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May 09, 2011
San Diego Adventures
This Sunday I set out on the Eclipse in search of whales, though not one whale was to be found, I still had an amazing time.
Every weekend Seaforth Sportfishing sends 3 boats out from Mission Bay, only a 15 minute drive,Â on a 3-hour whale watching excursions and tickets can be set up through the L'Auberge Del Mar Resort Host.Â I arrived and checked in at their bait shop about a half-hour early, as was suggested. You may want to arrive even a little bit earlier and have some lunch at Seaforthâ€™s little deli, 3 hours out and sea can build quite an appetite.
As soon as our boat, the Eclipse, was prepped from her morning voyage and all the passengers arrived, we all boarded, and were off! On the Eclipse there are 3 different areas to sit; the stern or back of the boat, the cabin or interior of the boat, and the bow or front of the boat. I started off at the stern, but quickly learn the bow is where all the action was.
It felt so nice to be at the front of the Eclipse while leaving Mission Bay, sea mist and air hitting my face, spotting friendly sea lions bidding us bon voyage on our way to the Pacific Ocean. As we left the harbor and headed out to sea the ocean swells grew larger and we had an exciting ride, the boat swayed up and down and splashes of water hit us in the face. Note: if you go and leave the cabin, you may get wet. Wear a windbreaker.
Though we searched and searched, there was no luck in spotting any whales. We did stumble across some very playful common dolphins who found fun surfing in the wake of the Eclipse. For about a half-an-hour they followed us, jumping in and out of the water, swimming upside-down with their bellys up, and slapping the water with their tails. We saw mothers with their calves swimming right next to the boat. The dolphins were worth the trip and so were watching the delight of all the children on board. If you are vacationing with little one in San Diego, whale watching is a â€śmust doâ€ť and would be perfectly paired with a trip to Sea World, which is right across the street.
The crew was amazing keeping everyone onboard safe and sound. The naturalist on board took the time to answer everyoneâ€™s questions and entertain with stories of past voyages. I had such a wonderful time, couldnâ€™t think of any better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in beautiful San Diego. Thank you to everyone a Seaforth Sportfishingâ€¦ Iâ€™ll be back!