San Diego Seal Tour

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San Diego Seal Tour information and booking

90 minutes
Departs from
Seaport Village
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Seal Bus / Boat departs 3 to 5 times a day. Actual departure times are a first come first served basis and reservations must be made in person at the booth the day of the tour. Arrive early and choose a departure time for the day. November to March - between 10am and 4pm (3pm is the last tour departure time) April to October - between 10am and 5pm (4pm is the last tour departure time)
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Tour description provided by Viator

Is it a boat? Is it a bus? No - it's San Diego's original amphibious water and land adventure! Commonly known as a duck tour, the San Diego Seal Tour is a fun and unique way to explore the city from the streets and the sea.

This 90-minute fully-narrated journey departs from Seaport Village located on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero. As you travel along the beautiful Big Bay by land, you will hear stories of early sailors as well as the history of the 14-mile long working bay. You also will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego. 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 the San Diego Bay off Shelter Island, where you begin the water-tour segment of the journey. As the seal travels through the north end of the Big Bay, keep your eyes peeled for a chance encounter with a California brown pelican. The Big Bay provides views of Point Loma, home to the Cabrillo National Monument, Naval Air Station North Island, the Point Loma Submarine Base and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The area is a popular playground for seals and sea-lions so keep your eyes out during your San Diego duck tour - make that seal tour!

Return to land where you will return to your starting point via Harbor Drive, passing the Maritime Museum and Cruise Ship Terminal along the way.

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

What's included

  • 90-minute narrated tour
  • All taxes

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks