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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure provided by San Diego Speed Boat Adventures

San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
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Tour snapshot
Drive a speedboat through the famous San Diego Harbor
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Experience Southern California boating life on a pristine speedboat tour you get to drive yourself through the San Diego Harbor. Every detail is arranged: Get a lesson in safety and operating the boat before taking the helm and following a guide in a separate vessel. Communicate via a two-way radio while soaking up fantastic views from the water of sights like the Coronado Bridge, US Navy ships, and Seaport Village.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Follow a guide in a separate boat and communicate via radio
  • Photo stops allow time to appreciate the harbor sights
  • Get stellar views of US Navy ships, Coronado Bridge, and city skyline
What to expect
Meet your guide at the Cabrillo Isle Marina at the time you picked at checkout, and begin with an orientation that covers operating the F13 speed boat and a lesson in safety, hand signals, and boating rules. Settle in with your party and choose who will take the wheel, and then set off on a 2-hour tour of San Diego Harbor highlights. There will be a chance to switch drivers at photo stops along the way. Follow your guide in a separate boat, communicating via a two-way radio whenever needed. Feel the sea breeze and saltwater spray as you zip through the harbor for closer views of historic and Naval ships like the Star of India and USS Midway. Get a great perspective on the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, and the downtown San Diego skyline, and keep an eye out for sea lions and other marine life that mingle with boat traffic. If you prefer, you can depart from Coronado Island.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Follow a guide in a separate boat and communicate via radio
  • Photo stops allow time to appreciate the harbor sights
  • Get stellar views of US Navy ships, Coronado Bridge, and city skyline
What to expect
Meet your guide at the Cabrillo Isle Marina at the time you picked at checkout, and begin with an orientation that covers operating the F13 speed boat and a lesson in safety, hand signals, and boating rules. Settle in with your party and choose who will take the wheel, and then set off on a 2-hour tour of San Diego Harbor highlights. There will be a chance to switch drivers at photo stops along the way. Follow your guide in a separate boat, communicating via a two-way radio whenever needed. Feel the sea breeze and saltwater spray as you zip through the harbor for closer views of historic and Naval ships like the Star of India and USS Midway. Get a great perspective on the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, and the downtown San Diego skyline, and keep an eye out for sea lions and other marine life that mingle with boat traffic. If you prefer, you can depart from Coronado Island.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5257BOAT
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided and narrated tour
  • US Coast Guard-approved life jacket
  • Safety orientation
  • Your own F13 mini speed boat
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Cabrillo Isle Marina - Check in at the office located in suite 205
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for people with neck or back problems or a recent surgery to participate. Pregnant women should not participate
  • Bring a swimsuit in the summer and a jacket in the winter, sandals or flip-flops, towel, sun block, sunglasses
  • The per boat weight limit of 425 lbs (205kgs)
  • You must be 18 years or older to drive a boat by yourself
  • The boats do not have a storage compartment
  • No experience or boating license required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Guided and narrated tour
  • US Coast Guard-approved life jacket
  • Safety orientation
  • Your own F13 mini speed boat
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Cabrillo Isle Marina - Check in at the office located in suite 205
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for people with neck or back problems or a recent surgery to participate. Pregnant women should not participate
  • Bring a swimsuit in the summer and a jacket in the winter, sandals or flip-flops, towel, sun block, sunglasses
  • The per boat weight limit of 425 lbs (205kgs)
  • You must be 18 years or older to drive a boat by yourself
  • The boats do not have a storage compartment
  • No experience or boating license required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1450 Harbor Island Dr
    1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Cabrillo Isle Marina - Check in at the office located in suite 205
    See address & details
  • 1
    San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See all of San Diego Bay from a whole new perspective while you are the captain of your own speedboat on this San Diego Tour.
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    Pass by
    Point Loma
    Coronado Island
    USS Midway Museum
    Maritime Museum of San Diego
    San Diego Bay Walk
    Coronado Bridge
    Cabrillo National Monument
    Star of India
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
383 reviews
Excellent
337
Very good
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Terrible
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Kim P
Lenexa, KS1 contribution
We rented two boats, my husband and I in one and our 18 yo son in another. Instructions were brief and there seemed to be a short in our radio, it cut in and out. Our son only had a 30 hp boat and he wanted to go faster, you can only go as fast as the fastest boat as you have to stay in a line. It was fun but would not do it again.
Written 8 August 2022
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Beth G
4 contributions
My family of 4 (2 people in each boat) took a 2 hour speed boat tour in San Diego and it was the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, Scott was very friendly, had a good sense of humor and gave a great description of the area. I have never driven a boat and it was very easy to drive these boats. Going so close to the sea lions was the highlight for my kids, as we got great pictures too. Would definitely do it again when we are back in the area. Just an FYI - the 2 hours include the time of getting life jackets and boat instruction, so you are only out on the water maybe 90 minutes. We went on a Tuesday, so parking was very easy, right by the boats and they validate your parking so it only cost $5.
Written 14 August 2020
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Cory B
Litchfield Park, AZ62 contributions
What an incredible morning we had for my wife’s birthday, with our tour guide Captain Scott. Two hour tour (about 90 mins on the water) and you are in total control. Think of it like horseback riding on speedboats.

On the tour you get to open it up full throttle and chop through the waves, passing Navy Vessels and the San Diego skyline. Highlights, besides the speed, was passing the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier, seeing live sea lions play in your boat wake, driving right next to and under the USS Midway, and our guide Scott.

We were lucky enough to have the tour all to ourselves at 11:00am on a Monday and Scott was awesome and personal. He made us feel comfortable and capable and driving the speedboats is easy no matter your experience level. Amazing day on the water and money completely well spent!

Tips: 1. You do NOT get wet so don’t worry about that, dress for weather. 2. Bring cash for a tip (Scott deserves it in these times) 3. Sunscreen on hot days there is no shade unless you count the Midway!
Written 6 July 2020
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jules93099
Madison, WI28 contributions
They made it right. That's the important part. We had a terrible experience (it was like Murphy's law, what could go wrong did) to the point where we ended our tour early and drove ourselves back to the dock. We were met by an employee, who immediate apologized and offered us an opportunity to re-book or a full refund (we took the refund).

All that aside, my advice for those considering booking. If you own or are familiar with boats, this is not the activity for you. We had seven boats in our group and found it extremely frustrating to have to "follow the leader" all the time. Picture playing mini golf and you're a group of two behind a group of eight. Your group is only as strong as your least experienced driver (which could be completely inexperienced). Also, we found it a bit disconcerting that we could not communicate with our guide via the radio. We could hear him, but the only way to notify him of an issue was by waving our hands. My other piece of advice is to make sure to arrive early to find parking, especially on the weekend when the main lot is closed.
Written 17 July 2020
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Linda L
San Diego, CA2 contributions
Couples
Scott was a great guide! We booked the 2 passenger boat and my boyfriend drove the speedboat while I sat back and took pictures. It was such a blast and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s thinking about taking this adventure. Scott helped us when we stalled once and also safely led us through the massive amount of boats in the harbor that day.
Written 8 September 2020
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Shanaz T
2 contributions
This was a waste of money and not much fun. We arrived at early as the email instructed but they don’t start checking you in until the time it starts. Poor communication. We wasted so much time because the poor instructor had to keep turning around to help other people who couldn’t operate their boats. The tour only included a view of the sea lions. After that we turned around and went back. We didn’t get much time to really experience speed with the boat. We had to stay single file and spent most of the time in one spot while the instructed helped other people. This activity definitely needs another instructor and better instructions on how to operate the boat.

Also, the email I received said they validated parking Mon-Thurs...they do not! I paid $12 parking after asking the instructor about validation. I even called the corporate number and he stated I should go back and wait for the instructor to reimburse me. Ummm, no! I have other things scheduled.
Written 10 September 2020
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Carla
1 contribution
You’re in a line of boats that are under your own control. Lots of opportunity to go fast. Had a great time. Would give it 5 stars but we were told to get there early and we set off about 20 min late. So waited for the first tour to come back. Upgraded to faster boat. Was worth it.
Written 19 September 2020
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Cori
1 contribution
Couples
Such an awesome experience! I highly recommend this adventure when you’re out in San Diego BUT if you do have back issues I wouldn’t recommend. There are some big waves you can’t avoid and it hurts when your boat hits them. John our guide was great, he made the instructions very clear and easy and overall made the experience very enjoyable!
Written 2 September 2020
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mcgruphl
Wantagh, NY2 contributions
Couples
Captain Scott was incredible! Really fun, funny, and knowledgeable. He was knowledgeable about the area but the water as well. Being a boater, I was a little worried about inexperienced people being on the water but Captain Scott did a great job educating everyone on the basics of water safety and was clearly watching out on the water for other people and picking the safest areas and times to go FAST and actually have a blast!! He was the perfect “Papa Duck”.

As for the tour itself, we went to several different places, got to see the USS Midway up close and personal, got to see dozens of sea lions, and our course got to drive our own personal little speed boat!!! I don’t remember if there’s options but I wouldn’t do anything less than a 2 hour tour (if it’s an option). You don’t get too wet but you are on the water, so bathing suit and appropriate over clothes and sun screen would be perfect. I wouldn’t bring anything big, there’s not a lot of room for big bags and definitely not small items that aren’t on your body (if you want to keep them in the boat). I brought my keys, a water bottle, and my phone/wallet (which second person in the boat held onto). Totally worth the money, can’t wait to go again soon!!! Thank you Scott!!!!!
Written 5 October 2020
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Suzanne W
26 contributions
I can’t say enough good things about this experience. Captain Dave was the perfect combination of safety conscious and dedicated to everyone having a good time. The tour was a little more than an hour and was really a good length—although my family and I would have enjoyed if longer. A quick comment: our son was just one day shy of his 18th birthday and so could not pilot his own speedboat. However he was able to steer with me in a speedboat for 2 people. We received a partial refund because of the age requirement. This is in no way a criticism, just a warning so other families with teens can plan accordingly. I would definitely schedule a tour the next time we are in San Diego.
Written 4 June 2021
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nikeaw2022
nikeaw2022
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Unsatisfied
It was nice but the guide stoped working about 1/4 of the way through so we had to use our own Waze app to gps back
JoeNoName
JoeNoName
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It was a blast!
Best way to enjoy San Diego Bay - on the water! The boats were clean and well-maintained, and the guide kept us al
Joanne G
Joanne G
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A must-do on a sunny day while in SD
Even though it was overcast on the day we went, I definitely highly recommend to do while in San Diego. We did it a
HKHW1971
HKHW1971
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Great adventure
Super fun and worth every penny! You get to drive the boat yourself and follow the lead boat. Our guide was fantast
cazadarojoe12123
cazadarojoe12123
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San Diego speed boat adventures was awesome
We had a great time we went for our anniversary and loved every minute of the adventure. I would highly recommend t
julian H
julian H
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could be better
we booked the speed boat adventure in San Diego, we arrive at the given destination and were not met by anyone, we
courtneyjlopez
courtneyjlopez
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Great day!
This tour was excellent. I have seen them go around the big navy ship a few times before and always wondered what c
JoeyBagabonuts
JoeyBagabonuts
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2nd time on the speed boats!!!!
Excellent way to experience driving a speed boat and seeing the San Diego skyline area from the water!! Make sure
DGramza
DGramza
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Fun adventure
Truly is an adventure and a great way to see San Diego a different way that is not passive...like a tour boat is.
Jim_M_A_20222222
Jim_M_A_20222222
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Outstanding Speed Boat Tour
My wife and I took this tour and it exceeded all our expectations. Ben, our tour guide, was fantastic (and funny!)
moore8243
moore8243
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Speed Boat Adventures
I had two friends from Washington and my Husband, so we rented two boats. The Boat was easy to drive, and the tour
ruelasbrisa66
ruelasbrisa66
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Awesome !
we spent such a great and amazing time. the tour guide was a fun guy and had great jokes. this was our second time
NSCYNM
NSCYNM
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such fun!
The best way to view the San Diego Harbor is by speedboat! Its great to see the seals and sea lions, as well as en
bbyy3
bbyy3
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Fun experience!!
This was such a cool experience! It was scary but once you get the hang then it’s super fun. I definitely will go a
Erik_EPTX
Erik_EPTX
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San Diego Speed Boat Adventures June 2022
Brought my 5 year old daughter out to San Diego and out of everything we did (Zoo, SeaWorld, Sesame Place, Belmont
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