor and glide smoothly over the water on our way to the first few sites of interest. First we cruise by the largest bait barges on the west coast where there are always lots of sea lions basking in the sun, along with sea birds including cormorants and gulls. Right after that we sail past the US Navy submarine base and see one or more submarines and sometimes the dolphin training vessels. If we’re real lucky we’ll see some dolphins being trained. Next we turn down the bay and go past any number of military ships (depending upon which ones are in port). Often we see aircraft carriers and destroyers. We’ll cruise across the bay with a great view of the landmark Coronado bridge on our way over to the aircraft carrier Midway, which is now a museum with over a dozen vintage aircraft parked on the deck. Right next to that is the historic maritime waterfront with the San Diego Maritime Museum and a flotilla of historic and famous vessels, including the Surprise from the movie Master and Commander. We are sure to point out all of these sites to guests and share points of interest. *Please note that depending upon wind direction and speed that our route and therefore the sights will vary.