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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

By San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
Recommended by 96% of travellers
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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.
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Ages 3-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Drive a speedboat through the famous San Diego Harbor
  • 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

  • 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
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities

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.

Start:
  • 1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Cabrillo Isle Marina - Check in at the office located in suite 205
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5257BOAT

    • 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 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

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
      1,394
      San Diego, United States
      Joined in July 2010
    • Stevebl72
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Speedboat Adventures Rocks!
      Had a blast speeding around San Diego bay. It was reasonably priced. Laughed a lot; highly recommend
      Written 30 April 2024
    • Amber A
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Double dog dare
      I double dog dare ya to book this. We quite fancied the boats and the speed gave my hair one heck of a wind-fondling. Tremendous way to see a unique side of San Diego.
      Written 21 April 2024
    • camillearchie
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      What a ride!!!!
      This exceeded our expectations! I went with my 19 year old son and we had so much fun! The mixture of sightseeing and cruising the harbor at full speed was great! Would highly recommend this!
      Written 1 April 2024
    • TheBigEv
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible experience, well worth the cost
      It was an incredible experience going full-throttle on a speedboat! Captain and the tour were great!
      Written 28 March 2024
    • 66M-DK
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do in San Diego!!
      We had a great ride with San Diego Speed Boat Adventures! Our guide was awesome, gave great instructions and took us to the Midway and we saw quite a few seals which was awesome! I would recommend to anyone looking for a thrilling ride!!
      Written 9 February 2024
    • juliobE3510VZ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Boats and go carts makes you feel like you’re in a movie
      Best experience definitely recommend for a fun day. Both activities are thrilling and all the workers are great with any questions and making the experience more memorable
      Written 16 January 2024
    • Ejpjap
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Ok…
      Fun but expected more….boat looked as if they were in very poor condition. Guide was decent but hard time hearing him through the speaker. The tour itself was ok. Only had three stops. Thought it would have been more informative.
      Written 29 December 2023
    • itsgeorgia
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      My favorite thing to do in San Diego!
      I have gone on two tours now with SD Speed Boat Adventures and it never fails to amaze me how muh fun my friends and I have. This is honestly such a good group activity. Anytime I have friends in town I try to make this happen because they always leave having this as their favorite part of the trip.
      Written 6 December 2023
    • 527larst
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience
      We were a small group visiting San Diego and rented 10 speedboats. Was an amazing experience a beautiful day on the harbor. The staff was amazing the guide gave us the best day. Definitely something we will do again on our next visit.
      Written 6 December 2023
    • dvdan1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun On Water
      Make time for this on your visit to San Diego. A guide in a separate speed boat takes a group of boats to explore the San Diego harbor. The guide points out some interesting landmarks, including boating right up to the USS Midway (which you should visit also). They're easy to pilot and a little zippy. Especially great on a sunny day. Have fun!
      Written 17 November 2023
    • d0rghams
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not satisfied
      I came before for this adventure, it was amazing that time with the coach he let us do 2hr exactly, the second one I brought my friend I thought we will get the same adventure but the new young coach I forgot his name, he talk to much than let us enjoy the speed, he stop us 5 times in the ocean because some of the boat are slower than the rest, it wast all the time by just talking and then came earlier than time it should be, I think the time wasted on the slow area it shouldn't be count on the adventure
      Written 7 November 2023
    • Joanne G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Vitamin Sea kinda of day
      It was a great experience. I don't know why we didn't do this sooner when we visited SD in the past. So much fun!
      Written 25 October 2023
    • Darcy R
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great adventure!
      Had a great time with Speed Boat Adventures. Customer service was great - needed to change reservation (my mistake for booking the wrong date). Keoni, our guide, provided entertainment (Dad jokes) and history of San Diego Bay. Got to see many sea lions, seagulls, cormorants - so cool! And ride alongside the massive USS Midway! Went full throttle, did some "S" curves and hit a few wakes. Such a cool experience -- you drive the boat yourself, or in my case, my son (16 yo). It was the time of his life! Recommend this trip 110%. Would book again in a heartbeat!
      Written 24 October 2023
    • chelsea1761
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun!
      This was our favorite part of our trip and we did a lot! We had so much fun and will do it again on our next trip. My 6 year old has told everyone about it!
      Written 22 October 2023
    • adam1mar
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing!!!
      Came here for a bachelor party. Came straight from the airport and was running a few minutes late. They called us and let us know that they would wait for us. And we are glad they did. This was one of the most fun things our group did and it was a great way to start off the bachelor party! Definitely recommend!!!
      Written 22 October 2023
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    5.0
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    jules93099
    Madison, WI23 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    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, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020 • 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
    3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020 • 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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    Dave
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    This is an excellent experience and well worth the money. Our guide (Aaron) properly explained how to operate the boats and how we would proceed etc. The trip itself was exhilarating with excellent views of Sea Lions, bridges, the USS Midway and the harbour in general. When you feel confident, you can take the boat up to its maximum speed (35-40mph) although there is no pressure to do so. I thoroughly recommend this experience and thank Aaron for making the adventure so enjoyable.
    Written 21 September 2022
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    Kim P
    Lenexa, KS1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Javier
    2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020 • Family
    Beware!! Scam alert!! Please be advised that the 2 hour boat ride they advertise is actually about an hour if you’re lucky. I asked our guide why we finished in an hour and he said “ well we say two hours for you to prepare for that”. Huh?? I asked the lady at the front desk which by the way when I first came in to the office, I told her I was here for my reservation she then says, “ and do you have a question?!” Yes I do, I don’t know what to do or where to go. Thanks for your attitude. She is miserable behind her desk and you won’t get much help from her. So disappointed with this tour. It is not 2 hours, and customer service is bad bad bad.
    Written 14 July 2020
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    mcgruphl
    Wantagh, NY3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • 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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    Jean P
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    This was a great experience starting with Tanya in the front office who helped us get the boat we needed to Scott who was our guide. The direction on how to manage the boat was clear and easy to follow. Scott was a great guide and kept us updated on the speaker about everything we were seeing as we were on our tour. Getting up near the hull of the Midway aircraft carrier and seeing it from the water view was amazing! We had multiple opportunities to experience the 'speed' of the speedboat and already plan to this adventure again next time we're there. Kudos to Scott and Tanya! Signed Maverick and friend :)
    Written 9 March 2020
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