Before man conquered his fear of water, he amused himself with dust sports such as pushing boulders off cliffs, wrestling tumbleweeds, and falling in the dust. Celebrate perseverance on a boat with today's deal: for $55, two adults get a speedboat tour (a $118 value) from San Diego Speed Boat Adventures at the Cabrillo Isle Marina. Children under 50 pounds may ride along in the same boat; children or other passengers over 50 pounds must ride in a separate boat.
San Diego Speed Boat Adventures puts customers at the controls of one of its two-passenger mini speedboats during a harbor tour. This 13-mile excursion across the bay offers aspiring sea captains views of Navy ships, the Coronado Bridge, the Star of India, and much more (map the full experience here). With throttles at their sides, steering wheels at their bellies, and a basic boating lesson from the pre-tour instruction firmly lodged in their short-term memory holes, pairs of riders can putter as fast or slow as they wish upon the glimmering waters, backed by the sturdy rumble of an eco-friendly, 30-horsepower outboard motor. A knowledgeable guide leads the tour with witty narratives that explore the harbor’s history. At the halfway point, guests can switch drivers so both intrepid explorers get an equal opportunity to flee from the bay’s infamous pirate birds. Bottled water and Coast Guard-approved life jackets are included for each guest.
Tours with San Diego Speed Boat Adventures are limited to ten people per tour (a total of five boats, two per boat, with a tour guide in the lead in a sixth boat), making trips more personal and decreasing the risk of radar detection by the unspeakably terrifying elder-god submarines. Trips depart five times daily; check the schedule and call to make your appointment.
Must be 18 years old to drive alone. Participants age 13 and above can drive if a parent or guardian rides along. Each boat has a weight capacity of 500 lbs.
- These little boats get up and scoot. And while our guide boat was always in view and in radio contact, we were well spread out as we skimmed across the harbor waters. We came back to Harbor Island with great pictures and great memories. – dallen_indep, TripAdvisor
- Name another tour where you get to see nuclear subs, SEAL teams, aircraft carriers, sea lions, yachts, and beautiful scenery, while driving your own boat. Very cool tour. – Cajunav8tr, TripAdvisor
Speed Boat Adventures
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.
1450 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, California 92101Get Directions