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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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
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90-minute narrated tour
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Hotel pickup and drop off
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Departure 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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old Town Trolley Tours San Diego
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. 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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Historic Tours of America - San Diego
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. 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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Point Loma Nazarene College
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. 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.
Pass By:  
Cabrillo Tide Pools
This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the Bay and San Diego during your limited time in port. On an amphibious vehicle that drives both on land and in water, you’ll depart from Seaport Village, located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors and the history of the bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego, home to several US Navy and US Marine stations. Pass by San Diego International Airport, dedicated to aviator Charles Lindbergh, just one of the many people you will hear about on your San Diego Seal Tour. Then, you will splash down into San Diego Bay, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. A cruise through Mission Bay provides views of SeaWorld, Hospitaltiy Point and Vacation Isle. Quivira Basin is a playground for seals and sea lions, so don’t look away from the water for a second! You will head back and land and return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and cruise ship terminal along the way. Tour route is subject to change without notice due to weather or traffic conditions. 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.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Historic Tours Of America
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour.

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star-5
The captain and crew...
Karina_M
, Nov 2021
The captain and crew mate, Bret were great! Bret offered to take group photos of the the people onboard. He captured some great photos! Informative tour and we were able to see a lot of sea lions.
star-5
Fun Sunday Afternoon
Veronica_M
, Oct 2021
Launching into the water was pretty cool. Seeing the Sea Lions up close was neat and our guide and captain were great
star-3
Wish I picked a different tour
L_H
, Oct 2021
We have done several Duck trips similar to this one. When we saw the Seal driving around we were excited to add another city to our list. It was nothing like those tours and honestly quite this one was boring. I regret spending 44.00 pp. We spend the majority on water. Thought a scenic tour was part of trip. Could not hear host as many behind us would not stop talking. She showed photos of some landmarks. Could not see as she was in front of bus and us towards back. Covid requirements were not followed, making us a bit uncomfortable. Water portion lasted way too long and all we really saw was sea lions. If I wanted a harbor tour I could have booked one. Was honestly bored on entire tour
star-5
Awesome!!!
Wayne_B
, Oct 2021
The whole experience was exceptional! Enjoyed talking Mermaid! Captain was very professional. Almost do in San Diego!
star-5
Different
Tara_C
, Oct 2021
Super cool experience. I've never been on a truck that can then propel through water. Rose was a fun guide.
star-4
Fun experience
Shiela_F
, Sep 2021
Good experience. Was surprised how slow the “bus” moved in the water but fun to see the seals and sea lions. Great tour guide shared so much I didn’t know about San Diego!
star-5
Wonderful
Pamela_Z
, Sep 2021
Great experience and atmosphere. My 5 year old son had a blast, and the tour was great. The going from road to water was so fun!
star-5
Thumbs up
Baltazar_R
, Sep 2021
The tour was very informative and was nice to be on our Seal boat. Captain Steave got us to and from safely. First mate Tom knew allot of history and information about the area for our tour. Thanks for the good ride.
star-5
Great experience!
Tanya_G
, Aug 2021
Kurt and Bret were wonderful tour driver and guide. They kept the experience fun and informative. It was the right amount of time for both land and water.
star-5
Beautiful get away
Ernesto_G
, Aug 2021
The staff was very upbeat and friendly. Loved seeing parts of San Diego we have never seen. Family fun experience.

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