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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JaLee_8
near toronto
"fun times"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2020 NEW
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 NEW
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 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.