San Diego SEAL Tour at Seaport Village in San Diego, CA

Historic Tours of America500 Kettner BlvdSan Diego, CA 92101
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Overview

Featuring 90-minute, fully narrated tours that depart from Seaport Village and Embarcadero, San Diego SEAL Tours offers an exciting family-friendly experience from atop a boat on wheels. The tours are held on amphibious vehicles—guided by seasoned captains—that travel through the scenic streets before diving into the cool waters of the San Diego Harbor, where many California sea lions call home.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • The name SEAL is a tribute to the Navy Seals.
  • 90-minute, fully narrated tour.
  • Bring a light jacket.
  • Parking fee applies.
  • Cruises both land and sea.
  • Splash down into San Diego Harbor.
  • Friendly and funny captains.

Description

from San Diego SEAL Tour at Seaport Village
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 Seaport Village located at 500 Kettner Blvd. 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 5 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.

Reserving a Tour Time must be made at the SEAL Tour ticket booth located at Seaport Village at 500 Kettner Blvd or at 1492 North Harbor Drive (seasonal). Please refer to complete instructions on eTicket voucher after purchase.

Tripster Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
colleen niegel
Orland, CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family Fun"
March 2015
Our 4 year old grandson was so excited to go on "boat truck"! We all had a great time! The Captain did an excellent job driving and our narrator was fantastic...we learned so much about San Diego and Point Loma'a humble beginnings as well as more details about the military hub in the area.
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Jing Chen
Omaha, NE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Highly recommended"
January 2015
I have taken the seal tour twice and it is a lot of fun. I would highly recommend tourist take the tour. One tour guide offered really good introduction to the city while the second one is just so so.
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BackpackingTexanMom
Houston, Texas
"Great tour and boat ride of San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2019 NEW
I was debating to go on the bigger boats, but am so glad I went on the San Diego Seals Tour. You receive a great tour of the San Diego bay area and then you float out into the bay. The tour guide grew up in San Diego and was great telling the history of San Diego. The best part was getting so close to the sea lions. It was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
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Salim E
Secaucus, New Jersey
"San Diego Seal tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2019 NEW
Had a wonderful time on this smooth ride on SanDiego bay. First time on an amphibious vehicle and was impressed with how comfortable the ride was thanks to Captain Dianne skills navigating land & sea and Brent's wealth of information that he shared in a funny entertaining way Thank you for a wonderful experience.
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Exploration524457
Laurel, Montana
"Lots of fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 28, 2019 NEW
We enjoyed our tour and the guide was very informative about the area. We enjoyed the water excursion the most.
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darthbong2112
"Excellent Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2019
Captain Diego & First Mate Woody were AWESOME! For someone with disabilities I was extremely happy with the way I was assisted on board as well as off, that kind of service is quite rare today... Plus we got to see a lot of really cool stuff including seals and cool Navy Planes taking off. Woody was also great pointing out things of interest and really knew the history of San Diego. When we go back we will definitely go back to see Captain Diego & Woody!
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SheliaS658
Paragould, Arkansas
"Learn about San Diego History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2019
Fun tour with lots of information about San Diego and it’s history. Got to see a lot of sea lions out in the water. The First Mate Frank was the BEST. He literally wore many hats along the tour. Prices of tour are very reasonable and well worth it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego SEAL Tour at Seaport Village

Is it fun for kids?
Definitely! Kids love our unique and entertaining San Diego tour.

How long is the tour?
The San Diego tour is 90 minutes total with approximately 30 minutes on land and 60 minutes on the water.

Will I get wet?
No. However, a few drops of water could splash up from a wake.

Will I get seasick?
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.

Is your tour wheelchair accessible?
Seaport Village only: We have the ability to handle wheelchairs and scooters with a manual lift available at the boarding location. Please contact San Diego Seal Tours directly for accessible available tour times. 

What clothes should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes and bring a jacket because it can get cool on the land portion, as the vehicle is open-air.

Is there parking?
Yes, parking is available at Seaport Village. 

Validated Parking: $3 for the first 2 hours or part thereof; $2 every 30 minutes thereafter or part thereof. Validation with a minimum $10 purchase from any Seaport Village establishment.
Non-validated parking: $8 per hour or part thereof.

Is there a place for my child’s stroller?
Yes. We have a lock to keep your strollers safe at our ticket booth while you are on the San Diego harbor tour. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items.

Where can babies or toddlers ride on the SEAL?
Babies and toddlers can either ride in their own car seat or sit on the parent or guardian’s lap.  Depending upon the age, a child could sit in their own seat.