Speed Boat Adventure Tour in San Diego, CA

Speed Boat Adventures, Inc.1450 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, CA 92101
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Featuring fully narrated tours for each 13-mile ride along the Big Bay, San Diego Speed Boat Adventures offers a unique experience to see San Diego’s beautiful sights, including Coronado Bridge, the downtown skyline, Seaport Village and other top attractions. Tours include access to a personal F13 mini speed boat, boating basic training, a professionally trained guide and narrator, and more.

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from Ashley, one of our San Diego Travel Experts
  • Best views of the San Diego Bay.
  • High-speed boat adventure with YOU behind the wheel.
  • Fully narrated tour.
  • Max 1-3 people per boat.
  • No experience necessary.
  • Must be 18 years to drive.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a towel.


from San Diego Speed Boat Adventure Tour
A guided and narrated San Diego tour with a twist.
Be your own captain as you tour San Diego bay driving your own speed boat! Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our speed boat adventure tour.

Fully narrated tour for 13 miles on the Big Bay. You will have a once in a lifetime view of Navy Ships, The USS Midway aircraft museum, Coronado Bridge, The famous Star of India and the historic ships of the Maritime Museum, the cruise ship terminal, Seaport Village, The downtown skyline, and all the wildlife that call San Diego Harbor home.

Tour Includes:
• Your own F13 mini speed boat
• USCG approved life jacket
• Instruction covering
• Boating basics
• Rules of the road
• Tour hand signals
• Professionally trained guide leading and narrating the tour

Speed Boat Adventure Tours: (Boats can have 1-3 people with a max weight per boat of 450 lbs) A small child (under 50 lbs) is allowed to sit in the middle. You must be 18 years or older to drive a boat by yourself.

*Please arrive 20-30 minutes before your scheduled departure time.*

Reservations are fully refundable up to 7 days before departure.

Speed Boat Adventures does not guarantee the weather.
WEATHER POLICY: San Diego enjoys some sun 360 days per year and only 8.24 inches of rain per year. Luckily, most of the rain and high winds are readily predictable. When we expect poor conditions we cancel the trip and refund or reschedule. On average 3 days a year are cancelled in this manner. Occasionally a trip will be affected by unexpected clouds or inclement weather. We assume no responsibility for nor do we have any control of the weather in the area. We endeavor to be well studied and to make well informed go/no-go decisions but no refunds will be given should the resulting conditions become unfavorable.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
"Amazing speed boat experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
My wife and I decided to book the speed boat tour as it was included as part of our San Diego Go Card deal. We had no idea what to expect but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday. We were welcomed and checked in with ease before our tour guide gave a thorough safety briefing and instruction on how to operate the speed boats. In no time at all we were on board our boats and piloting our way to where the marina meets the channel and then with a brief instruction over the radio, we were at full throttle, hurting along towards our first stop where we got up (very) close to some sea lions, pelicans, cormorants and many other sea birds at the live bait pontoons. After a short stop there we were full throttle back along the channel and past some US Naval Ships to the USS Midway. The tour guide gave a brief overview of the history to the ship before leading us round to the maritime museum for more of the same. Then it was full throttle back to the marina. I didn't think for a minute that this would last the full 2 hours it was advertised as being but it did, with probably about an hour and forty minutes at the helm of your speed boat. We absolutely loved it!
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"Fun Way to See SD!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
This was one of the highlights of my trip! The staff was kind, knowledgeable, and fun. The waters can get a bit choppy, but it made for a thrilling ride! Definitely a must if you want to explore the SD harbor.
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Darrin O
Scottsdale, Arizona
"A MUST do while in San Diego"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
Amazing experience on an individual boat that goes fast but is safe. FUN and the only way to see the surrounding area. About (13) miles and up and close to the seals, wildlife, USS Midway and other cool stops along the way. Captain Scott is a great guy and very personable. I'll do it again!
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Tulare, California
"Best rookie boat ride ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2019 NEW
Overall, we had a blast. For what was offered we enjoyed every moment of it and would definalty return again.
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"Best experience during San Diego visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 13, 2019 NEW
The speed boat ride was really awesome. We called in morning for reservations, luckily they were able to accommodate us for 5pm ride. Scott was our tour guide. He would drive in his boat in in front and we need to follow him on our speed boats. He always keep eye on us if we need any help or if we speeding too much or too slow. Our boat motor caught a plastic carried by high wind from earlier day. All we have to do is wave to Scott. He is the best tour guide ever. I only drove car twice in my life till this ride. Scott made sure we came back in one piece and have as much fun as we could
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Speed Boat Adventure Tour

Are there any restrictions or weight requirements?
Yes, there is a per boat weight limit of 500 lbs. A small child (under 50 lbs) is allowed to sit in the middle.  You must be 18 years or older to drive a boat by yourself.

Any health restrictions?
Part of the fun at Speed Boat Adventure Tours is that, at times, we will be riding in open water. Although usually calm, the harbor can be choppy at times.*We do not recommend guest with neck or back problems or a recent surgery to participate. Pregnant women should not participate.*

What should I bring to wear?
- Wear what you would to the beach depending on the temperature (swimsuit in the summer and a jacket in the winter )

- Sandals or flip-flops
- A towel
- Sun block
- Sunglasses

Can we switch drivers?
Absolutely! We will stop several times during the tour and you can switch drivers if you like.

What if I have never driven a boat?
No problem! Our boats are very simply to operate and we will make sure you are fully comfortable with the operation before we leave the dock.