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Adventure R.I.B. Rides

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Address: 1380 Harbor Island Drive, Sheraton Marina Hotel, East Tower, San Diego, CA 92101-1007
Phone Number:
+1 619-808-2822
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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!

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Whale Watching on the Seal Boat

Very fun, fast boat, the guide/captain was very friendly and informative. Great atmosphere, the retired seal boat makes the cruising from siting a lot more enjoyable than being... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very fun, fast boat, the guide/captain was very friendly and informative. Great atmosphere, the retired seal boat makes the cruising from siting a lot more enjoyable than being on the giant boat, great time and highly recommend

Thank trawlings2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kevin was an excellent captain and the customer service provided by Paige was wonderful. Highly recommend

Thank Julie M
Round Rock, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked this for our spring break vacation and was awarded. As it says on the web page this type of boat has a great advantage over the larger boats. We went out on the AM run. Found Gray whales mating with some flashes of "pink Floyd". We spent 45+ Minutes with the group. The only boats that made it... More 

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Olive Hill, Kentucky
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed the tour very much - we were right on the water, but the boat was very stable and never was seasick. Got to see pods of dolphins and an aircraft carrier up close. All in all I enjoyed it very much - recommended!

Thank Lillian D
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommend Adventure R.I.B ride. Clint was our captain. He was great. We have been on whale watching trips on the giant charter boats with 20, 30 or more people on board. This is beyond compare. You can look anywhere, unobstructed view. If lucky enough to find dolphins, as we were, you can look right over edge of boat at... More 

Thank Dana C
Davenport, Iowa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I did the research on whale watching and opted for the smaller boat. What a great adventure! We knew we were not at a peak migration time so didn't expect to see a lot of whales. We saw a pod of dolphins, sea lions and one gray. The ride out to sea was worth the price of admission! Captain Brooks... More 

Alameda, California
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking for a gift for my goddaughter who lives in San Diego. I contacted Adventure R.I.B.Rides via email regarding gift certificates. Their response was prompt and provided all the information for me to give a wonderful gift of whale watching for two.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You will never regret doing this ride on a navy seal boat coz you will be up close to seals, birds, and dolphins! Unfortunately we didn't see a whale coz it was foggy but the dolphins were racing with our boat!omg so amazing!

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Thank StateParkBuddies
Evansville, Indiana
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Captian Ray was wonderful!. My sisters and i had a wonderful trip. The weather was great when we left but then the fog came rolling in, but we were still able to see lots of Whales!! I'd say we saw at least 8-10 different whales. Saw the other big boats out there too and would by far go out on... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Captain for our tour was Clint. He was informative and knew just where to go. Their team of spotters keep everyone informed where there is activity and you then head in that direction to see if you can see anything. The day we went out it was very foggy and we were not able to see any whales. What... More 

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