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90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

1. 90-Minute San Diego SEAL Tour

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing tour. See the best of San Diego on land and in the water. Take a seat on the San Diego SEAL tour, an adventure that takes you through the most interesting sights in the city before heading out into the harbor of San Diego. Your 90-minute fully-narrated tour will wind through picturesque San Diego streets before splashing into the water for a cruise of San Diego Bay. On land, you will pass the Embarcadero and San Diego International Airport. You will learn about the importance of the military in San Diego and other San Diego icons as you travel along the scenic coast. Once you splash into the Big Bay, you will glide by Navy ships, tugboats and fishing vessels throughout the harbor as you listen to stories of early sailors. Experience the history and ecological wonders of San Diego in the comfort and security of a virtually unsinkable Hydra-Terra. Driven by our experienced captains, these amphibious vehicles are specially designed and built to navigate on both sea and land. Each one is Coast Guard approved and meets all passenger vehicle and department of transportation requirements to ensure safety and comfort for all. Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL journeys through San Diego by land and sea. Our unique amphibious vehicles are Coast Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience. Relax and enjoy amazing views during the best sightseeing adventure in San Diego.

San Diego Bay: Eco-Pedal Boat Rental

2. San Diego Bay: Eco-Pedal Boat Rental

See amazing views of downtown San Diego and spend some time on the water with an hour-long eco-pedal boat rental in San Diego Bay. Pedal by yourself or bring others to join in on the fun. Explore America’s Cup Harbor, Harbor Island, and Liberty station from the water and keep your eyes peeled for sea lions and local birds. Bring your cooler and enjoy drinks and lunch with magnificent city views.

San Diego: Luxury GPS Self-Guided Tour by Vandherall

3. San Diego: Luxury GPS Self-Guided Tour by Vandherall

Make your way through San Diego as you travel in a brand new Vandherall luxury car. Get a flair for western and Mexican culture as you travel through Little Italy. Discover how deeply embedded the US Navy is into San Diego as you see the Naval Attack Submarine base, visit Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma Lighthouse, and more on this GPS-guided trip. Starting in Old Town, you'll make your way into Point Loma towards Liberty Station which used to be the Naval Training Center of San Diego, now repurposed into a mixed-use development. Next, go to Shelter Island to receive a great view of the Attack Submarine base. Make your way to Cabrillo National Monument and the Point Loma ecological preserve to see the old lighthouse that stood watch on the rocky shores and lit up the dangerous waterways for many sailors and fishermen. Stop to look at the tide pools, where all sorts of aquatic creatures make their home. As you finish your tour you'll pass the romantic Sunset Cliffs and into the eccentric Ocean Beach community, where there are plenty of privately owned shops.

San Diego: Point Loma Electric GoCar Rental Tour

4. San Diego: Point Loma Electric GoCar Rental Tour

Join a tour with a top speed of 75 miles an hour. Explore San Diego in a green and fun way. See the sights of the city and learn about its relationship with the Navy. Start your tour in Little Italy and move into San Diego’s Old Town. Enjoy the flair of western and Mexican culture mixed together. Move onto Point Loma towards Liberty Station and Shelter Island with its great view of the Attack Submarine base. See the Cabrillo National Monument and the lighthouse at the Point Loma ecological preserve. Finish your tour passing romantic Sunset Cliffs and the eccentric Ocean Beach community. Enjoy a community full of plenty of privately-owned shops, with barely a chain company to be found.

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What people are saying about Shelter Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 131 reviews

We had a beautiful day to enjoy our SEAL Harbor Tour - the sun was shining, the water was calm and the temperatures were perfect! My husband and I enjoyed hearing about the city and how much of the bay was dredged and islands built. When our "car" turned into a "boat" on the bay it was really fun- Seeing San Diego and the surrounding areas from the water, learning about the different activities that were happening around us and even seeing a young porpoise being trained by her Navy handler all made for a very pleasurable experience. I would definitely recommend this tour to people of all ages, those who live locally as well as those visiting the area!

Very nice experience, I loved when we drove into the water just got a little scared when we were going through all the waves. The sea lions did stink but that was to be expected. The experience was nice, but on land it was a bit cold with all the cold air driving, but overall I would definitely recommend it to others.

Our grandson had a fabulous time! And we learned so much about San Diego. Our guide was awesome

Cowboy and Adam were an awesome duo. We were well taken care of. So fun!! Thank you!!

Great employees! Made it an awsome experience for me and my large family. Very fun!