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The view of both San Diego’s skyline and waters while on a cruise from the scenic San Diego harbor is not to be missed. Whether it’s adventure and speed or leisure and luxury you’re after, here are your options for seeing San Diego from the water.

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  • Drink champagne at brunch or enjoy a three-course meal on board a luxury vessel under the stars.
  • Enjoy sailing on the bay and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Go whale watching for an encounter with the giant marine mammals.
  • Speed things up on a thrilling jet boat ride that spins past the waterfront and takes in major sights.

Sightseeing Cruises
Cruises range from small six-person sailing trips to self-driven speed boats, with different options to suit your style. If you stick to the harbor, you can check out the USS Midway, Coronado Bridge, Star of India, the San Diego Maritime Museum, and more.

Whale Watching Cruises
Choose a kayaking trip in the La Jolla area (December through March) for a low-key approach to seeing gray whales, or board a historic schooner at any time of year for the chance to see gray whales, dolphins, and other marine life. Some whale-watching cruises guarantee sightings.

Sailing Trips
You can sail privately for the day on a gorgeous 36-foot, fully restored sailboat that’s perfect for privacy or special occasions. Or you can sip drinks and listen to music by day or in time for the sunset in a small-group sailing trip.

Dining Cruises
If food and drink on board is your idea of fun, look no further than the many champagne brunch cruises, food and wine cruises, and romantic harbor dinner cruises. For a fun take, choose a dining cruise that offers beer pairings.
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San Diego Harbor Cruise

San Diego Harbor Cruise

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Spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing in the placid waters just off San Diego during this 1 or 2 hour San Diego Harbor cruise. Sit back and relax as you take in a fully-narrated tour, offering top-notch sight lines of the San Diego skyline, a cruise under Coronado Bridge, a look at the bustling US Naval fleet and a chance to spot some of the harbor’s resident sea lions. Choose between 1 and 2 hour cruise options, offering you two trips to fit your schedule and interests.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.00
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Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

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Watch the sun set over San Diego during an all-inclusive small-group cruise aboard a classic sailboat. Pass landmarks such as the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway, and look for sea lions, dolphins, and other wildlife around San Diego Harbor on the 2.5-hour cruise.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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Enjoy a sailing adventure on a Catalina-style sailboat with just six people for a comfortable, semi-private experience (or, find five friends and fill up the whole boat). Sail in San Diego Harbor during the day. Sit back and relax to enjoy the water views while enjoying complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.67
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

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Sail into the setting sun aboard a Catalina style sailboat during this intimate cruise with a small group. Feel like you have the ship all to yourself on this trip that’s limited to just 12 total guests, watching as the last rays of the sun drop into the glistening waves. Enjoy the included beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks during the ride, as well as jackets and wind gear in case you get cold. You can even plug in your own music to add to the fun. Departure times vary throughout the year. Guest must contact Sail San Diego after purchase for the exact departure time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.67
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Luxury Catamaran Sailing Charter of San Diego

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Luxury Catamaran Sailing Charter of San Diego

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Set sail from San Diego on your own private sailboat cruise that can accommodate up to 12 people. Depart from the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay and glide out to the Pacific Ocean, passing landmarks like Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and Ocean Beach Pier. Get great views of southern California’s landscape and wildlife, and feel free to bring your own refreshments and music to customize your cruise.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$660.00
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$1,100.00
$440.00 savings
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San Diego Sunset Cruise from Mission Bay

San Diego Sunset Cruise from Mission Bay

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Cruise the coastal waters off San Diego during the sunset on this evening boat trip. Take in epic views of the sun sinking behind the Pacific Ocean's horizon and snap photos of loved ones on the boat's deck. Listen to relaxing music and sip drinks from the open bar to round out the laid-back California ambiance.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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Sail Stars and Stripes America's Cup Racing Yacht in San Diego

Sail Stars and Stripes America's Cup Racing Yacht in San Diego

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Cruise around San Diego bay aboard an authentic 1992 America’s Cup racing yacht and travel at twice the speed of the average sailboat. The Stars and Stripes USA-11 is one of the fastest and best known America’s Cup racing yachts. It was designed and built to be raced in San Diego, and has been restored to pristine condition. Take a turn at the helm and join in grinding the winches to raise and trim the sails.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

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Take an evening cruise wining and dining aboard the ‘Spirit of San Diego,’ enjoying top-notch food and drink, plus sparkling skyline views during this San Diego dinner cruise. Dig into your included gourmet meal, accompanied by a complimentary cocktail and live on-board entertainment, as you cruise 25-miles worth of California’s beautiful coastline and gaze at the twinkling stars above. You can also upgrade your cruise to include an unlimited open bar for an additional price.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.90
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Affordable, Luxury Sailing Tour of San Diego's Bay and Coastal Waterways

Affordable, Luxury Sailing Tour of San Diego's Bay and Coastal Waterways

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This is a personal tour from one to six passengers that is engaging and diverse tailored to the specific selected tour option(s) Both private and mixed tours are available.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.20
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Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group

Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group

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Set sail at one of the best times of day—sunset—during this San Diego Bay cruise. Board a comfortable sailing yacht and cruise along San Diego's coastline, taking in views of the scenic waterfront, military vessels, and historical landmarks. Catch sight of marine life and enjoy spectacular photo ops. Gorgeous sunset views and Wine makes this tour a great choice for couples or travelers celebrating a special occasion.
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  • 2 hours
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$119.00
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go on a whale-watching expedition in San Diego on this 4-hour cruise guided by Birch Aquarium experts. Get the scoop from a guide who studies the migratory patterns of grey whales as you keep a lookout for whales in the water. Board a 2-story yacht that gives you 360-degree views of the ocean. Plus, you're guaranteed to see whales or you get to ride again for free.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Enjoy Sunday in beautiful San Diego with a 2-hour brunch cruise on a luxury yacht. Help yourself to the seafood, steak, waffles and chocolate fountain at the buffet while sipping on unlimited mimosas. While you drink and feast, soak up the views of the water and the city skyline around you. When you’re ready to stretch your sea legs, head to the dance floor where live entertainment and music awaits.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.55
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San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

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See San Diego’s sights by land and water on a 1.5-hour seal tour independent shore excursion, and explore this picturesque port of call in an amphibious vehicle. Listen to stories that bring San Diego’s history to life as you travel along the water’s edge, then steer straight into San Diego Bay. Take in sweeping views of SeaWorld, watch for the seals and sea lions that play, eat and bask at Quivira Basin and return to your ship along the scenic Harbor Drive.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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San Diego Whale Watching Tour

San Diego Whale Watching Tour

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Get up close and personal with California’s majestic Pacific Gray Whales during this 3-hour whale-watching excursion from San Diego. Climb aboard your U.S. Coast Guard-certified vessel, complete with indoor and outdoor seating and a spacious galley, as you search for these beautiful marine mammals as they migrate between the Baja Peninsula and the Bering Strait. With any luck you’ll catch a few sightings of these gentle giants, plus a wide variety of other sea creatures.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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Sunset Sailing Tour of San Diego Bay up to 6 Guests

Sunset Sailing Tour of San Diego Bay up to 6 Guests

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A Sunset Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay is an awesome way to spend the day sightseeing in beautiful San Diego. Pacifica Sailing Charters offers several different types of sunset sailing charters and boat tours. Our sunset sailing charters and boat tours take you on an exciting tour of San Diego Bay. Book a sunset sailing boat charter and stretch out in the San Diego sunshine with a trusty skipper at the helm, A sunset sailing boat tour on San Diego Bay with Pacifica Sailing Charters is the perfect sailing experience for you and your guests. With over 20 years of boating on San Diego Bay and the waters surrounding the San Diego harbor, our sunset boat charters and sunset sailing boat tours are rated #1 on Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$500.00
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Catamaran Sailing Cruise on San Diego Bay for up to 6 Guests

Catamaran Sailing Cruise on San Diego Bay for up to 6 Guests

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Take in views of San Diego's top attractions from the deck of your own private yacht—yours for a few hours, anyway. This private catamaran cruise for up to six people allows you to relax and enjoy the ocean breeze, listening to commentary from your captain. Keep watch for whales, sea lions, and dolphins while enjoying provided snacks and bottled water.
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  • 2 hours
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$600.00
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Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

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Get the best chance of seeing whales and dolphins on a private boat tour. Your party will have the run of the boat, including an enclosed cabin, an observation tower, and a restroom. Your experienced USCG-certified captain knows the best places to spot wildlife and will provide engaging commentary on the local marine ecosystem.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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San Diego Day Sail

San Diego Day Sail

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Sail Liberty offers the unforgettable experience of a beautiful sailboat touring adventure aboard a traditional sailing yacht. Our replica 1904 Yacht, offers excellent sailing for small group harbor tours and a remarkable sunset cruise all the while using traditional sailing techniques aboard a classic vessel unlike any other in San Diego.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Sailing Charter Sightseeing Cruise on San Diego Bay up to 6 Guests

Sailing Charter Sightseeing Cruise on San Diego Bay up to 6 Guests

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A Sailing Charter on San Diego Bay is an awesome way to spend the day sightseeing in beautiful San Diego. Pacifica Sailing Charters offers several different types of sailing charters and boat tours. Sail San Diego with us. Our sailing charters and boat tours take you on an exciting tour of San Diego Bay. Book a sailing boat charter and stretch out in the San Diego sunshine with a trusty skipper at the helm, Choose from several types of yacht charters, catamaran cruises, sailboats, and powered luxury yachts. A sailing boat tour on San Diego Bay with Pacifica Sailing Charters is the perfect sailing experience for you and your guests. . With over 20 years of boating on San Diego Bay and the waters surrounding the San Diego harbor, our boat charters and sailing boat tours are rated #1 on Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor...
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  • 2 hours
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$500.00
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San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

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Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes, and spins. As you race through the scenic waterway, your captain points out landmarks including the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero, and the city skyline. Hang on as your captain takes your boat into power slides, 360-degree spins and other thrilling maneuvers—a high-octane twist on sightseeing in San Diego.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

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Take the guesswork out of your sightseeing in San Diego and book a half-day private tour with an ultimate itinerary. Leave the driving to a personal guide who accompanies you by luxury car or SUV to the city’s major attractions. Stroll the landscaped gardens of Balboa Park, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, drive across the bridge to visit Coronado Island or discover the cliffside enclave of La Jolla. On this tour, set your own pace at the sights that interest you most!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$269.00
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San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

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Sail along the San Diego Bay on this relaxing 1-hour cruise. While aboard, enjoy views of the city, as well as US naval vessels, the Star of India, and the Coronado Bridge. Catch sight of the Hotel del Coronado, and spot sea lions in their natural habitats. Along the 1-hour route, you can pick up a snack and drink at the snack bar (own expense), and relax as you cruise the water.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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San Diego Private Whale Watching and Sailing Experience for 6

San Diego Private Whale Watching and Sailing Experience for 6

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Increase your chances of spotting humpback whales during a wildlife-watching cruise that departs from San Diego. Designed with nature lovers in mind, this cruise uses specialist technology to locate the whales and therefore maximize your opportunity to see the marine mammals. Plus, you’re likely to see dolphins and sea lions too.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$599.00
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