Whale Watching in San Diego


Here at Aolani, our customers love hopping aboard our beautiful catamaran sailboat to catch a glimpse of some of San Diego’s legendary sea life. Join us for an unforgettable day on the water as you and your guests gaze at all kinds of gorgeous creatures, including whales, dolphins, and sea lions. The San Diego bay offers amazing opportunities for whale watching and traveling in the Aolani is about as up close and personal as you can get!

Our catamaran sailboat is built for versatility. It uses powerful, twin turbo diesel engines to get you and your crew out to the open ocean twice as fast as a conventional sailboat. You don’t have to wait around the San Diego harbor hoping to catch a glimpse at a gray whale. We take you straight to the heart of the action as soon as possible. When you get to the open ocean, we cut the engines to give you some peace and quiet, so you can focus all your energy on the city’s marine life. It’s the perfect way to get out of the city and back in touch with nature. From personal get-togethers to corporate parties and educational excursions, we do it all.

San Diego is known for its majestic sea life. Finback, humpback, blue and gray whales are always splashing about in the local area, as well as dolphins, seals, and various other marine creatures. The photo opportunities are endless. Our guests usually catch several glimpses of these stunning creatures throughout their trip. Our guides know just about everything there is to know about these various creatures, including whale migration paths, feeding patterns, and other important details that help our guests see as many whales as possible. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you don’t come home empty handed.

While November through April is the peak season for blue-whale watching in this part of the Pacific Ocean, you and your guests can take off on a family-friendly marine life tour all year long, thanks to San Diego’s gorgeous weather. Our dual-hull catamaran will give you and your guests a stable, safe and smooth ride to help you make the most of this special occasion. You can spend more time with the creatures of the sea without worrying about turbulence or getting seasick. If you’re new to the art of whale watching, this is the cruise for you.

Come to Aolani for an unforgettable whale watching tour in the heart of the city. With luxurious accommodations and expert customer service, we are here to make sure you and your guests have everything you need at sea. Spread out on our expansive sun deck. Enjoy delicious onboard catering. And experience San Diego and Baja California like never before. Get back to nature and book a whale watching cruise with the professionals at Aolani today!


Sailing in Style: Luxury Yachting for More Fun at Sea

On our 58-foot catamaran, you and your guests can explore the entire San Diego area like you’ve never seen it before. At sea, we can comfortably fit up to 48 passengers. If you need to host a larger party or you’re looking to sync up with local wedding venues, we can dock alongside a nearby hotel or add a second rafted wedding yacht to double the maximum capacity.

When it comes to San Diego Bay tours for corporate events and teambuilding, our hospitality suite is perfect for throwing all kinds of parties. You and your guests can spread out and lounge around in style while our crew attends to your every need. Spend more time taking in the views during unique team building activities while we take care of everything else.

San Diego Yacht Rental Options

Corporate events
Luxury weddings and bachelorette parties
Day cruises
Whale and dolphin watching
Hospitality suite
Military event
Film/media production
Holiday cruises
Burial at sea

If you don’t see your event listed above, contact us to see if Aolani’s San Diego sailing charters are the right choice for your next get together.

Professional Catamaran Rentals for a Seamless Experience

With 16 years in the catamaran rental business, the professionals at Aolani know how to throw a party a sea. We have the experience to make sure you and your guests have everything you need as you leave the shore behind. Intimate and spacious, power catamarans give you the best of both worlds. Our Captain and Crew are included on all private yacht charter outings, so you can sail worry-free. You and your guests can also enjoy some of San Diego’s best catering options with a dinner cruise on board. Let us do all the work so you and your party can sail across the turquoise waters of San Diego in style.

Take your event to the next level with a San Diego day cruise. Aolani is here to create an experience you and your guests will never forget. Contact us to learn more about our catamaran sailing charters and start planning your adventure today.





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Being a private charter company, versatility is one of our most prominent and unique strengths. Our twin engines can race you out to the ocean faster than any conventional sailboat, but we can also cut the engines at any time for a quiet, clean sailing experience. We can accommodate up to 48 guests plus crew on board at any time, and our interior and exterior spaces are designed so that in the unlikely event that the San Diego weather isn’t perfect, everyone can still fit comfortably in the salon. And while we have a wide variety of planned outings available, you can choose your own adventure, and charter the expedition that’s just right for you!

One of the many things that set us apart from other sailing options in San Diego is that we are Coast Guard certified to sail in the open ocean, not just in the San Diego Bay. This leaves your options wide open for your custom yacht charter. San Diego has many amazing shoreline attractions for day trips, sunset sailing & sunset cruises, as well as unforgettable overnight trips to Catalina Island, where you can anchor for one or more nights and explore that unique, sparsely populated and idyllic island. For the wildlife lover, the months of November through April tend to be perfect for getting up close and personal with Gray, Finback, and even Blue Whales during their southern migration down to Mexico. Other amazing ocean creatures such as pods of dolphins, sharks, sea lions, and seals can be observed year-round as well. Our expertly-trained captain and crew make for a safe and non-disruptive experience for the wildlife, and a smooth and comfortable experience for our guests. On-board, we have modern audio-visual capabilities for corporate presentations or private celebrations with 2 interior flat screen TV’s and surround sound. Options abound for dining onboard the Aolani, from our fine selection of snacks and sandwiches, to gourmet catering from some of San Diego’s favorite restaurants. A full bar of premium liquors and wines is also available!

With all of the versatility of this amazing catamaran, the options for how to enjoy your chartered adventure with Aolani are virtually endless! Let us help you custom design your ideal excursion on the water, with a no-obligation consultation. Contact the 2016 A-list winner for San Diego boats and call today and start planning the trip of a lifetime!

Book your Aolani Charter today!

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