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Adventure Rib Rides

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
619-808-2822
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Ranked #22 of 236 activities in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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,... more » 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 « less
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Phoenix
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I just went on my second blue whaling trip with this company and they did not disappoint. Last year I went and saw dolphins, a Mola Mola and more blue whales than one could imagine. This year I brought a friend who was skeptical at first but trusted me. We not only saw numerous blue whales but they were surface... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Great experience. Our family is on the Atlantic Ocean a lot, so dolphins aren't new to us, but these are much larger and more playful pods. Saw so many of them on the trip out to see the whales that we couldn't count. Clint, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable, about everything. Really. The harbor, boats, marine life, sailing, surfing, the... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

A great alternative to whale watching with 100 of your new best friends. With only 6 passangers, the trip is very personal. Capt. was 100 ton certified, very competent, knowledgable and fun! The boat is extremely safe and stable. And then, we saw beautiful whales and lots of dolphins! It was a great adventure! Highly recommended!

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Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We spent 3 hours with Clint, a knowledgeable and competent guide. He made it fun for us and our kids, 4 and 8. We saw 6 whales, which was just incredible. One shwed us a tail! Whooo! We ended the trip joining a pod of dolphins on our way back. Just great. Ill bet if we didnt see any wildlife... More

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Strathaven, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

What a fantanstic experience. Whilst hoping to see some sea life I never expected to see so much. We were fortunate to see many dolphins, including being in the middle of large pod of dolphins swimming and playing with the boat. But to cap it all off we our captain expertly took us to a location that was abundant with... More

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Tracy, California
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12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I booked this tour for myself, my husband, my teenage daughter and her friend. Let me confess that I was really nervous about the size of the boat and the fact that I get seasick on cruise ships. But the entire trip was a blast. Even if we had'nt seen whales or dolpins, the high speed cruise around the harbor... More

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Mason City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We are from Iowa, so being on the ocean was a real treat. We did not see whales, but saw the sealions and a pod of dolphins. This was a fun experience for us (2 adult women 53 and 42 and 2 girls 13 and 14.) We all enjoyed it. Yes it would have been great to see some whales,... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Only saw 2 dolphins and it was at the end of the trip so we didnt' even spend any time with them. Instead spent time with 1 whale for about 15 minutes. The rest of the 3 hours was spent speeding through choppy water to go 8 miles from shore to where the captain thought there would be some whales.... More

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Littleton, Colorado
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Book this trip NOW! It was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced, and was the highlight of our trip. The RIB boat itself is a thrill - we were almost 20 miles off the coast of San Diego, and cruising fast over the water. Prior to going on the trip, I was a bit nervous about... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Despite focusing on the horizon for the entire time, we were unlucky enough to see very little sealife -- 2 different types of dolphins, sea lions. We thought we saw a couple of whales in the distance, but they went down and didn't come back up. Disappointing, but the risk you take. The captain (Klint) was very informative and made... More

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