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Adventure Rib Rides

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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Ranked #19 of 261 Activities in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: San Diego's only year round Whale & Dolphin Watching boat charter company. Within the last week, passengers have enjoyed sightings of Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Gray Whales and Minke Whales plus lots of dolphin offshore San Diego. We will continue to see Humpback and Fin Whales throughout the Spring, and then can begin to see Blue Whales as early as May. So, join us today for the adventure of a lifetime on board a fun, fast RIB boat. Excursions are limited to 6 passengers, making for an intimate on-the-water experience. Our knowledgeable captain will serve as your on board naturalist and guide.Adventure Rib Rides also offers any of our excursions as a private charter including: -Whale & Dolphin Watching -Eco Tour to the Coronado Islands, Mexico -Wildlife and Naval Heritage Tour of San Diego Bay -Coastal Excursions to Mission Bay -Coastal Excursions to La Jolla -Adventure Picnics -Nautical Theme Treasure Hunt -Pirate Treasure Hunt -Land and Sea Adventure Game -Custom Excursions also available
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I don't generally write reviews, but I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that this is the place to go to for whale watching in San Diego, even in the "off season" (not part of the humback migration). Our captain was beyond awesome and was able to answer any questions that we had. Mine was only a group of... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Fun adventure, comfortable, fast boat ride, personable and well informed boat captain! So much better than the huge whale watching excursions with hundreds of people. Saw Fin whales, and the elusive Blue whale. Totally awesome.

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Marina del Rey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Used them twice. Unfortunately both times didn't see any whales but did see dolphins, in one case well over 1000. I think the folks that gave low ratings because they didn't see whales need a reality check. This is nature. You are not guaranteed anything, nature does its own thing and if the timing is right, it will be rewarding.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Adventure Rib Rides & Clint, our guide, were terrific! The knowledge level of our guide and experience made this trip even better. The ride was adventurous and enjoyable. We saw several blue whales, two different dolphin species, and unique birds and fish too! This is much different than being squeezed onto a ship with too many passengers. It felt personal,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I booked this after reading reviews. It was a very professional outfit, the boat was very stable and the captain extremely friendly and knowledgable. We felt in very safe hands. We were very lucky it seems, we saw pairs of humpback whales and a few pairs of blue whales as well as flying fish and sea lions. There were no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My wife and I have done whale watching in HI via catamarans, this was a completely different experience. We loved it, was part of a 5 person group, saw a few Blue whales, flying fish, a huge Jellyfish went right under our boat, and plenty of sea lions. Overall a very enjoyable excursion. Highly recommended!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

After reading several reviews it seemed to me that whale watching in San Diego had to be done with Adventure Rib Rides and it is a fact! We had an amazing time watching blue whales and with the smaller boats (which are comfortable, stable and safe) you are able to move around to see them closely. The company and captain... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was literally one of the best things I have experienced. Our Captain was Ray and he was a brilliant guide, pointing out various aspects of the coastline and lots of facts about the ocean. We powered out of the Marina and ended up 18 miles out in the ocean in a RIB that seated 6 people. Ray was amazing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

We were a family party of five and this did everything it said on the tin and more. Captain Clint was both entertaining and very knowledgable. We saw a small pod of dolphins,including mother and baby and then spent 1 1/2 hours circling 5/6 feeding blue whales. Not much more to say really..truly awesome and a real privilege to be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Superb trip for our family with boys 8 & 13 - we saw 3 Blue Whales and a mega pod of dolphins- the whole trip was absolutely amazing and the only way to see these Incredibles sights being so close to the water rather than in ine if the bigger ships. Clint the guide was fantastic and the boat ride... More

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