• Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat during this 2-hour tour of San Diego Harbor. Learn the basics of boating from your expert guide before following your guide's boat around the harbor, cruising past highlights such as the USS Midway, a US Navy submarine, Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, the historic ship Star of India and San Diego Maritime Museum. Learn from your guide about these landmarks via the onboard two-way communications system and stop for photo ops on this exciting tour.


  • 2-hour self-drive speed boat tour on San Diego Harbor
  • Navigate and captain your own speed boat
  • Get close to US Navy ships, the Coronado Bridge and a submarine and more
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide how to handle your speed boat and hear fun facts about the sights

What You Can Expect

San Diego Harbor Speed Boat Adventure

San Diego Speed Boat Adventure

After making your own way to the Cabrillo Isle Marina in San Diego Harbor, your guide welcomes you to your speed boat adventure.

Start off with a safety briefing taught by your professional guide, followed by a lesson on hand signals and boating rules. You’ll navigate and your own F13 speed boat for the entirety of the tour, following the lead of your guide who sets the pace in a different boat. Your boat is equipped with a two-way communication systems that allows you to hear your guide throughout the tour. If you want to change drivers you may do so at any of the brief stops.

Set out on your 13-mile (20-km) spin around San Diego Harbor, which includes several stops for photo ops and a closer look at points of interest throughout the harbor. Enjoy close views from your vantage point on the water of US Navy ships and aircraft carriers such as the USS Midway, home to a museum that offers insights into the history of this famous vessel. Zip over to see the famous vessel the Star of India, one of several historic ships berthed at the San Diego Maritime Museum. You'll also pass the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village, the cruise ship terminal, and have excellent views of the downtown skyline and possibly the sea lions that live in these waters.

Choose from four departure times in the morning and afternoon for your 2-hour tour of San Diego Harbor.

Customer Reviews

Michelle K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We visit San Diego often and this is definitely one of the most unique experiences we've had there.

Mark N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our guide Carl was amazing and was so good at his job witch my experience the best it could be. I totally recommend this excursion!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fun fun fun. Karl made the experience easy and relaxed. Getting to see the sights from the water is a great way to see SD. We got so close to the seals you could smell them! : Both carriers were in port, which was a treat to see up close. Our boat turned out a little slow compared to the others and Karl gave us his...right in the middle of the harbor! We would do it again for sure.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Truly the highlight of the trip. Will do this again upon return to San Diego. The fellas there at Speed Boat Adventure are fun and professional. We even had people in the group who wouldn't stay with the rest of us because they didn't speak english, not to worry the guys didn't freak out, we just passed them up and stayed with the people who could understand what we were supposed to be doing.

Autumn V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were surprised how much fun this was! It was a fun and beautiful way to see San Diego! Don't plan on wearing normal clothes or makeup because you're going to get wet!

Maira G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

If you do something, do this. The tour lady explained very well. Indeed I was not paying attention. If you don't do anything get on this boat. It will be FUN, this was one the best part of my trip.

Karla F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a blast. Will do it again!

T.R. W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent Fun. Really enjoyed it. Lots to see and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and put us all at ease by giving us thorough instructions beforehand. Our eldest child, who was 16 at the time, was allowed to drive the speedboat which he thoroughly enjoyed. Our youngest son of 14 wasn't but seemed to enjoy the adventure too. Only 4 speedboats and the tour guide in total so felt very safe.

Would whole heartedly recommend this adventure for the adventurous type!

Lynn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was a ton of fun! Highly recommend doing it!

Duane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our Speed Boat Adventure was amazing! The tour guide provided an excellent combination of sight seeing and high speed adventure.

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