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

A little difficult to find by the street address,...it is behind the hotel. Adventure R.I.B. Rides is located in the marina behind the hotel. Just stop at the hotel and ask... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A little difficult to find by the street address,...it is behind the hotel. Adventure R.I.B. Rides is located in the marina behind the hotel. Just stop at the hotel and ask where to park. Other than that, we were a little apprehensive about being in a small boat in the open ocean with whales,...before we departed. The boats are the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We decided to go on this trip before leaving San Diego. We were so glad we did. It was an incredible trip, we still talk about it.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We participated in a Sunday morning (9a-1p) tour in late January with Captain Kevin. It was quite successful - we saw several pods of dolphins and whales! Kevin was relatively new to Adventure RIB Rides but had an excellent knowledge of the area and provided just the right amount of commentary about the landmarks, scenery and history. We have previously... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had such a fabulous tour. Captain Jeff worked hard to make sure we saw as many whales as possible! Sitting in the front of the R.I.B. was exhilarating and that alone was worth the trip. We did see a few whales, thoroughly enjoyed every moment and will do it again as more friends come to visit. Oh, if they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, the boat that is used for this trip is awesome - it's fast and super smooth. We unfortunately experienced ridiculous fast-moving fog while on the water, but Kevin, our tour guide, was fantastic. He ventured out as far as we could safely go, and we were able to spot two whales, a mom and her calf, just... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a blast! Our host was awesome, the water was beautiful, and the boat was much more fun than a big tourist trap. Granted, it was a poor day for seeing the whales, but the host tried really hard and I know he felt bad. It's all good, there are no guarantees because we can't control nature.... great memories is... More 

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I highly recommend whale watching with Adventure R.I.B. Rides, it was the highlight of our trip. It has easy access, very informative trip out of the marina learning about the boats in the marina, the dolphins assisting the navy and their training, and points of interest along the shores. Our guide was very friendly, courteous, and informative. We spent a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth every penny! Saw a whole group of gray whales swimming together, went bow riding with a huge pod of dolphins and then had a gray whale surfacing and diving straight toward us. Couldn't ask for more. Clint -our captain / guide was great.

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Denver, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time going out with RIB to whale and dolphin watch. Saw several grey and humpback whales plus lots of dolphins. So glad we went on their large zodiac type boat versus one of the big whale watching cruises because we were able to zip from one siting to the other quicker. They also provided orange jumpsuits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw and followed 5 whales and a pod of dolphins. Captain Kevin kept up to date info with other boats in order to enable a wonderful 3 hours out in the ocean whale watching! Loved being in the RIB because it allowed us to get closer to the sealift, and it didn't shell of densely fuel like the larger... More 

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