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Weather and Cancellation Policy

Legacy Whale Watch strives to offer you the best overall experience possible, we are sometimes forced to cancel a trip due to weather conditions. Often times these conditions come without ample warning. We will always do our best to cancel a trip due to weather with ample lead time, but this is not always possible. If we cancel a trip due to weather you are eligible for a full refund or you may reschedule your trip at that time. Although not often, Legacy Whale Watch also holds the right to cancellation due to under subscription of the excursion.

Do You Guarantee Whales?

We will try our hardest to find whales and dolphins for you on every trip we make, but if we happen to fall short on our goal of finding either, we will provide the guests of that trip with a voucher for a free ride to be used on a later cruise.

Will I Get Seasick?

Everyone has different susceptibility to motion sickness. The Legacy was built in and for use in the Pacific Northwest where the ocean is generally more turbulent and we are confident in the stability of the vessel, but if you are one that has motion sickness in the past, we urge you to utilize a solution for this trip. There are many options available, ranging from wrist bands, over the counter medicine, ginger root, and prescription medication. Some medicines work better if you start them an hour or more in advance. We have had great results with ‘Bonine’ which is available for purchase at the office when you check in or on board.

When is the Best Whale Watching Season?

Although the Legacy goes whale watching year round for many different species; the best California Gray Whale season is historically December-April. We see a lot more Blue Whale, Minke Whale, Finback Whales, and Humpback Whales in the warmer waters of the Summer.

How Do You Know Where the Whales Are?

Our captains and naturalists work together in developing strategies based off migration habits, water temperatures, chlorophyll levels, and other objective measurements. Experience on the water plays a large part in developing our strategies for finding wildlife.

What Else Can You See Besides Whales?

There is plenty to see on these tours besides whales. There are numerous species of dolphins and porpoise as well as sea lions. San Diego County has over 500 species of birds in it’s county. The Audubon society states that San Diego has more species of birds in a single county than any other county in the United States. It also has more species of bird than any other place in the United States of comparable size.

What is Your Cancellation Policy?

You may cancel up to 24 hours before the departure time of your trip for a full refund minus 10%.

Can We Bring Food and Drink on the Boat?

You are welcome to bring food and drink on the boat, with a few restrictions. No alcohol, coolers, or glass containers. Also, please be aware of your fellow passengers; please don’t bring foods with strong offensive smells. We also ask you not to chew sunflower seeds on the boat.