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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this tour of San Diego Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your expert guide before following your guide's boat around the harbor, cruising past highlights such as the USS Midway, a US Navy submarine, Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, the historic ship Star of India and San Diego Maritime Museum. Learn from your guide about these landmarks via the onboard two-way communications system and stop for photo ops on this exciting tour.
  • Self-drive speed boat tour on San Diego Harbor
  • Navigate and captain your own speed boat
  • Get close to US Navy ships, the Coronado Bridge and a submarine and more
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide how to handle your speed boat and hear fun facts about the sights
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Guided and narrated tour
US Coast Guard-approved life jacket
Safety orientation
Your own F13 mini speed boat
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Hotel pickup and drop off
Gratuities
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

This activity will end right where it started.
After making your own way to the Cabrillo Isle Marina in San Diego Harbor, your guide welcomes you to your speed boat adventure.

Start off with a safety briefing taught by your professional guide, followed by a lesson on hand signals and boating rules. You’ll navigate and your own F13 speed boat for the entirety of the tour, following the lead of your guide who sets the pace in a different boat. Your boat is equipped with a two-way communication systems that allows you to hear your guide throughout the tour. If you want to change drivers you may do so at any of the brief stops.

Set out on your roughly 13-mile (20-km) spin around San Diego Harbor, which includes several stops for photo ops and a closer look at points of interest throughout the harbor. Enjoy close views from your vantage point on the water of US Navy ships and aircraft carriers such as the USS Midway, home to a museum that offers insights into the history of this famous vessel. Zip over to see the famous vessel the Star of India, one of several historic ships berthed at the San Diego Maritime Museum. You'll also pass the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, and have excellent views of the downtown skyline and possibly the sea lions that live in these waters.

Choose from four departure times in the morning and afternoon for your tour of San Diego Harbor. You can also opt to depart from Coronado Island.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Point Loma
Head to Point Loma to check out the world famous San Diego Bait Barge. Here you will see all the Sea Lions playing up close
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Coronado Island
See Coronado Naval Base and Coronado Island from the water!
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USS Midway Museum
See the USS Midway from the water. You will actually drive your boat underneath the bow of the USS Midway to see this impressive ship from a new perspective.
Pass By:  
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Get up close to all the ships of the San Diego maritime Museum and hear live narration about each ship.
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San Diego Bay Walk
See all of San Diego Bay from a new perspective in your very own Speedboat.
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Coronado Bridge
See the bridge
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Cabrillo National Monument
Pass by Cabrillo National Monument
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Star of India
See the oldest sailing ship that still actively sails.
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Speed Boat Adventures, Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure.

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star-5
Super fun adventure!
Catherine_R
, Aug 2022
This was an excellent adventure! Conner, our tour guide, provided us with detailed instructions and made sure everyone was safe. I was a little nervous about driving a speed boat for the first time, but quickly got the hang of it. We enjoyed seeing the San Diego sites from a new perspective.
star-5
Speed boat cruisin
Francis_D
, Jul 2022
Polite host who appropriately educated us on how to drive the soles boats, ocean etiquette and safety features. Boats were easy to manage and go pretty fast. Nice open ocean area to go full throttle. Advice, if you wear a hat makes sure it secures to your head, bags get wet, and don’t dress us too much, you may get wet.
star-5
Great time !
Joe_O
, Jul 2022
Had a blast zipping around San Diego harbor ! Would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys being out on the water
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Such an amazing team....
Salvador_M
, Jul 2022
Such an amazing team. Definitely recommend it for anyone who likes adrenaline! We got to see various sites and had a blast overall!
star-5
So much fun. We'll worth it.
Richard_S
, Jul 2022
Didn't know what to expect. It more than WOW me . A great experience. Would do it again and again. Cosmo was the perfect guide. He watched out for the group and kept it going .
star-5
Great speedboat experience
Benjamin_K
, Jul 2022
Great experience overall. The tour did start a little later than what was said but it did end early. So it was a little shorter than I would have liked.
star-2
Negatives and positives
Sogol_T
, Jul 2022
Negative points: - Our trip was suppose to be 3-5 but we did not star till 3:35. The rep said we will be compensated for the time but we didn’t get anything. - be aware that they have two types of boat. The double boats are an older version which are much slower than their, 3 to 4 people boats. We were the only one having a double boat in our entire group so we ended up behind at all times. Also, seeing others going faster and enjoying more was not really a pleasant experience. The larger boats seemed to have more comfortable seats as well. - our first double boat had a motor problem, that caused it going even slower. Our tour guide swapped his boat with us 15 min into the tour in the middle of the ocean (which was totally ok and we were grateful that he did that) but it would have been better if they checked their boats before the tour started. - they really need to upgrade their double boats. The ride got really rough when we hit larger waves. Positive points: -our tour guide had a great attitude.
star-5
Great tour!
Tamika_J
, Apr 2022
Really enjoyed this adventure. The boats goes really fast and you get a guided tour of the bay at the same time. Breath taking views and a ride on a speed boat you can’t go wrong. Fun for all ages.
star-5
Great Speed Boat experience
Mark_B
, Jan 2022
the whole experience was excellent. boats can go really fast, but felt safe thought. The guide was very helpful and gave all of the instruction and advice that was required.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Loved it! Was perfect,...
Gio_T
, Jan 2022
Loved it! Was perfect, even got to see a beautiful double rainbow. Personally I suggest the 3-5 slot because of the beautify sunset.
star-5
Well worth the money!!!
Britney_C
, Nov 2021
Amazing time! Very easy to find, access parking, and overall get started! The boat trip was very fun and we will be returning! The 2 hour trip was beautiful, I went during the 3pm slot and it was perfect, the sunset and views were amazing! Great tour guide!!!
star-4
Mucho Funo
Brian_H
, Oct 2021
Mucho funo - great value - SD is a great place for boating n these little boats next to air craft carriers is exciting
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Fun!
Victoria_C
, Sep 2021
Seeing the view of the city from the water was a experience most people don’t get. Also boating right under that enormous naval ship, I felt very proud of our Naval men and women who served.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best
Doug_H
, Sep 2021
The whole thing. Just being on the water in a boat. And the view of everything like the wild life. And the navy ships. It was soo worth it
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wow I’ll do it again
Carlos_M
, Sep 2021
Loved the experience the guide was amazing and friendly will do it again. Next time I am booking with my older kids
star-5
Day trippers
Mary_L
, Sep 2021
We travelled from LA to be there. Certainly worth the trip!! My college student son especially found it exciting as the all boats raced across the bay!!
star-5
The best tour and guide. Super fun!
Julie_K
, Aug 2021
Tanner was awesome. Such a perfect personality for this tour. Responsible and hysterically funny. He was ten stars! Keep this guy he’s great. And I’ve traveled all around the world.
star-5
Awesome experience
Rodrico_J
, Aug 2021
This was so much to do. Can’t hear the tour guide I’ve the motor and waves so much but the views were amazing and the experience is worth the cost
star-5
Best boat ride
Paul_P
, Aug 2021
The boat was very safe. Our guide was super patient. The cruise was super fun. Getting up close to the USS Midway was really cool. We had seal lions posing. Great time. Would do it again.
star-5
Exciting and fun
kathleen_q
, Aug 2021
A fun experience. We were the smallest boats on the water and there was some boat traffic to navigate around that also cause wake/ choppy water. Tour guides were very nice. Beautiful views

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