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“Amazing Time!!”

Speed Boat Adventures
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US$ 69.89*
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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our Speed Boat Adventure Tour. A guided and narrated San Diego Harbor Tour with a twist. You are able to navigate and captain your own speedboat for the entirety of the tour while following our trained and knowledgeable guides to experience the best of both worlds – the THRILL of driving your own speedboat, and the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the beauty of San Diego Harbor. The witty yet historical narration is done through two-way communication systems mounted in each boat.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 12 February 2012

My boyfriend's friend gave us his Groupon deal he bought for this because he was unable to use it. We didn't know what to expect but heard it was a great time. It was pretty cloudy and a bit cooler than expected for our day out on the water but that didn't matter one bit!! Our tour guide Glen was full of energy and very knowledgable. They give you step by step instructions on how to operate the boat with ease and safety. He also handed out blankets to us all in case we got chilly on the water.....which ended up coming in handy later!

Our first stop was to see the sea lions basking in the sun. What a great site!!! They were SO fun to see so close up and so entertaining. You literally get just a few feet within the docks where they are laying.

Cruising through the bay was a blast. They advise you to have fun and tear it up around there, which we did. Good note to know - it's impossible to flip the boats so you feel safe!

We drove right by the Coronado Bridge. What a cool way to see the bridge that close in the water. Glen had some great information about the bridge's history, structure, etc. that we had never heard.

Next stop was the Maritime Museum with several ships including the USS Midway. You will never get such a great view of this amazing ship than you will on these boats. Just being so close under the bow really makes you realize just how huge it is!!!

Overall our experience was one we'd never had before. The water was a bit choppy but it made riding around that much more fun. We were lucky enough to have a wave hit us out of nowhere but it just made our trip that much more funny. We were soaked but we didn't even care. Our blanket came in handy after all! :)

I have some amazing pictures from our day so I highly advise bringing a camera. Our guide said even though he does this 4 times a day, he still wishes he had a camera with him every time.

Living in SD, you don't realize how many amazing things there are to do. A lot of people would think this would be something tourists would do, but even as a resident, it's a must!

I will highly recommend this to all of our friends to experience!!!

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Reviewed 6 February 2012

We booked our speed boat adventure with a GROUPON deal and were able to reserve a Saturday with a short one week notice. The 1:00 PM time slot was booked so we settled for 11:00 AM which probably turned out for the best. The temperature was about the same and the water was less choppy than it is in the afternoon. There is also an additional $10 fuel surcharge that is not included in the GROUPON rate. This is an adventure! The boats travel faster than you might expect, so you will be bouncing off waves and tasting salt water. Don't forget a camera, sunglasses and if you are wearing a hat, take it off or turn it around backward. I would definitely do this again!

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Reviewed 4 February 2012

The speedboat tour was the highlight of our trip to San Diego. Not only is this a tour, but it is also an opportunity to zip along the waters of San Diego Bay while at the wheel of your own speedboat. If you imagined this tour as being a nose-to-tail sort of experience, then think again. Essentially, your guide provides the target-boat towards which you steer your own speedboat and the distance in-between is entirely yours. We were turning into wakes, catching air, and slowing down briefly to enjoy the sights of the harbor. This was one fast and furious ride that will be repeated!

Thank kdvillines
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

Our day was kind of rainy, and it drizzled the whole time. The waves were AWESOME. We had our 5yo, 9yo, 13yo, 20yo younger brother, and my husband and I. We all had a blast, it was the best thing, and all the kids were really excited. The guy was great, and the boats were cool. First time driving a boat for all of us, but they are small and were nice to handle. Will definitely do this again, in a heartbeat.

Thank embrowns
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Glen was a great tour guide. Wear sunscreen and be sure to take a camera!

Thank Elizabeth T
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