San Diego

Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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Small Group San Diego Sailing Excursion
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a sailing adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat with just six people for a comfortable, semi-private experience (or, find five friends and fill up the whole boat). Sail in San Diego Harbor during the day. Sit back and relax to enjoy the water views while enjoying complimentary beer, soft drinks and snacks.
  • San Diego sailing excursion
  • Complimentary beer, soft drinks and snacks on board
  • Small-group tour is limited to just six people, ensuring an intimate experience
  • Bring your own music to play on the surround-sound speakers

What's Included

  • 3-hour sailing cruise
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 2720 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

    PLASE NOTE: A physical boarding pass will be required to board your assigned sailboat. Your boarding pass will be provided at our Sail San Diego office. You can find us directly across the road from the Brigantine Restaurant (a few doors down from Paragon Deli, underneath Eye Candy beauty salon).

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Whether you’re on vacation, celebrating a special occasion or just looking to take advantage of a beautiful Southern California day, this small-group sailing trip in San Diego is a great way to spend time on the water with your loved one or a group of friends. The comfortable boat is limited to six passengers, so if you'd like to make it a private adventure, book all six spaces and bring along five buddies!

Set sail on a daytime adventure in San Diego Harbor to soak in the warm sun on the Pacific with the glistening city lights behind you. Both trips are three hours long. No matter which sail you choose, you'll enjoy complimentary beer, soft drinks and snacks. Provided polar-fleece jackets, hats and wind gear are on hand if you get chilly. There are also complimentary sunglasses, sunscreen for your use, too, and provided binoculars allow you to admire the coastline or look for wildlife! Bring your own music to plug into the boat's surround-sound system to further personalize your trip.

Sail San Diego

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Point Loma (Pass By)

Coronado Bridge (Pass By)

Coronado Island (Pass By)

USS Midway Museum (Pass By)

Seaport Village (Pass By)

San Diego Convention Center (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note: Each booking is limited to six (6) passengers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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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I bought this trip as a birthday gift and it was a wonderful experience. Our guide was amazing, he was very educated and taught us so much during the sailing trip. We cruised around the harbor then went out to the ocean to sail. We had perfect weather. They provided beverages and snacks and also allowed you to bring your own food and drinks. I would highly recommend this trip!


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Great way to spend the afternoon
Ashton_W, Apr 2024
We had a great time on this sailing trip! We really enjoyed the small group experience and our captain. We loved being on the water for a few hours. I would highly recommend it!
SASAN_G, Mar 2024
Dave was an excellent captain. Very knowledgeable and highly professional. Site seeing was incredible
Noah’s Ark 2.0
v4fj2gbmx8, Mar 2024
We had a great sailing experience with Captain Dave. Despite the fact that it rained almost the entire three hours, we had a fun time. We are told it hardly ever rains in San Diego, so I guess we feel “special” that it rained on our trip!
Excellent trip
Gilbert_C, Jan 2024
One of the best sailing tours I have taken.I recommend this anyone that would love to San Diego by water.
great way to spend 3 hours!
MaryKathryn_B, Nov 2023
lovely sunset sail with snacks. Captain was able to point out points of interest during our sail. will sail with sail san diego next time i am in town!
Fantastic sail
nancy_w, Nov 2023
We went on the 3 hour cruise on Nov 11th. Our captain Dave was fantastic! We were able to see the Star of India sail which only sails every 4 years. It couldn’t have been any better. Will definitely do this next time we are in San Diego.
A great experience in every way ... the captain was very cool.
harry_K, Oct 2023
Drag racing an aircraft carrier was pretty cool .... as was the relaxing pace of the cruise. They were happy to accommodate the foods/wines we brought with us.
Amazing time
Tammy_S, Oct 2023
Experience was great, this was our second time doing this and both times we had Madeline as our captain. She is absolutely amazing and we would recommend this to anyone.
Relaxing great first time experience!
Shelley_S, Sep 2023
Captain Greg was the best! Loved his sense of humor and super chill/easy vibe! Thanks for the first time best experience sailing!
This was a great 3 hour...
Lan_L, Aug 2023
This was a great 3 hour tour, got to see some seals and some boat races along the tour. Its a small intimate tour about 6 people at the max. Food and drinks are part of the tour which was nice w/options to bring our own food and drinks aboard.
Recommend this and will do this again.
Tina_C, Aug 2023
Just a wonderful experience. Loved going out in the open ocean. Took the 3 hour tour. Loved seeing all the seals. Enjoyed this so much!!
Lovely sail around SD Bay
Kris_N, Jul 2023
Captain was knowledgeable and very friendly. Lots of snacks and drink choices. Extremely pleasant experience, quiet background music and likeable fellow sailors.
The perfect experience.
Kristin_F, Jul 2023
This was one of the best sailing trips I've had. The captain, Zach, was knowledgeable, friendly, and shared a lot of information about the area and sailing in general.
Birthday Celebration on the Water!
David_Z, Jul 2023
A great time out on the water as family celebrating a birthday. Excellent from start to finish--from the reception in the Sail San Diego Harbor Office to the boarding to the cruise itself. We sailed in Captain Zach's sure hands!
Nice sail
Melanie_H, Jul 2023
Nice sail to check out San Diego from water. Captain Kris was great. My friends and I had good time on Ginger and Captain Kris even with little rain.
Amazing way to spend the day!
Kathy_B, Jul 2023
The views, the info and the amazing time! Our captain was friendly, the boat was spotless. Definitely a highlight of our trip!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for the kind review. Our crew will appreciate your acknowledgment of the spotless boats. Many thanks.
Family Sailing with Captain Greg
Paula_S, Jul 2023
The sailing excursion was amazing. Captain Greg was very knowledgeable and even showed our granddaughter how to steer the boat. We would recommend this excursion for all ages.
Great afternoon on the water!
Heather_G, Jun 2023
Madeline was a great captain, super knowledgeable and made us all have a great time on the water. I would highly recommend this tour; we really enjoyed having the boat to our small group.
The captain was great! We...
Jeremiah_P, Jun 2023
The captain was great! We had an amazing and relaxing sail! The boat Was very clean and the staff was friendly. We will definitely come again.
Everything was great from...
VIvianne_V, Apr 2023
Everything was great from check in until the end. Everyone was super friendly and accommodating. Our captain was awesome and made sure we were all enjoying ourselves. Highly recommend.
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