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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

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


See San Diego’s sights by land and water on a 1.5-hour SEAL tour independent shore excursion, and explore this picturesque port of call in an amphibious vehicle. Listen to stories that bring San Diego’s history to life as you travel along the water’s edge, then steer straight into San Diego Bay. Take in sweeping views of SeaWorld, watch for the seals and sea lions that play, eat and bask at Quivira Basin and return to your ship along the scenic Harbor Drive.
  • San Diego Seal Tour Shore Excursion aboard an amphibious vehicle
  • Splash down into San Diego Bay
  • Enjoy views of SeaWorld San Diego and Vacation Isle
  • Look for local wildlife such as the California brown pelican, seals and California sea lions

What's Included

  • 1 hour 30 minute narrated tour
  • All taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Seaport Village is a 10 minute walk from the cruise port. 825 W. Harbor Blvd. next to the Bay Company retail store in Seaport Village. Check in 30 minutes required prior to tour time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

When your cruise ship docks in port, explore San Diego in an amphibious vehicle that drives on both land and water. Make your way to Seaport Village, located at the Embarcadero on Harbor Drive, for the start of your tour. 

Climb aboard the vehicle to meet your guide. Hear about the history of the bay and learn about stories of the early sailors as you travel along the bay's edge. Hear about the military presence in San Diego, which is home to several US Marine and Navy stations, and pass by the San Diego International Airport. 

At San Diego Bay, the amphibious vehicle will enter the water. Look out for California brown pelicans fishing for their next meal and seals and sea lions playing in the surf. Aim your camera at views of SeaWorld and Vacation Island.  Look for seals at Quivira Basin. 

Return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum on the way. 

Please note: This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Diego port. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Please note: Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions.

Historic Tours of America - San Diego

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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
  • Tour departs from Seaport Village
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 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.

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 Shore Excursion: San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?

A:The tour departs from Seaport Village, San Diego, CA 92101, which is approximately a five-minute walk from the cruise terminal.

Feb 2021

Q:How long is the San Diego Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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 Shore Excursion: 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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136 reviews
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Awesome experience!!!
leopoldo_h, Mar 2024
I was there with my son to celebrate his birthday. We enjoyed the excursion, the weather was great, and we saw many sea lions. Captain Cameron and 1st mate Bailey were fun!
Response from Host, Mar 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.
LaRose Family vacation 2024 was off to a terrific start with this introduction to San Diego, land & sea fun!
Marylou_L, Mar 2024
A wonderful family friendly excursion for all ages! Captain Chill and 1st Mate Lila were an outstanding crew. First Rate entertainment!!
Response from Host, Mar 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.
We had a great time!...
Brittney_A, Dec 2023
We had a great time! Thank you to Kyle and Bailey! My kids are still talking about it and how much they learned 💕☀️🦭⛴
Great way to see the city
Trish_B, Nov 2023
Had a great time. Weather was perfect for a drive/float around San Diego. First mate Hatch was both entertaining and informative as a guide
Great staff, good tour
Phil_M, Oct 2023
Very nice tour with Captain Kyle and especially First Mate Salem - hugely informative and energetic tour guide, always happy to answer questions and bring the bay to life… and of course to see the wildlife!
Fun Fun Fun
Betty_A, Oct 2023
We had a wonderful time with, Captains will, and Leila., there were excellent very funny and knowledgeable. Love the tour. Thank you 😊
Historic San Diego
Cleo_H, Aug 2023
Will and Charlie were great, friendly tour guides. Learned a lot about the history of San Diego. Saw Dolphins being trained and much more. Thank you Will and Charlie 👏👏👏
Great Tour especially the Sea part
James_H, Aug 2023
Amy was a great host, informative and funny. Also got lucky and saw the Navy training dolphins. Incredibly cool.
Great tour
tlegerstrom, Aug 2023
Fun tour ! Learned allot about beautiful San Diego - the crew was funny & made the tour even more fun
Awesome Ride
Maria_M, Jul 2023
Captain Will and Mate Amy provided a fun experience! They made the tour very interesting and entertaining. We also saw lots of sea lions and even dolphins that were being trained by the Navy. Amy even went around and offered to take photos of each family with their own cameras. The weather was gorgeous...would definitely do this again! San Diego is just a marvelous city.
Great family tour
Shirine_K, Jul 2023
Great info during the tour ! I didn’t know San Diego has so much history Seeing the seal lions was the best part though
First Timers to San Diego
Jami_A, Jul 2023
The tour was alot of fun and very informative. Raymond was very engaging and entertaining. Thanks for a great tour of San Diego!
Wonderful experience of a...
Don_A, Jul 2023
Wonderful experience of a very informative and enjoyable tour of San Diego! The Captain and First Mate know their stuff.
Amazing experience
Frances_M, Jul 2023
It was a overall amazing experience, captain Will had a great personality, and his mate Jill was amazing in explaining some of the stuff, we were able to see seals moving around.. my grandchildren really love this experience.. Five stars all the way 💕💕💕
Definitely recommend!
Thi_B, Jun 2023
The San Diego Seal Tour was enjoyed by the entire family. Not only did we see sea lions playing, we learned many facts about them as well. Lots of information were given about the various military fleets docked there. Most importantly, Salem was a wonderful tour guide. It’s refreshing to see someone actually enjoy her job! Thank you!
🦭 fun!
Andrea_A, Jun 2023
Lots of fun, sea lion watching was awesome and knowledgeable tour guide. Would recommend. Great for the 🦭 lover.
Good times!
Mandy_S, Jun 2023
We were scheduled to go the day before but our flight was delayed and we missed the connecting flight so ultimately missed our tour time. The company was amazing and scheduled us for the next day. Had a great time, would definitely recommend doing this tour!
Must see and very much worth the price!!!
Sankaranarayana_M, May 2023
Awesome experience, very well organized, great narration, interactive and coverage. Captai will and guide salem were fantastic.We watched lot of SEALs and dolphins too (lucky)…
Awesome tour!
Jacqueline_N, May 2023
Great tour! I learned a lot about San Diego and seal lions! Will and Amy were an awesome pair! Thanks for a great time!!
Amazing Experience!!
Jennifer_C, May 2023
This was an awesome experience! The driver & tour guide were both friendly & the tour guide was very informative. We saw some amazing views & learned a lot about San Diego at the same time. We highly recommend this tour!

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