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San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

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San Diego, United States

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


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

Departure Point

1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
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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
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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.
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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 450 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.

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure?
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.
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure.

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428 Reviews

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Great Overall Experience
, Jun 2021
Captain Dave really did a nice job leading all of us on our boating adventure. We had a blast and would do this again!
Great Day
, May 2021
The guide was really knowledgable and made sure we all where safe, due to it being a busy day in the harbor. I would diffenantly do it again and suggest it to others.
Awesome experience!
, May 2021
All of it! Speeding by sea lions and under a Naval ship was incredible! Great tour guide, super informative and helpful!
, May 2021
Viator mis-scheduled our trip and then wouldn't refund the full amount. I had asked when scheduled if was confirmed correctly and was assured everything was good. I was embarrassed in front of business colleagues. I will not book with Viator again.
What a great time. So much fun!!
, May 2021
We had so much fun. Definitely worth the time and money. Our guide, David, was phenomenal. Can't recommend enough.
The wide range of abilities and comprehension of other group members
, May 2021
How large the Navy ship was in the information that Dave gave us!! I was not happy with the duration of the trip from the time I got in the boat and started out of the dock until I got out of the boat onto the dog was only an hour and 40 minutes! The other people with us could not hear or understand directions
Sooo fun
, May 2021
What a great time!! This was our second time doing this. We had so much fun the first time we brought family to go with them. Everyone loved it!!
, May 2021
THE GUIDES WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING MY BEST FRIEND AND I LOVED THEM SO MUCH WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. I wanted to go jet skiing and thought this was going to be pretty lame, but honestly the people (both that worked there and the other guests) made it such a great experience on top of getting to drive your own mini speed boat! I thought we weren’t going to go fast at all either and you actually get to do it for a good majority of the time. Loved seeing the seals too!
Speedboat fun
, Apr 2021
Lots of fun getting up close to seals as we traversed the water, you pick up enough speed to enjoy the freedom as you make some waves. Husband loved driving the boat.
An absolute blast!
, Apr 2021
My wife and I had an absolute blast! The tour was made very special by our guide, Scott. Looking forward to coming back with family and friends next year. Ask for Scott, you wont regret it!

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