San Diego

San Diego Seal Tour

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San Diego Seal Tour
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Take in the highlights of San Diego Bay during a sightseeing tour by amphibious vehicle. Travel on both land and water, starting on the streets of Seaport Village and rolling down Harbor Drive alongside San Diego Bay. Transition into the water after departing Seaport Village. Cruise past the SeaWorld and Vacation Isle, experiencing the best of maritime San Diego on this fun and informative tour.
  • Splash into the water to cruise at popular Ski Beach to cruise around San Diego Bay and the Quivira Basin
  • Pass by waterfront highlights like SeaWorld San Diego and Vacation Isle
  • Learn about San Diego history and landmarks from the informative commentary provided by the guide
  • Family-friendly tour with departures available throughout the day

What's Included

  • 1 hr and 45 minute narrated amphibious tour
  • All taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 825 W Harbor Dr
    825 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

    PLEASE READ - VERY IMPORTANT!!!!! SEAPORT VILLAGE boarding location (825 W. Harbor Drive next to the Bay Company store). Guests are required to check in 30 mins prior to the scheduled departure time and 1 hr ahead of time in busy season if there are parking needs.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Check in at your departure point at San Diego's Seaport Village half an hour before your tour commences, and make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking. Then, climb aboard an amphibious vehicle for your 1.75-hour adventure. Start by cruising down the streets of San Diego before heading straight into the San Diego Bay.

Listen to commentary about the history of the California city as you pass by key attractions such as the Embarcadero, Harbor and Shelter Islands, Point Loma, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the USS Midway Museum. If you're lucky, you may even spot a California sea lion. At the end of the tour, hold on tight as your amphibious vehicle will make its way back onto the land and drops you at your departure point.

San Diego Seal Tour

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Embarcadero (Pass By)

Shelter Island (Pass By)

Point Loma (Pass By)

Maritime Museum of San Diego (Pass By)

USS Midway Museum (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time for tour check-in. Guests are advised to arrive an hour early in high season if parking is required.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where does the San Diego Seal Tour begin?

A:The tour departs from 825 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Jun 2022

Q:How long is the San Diego Seal Tour?

A:The San Diego tour is 90 minutes total with approximately 30 minutes on land and 60 minutes on the water.

Feb 2021

Q:Is the San Diego Seal Tour appropriate for kids?

A:Definitely! Kids love our unique and entertaining San Diego tour.

Feb 2021

Q:Will we see seals during the San Diego Seal Tour?

A:Maybe; but more likely, you will see sea lions as we travel near the bait barges in the bay along with many other sea wildlife. The name “SEAL” is an acronym for “SEa And Land” adventure tour.

Feb 2021

Q:Will I get wet during the San Diego Seal Tour?

A:No. However, a few drops of water could splash up from a wake.

Feb 2021

Q:Will I get seasick during the San Diego Seal Tour?

A: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.

Feb 2021

Q:Is the San Diego Seal Tour handicap accessible?

A:We have the ability to handle wheelchairs and scooters with a manual lift available at the boarding location. Call the number on your ticket in advance so we can accommodate your needs.

Feb 2021

Q:What should I wear on the San Diego Seal Tour?

A:Wear comfortable clothes and bring a jacket because it can get cool on the land portion, as the vehicle is open-air.

Feb 2021

Q:Can I bring a stroller on board the San Diego Seal Tour?

A:You may store your stroller next to the ticket booth while you are on the SEAL tour. However, we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items.

Feb 2021

Q:Are food and drink allowed on the San Diego Seal Tour?

A:Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Feb 2021

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Patience_M
Had an amazing time with Captain Fonzii,first mate Adam and Bailey our tour guide. So much fun and interesting information. Would highly recommend for families and just adults. Great time! Thanks again. Will be back to see more Sea Lions 🦭.

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I give this my seal (or sea Lion) of approval
Jean_P, Feb 2024
Then sea lions & learning history about the region from Bailey. Caption Michael is one excellent driver.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're so happy to hear you had a great time! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. I'm sure our team also loves seeing their names on here. We hope you'll come back for more next time you're in one of our other destinations.
Fun on Land & Sea
Susan_T, Feb 2024
Captain Chill was great and Tour Guide Bret was fantastic. He was very personable, professional, & very funny. We enjoyed the tour immensely! We would highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We love reading about our guests' experiences, and our CAST also enjoys knowing that they made your trip memorable. Thank you for taking the time to write this. We hope to see you again next time you visit one of our destinations.
Fun!!!
James_G, Feb 2024
Had an amazing time!!! Great last minute decision and Viator made it simple!!! Highly recommend for families
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're so happy to hear that you had such a great time! Thank you for sharing your experience here. Come and visit us again!
Amazing and fun tour
Eamon_C, Feb 2024
We saw dolphins! We saw sea lions! All sorts of birds, 2 F-18s, a C130 taking off, and all sorts of other stuff. Our guides, Kyle and Johnny, also told us a lot about San Diego history. The vehicle itself was in great condition. If you've watched or read stuff about WWII, it was a true DUKW with two transmissions, one for each mode the vehicle can operate in. We had a great time and can't recommend it highly enough.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
These are all things we love to hear. Thank you so much for your comments! Our guides and storytellers take pride in what they do. Come visit us again in one of our other destinations.
A fun San Diego ‘must do’.
Carrie_A, Feb 2024
Capt. Kyle and First Mate Bailey were great tour guides. Always fun, not a single low spot. It was exciting driving down the street then right into the water! We got to see and hear about a lot of interesting places as we drove/sailed by. We even got to see my old duty station (Ballast Point sub base) from the water. There were all kinds of animals and birds and Bailey told us fun stories about them. I would take this tour again if I came back to San Diego.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're so happy to hear you had a great time! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. I'm sure our team also loves seeing their names on here. We hope you'll come back for more next time you're in one of our other destinations.
Great tour but fix the engine heat issue
Kim_F, Feb 2024
That actual tour is great and is my go-to for whenever company comes to visit. However, on this trip our seats were directly above the engine which was running hot. Not only did I feel sick from the engine smell, my feet were burning up. The guide gave us blankets to put down which helped. Unfortunately it was a full boat so we couldn't move elsewhere. We ended up standing most of the time.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We were sorry to read you are dissatisfied with our tour. We stand behind our efforts with a Satisfaction Guarantee. You can read about it by selecting, "100% Satisfaction Guarantee" on our website, trolley tours dot com. Or, go directly to trolley tours dot com/guarantee. We hope you will try us again in one of our other services in the future.
Water, sea lions and fun
Geeta_E, Jan 2024
Our sea lion tour was so fun. Our guides Kyle and Kim were great. Kim was so knowledgeable, funny and walked around a talked with each group. We got to learn and see sea lions as well as learned about some of the Naval operations. We also learned about the environment around us. Great experience.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're glad you had a great time! Thank you for the review!
Worth the time
Sue_L, Jan 2024
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the area! We had a great time and thought it was a great opportunity to see San Diego.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We're glad you had a great time! Thank you for the review!
Loved it!
ioana_I, Jan 2024
Nice host and crew. ….Beautiful views….. It Gets chilly, but no worries, they have blankets ………………….
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We are so happy you had a great time with our CAST. We hope you'll visit us again when you visit one of our destinations.
Seal fun up close
Peggy_C, Jan 2024
The narrator was excellent, but I have forgotten his name. We were on the 1245 tour. I recommend it as a relaxing way to see the bay.
Memorable
Clarence_S, Jan 2024
Got to view several whales surface along with a baby whale and a large pod of dolphins swimming around the ship for about 5 minutes.
Love story
Abdullatif_D, Dec 2023
It was great trip me and my wife change the mood and relax also it’s a great birthday gift could give it to someone
RUDE!
Sheree_H, Dec 2023
We requested to buy out ALL tickets for a Holiday work trip. We were told that 36 tickets were needed to be purchased to ensure ALL tickets were used for our business. We hit traffic in a limo on the way down. I called to inform them that we were running 5 minutes late, but WOULD be there. The lady on the phone was rude, and said were late and not sure we'll make the trip. I informed her that is why I was calling, and assured her we would be there and would be ok if we had to cut the trip short due to us being late. She hung up. we arrived at 10:04am, they had already sold 6 of our tickets to others not associated with our party.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We would like to hear more about your experience, please contact us directly at guestrelations@historictours.com.
Exceeded expectations
MARGARET_P, Nov 2023
It was breezy and cold on the drive to the boat ramp. The guide provided lots of interesting information.
Broken Boat
bjmccorkle66, Nov 2023
The boat broke down on the way back and would only steer in circles. The pilot tried sailing backward to try and get us back. I understand that things happen, but we were left stranded for over an hour freezing and the company sent no one out to help in all that time. We were not kept updated on what was happening and it seemed like no one really cared.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hello, Please accept our apologies for the poor tour experience. I have forwarded your comments to the General Manager for his review. Feedback from our guests is one of the best ways we learn how to improve the visitor experience. We offer a satisfaction guarantee located on the customer service page of our website, trolley tours dot com, under the subheading "our guarantee".
Great sea & land experience
Mary_W, Nov 2023
Great family fun day. Great guides with interesting facts about the area. Beautiful way to spend a couple of hours in your day.
San Diego land and sea travel
Prabir_R, Nov 2023
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Captain drove the bus very nicely. Was a very satisfying trip.
Confusing , would like a refund, it’s really impossible to find .
Jazaline_F, Nov 2023
Was so excited to take my daughter on this ! She loves seals and we live in Florida, i was there a hour before check in. I went to the exact address it sent me to , I payed for parking, I followed the directions given and NO ONE could help me where to check in . I seen the tour as I was parking so assumed I was in the general right area and asked around still no answers . No very clear instructions on how to get to the tour coming from someone else who has never been to San Diego . Just super upset .
San Diego Harbor Tour
Judith_E, Nov 2023
Seeing the sea lions, harbor seals and the "water" birds. It was a beautiful day..Nov 1-2023. Skipper Brett did a great job as the narrarator on the tour.
I love this trip, learned...
Bistra_S, Nov 2023
I love this trip, learned so much new information from a local person 😁 Thank you for the great time!
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