San Diego SEAL Tour at Embarcadero in San Diego, CA

Historic Tours of America1004 North Habor DriveSan Diego, CA 920101
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Tour San Diego from the perspective of land and sea on an exciting SEAL tour. As San Diego’s only amphibious tour, you’ll drive through the city’s stunning streets before making a splash into the harbor. See top landmarks and icons including Point Loma, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Shelter Island. Remember to be on the lookout for resident sea lions basking in the San Diego sun!

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from San Diego SEAL Tour at Embarcadero
Make a Splash on the SEAL! Experience San Diego as it was meant to be experienced...by land and by sea! The new "Hydra Terras" provide you with the unique ability to see America's Finest City on San Diego's only amphibious sightseeing tour.

This 90-minute fully-narrated journey departs from Harbor Drive located at Broadway Pier. As you travel along the beautiful Big Bay by land, you will learn about the early fishing industry, the people as well as the history of this 14-mile long working bay. The tour on land takes you past the San Diego International Airport dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your tour.

Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay off Shelter Island, where you begin your water-tour segment of the journey. As the SEAL travels through the north end of the Big Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California Brown Pelican, the majestic Blue Heron, or perhaps a Sea Lion or two.

Learn about the important role the military plays in San Diego. The Big Bay provides views of Point Loma, home to the Cabrillo National Monument, Naval Air Station North Island, the Point Loma Submarine Base, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Navy's marine mammal training center.

The return trip takes you, once again, back up on land where you will return to your starting point via Harbor Drive while you pass the Maritime Museum, the Cruise Ship Terminal and the USS Midway Museum.

The San Diego SEAL tour fleet consists of 8 amphibious vehicles manufactured specifically for the tourism industry. These vessels are completely U.S. Coast Guard approved and meet all required regulations for Department of Transportation passenger vessels. Every effort has been made to make these vehicles the strongest and safest possible.

While you may see a seal on the tour, you most likely will see sea lions. The name "SEAL TOURS" is an acronym for "Sea And Land" Adventure tour.

Tour is not wheel-chair accessible from Embarcadero. Guests must check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Guests are advised to arrive 1 hour early before departure time during busy season. Late check-in may result in forfeited reserved seat. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
Special events, weather and low-tide conditions may cause delays, detours or cancellations.
Special Events: Rock & Roll Marathon-June 5; Comic-Con Convention-July 21-24; July 4th celebrations; AFC Marathon-August 21; Balboa Park December night-December 2 & 3.

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JaLee_8
near toronto
"fun times"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2020
this is a great way to see the waterfront. lots to see and learn about San Diego.. the trip was fun and lasted a couple hours. nice and friendly people in the area
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luv2trip2
Seattle
"Fun, easy tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 28, 2020
Go to Sea Port village early or stay after the tour to have a meal or explore. We had a nice city tour then a bay tour where we saw a lot of sea lions.
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Bphman
Cresskill, New Jersey
"Love my Duck Tours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2020
I know it is called a Seal Tour but it is a duck tour to me. I love doing these things. We started out near the cruise ship pier and went on a 90 minute land/sea tour. You don't get to see the city much but the guide gave us a lot of information about the city along the way. We spent a reasonable amount of time in the water and went near the submarine station and naval fueling depot. There are bait traps nearby which is a haven for seals and sea lions as well as birds of which we saw plenty up close. We also saw F-35s taking off and they sure are loud. We returned to the same spot after an interesting tour. We tied it in perfectly with the USS Midway visit. We enjoyed it a lot. The vehicle is also fairly comfortable.
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Carl C
Franklin, New Hampshire
"Very informative tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2020
We boarded our amphipious vehicle at Seaport Village. The crew consisted of a captain who drove and the first mate who narriated the tour. We first drove on the streets near the harbor. We were given a lot of history along the drive to the launching point. Once in the water we motored down the harbor. We got to see sea lions sunning themselves on some barges. There are so many military bases along the shore that we learned about. This is an excellent way to learn about the San Diego harbor. This tour is well worth the price. If you have done the hop on off trolley or other tours you receive a discount. Also if you park in the adjoining parking lot be sure to ask at the ticket booth to validate your parking ticket.
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873ricardom
"Seal Tour from Seaport Village"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2020
Awesome tour! The crew was knowledgeable & friendly. Our guide was also funny in his narratives. Would definitely recommend this tour if in the area.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego SEAL Tour at Embarcadero

How long is the tour?
San Diego SEAL tours are 90 minutes long.

Is the tour appropriate for kids?

Absolutely. SEAL tours are fun for all ages!

What does SEAL stand for?

The name "SEAL" is an acronym for "SEa And Land" adventure tour.

Will I get wet on the tour?

No. However, it is possible for a few drops of water to splash up from a wake.

Will I get seasick?
It is extremely unlikely. However, if you are extremely susceptible to motion sickness, you may want to take something for your own comfort. The vehicle has a weighted, flat bottom, which allows for a much smoother ride.

What should I wear?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and bringing a light jacket.

Can I bring food and beverages on the tour?
Yes, food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.