Is it a boat? Is it a bus? No - it's San Diego's original amphibious water and land adventure! Commonly known as a duck tour, the San Diego Seal Tour is a fun and unique way to explore the city from the streets and the sea.
This 90-minute fully-narrated journey departs from Seaport Village located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful Big Bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors as well as the history of the 14-mile long working bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour.
Then, you will splash down into the San Diego Bay off Shelter Island, where you begin the 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 Big Bay provides views of Point Loma, home to the Cabrillo National Monument, Naval Air Station North Island, the Point Loma Submarine Base and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The area is a popular playground for seals and sea-lions so keep your eyes out during your San Diego duck tour - make that seal tour!
Return to land where you will return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and Cruise Ship Terminal along the way.
*Please Note: Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions.
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- November to March - between 10am and 4pm (3pm is the last tour departure time)
- April to October - between 10am and 5pm (4pm is the last tour departure time)
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San Diego Seal Tour
- 90-minute narrated tour
- All taxes
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
- Multiple departures are offered daily on a first-come first-served basis. Please call the local number to verify current tour schedule
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Deneese T, January 2017
Our trip to San Diego was a spur of the moment idea. We decided that our grandson had a school report about seals and sea lions. I decided that rather than taking him to the aquarium that it might be more fun to go out on a boat to see them up close. We hit the jackpot when we took the San Diego Seal Tour. The staff on land was good but the onboard staff was AWESOME. The captain was a marine biologist ? and was able to give very pertinent information regarding the sea life on the tour. The first mate was great fun. I had the theme to Gilligan's Island stuck in my head for the rest of the weekend. By the way, our grandson got an A on his report.
The weather was beautiful and to top it all off, there was a car show in the adjoining park. We had a great family day!!!!!
Reviewed by: PREM C, October 2016
Good experience, one of a kind. Great Crew and Guide.