2017 WHALE WATCHING TRIP
A Benefit Event for Sierra Club San Diego Conservation Program
Sunday, March 5, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
It is the height of the gray whale migration along our coast and this is your opportunity to join with fellow Sierra Club members and friends as we venture out to locate and see whales from afar and up close. Past trips have seen as many as 15 whales. You will also get to see other sea life such as sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins and some seabirds.
San Diego and the Point Loma region have become a premier global destination for viewing marine wildlife. Waters around the point have been set aside as a sanctuary, a safe haven for the diversity of species found in the region. You will also get to see other sea life such as sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins and some seabirds. We will also have onboard a marine mammal biologist, naturalist and researcher of gray whale conservation to lead our trip and provide interesting facts about the creatures we observe.
This is the 10th year that we have offered this chartered trip. The boat is U. S. Coast Guard Certified and built for the open sea. It is modern, with full walk around deck that allows you to experience the excitement of whale watching. Spacious bench seating outdoors and comfortable seating indoors with a galley.
We have a limited number of seats available. Bring your cameras and binoculars to make this a memorable whale watching trip. Proceeds from the trip will benefit Sierra Club San Diego’s conservation programs.
DEPARTURE TIME AND LOCATION
Our boat will be leaving from Point Loma at H&M Landing, 2803 Emerson Street, San Diego, at 9:00 AM and return at approximately 12:00 PM. There is day parking in the lot next to H&M Landing ($7); there is some street parking. Early arrival is important.
Check in for departure begins at 8:00 AM. We will leave sharply at 9:00 AM. Allow plenty of time to get there and be on board.
WARNING: It can get bumpy on the water. If you are (or think you might be) susceptible to motion sickness, check with your doctor, pharmacist or organic supplier for appropriate medication. Most medications require usage BEFORE your trip (sometimes the day before). It is usually too late if you take it on-board.
WHAT TO BRING
- Photo ID (Coast guard rule), plenty of warm clothes and sun protection: sun lotion, hat, sunglasses including comfortable (warm) shoes with good traction for walking around on a potentially wet deck.
- Camera (extra batteries) and binoculars.
- You may bring lunch and/or snacks, although there is a modern galley that offers hot and cold beverages and food for sale (limited menu). No alcoholic beverages!
- Bottled water (available from the galley, but not free).
DIRECTIONS to H&M Landing
- From North I-5 AND I-8 West exit Rosecrans (South 209), go south 3.3 miles. Turn LEFT on Emerson St, which dead ends at H&M Landing.
- From South I-5 exit W Hawthorne St., go west (towards the San Diego airport). Turn RIGHT on N Harbor Dr. and go 3.2 miles, turn LEFT on Scott Street, drive 3 blocks and turn LEFT on Emerson, which dead ends at H&M Landing.
REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY
- If the trip goes as planned and you do not board on time, there is no refund. If you need to cancel and you call beforehand and we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list, you will receive a full refund. Otherwise, payments are final: but don’t forget that this is a fundraiser for local conservation!
- If the trip is canceled due to bad weather – heavy rain and/or extremely stormy seas – the trip will be rescheduled, and you will be automatically pre-registered. If you cannot attend the rescheduled trip, you will receive a full refund.
If you do qualify for a refund, you are always more than welcome to waive the refund as a donation to the Sierra Club as part of the fundraiser; the environment will thank you!