The experienced staff at Seaforth Boat Rentals play host to watery adventures that were voted finalists for the KGTV San Diego A-List’s Best Water Activities in 2010 and 2011. Guided sailing adventures and WaveRunner tours shoot seafarers along the waterways for exceptional views of the coastline, splashing sea life, and dolphins circling on their own WaveRunners.
Consummate aquaphiles can haul various benefits⎯including reduced rates on the rentals of kayaks, canoes, and other seaworthy crafts, access to all five Seaforth locations, and free bicycle rentals in Mission Bay⎯with the Seaforth Sailing Club membership. Seaforth also offers sailing classes along with myriad sailing, yachting, and fishing charters for luxurious days on the water or early mornings spent serenading elusive sailfish.
San Diego Harbor Excursion's full San Diego Bay tour carries cruisegoers on a 25-mile, fully narrated journey with ocean views of some of San Diego's most beloved sights. Take a seat in the comfort of an interior cabin, or saunter up and down the deck as you take in the panoramic views of the Naval Air Station North Island, Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Navy submarine base, and the Cabrillo National Monument on the North leg of the tour, and then switch seats like a sightseeing Benedict Arnold for the South leg of the tour, which features a close encounter of the tall kind with the Star of India (viewable on the North leg as well), views of the U.S. Navy surface fleet, and gawking opportunities at the Coronado Bridge and the industriousness of the harbor workers along the busy shipyards. The tour's guide will provide morsels of naval knowledge, local lore, and other secrets only the tides can reveal. The two-hour tour is offered six times daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classic Yacht Sailing transports passengers back in time aboard the S/V Vanessa?a restored sailing yacht reminiscent of luxury boats built between 1890 and 1939. As the boat glides silently across the water, passengers can enjoy sights of the San Diego Bay or take pictures of whales. Classic Yacht Sailing's US Coast Guard?certified captains welcome up to six guests aboard the vessel during public cruises and private charters.
With San Diego being one of the world’s sailing capitals, any visitor or local alike should get out onto the water and enjoy the city’s aquatic playground. Next Level Sailing has three gorgeous yachts – Abracadabra, America and Stars & Stripes – that each offer two to three hour excursions around the bay and open ocean. During these hands-on sails, passengers act as part of the team and get to steer the yachts, grind the winches and learn about the entire boating process. The 139-foot America ship takes groups whale watching off the coast from December to April, as pods of gray whales travel from Alaska to Baja. A few months later, 100-foot blue whales appear off the coast, making one of Next Level Sailing’s former America’s Cup vessels the perfect place to catch an up-close glimpse. And regardless of the season, dolphins and sea lions are always ready to make a playful appearance.
Shared Dreams' boat docks at Sunroad Resort Marina's pier, which is just a short jaunt away from nearly all of San Diego's seaside sights and attractions. Because of that, it's not difficult for the boat's licensed captain to customize trips. Depending on what customers want to see?whether it's whales, seals, battleships, the Coronado Bridge, or Olly, the city's beloved thicket of seaweed?he'll steer the boat in the appropriate direction.
Speed Boat Adventures combines the excitement of piloting a speedboat with the ease of a guided tour. Slipping up to 10 guests into the cushioned seats of 13-foot F-13 mini speedboats, guides lead them on tours and communicate via two-way radio and fire beacons atop buoys. For those aged 18 and older, the business requires no experience or boating license to pilot the vessels, which can seat up to three and are equipped with a simple throttle-and-steer system. Swaddling each participant in US Coast Guard–approved life jackets, guides whisk them along 13 miles of the Big Bay while pointing out sites such as aircraft carriers, historic ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and Seaport Village, with the San Diego city skyline as their backdrop.