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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

See San Diego’s sights by land and water on a 1.5-hour seal tour independent shore excursion, and explore this picturesque port of call in an amphibious vehicle. Listen to stories that bring San Diego’s history to life as you travel along the water’s edge, then steer straight into San Diego Bay. Take in sweeping views of SeaWorld, watch for the seals and sea lions that play, eat and bask at Quivira Basin and return to your ship along the scenic Harbor Drive.
  • San Diego Seal Tour Shore Excursion aboard an amphibious vehicle
  • Splash down into San Diego Bay
  • Enjoy views of SeaWorld San Diego and Vacation Isle
  • Look for local wildlife such as the California brown pelican, seals and California sea lions
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90-minute narrated tour
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Departure Point

San Diego, CA 92101, USA

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Returns to original departure point
When your cruise ship docks in port, explore San Diego in an amphibious vehicle that drives on both land and water. Make your way to Seaport Village, located at the Embarcadero on Harbor Drive, for the start of your tour. 

Climb aboard the vehicle to meet your guide. Hear about the history of the bay and learn about stories of the early sailors as you travel along the bay's edge. Hear about the military presence in San Diego, which is home to several US Marine and Navy stations, and pass by the San Diego International Airport. 

At San Diego Bay, the amphibious vehicle will enter the water. Look out for California brown pelicans fishing for their next meal and seals and sea lions playing in the surf. Aim your camera at views of SeaWorld and Vacation Island.  Look for seals at Quivira Basin. 

Return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum on the way. 

Please note: This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Diego port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Please note: Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. Please note: This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Diego port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Historic Tours of America - San Diego
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. Please note: This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Diego port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Point Loma Nazarene College
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. Please note: This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Diego port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Pass By:  
Cabrillo Tide Pools
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. Please note: This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Diego port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Historic Tours Of America

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where does the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:The tour departs from Seaport Village, San Diego, CA 92101, which is approximately a five-minute walk from the cruise terminal.
Feb 2021
Q:
How long is the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:The San Diego tour is 90 minutes total with approximately 30 minutes on land and 60 minutes on the water.
Feb 2021
Q:
Is the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour appropriate for kids?
A:Definitely! Kids love our unique and entertaining San Diego tour.
Feb 2021
Q:
Will we see seals during the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:Maybe; but more likely, you will see sea lions as we travel near the bait barges in the bay along with many other sea wildlife. The name “SEAL” is an acronym for “SEa And Land” adventure tour.
Feb 2021
Q:
Will I get wet during the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:No. However, a few drops of water could splash up from a wake.
Feb 2021
Q:
Will I get seasick during the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:No. However, if you are extremely susceptible to motion sickness, you may want to take something for your own comfort. Our vehicle has a weighted, flat bottom, which allows for a much smoother ride.
Feb 2021
Q:
Is the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour handicap accessible?
A:We have the ability to handle wheelchairs and scooters with a manual lift available at the boarding location. Call the number on your ticket in advance so we can accommodate your needs.
Feb 2021
Q:
What should I wear on the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:Wear comfortable clothes and bring a jacket because it can get cool on the land portion, as the vehicle is open-air.
Feb 2021
Q:
Can I bring a stroller on board the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:You may store your stroller next to the ticket booth while you are on the SEAL tour. However, we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are food and drink allowed on the San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.
Feb 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
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 Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
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 Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour.

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It was awesome..... would do it again
Tim
, Jun 2021
The tour guides where awesome people they made it more fun and Rememberable I would Recommend to try it..
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We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.
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Great scenery but difficult to hear guide
Kathleen_H
, Jun 2021
Enjoyed the tour locations however it was very difficult to understand the tour guide when she was speaking. The music was too loud at times which made it more difficult to hear the guide.
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Relaxing and fun experience
Timothy_P
, May 2021
We had a wonderful time on the San Diego Seal tour. Fozzi and Amy are an excellent team. Very knowledgeable about their job and extremely professional people. We really had wonderful experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Love getting feedback from our guests! Thank you so much for sharing your vacation with us. We will be sure to share your comments with our entire team!
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Do it
Eugene_D
, May 2021
We in joyed the harbor tour would recommend it if you are in San Diego an eye opener how big the harbor is
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We are so glad that you had a great time! Thank you for coming by and the for leaving a review!
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Water Bus Tour
Rhoda_C
, May 2021
Our first time was enjoyable loved our captains very informative Loved going by ships and seeing seals
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Excellent tour for family
Felix_P
, May 2021
Great tour, loved it, very nice for children, knowligble tour guide, and excellent driver, seen a lot
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your tour with us. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.
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Awesome
Manuel_A
, Mar 2021
The caption and Scotty were entertaining and informative. Would highly recommend for all to partake.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
It was wonderful to read that the Captain and Scotty provided a fun and informative tour. Thank you for the recommendation. We hope you will join us again.
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Fun for the whole family
Maria_G
, Mar 2021
The captain and the tour guide were incredibly nice, friendly and professional! They made the trip safe and entertaining! They definitely made up for how rude the lady at the ticket counter was. But aside form her my family enjoyed the rest of the trip!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are glad your Captain and First Mate were friendly and professional. I would like to hear more about your experience at the ticket booth. Would you contact me at guestrelations@historictours.com or my number is 904-547-3074.
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Memorable
Edwars_L
, Feb 2021
Tony and Bret were awesome. They made our experience memorable. You guys are great. Highly recommend this tour. My daughter had a wonderful time.
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We are delighted to hear Tony and Bret were awesome and they made you experience a memorable one. Thank you for the review and the recommendation.
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We enjoyed the tour. Very nice...
Uziel L
, Aug 2014
We enjoyed the tour. Very nice way to have first introduction to San Diego. The tour was on time, the guide was excellent, we got interesting explanations Recommended especially with children.
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