Small Group Safari

California Swimming with Blue Whales

Be one of only four guests to join Patrick Dykstra to snorkel and free dive with blue whales and capture California blue whales on camera.

Duration 8 days
Price From $8,007
When Jul-Aug
Destination USA

Safari Overview

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the largest mammal in the world and take unique footage of these whales for research purposes. This expedition is available for only four guests to travel alongside Patrick Dykstra and his expert team exploring the waters of the Pacific Ocean in search of blue whales and other marine life.


  • An exclusive opportunity to experience nature filming with a BBC nature photographer.
  • Encounter blue whales, hammerhead sharks, ocean sunfish and more marine creatures.
  • Swim alongside the largest mammal in the world.
  • Learn about whale conversation with one of the leading experts. 
  • This is a unique opportunity to swim with blue whales off the coast of California while learning about conservation and research efforts for these majestic creatures.

    Day by day

    Day 1

    Arrive San Diego

    Today you arrive in to California and will be met by your guide and taken to your accommodation in San Diego where you can settle in and prepare yourself for your upcoming adventure.

    Days 2-7

    Swimming with and photographing blue whales

    Set out with your expert marine naturalist and photography guide seeking out blue whales in the waters off the coast of San Diego. Your skipper will receive information on the whales’ whereabouts using aerial support and a network of local fisherman and will locate your team in the right position for the best whale encounters. When the time is right you will be able to get in the water with the whales, ensuring their personal space is respected in order to maintain their well-being. It may also be possible to kayak alongside these gentle creatures and look out for other marine species while on the water.

    Day 8


    Today is the final day of your journey as you prepare to head home ready to tell your friends and family about your unforgettable marine experience. Say goodbye to your team and enjoy your final breakfast before starting your trip home.

    Trip Details

    Trip Dates & Prices

    This safari is run on a small group basis with a maximum of 4 guests at any one time. This ensures quality time is spent with the whales and that everyone has the opportunity to learn from Patrick’s expertise. 

     2017 Departures  Prices
     Jul 21-29  From £5,845 per person
     Jul 31-Aug 7  From £5,845 per person

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