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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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Whale and dolphin watching

We were all so excited at the prospect of seeing a whale during this trip. Unfortunately we did not spot one. Our guide, Michael went out of his way (16 miles off shore) to find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Deborah R
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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a morning trip this past weekend. We know that these trips depend on nature, so we knew there’s a chance we wouldn’t see any wild life or weather could be bad. But based on the great reviews here, they always seem to have a good ride. So we were confident and excited for the trip, but unfortunately we... More 

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were all so excited at the prospect of seeing a whale during this trip. Unfortunately we did not spot one. Our guide, Michael went out of his way (16 miles off shore) to find one. He was very apologetic, but we all understood there is no control over Mother Nature. We saw a massive pod of playful dolphin (many... More 

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Thank Deborah R
Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had so much fun going on this local adventure. My 16 year old son and I had a day off and thought we would try a local tourist site we hadn't been to yet. I found this on Tripadvisor and we could not have been happier. The boat was so much fun and no one got seasick at all.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful time exploring the San Diego bay. Our guide was fun and very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. We saw a huge pod of dolphins and several whales!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Ray did a fantastic job. It was an amazing experience. We saw a variety of wildlife and learned about the area. So much fun!

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great way to see San Diego aquatic life up close and personal. We saw huge pods of dolphins and a whale. We are dealing with Mother Nature so there is no guarantee as to what you will find on the water. But the guides are diligent and they all share information to ensure customers have the best experience. The boat... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went out with Mark and 6 passengers. What a great, intimate trip. My kids, age 7 and 12, really enjoyed the boat ride, which was VERY fast; it felt like a speedboat. We got to see a pod of dolphins and a single humpback whale. The whale was pretty crazy, staying very close by for at least a half... More 

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Morgan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided we wanted to go whale watching. We initially thought about one of the big boats, but then found R.I.B. Adventures. At first, I thought the cost as too high, but we decided to give it a try and we are so happy we did. We had a great guide and a fantastic time on the ocean. We saw... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been whale watching before but always on big boats. The big boats are nice for spotting spouts because of the high profile, but you're always a bit far away from the action. Although the price is a little bit more than on a big boat, it's totally worth the money. With Adventure RIB Rides, you are on a small,... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 4 took the morning tour on June 19. Our captain went above and beyond his duty. When a blue whale was spotted by another captain during our way back, our captain (unfortunately I can't remember his name) made his way out there telling us that we only had time to see it surface once. But when we... More 

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