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See San Diego’s sights by land and water on a 1.5-hour seal tour 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 the San Diego Bay. Take in sweeping views of Point Loma and the city’s military installations, watch for the seals and sea lions that play, eat and bask on the shore and return to your ship along the scenic Harbor Drive.


  • San Diego Seal Tour Shore Excursion
  • Splash down into San Diego Bay off Shelter Island
  • Splash down into the San Diego Bay from Shelter Island
  • Enjoy views of Point Loma, the Naval Air Station North Island, the Point Loma Submarine Base and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

What You Can Expect

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

This 90-minute shore excursion is a fantastic way to see the best of the San Diego waterfront and San Diego Bay 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 from Shelter Island, where you begin the water portion of the journey. As the seal boat travels through the north end of the Big Bay, as it’s often called, 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 also a popular 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.

Customer Reviews

Marian Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

It was awesome!!!!! If you're visiting San Diego, you must do this tour.

Iravon L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This is soo much fun and quite relaxing ! Captain Charlie and his first mate guarantee a good time while also providing tons of information. Even our teen and tween forgot their "cool" attitude and enjoyed it big time !

Taranjit S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Comfortable ride
Breath taking views and
Excellent captain/guide on the cruise.
Will remember it for long time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

I liked the tour. It was a little cold because there are no windows, so I totally suggest taking a sweater. I really liked the part where we went into the ocean. We got cool info about the marines life and all the different military things they do at the naval base. The best part about the tour was the seals. They were too cute and there were so many of them. It would be cool to do this tour again.

Uziel L

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

We enjoyed the tour.
Very nice way to have first introduction to San Diego.
The tour was on time, the guide was excellent, we got interesting explanations
Recommended especially with children.

Grace L

4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

Enjoyable, informative, fun.

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