San Diego

San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this tour of San Diego Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your expert guide before following your guide's boat around the harbor, cruising past highlights such as the USS Midway, a US Navy submarine, Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, the historic ship Star of India and San Diego Maritime Museum. Learn from your guide about these landmarks via the onboard two-way communications system and stop for photo ops on this exciting tour.
  • Self-drive speed boat tour on San Diego Harbor
  • Navigate and captain your own speed boat
  • Get close to US Navy ships, the Coronado Bridge and a submarine and more
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide how to handle your speed boat and hear fun facts about the sights

What's Included

  • Guided and narrated tour
  • US Coast Guard-approved life jacket
  • Safety orientation
  • Your own F13 mini speed boat
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1450 Harbor Island Dr
    1450 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

    Cabrillo Isle Marina - Check in at the office located in suite 205

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

After making your own way to the Cabrillo Isle Marina in San Diego Harbor, your guide welcomes you to your speed boat adventure.

Start off with a safety briefing taught by your professional guide, followed by a lesson on hand signals and boating rules. You’ll navigate and your own F13 speed boat for the entirety of the tour, following the lead of your guide who sets the pace in a different boat. Your boat is equipped with a two-way communication systems that allows you to hear your guide throughout the tour. If you want to change drivers you may do so at any of the brief stops.

Set out on your roughly 13-mile (20-km) spin around San Diego Harbor, which includes several stops for photo ops and a closer look at points of interest throughout the harbor. Enjoy close views from your vantage point on the water of US Navy ships and aircraft carriers such as the USS Midway, home to a museum that offers insights into the history of this famous vessel. Zip over to see the famous vessel the Star of India, one of several historic ships berthed at the San Diego Maritime Museum. You'll also pass the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, and have excellent views of the downtown skyline and possibly the sea lions that live in these waters.

Choose from four departure times in the morning and afternoon for your tour of San Diego Harbor. You can also opt to depart from Coronado Island.

San Diego Speed Boat Adventures

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Point Loma (Pass By)

Coronado Island (Pass By)

USS Midway Museum (Pass By)

Maritime Museum of San Diego (Pass By)

San Diego Bay Walk (Pass By)

Coronado Bridge (Pass By)

Cabrillo National Monument (Pass By)

Star of India (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for people with neck or back problems or a recent surgery to participate. Pregnant women should not participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bring a swimsuit in the summer and a jacket in the winter, sandals or flip-flops, towel, sun block, sunglasses
  • The per boat weight limit of 425 lbs (205kgs)
  • Service animals allowed
  • You must be 18 years or older to drive a boat by yourself
  • The boats do not have a storage compartment
  • No experience or boating license required
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Nicole_M
Keoni was simply the best guide!!! Wonderful amazing experience!!! My daughter had a blast! The weather was cool so dress warm but watching the sunset was so amazing. Flying over the water was fabulous!

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Best time ever!
Nicole_M, Dec 2023
Keoni was simply the best guide!!! Wonderful amazing experience!!! My daughter had a blast! The weather was cool so dress warm but watching the sunset was so amazing. Flying over the water was fabulous!
Pretty cool
Craig_F, Dec 2023
We had a good time! Total time on the water was closer to an hour and 90min total. We loved seeing the sea lions, ships and old ships. It would have been great to get closer to the bridge. We had expected 2hrs total and there seemed to be time.
Awesome, highly recommended
Arman_L, Nov 2023
This was my favorite part of my San Diego trip. It is worth every penny. It is also the best way to see San Diego.
Good Times with this tour!
Darla_S, Sep 2023
This tour was definitely enjoyable for our whole family. It was our first time on speedboats. I was okay with the picture of the speedboats that were on the picture when I booked. But when we arrived at our tour, the speedboats we got were bigger and newer. Great surprise!! I felt like we got an upgrade. They were fast enough to feel like we could really go fast if we wanted to. And we were given some time to really have some fun with the boats. They took us on a little tour and learned some history that we didn't know. I liked our tour guide. They were knowledgable, savy with the boats, and very friendly. It exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend for a family with teenage boys and young adults looking for some fun!
Exhilarating, heart pumping water ride
8kzwgd5zbv, Sep 2023
Must go, David was amazing. Start to finish, he made the entire experience so much fun! Go!!!! All the reviews are true, plus you get to learn a lot about different parts of San Diego without having to walk around! The boat is a thrill and a great activity to do. You can go fast or you can go at a easier pace for you , either way it’s fantastic!
Amazing!
MICAH_C, Aug 2023
Keoni was an amazing guide, his humor was on point. Keoni kept us laughing and was also very knowledgeable. First time on a speed boat and I would definitely try it again.
San Diego speed boating
Todd_H, Jul 2023
Nate was a stud. He made it fun and informative. I didn’t expect to be the fastest boat in the bay but we were !
Terrible experience
KHAMSOUK_S, Jul 2023
My name is Khamsouk and my wife and I had a very unfortunate experience with your business on 7/7/2023. My wife and I booked your boat experience and during this experience our instructor neglected us several times and even left us out on the dock while he called in every other group. During our time on the water we realized that our instructor went to every couple to check on them except for us. At the end of our time he had called every couple then after waiting for 10 minutes on the dock my wife fearfully decided to get off the boat by herself, risking getting into the water to go seek help because I cannot swim well in the oceans. Once she actually found our guide he was about to head out the door to leave for the day and laughed about neglecting us in the dock. We expressed that he forgot about us and he laughed while we were genuinely fearful. We then asked to speak to the lady at the front desk who did not take our situation or fear seriously and brushed off the situation reassuring that this is okay when it is not. We are very disappointed, offended, and upset about this incident and how we were treated. We were neglected, left alone, and in fear and no one took our situation seriously. We also recorded the situation for our own safety due to the neglect we experienced and are seeking assistance regarding this situation as it is unfair for anyone to ever experience this. Thank you, Khamsouk S.
A little adrenaline
James_S, May 2023
This was a great trip. Unlike any I have ever done. It was fast pace, fun and a little scary (in a good way). Definitely got the adrenaline pumping a few times. Keoni was our tour guide and he was fun, funny and knowledgeable.
Good experience
Christopher_J, Apr 2023
Captain K was a very good host and very personable. Gave good insight on San Diego with jokes included.
Speed Boat Adventure
Franya_R, Mar 2023
The boats were very easy to operate. Johnny gave a great tour of the Bay and instructions on how to operate the boat. It was a very exciting adventure. The boats can go very fast fast. You have to try it if you’re in San Diego. Hopefully you will have Johnny as your guide.
Perfect day on the water...
Tim_M, Feb 2023
Perfect day on the water early and the bay was calm.I strongly recommended checking this out.What a great time it was.the staff is awesome !
Adventurous!
Keithone_T, Dec 2022
Guide tour she was phenomenal very informative helpful and patient. I enjoyed learning to drive a speed Boat for the first time. Riding the waves was exhilarating!
My birthday fun day!
Dwight_K, Nov 2022
So much fun buzzing around the bay. Sites were great to see up close. Aaron was very informative regarding the sites and helpful always keeping safety in mind. Would go again!
Sail boats are too...
michaela_b, Oct 2022
Sail boats are too unpredictable. A more secluded part of the ocean would of made the ride more enjoyable. We have a good time !
Cosmo awesome guide, need...
AILEEN_D, Oct 2022
Cosmo awesome guide, need for speed satisfied. Turns are tricky, its your own arm power steering, still fun. Day was cloudy with some peeking sun every now and then, do the earliest least busy. Drove by naval ships naval helicopters cruise ships ancient still floating old sail ships, steam boat, replica galleon ships, fun live sealife seals and aquatic birds drove under the bridge, not too many paddle boards, jet ski and private boats of all sizes but glad to see them. Love the smooth sail still moments and be aware of choppy waves that bounced and held on every now and then —so brave soul and adventurous kindred spirits like me will enjoy it
I only wish that I could have done it again at sunset or sunrise
Llew_G, Oct 2022
I thought it was a perfect day to be on the San Diego harbor. I have no small boat experience, much less speed boats. I am also in the senior citizen age and not as spry as I once was. I found it to be a great experience. I loved it, and as soon as it was over, I wondered why there isn't a sunset or sunrise experience. The guide was excellent and solicitous about our safety. Another regret is I went alone and talking photos while cruising the wakes was a bit hard. The boats at high speed go off the crest of a wave or wake then fall back into the water. I guess the nautical equivalent of a bump or airpocket. If you have back problems or find rollercoaster rides difficult, I would talk to the tour company before getting a ticket.
Great trip - difficult for 6ft+
Amanda_H, Sep 2022
Great fun and great views. Guide was friendly, and helpful. Tip: Boats are not good for people over 6ft - no room for driver’s legs! My husband had to sit with his legs out to the side which wasn’t very comfortable. Overall, had a great time.
So fun!!!!
Laren_C, Sep 2022
Myself and my 10 year old daughter had a blast!!! So much fun to get out on the water and see the city from the water!! Definitely a highlight of our trip. We will definitely do it again!
Super fun adventure!
Catherine_R, Aug 2022
This was an excellent adventure! Conner, our tour guide, provided us with detailed instructions and made sure everyone was safe. I was a little nervous about driving a speed boat for the first time, but quickly got the hang of it. We enjoyed seeing the San Diego sites from a new perspective.
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