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Address: 1380 Harbor Island Drive, Sheraton Marina Hotel, East Tower, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number:
+1 619-808-2822
Today
08:00 - 18:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

Want a fast & fun whale watching experience, without the crowds, and...

Want a fast & fun whale watching experience, without the crowds, and with a much less likely chance of getting motion sickness? Here at Adventure RIB Rides, we seat 6 people per boat so you are never fighting for that seat leaning over the rail like many larger boats.

We are the only YEAR ROUND whale watching company!

Our ocean excursion on the Authentic NAVY SEAL R.I.B. (Rigid Inflatable Boat) provides an adventure to remember as we race through the ocean finding all types of marine wildlife there is to be seen with captains whom are extremely experienced and passionate about marine life and the history of Sunny San Diego.

Our boats are all authentic Navy Seal Team R.I.B.s purchased from Navy Seal Team 1 here in San Diego.

Explore the marine life on some of San Diego's historic boats with us!

For videos that explain more about the experience, check us out on Facebook!

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So much fun!

We had a wonderful trip and I highly recommend going with RIB Adventures! The waves were pretty serious and we all felt safe and that it made it even more fun. We felt almost... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Georgia K

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful trip and I highly recommend going with RIB Adventures! The waves were pretty serious and we all felt safe and that it made it even more fun. We felt almost sorry for the people who were on the big vessels. There was no way they could have had as good of an experience as we did... More 

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Thank Georgia K
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I took this trip as an early morning date. I was insistant that we do the rib ride because I am not a big fan of crowds. My husband says we went on a whale watching tour in Hawaii about 10 years ago, but I don't remember it (one of those big ships with lots of people).... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the best things we've ever done! While we did not see any whales on this trip we did see Pacific White Side Dolphins and some Sea Lions. Captain Clint was knowledgeable and proved to be a great tour guide. My husband and I honestly cannot wait until we're in the area to do this again! Thank... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow....beautiful day on the water. It was like glass. Mark promised us that we would see wild life and was he ever correct! We saw Gray whales, dolpins, sea lions and wait for it......5 Orca Whales!!! Unusual sighting in San Diego. Thank you for the best ever 3 hours! PS It was my 60th Birthday too!

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Joplin, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My visit to RIB rides was actually November 2015. I was in San Diego with my husband, who was presenting at a conference at the nearby hotel. I took the trip on a whim one afternoon while he was in session. Although we didn't see whales on this trip, it was wonderful. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining, and we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is definitely a worthwhile adventure while in America's Finest City. With the rigid inflatable boat you get a much better view of the whales, dolphins, and sea lions than you would on a larger boat. The dolphins often swim right next to the boat which is an awesome sight.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our captain did a super job zooming us around to places where the gray whales were coming up for air. A great whale-watching experience!

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Shullsburg, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Highlight of our trip! Captain Ray was fantastic, enthusiastic, and went above and beyond for our group. It was a rainy foggy day, but being in the middle of the ocean watching hundreds of jumping dolphins and following a whale, just made the experience more thrilling! Ray didn't give up either, listening to other boats on the radio getting frustrated... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a San Diego local I couldn't believe that we had not been here before now. It is a must do for anyone visiting the area or looking for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The captain of our boat, Clint, was amazing. All of the other tour guides from other companies were calling him throughout the day to... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a magical day on the water, surrounded by what seemed like hundreds of dolphins. Going out on this type of boat was a great adventure, up close and personal! Seeing a fin whale was the icing on the cake! Highly recommend this incredible experience! Our guide was excellent and went above and beyond to make it a wonderful... More 

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