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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.00
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$28.00
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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* A traveler said: "It was great it was packed but was able to get great seats. I loved the view and the tour guide was awesome"


San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.00
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$85.00
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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* A traveler said: "Great staff beautiful boat. I would definitely recommend the tour. Seen a lot of dolphins and the day was perfect"


Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego
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Classic Sunset Sail in San Diego

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
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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* A traveler said: "We had a great time with Capt Phil. Nice pleasurable, relaxing trip to see San Diego from the water. Set us up for some great sunset photos as a couple and group. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys sailboat ride."


San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise
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San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise

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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.90
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$110.90
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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* A traveler said: "I got engaged on the boat and the staff was very friendly! The experience was awesome! The food was delicious! Even got some unexpected fireworks loved everything!!! 10/10"


San Diego Best of the Bay 90 Minute Harbor Cruise

San Diego Best of the Bay 90 Minute Harbor Cruise

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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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$35.00
See San Diego from a marine vantage point on this 90-minute harbor cruise, including a look at the marina, seabirds and potential sea lion sightings. Listen to live narration from your captain and enjoy for-purchase snacks from the onboard snack bar.
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* A traveler said: "Excellent tour along shoreline & well narrated the crew was very helpful and friendly. The weather is always great in San Diego. Much to see on this adventure and the views are awesome."


San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise

San Diego Premier Dinner Cruise

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.18
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$117.18
On this experience, relax in style aboard a luxury dinner cruise. Enjoy panoramic views from the boat's deck and take your time over a gourmet, 3-course meal, as you cruise past twinkling city lights that ring San Diego Bay. Listen to an entertaining DJ play music and enjoy an unforgettable evening, or celebrate a birthday, anniversary or another special occasion.
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* A traveler said: "The manager was amazing and very accommodating. It was smooth sailing and the dinner service was very well organized."


Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion
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Small-Group San Diego Sunset Sailing Excursion

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.67
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$107.67
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, 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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* A traveler said: "Great calm waters, sightseeing of seals, birds, buildings, yachts, ships… Great captain, made our sail very safe and enjoyable. Though we didn’t see the sunset due to cloudy sky, it didn’t low our expectations. Captain Frank was very respectful to us and great professional."


Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.67
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$107.67
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, soft drinks and snacks.
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* A traveler said: "We had so much fun! The captain of the boat really helped my partner out when she got sea sick, so that we could both enjoy our time. Very knowledgeable tour, and learned a lot about sailing in general."


San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.00
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$32.00
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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* A traveler said: "So rad! A trip under the bridge, around the naval fleet, and Petco park, doing 360s and hauling ass. A beautiful view of the city and Mt.Miguel. I can't wait to do it again."


San Diego Seal Tour

San Diego Seal Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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$44.00
Take in the highlights of San Diego Bay during a sightseeing tour by amphibious vehicle. Travel on both land and water like a ‘duck tour,’ starting on the streets of Seaport Village and rolling down Harbor Drive alongside San Diego Bay. Transition into the water after departing Seaport Village. Cruise past the SeaWorld and Vacation Isle, experiencing the best of maritime San Diego on this fun and informative tour.
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* A traveler said: "Johnny and Amy were excellent. The bottom of our seats were really hot but my husband said some part of the motor is there. It was wonderful"


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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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.00
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$119.00
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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* A traveler said: "Boat Captain Jason was a great tour guide- very knowledgeable and chatty with the entire group. Throughout the tour he would chat about the points of interest, asking questions to the group as well as talking about his own experiences."


San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise

San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise

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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.00
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$30.00
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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* A traveler said: "Everything was great!! The tour was super knowledgeable, we leaned a lot about San Diego and Navy Seals. Service was great with serving drinks and small plates. Pictures turned out amazing!!! Definitely recommend this boat tour to anyone and everyone!!!"


San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise
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San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.55
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$84.55
Make the most of a Sunday with a 2-hour brunch cruise through San Diego Bay. Capture prime views of the city skyline and harbor from a luxury yacht, and round out your morning bliss with bottomless mimosas and our new brunch menu with plated entrée service includes breakfast favorites, vegetarian options, and so much more. Indoor and Outdoor seating available please call Flagship Cruises & Events with seating preference. Listen to DJ tunes as the attentive crew constantly top off your glass. Shouldn’t weekends always be like this?
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* A traveler said: "Very enjoyable! Crew was friendly and enjoyed the scenery brunch was delicious . The social distancing was appropriate."


Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

Private Family Whale & Dolphin Adventure

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00
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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* A traveler said: "Excellent service, great way to go whale watching. I recommend Captain Rich, you'll be in great hands If you are prone to motion sickness, or uncomfortable on the water, consider a larger craft."


Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group
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Luxury Sunset Sail Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.00
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$119.00
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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* A traveler said: "Captain Kyle. A great way to enjoy San Diego Harbor. Boat was comfortable. 2 hours was about right time."


San Diego Winter Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

San Diego Winter Whale Watching Expedition Cruise

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$45.00
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$45.00
San Diego provides the perfect launching point for a whale-watching tour in California. Cruise on the Pacific Ocean in a sturdy boat with a professional crew, looking for gray whales as they migrate along the coast of North America. Dolphins, seals and seabirds are often spotted during this whale-watching tour and the crew provides informative commentary about the marine animals and environment. Bonus: if the crew does not find any whales during your cruise, you receive a complimentary ticket for another trip.
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* A traveler said: "We saw two gray whales, hundreds of birds amd dolphins. It was a great family experience in San Diego."


America's Cup Sailing in San Diego
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America's Cup Sailing in San Diego

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
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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* A traveler said: "The staff was so welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about sailing and about the general San Diego Bay area. Would definitely look into doing this again."


San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

San Diego Shore Excursion: San Diego Seal Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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$44.00
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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* A traveler said: "Great experience and atmosphere. My 5 year old son had a blast, and the tour was great. The going from road to water was so fun!"


San Diego Day Sail

San Diego Day Sail

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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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* A traveler said: "The beautiful views and relaxing sail made it a great experience! Would definitely love to go sailing again."


San Diego Premier Brunch Cruise
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San Diego Premier Brunch Cruise

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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.14
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$104.14
Go sightseeing on the waters of San Diego Bay during a 2-hour brunch cruise that provides a delicious seated brunch accompanied by complimentary champagne. After enjoying a lavish plated brunch dish, stay at your private table or head outside to the open air for sunshine and sightseeing.
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* A traveler said: "Great time spent with my mom. The Chef and crew were all so professional and inviting. We will definitely do it again."


San Diego Summer Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise
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San Diego Summer Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruise

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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.00
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$56.00
Hop aboard a whale-watching cruise in San Diego for the chance to see whales and other Pacific marine life. You'll head out of the bay into the open ocean on board a large boat to look for the whales on the surface of the water.
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* A traveler said: "The hosts were super friendly and with the limited capacity it was actually pretty nice not having big crowds. Saw 3 different pods of dolphins and sea lions but unfortunately no whales. Wish we'd been told the odds of whale sightings was about 25% but overall a great day on the water and a memorable experience"


Private Sailing Adventures with Gone Sailing
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Private Sailing Adventures with Gone Sailing

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$580.00
per group
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$580.00
per group
Avoid the stress of being on a loud and crowded boat by opting to charter a private yacht instead. Admire the beauty of the San Diego coastline and get the chance to spot marine life such as whales or dolphins. Stay hydrated along the way with bottled water included, as well as snacks too.
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* A traveler said: "Spectacular boat and Captian. Highly recommend. The weather was perfect along with the seas. Couldn’t have asked for anything more."


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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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$800.00
per group
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$800.00
per group
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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* A traveler said: "It was relaxing and love San Diego skyline. Beautiful day cloud covering not too hot! Capt Jimmy was great"


Luxury Sailing Experience on San Diego Bay - Small Group - Afternoon
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A boat ride in San Diego Bay offers the perfect vantage point from which to view the city’s Skyline. This luxury sailing adventure on a 40-foot yacht lets visitors take in the sights in comfort and privacy, the perfect activity for those seeking an extra special addition to their San Diego trip.
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* A traveler said: "This is a great trip. Kyle was our captain and was a great sailor. Very friendly and personable as well as knowledgeable about the sites and activities in the harbor. The sailboat was really fun we had a great breeze and had some fun with the sails up. Great relaxing afternoon on the water."


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