San Diego
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Our most recommended San Diego Cruises & Boat Tours

  • San Diego: Harbor Cruise

    1. San Diego: Harbor Cruise

    Embark on an adventure and see San Diego's best sights. Learn about the city and enjoy a cruise on the bay. Depending on the option booked, this professionally-narrated tour takes you under the Coronado Bridge, past military ships, waterfront landmarks, and marine life for an up-close, in-depth look at San Diego's scenic beauty and fascinating history. This tour’s luxury ships offer three levels with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, 360-degree views, and an on-board snack bar serving snacks, soda, beer, wine and cocktails (available for purchase). This is a great way to experience San Diego from the water.

    Took the 2 hour tour that we were looking too take after our last visit. It was just way at we expected and more! The narrator was so full of information that we had to ask him how he did it. He said a lot of experience and we agreed that must have been the answer. He was really impressive. Don’t miss it.

  • 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

    2. 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

    Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing tour. See the best of San Diego on land and in the water. Take a seat on the San Diego SEAL tour, an adventure that takes you through the most interesting sights in the city before heading out into the harbor of San Diego. Your 90-minute fully-narrated tour will wind through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing into the water for a cruise of San Diego Bay. On land, you will pass the Embarcadero and San Diego International Airport. You will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego and other San Diego icons as you travel along the scenic coast. Once you splash into the Big Bay, you will glide by Navy ships, tugboats and fishing vessels throughout the harbor as you listen to stories of early sailors. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of a virtually unsinkable Hydra...

    The tour guide was knowledgeable about the history and made it very interesting.

  • San Diego: Dinner Cruise

    3. San Diego: Dinner Cruise

    The three-hour Dinner Cruise combines culinary excellence – think crisp salads, braised ribs and over roasted salmon entrees, and luscious desserts – with unforgettable scenery and ambient music.  This Nightly Dinner cruise is famous around the world and is compared to the dinner cruises in New York and in Paris. San Diego’s dinner cruise combines breathtaking city views, great food, and drinks.  Stroll the spacious decks, watch the sunset before dinner. Dinner is buffet-style with an elaborate wine list, upgrades and additions, and vegetarian option. After dinner, listen to relaxing music, as you enjoy your dessert and coffee. Photos are taken at beginning of the cruise, can be purchased at the end! You’ll be thrilled to know that your dining experience does not have cruise-style seating, you’ll have privacy at your table and not be seated with strangers.

    The food was really good. There was a variety to choose from I.e. chicken, salmon, and/or beef. There were veggies, bread, salad, and garlic potatoes (which I had a nice serving of) the food was made perfectly. Not overly or under seasoned. Though the salad had cheese, a friend of mine was able to get a serving of salad in the side without cheese. The DJ played a variety of music and even played requests. The only thing, the cruise was suppose to be for three hours but we were only out for 2 hours.

  • La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

    4. La Jolla: 2-Hour Kayak Tour of the 7 Caves

    Take a lesson before the tour begins and grab all the necessary kayak equipment. The tour takes place in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. There are 3 different habitats in the reserve, and on your tour you will have the chance paddle to all three - the rocky reefs, sandy flats, and kelp beds. Paddle to the seven caves of La Jolla and go into the Clam’s cave, which is the largest cave on the tour. See the local marine life on the tour including sea lions, harbor seals, Garibaldi, leopard sharks, and the occasional dolphin.

    George & Randy were the coolest & most knowledgeable guides! They made our experience enjoyably memorable!

  • La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

    5. La Jolla: 90-Minute Sea Cave Kayaking Tour with Guide

    Discover San Diego's Marine Protected Area, home to a variety of fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea-lions, and whales. With the help of an experienced guide, explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and kayak inside Emerald Cave. Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and swimming in the sanctuary. Marvel at the bright orange garibaldi as they stand out among the vibrant green sea grass and numerous other fish swimming around and delighting the eye. In the summer and fall months, tour groups will often see harmless leopard sharks, and you may also find grey whales in their migration during the winter. You might even see dolphins cruising alongside your kayak before you make your way back and prepare to surf your kayak back to shore.

    All the staff was so friendly and professional. The guides were very knowledgeable. We had a great time.

  • San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    6. San Diego: Drive Your Own Speed Boat 2-Hour Tour

    Ideal for those with a free spirit and sense of adventure, but who don't want to miss out on a guided tour, this 2-hour excursion combines the best of both worlds. You will be the captain of your own speed boat, all the while following a trained, knowledgeable guide as they keep you informed via the 2-way communication system that’s mounted in each boat. Hear the guide’s witty, yet historical narration as you cruise the harbor, seeing such luminous sights as the Russian submarine at San Diego Maritime Museum, the USS Midway and the skyline of downtown San Diego. Exhilarating and spontaneous, with laugh-out-loud moments, the thrill of driving your own boat, as well as the safety of having a skilled guide introduce you to the highlights makes for a perfect combination. Even the sea lions will give you a cheer!

    We went on the speedboats for our honeymoon and loved every moment, not to mention our tour guide David was funny and informational.

  • San Diego: Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride

    7. San Diego: Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride

    Embark on a thrilling adventure on the San Diego bay as you zip and zoom past military ships, along the downtown skyline, and under the iconic Coronado Bridge. With rock music pumping, feel the wind and the refreshing spray of the San Diego bay as the Patriot carves 360-degree turns and reaches speeds upwards of 50 miles per hour. There's no experience like it. Enjoy gorgeous views on a 30-minute tour on an open-air jet boat. No two Patriot trips are the same, but this is not just a random joy ride through the bay. You will be taken past San Diego's most beautiful waterfront sights including: USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado Bridge, Star of India and the iconic ships of the Maritime Museum, as well as the San Diego skyline. You may get wet, but ponchos are provided.

    Took my brother and friends out on this boat and we all loved it! Catching drifts and getting splashed! It’s like a speed tour around SD! 10/10 recommended!

  • San Diego: Whale Watching Tours

    8. San Diego: Whale Watching Tours

    Marvel at the amazing views of San Diego Bay as you look out for sightings of marine wildlife including dolphins, sea lions, gray whales, and more. Your tour will be led by ocean experts as you get a deeper understanding of the ocean ecosystem and the sea creatures that live in it. Discover the San Diego coast on a two-story whale watching yacht, featuring 360-degree views from the main level and upper sundeck, multiple restrooms, and free guest WiFi. You will follow the whale migration path to bring you up close for the best sighting spots, which change every day. Early in the season, whales swim closer to the coast, so the maximum distance is about 3-5 miles. On their return trip, northbound whales swim further out, up to 9-12 miles off the coast. Make sure to wear layers as it can get pretty cool on the bay and don't forget to wear your sunscreen and hat while on this excursion. Bri...

    It was pretty cool got a little sea sick but we got to see whales dolphins and sea lions will go back soon!

  • San Diego: Best of the Bay Harbor Cruise

    9. San Diego: Best of the Bay Harbor Cruise

    Experience the sights of San Diego Bay on this fully-narrated cruise. See the harbor's historic ships and Coronado Bay Bridge while taking in beautiful skyline views. Listen as the professional crew narrates the rich local and military history, local points of interest, and facts about San Diego landmarks. Home to the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet, San Diego Bay boasts some of America's most historic warships, such as the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and the U.S.S. Midway. The bay offers scenic sights of the Coronado Bay Bridge and Seaport Village, and is also home to wildlife such as blue heron, sea lions, and pelicans. This sightseeing cruise also features an ecological twist: along with landmarks, natural wonders, and military history, the tour spotlights local environmental efforts through narration, video clip,s and on-board displays.

    Narrators we’re well versed and knowledgeable. Wait staff was also prompt and polite. Overall fun experience.

  • Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

    10. Champagne Brunch Cruise in San Diego

    Sample a variety of breakfast and dinner dishes with fantastic views, and then head to the outdoor deck for fresh sea air and a narrated bay cruise. San Diego’s most popular and unique Sunday Champagne Brunch features views that change with the courses. This brunch is complete with bountiful selection of breakfast and lunch entrees, carving stations, salad and dessert bar, and free flowing champagne. Lovely light music and sightseeing completes your entertainment! You’ll be thrilled to know that Hornblower Cruises doesn’t participate in cruise style seating, you’ll have privacy at your table and not be seated with strangers! SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Accompaniments Basket of Fresh Croissants & Cinnamon Rolls with Strawberry Jam, Whipped Honey Butter and Seasonal Fruit Seasonal Salad Chef's Selection Seasonal Green Salad Entrees Se...

    It was such a fun time! I would definitely do it again. Just wish it was a but longer maybe 3 hours instead of 2.

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What people are saying about San Diego

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 82 reviews

The food was really good. There was a variety to choose from I.e. chicken, salmon, and/or beef. There were veggies, bread, salad, and garlic potatoes (which I had a nice serving of) the food was made perfectly. Not overly or under seasoned. Though the salad had cheese, a friend of mine was able to get a serving of salad in the side without cheese. The DJ played a variety of music and even played requests. The only thing, the cruise was suppose to be for three hours but we were only out for 2 hours.

Everything was well organized, everyone was cordial, professional, friendly. The food?…delicious! The entertainment fabulous, We had the time of our lives! Will do it again and again!

Staff was fantastic, food was great & the vibe was very lively

Lovely dinner and beautiful trip on the san diego harbor

We had an amazing time and can’t wait to do it again!