San Diego

Best of the Bay 90min Harbor Tour in San Diego

San Diego, United States
San Diego Two Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See San Diego from a marine vantage point on this 90min harbor cruise, including a look at the marina, seabirds and potential sea lion sightings. Listen to live narration from your captain and enjoy for-purchase snacks from the onboard snack bar.
  • San Diego harbor cruise
  • Close-up views of Point Loma, The U.S. Naval Fleet and Submarine Base and more
  • Crew narrates the local points of interest
  • Tour the beautiful San Diego Bay on a Coast Guard certified yacht
  • Multiple departure times to fit your schedule.

What's Included

  • 90min narrated San Diego Harbor Tour
  • Full Snack bar with Hot and Cold items available for purchase
  • All taxes and fees
  • Beverage Service (cash bar available)
  • Cocktails and Soft Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 970 N Harbor Dr
    970 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92132, USA

    Boarding: Pier 2. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local metered Parking is available for Pier 1 on both sides of North Harbor Drive. For Pier 2, ACE Parking lot on the pier next to the USS Midway Museum.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your way to the pier 2 at 970 N. Harbor Drive at least 30 minutes before your cruise's departure time; multiple departure times are available to fit your schedule. Step aboard the ship and make yourself comfortable for the ride, which spans 90min and passes many local points of interest.

Listen to insightful commentary from your guide as you pass landmarks such as the Cabrillo National Monument, the U.S. Naval Fleet and Submarine Base, Shelter Island, Harbor Island, and Point Loma. You'll likely see some California sea lions along the way. Step up to the onboard snack bar to purchase some hot or cold items while you cruise. Return to the pier after the cruise.

Cabrillo National Monument (Pass By)

Shelter Island (Pass By)

Coronado Bridge (Pass By)

Petco Park (Pass By)

USS Midway Museum (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Access to outer decks is via stairs only, and not wheelchair accessible.
  • Ages 3 and under are free
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Really beautiful boat ride I couldn’t say it in any other words, it’s best to be there earlier to get the good seats
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Harbour cruise on Valentine's Day.
Vicky_F, Feb 2024
I enjoyed seeing the Mercy Hospital ship and hearing the stories of the ships in the port. It was cold so we chose to sit inside. The problem being is that they servers were setting up for the Valentine Dinner cruise after ours. They were putting out all the place settings and chocolate on the table and we felt like we were intruding on their space. I think this should have waited until our cruise was finished. We didn't even get asked if we needed a snack or a drink. I have done harbor cruises before and we could purchase drinks and snacks but we weren't given the opportunity on this one. Very disappointed with this tour.
Great San Diego Bay Tour!!
Brian_K, Feb 2024
This was a beautiful, informative journey around San Diego Bay, narrated by two experienced skippers who obviously love their city and their jobs! The onboard service was totally online via a scanned QR code, and it worked just fine for us. Definitely worth it to see this great city and learn about its history and character!!
Outstanding educational tour!
Bonnie_T, Jan 2024
The views from the boat were outstanding. A lot of history relayed during the 90 minutes which we found very fascinating. Lots of military bases, ships, helicopters etc. Most of the bases still active. We had a glass of wine and many people had snacks which you pay for at the time you order. The crew were very friendly and offered their services. A picture is taken prior to the cruise for purchase at the end of the tour. We’d go again!
On the bay of San Diego
JEROME_B, Jan 2024
I enjoyed taking this tour of the harbor. Would recommend it to anyone visiting San Diego and looking to enjoy the the bay and learn about the city.
Stunning encounter highly recommend
Lisa_R, Dec 2023
This was such a great experience! I highly recommend this tour!!! It was very informative and stunning views of the bay and all that is available to see. We got to see the sun go down on the way back in!!!
Fantastic scenery and history
Catherine_M, Nov 2023
This was a fantastic tour. We learned so much about the military operations in San Diego as well as the variety of imported goods. Bananas rule! The crew was so friendly and attentive. Food and drink on board was very good. May not be too kid friendly unless they are old enough to appreciate history. Kids want to run and not a good idea on a boat!
San Diego Harbor Tour
David_P, Nov 2023
Awesome views and great narration provided during the trip! Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and welcomed questions from the guests. A fun way to spend time with the family out on the water.
Not the boat in the photos.
Eric_R, Nov 2023
The boat in the photos is not the boat you will take. Closed top, not an open deck. Caption cut off a sail boat and almost wrecked then smashed into the bait docks disturbing all the seals and sea lions. When asked why the boat was different they said it is what it is! You can get off and go get a refund. Kind of a bummer for our 75th surprise bday party.
Great afternoon cruise
Rickey_L, Oct 2023
The beautiful sights of the bay. The view of the navy stuff was great. We really enjoyed the cruise.
Highly recomeneded!
Leodegario_O, Oct 2023
We had so much. This is how we celebrate my son's 16th birthday and he was so happy with the experience plus the narrator is funny.
Excellent tour and narration
Linda_H, Oct 2023
Such a great tour of San Diego Bay complete with current and historical information. Definitely recommend it.
Stephanie_L, Oct 2023
It was a great experience. So neat to see San Diego Bay from a different perspective. The Narrator was great and very informative. Thank you!
An Exceptional San Diego Experience I would highly recommend!!
Steven_F, Sep 2023
An extremely relaxing and very well informative cruise. Very appreciated and an experience We would do again! Thank You!!
Amazing crew & captain
Shalece_C, Sep 2023
Captain Jose, First Officer Dave, and crew members helped us make this cruise magical and memorable by assisting my boyfriend in pulling off a unique surprise engagement! We Highly recommend this crew and tipping the captain well. ;) Beautiful views and great narration.
Horrible experience.
Kaye_I, Sep 2023
This is the worst Viator Tour I've ever purchased, and we have taken many throughout the world! We took the tour for my sister-in-law visiting CA from Japan, and it was a huge disappointment. First, the boat appears old, outdated, and rusty. Second, there were too many on board- it was crowded. Third, the first floor seats are all inside and it was hot! Not all the windows opened!!! Fourth, the bars on the first and second decks were not open, and the only people getting served seemed to be on the upper deck. When I went up to the third deck, and went to the inside bar area, I was asked to leave!!! They said they were too backed up to take my order. We were very thirsty and no way to get drinks- and it is advertised that you can purchase drinks and snacks on the tour! Fifth, they took us north for an hour, then returned to the dock and let people off that had purchased a one hour cruise, then allowed others to get on for another hour cruise South. There was no mention of this when I purchased the tickets. Sixth, the cocktails were not good. The only good thing was the history provided during the cruise IF u could hear it!! It was overcrowded and people were talking and making lots of noise. I would appreciate our money back from Viator. Makes me question future bookings.
Great would do it again
Monica_C, Aug 2023
This Bay Cruise was nice and relaxing the weather was good just a little humid. Highly recommend. The staff was awesome and nice.
Worthwhile 2 hours
Kathy_K, Aug 2023
Seeing all Military ships was very moving. Learning about the landscape and land forms of SD Bay was interesting. Seeing the 2 sides of Coronado was cool.
Fun time.
Tahidur_R, Aug 2023
Enjoy the time with family came from far distance. Nice tour. Right on time. Ship was very clean and crews were very friendly.We enjoyed.
Amazing experience!
Cheryl_L, Aug 2023
I absolutely loved the cruise, from the staff to service and the cruise I especially enjoyed the Navy ships and bases, my Dad was in the Navy. It was personal and very informative.
The boat was very nice. I...
Stephanie_C, Aug 2023
The boat was very nice. I was disappointed that my two hour cruise was actually two one-hour cruises so we stopped at the dock after 50 minutes and stayed there for 25 minutes while the boat unloaded and loaded. That should have been made clear when we bought the tickets. A true two hour cruise could have gone further and wouldn’t have sat still for so long. Also, the second hour of the cruise was primarily a lot of detail about every military boat we passed which was not of interest on that level of detail to my group.
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