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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 trip!

We went on the morning trip last Friday and saw lots of dolphins playing, it was amazing to see them up close. They were riding the bow of the boat so we got a really good view... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kath C
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Bedford, NH
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a reservation to go on a whale watch with this company via their web site. The boats they use are called RIBs, which I think stands for Rigid Inflatable Boat. They can only take up to 6 people due to the size of the boat. The web site tells you over and over again that you need to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the morning trip last Friday and saw lots of dolphins playing, it was amazing to see them up close. They were riding the bow of the boat so we got a really good view of them all, can't describe how much fun it was to see them in their natural habitat jumping out of the water and... More 

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Thank Kath C
Westerville, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked with Adventure RIB Rides on Wednesday, July 13th for the 1 PM tour. We had a wonderful time. Our captain (can't recall his name, unfortunately) was friendly, funny, and very accommodating. He pointed out several of the sights as we made our way out of the marina (Navy SEAL training of sea lions and dolphins, the boat used... More 

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Cincinnati
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the 9am tour last week. We did not see a whale but did see a large number of dolphins and one shark. Our guide, Clint, was very friendly/knowledgeable and went a great distance on the ocean in an attempt to see a whale. Unfortunately the water was quite choppy and the skies were hazy. Limited visibility. Two members... More 

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great people and a fun trip. Unfortunately didn't see any whales but saw dolphins close up and seals. I would do it again and would recommend this.

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Thank Howie31
Savannah V, General Manager at Adventure R.I.B. Rides, responded to this review

Hey there! Glad you got to see some of the marine life offered here in San Diego. We hope to see you again soon and that your next trip you are able to see whales! Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. -Savannah More 

Jefferson City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you don't see whales, chances are you will see dolphins. Being in a small boat surrounded by dolphins jumping all around you and right by the boat is a great experience. Small boat is also the way to go to reduce motion discomfort. Was a great trip, particularly for the money. I had a blast!

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Thank hammerdul
Savannah V, General Manager at Adventure R.I.B. Rides, responded to this review

We feel the same! So glad that you guys had a blast :) We all hope to see you guys again soon! Cheers, Savannah More 

California
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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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Thank Susan S
Savannah V, General Manager at Adventure R.I.B. Rides, responded to this review

Hey there Susan, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your experience! We are glad you guys had a lovely time on our excursion. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Savannah More 

SofE
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

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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Thank Kiki126
Savannah V, General Manager at Adventure R.I.B. Rides, responded to this review

We here at Adventure RIB thank you for taking your time to leave us a review. These really go a long way for us! So happy that you and our crew had a great time aboard our whale watching excursion! We hope to see you next time here in Sunny San Diego. Cheers, Savannah More 

Columbus, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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 August 16, 2016

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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