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!
Last Saturday gave us a break in the previously rainy weather, and was mostly clear and not too chilly. The seas were a bit rough, but everyone stayed dry as we headed out looking for gray whales just off Point Loma. We were not disappointed, as less than an hour into the voyage we spotted three whales only a few miles offshore. We stayed with them for quite awhile and got lots of great pictures. Here you can see much of the back of one of these amazing mammals as he / she (I can’t tell!) blows air and some water vapor, getting ready to take another breath and dive again. This is a very nice picture with the San Diego skyline visible behind the whale. Shortly into the viewing of the first three whales, two more joined the group and traveled in the same direction. Here are a few more pictures from this outing: This whale is preparing to dive a bit deeper into the water. How do we know this? Well, prior to a deeper dive the whales arch their back more and often show their tail as they angle more steeply down. Here’s another whale thoughtfully positioning herself so as to frame downtown in the background. The wind was not real cooperative during the whale watching portion of the tour, but we were able to spend some quiet time sailing on the way back in. see our calendar
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