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Adventure Rib Rides

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
619-808-2822
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Ranked #20 of 243 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We did a morning excursion with Captain Clint and it was wonderful. He did an amazing job finding us blue whales. One got VERY close to our boat. I would highly reccomend this adventure. Much better than a big whale watching boat. Our 6 year old had a blast.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Myself and husband went on the whale watching trip and really enjoyed it. The RIB feels Very safe and comfortable and you don't even have to wear the heavy life jackets if you don't want to. The location is through the Sheraton hotel, which means you can use their bathrooms before and after your trip and even have lunch or... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were recommended to use Adventure Rib Rides from another tour operator whose boat was out of action. Because it's a small boat, with just six people, the ride is half the fun. They say that they have the advantage that they can get to where the wildlife is quickly, and that's certainly true. We say a pod of dolphins... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I went during the week of Comic-Con. We saw some dolphins but the highlight of the trip was seeing a blue whale not once but twice. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Today we had a fantastic whale watching trip with Capt Clint. We are a family group and ranged in age from 28 to 84 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. The boat was stable and comfortable and would have been a great trip all on its own. We saw amazing blue whales and our entertaining and knowledgeable captain was full... More

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