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Address: 1380 Harbor Island Dr, Sheraton Marina Hotel, East Tower, San Diego, CA 92101-1007
Phone Number: +1 619-808-2822
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Want a fast & fun whale watching experience, without the crowds, and...

Want a fast & fun whale watching experience, without the crowds, and with a much less likely chance of getting motion sickness? Here at Adventure RIB Rides, we seat 6 people per boat so you are never fighting for that seat leaning over the rail like many larger boats.

We are the only YEAR ROUND whale watching company!

Our ocean excursion on the Authentic NAVY SEAL R.I.B. (Rigid Inflatable Boat) provides an adventure to remember as we race through the ocean finding all types of marine wildlife there is to be seen with captains whom are extremely experienced and passionate about marine life and the history of Sunny San Diego.

Our boats are all authentic Navy Seal Team R.I.B.s purchased from Navy Seal Team 1 here in San Diego.

Explore the marine life on some of San Diego's historic boats with us!

For videos that explain more about the experience, check us out on Facebook!

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Amazing Day

Had a family day on the RIB looking for whales and it was awesome. Much better than being on a large boat crowded with other people. Only the driver and our family. You are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Susan S
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Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a family day on the RIB looking for whales and it was awesome. Much better than being on a large boat crowded with other people. Only the driver and our family. You are right on the water on these pontoon type boats. Can't wait to do it again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had the BEST afternoon on the RIB ride, Captain Ray was great and full of knowledge. We had a bumpy but fun ride out, got a bit wet but not problem. They provide with something to wear that will keep you warm and dry. We say dolphins, that was magical and a whale - amazing. Our best day.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we didn't get to see any whales, our guide Michael was really hunting for them! The ride out was bumpy, but so adventurous! We saw sea lions, a lot of dolphins and some yellow tail tuna. Our guide was knowledgeable about all the animals and sights he took us around. If you're going to invest in a whale /... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I chartered a boat to take my wife and our 3 children, 2, 4 and 6. The kids loved this trip. They enjoyed the smooth fast ride. Clint was our captain and made us all feel safe. We did the afternoon trip on a cloudy day. Luckily they had some warm suits for us to use to keep everyone warm.... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

LOVE LOVE this tour! Clint our boat guy was excellent and explained everything and answered any questions we had. Came up on a MEGA pod of common dolphin and it was stunning and honestly took my breath away! They were everywhere and followed along our boat so playfully. We also got a chance to see a juvenile humpback whale. His... More 

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Independence, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a 3 generation girls trip to Southern California. Myself age 48, my daughter age 18, and my mother age 80. I have had 2 back surgeries and was looking for a tour that wasn't too choppy on the waves and this fit the bill. We didn't see a whale, but stopped in the middle of hundreds of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had such an amazing time on my whale watching excursion! The crew and staff are extremely welcoming and knowledgeable about the area! The boat ride itself was a lot of fun! We saw a lot of common dolphins, seals, as well as a humpback whale! It is not guaranteed to see anything, but they take the time to talk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By far the best thing I've experienced in San Diego and worth a repeat every time I return. I screwed up the booking but ended up going twice. Amazing. Brandon in the in line diesel was the best. We really enjoyed his style throttle down until we see something. The old man we had previously wouldn't stop talking about himself... More 

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the second time my wife and I have taken this trip, but it was the first time for our 10 year old and 7 year old. We figured they would enjoy it, but we weren't sure. They had a blast and have said the next time we are in San Diego we have to do it again. It... More 

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Houston, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the way to go on a whale watching trip. We are saying it was 1/2 a bucket list. We did not see whales but did see lots of dolphins, sea lions and tuna boils. They cannot control whether whales appear or not - no boats saw them this day. The day was beautiful and it was such fun... More 

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