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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Traci M
"Ducks seal tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
Native of San Diego County, I’ve never been on a local tour. Took the tour with a friend Visiting . Learned a lot about San Diego that I didn’t know about. Was a beautiful day. You do spend a lot of the tour on the water. Wish they had spent more of the tour showing other things downtown like convention center, petco parkway, Gaslamp and not a such a focus on things with the military.
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RJWhite2015
Crozet, Virginia
"Awesome tour highly recommend"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2019 NEW
This tour was Soo fun. Very entertaining, educational and the San Diego bay is so beautiful. Their staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area
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Louise B
Ellesmere port
"Excellent tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019 NEW
This tour was excellent. Very good value for money. It takes you around San Diego with an informative narrative and then into the water. There were lots of sea lions and birds to see and we even saw the marine biologists training local dolphins , amazing. Very enjoyable and informative. Would definitely recommend.
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Gkkmkhr
"Horrible experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
Me and my husband had a very bad experience with them. The staff is unfriendly. We were not able to board the bus even though we had confirmed tickets. We had been looking forward to it and drove all the way from Los Angeles. After waiting in line, we reached the front of the counter to check-in for our reserved tickets that we booked online. The person across the counter told us that the bus is full and cannot accommodate more people. I was highly frustrated that how can that be and when we asked for a refund he said we will have to contact customer service. So far we haven't received a refund. Looks like this is a way for them to make extra money by reselling already booked tickets.
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Judy W
Ocala, Florida
"Fantastic!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 01, 2019 NEW
This tour is one of the best we have ever taken. Very informative information regarding the Navy and their endeavors in the harbor in which we shared. Sea lions were in abundance and fun to watch and listen to. As we were on our tour, a Navy ship was coming in to dock. Very exciting and made us very proud!
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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.