While driving through the streets of San Diego, we would see these big blue open-sided boat-like tour, with their motto “Make a Splash on the SEAL.” Every time we would say to ourselves, we’ve got to go on that tour. We finally had the chance, and it was a splash!
We board at the Seaport Village location on a postcard perfect day in San Diego, beautiful blue skies with a hint of clouds, and cool ocean breezes. We start the journey driving along the waterfront with the cruise ships docked to our left, and the ever-changing downtown landscape to our right. We head towards Shelter Island, carpeted with boat docks and yacht clubs.
Excitement grows as we get to the boat ramp, and drive into the bay…and we’re on the water! Wahoo!
Okay, I admit it really did feel like we were sitting low like in a rowboat at first, but soon we were leisurely moving along seeing the views surrounding the San Diego Bay. It felt like a big pontoon boat, and I liked being able to get up and look around. We sighted the sea lions lazing on the docks, the hills of Point Loma, and the naval trained dolphins. The downtown skyline was viewed from a distance, as we bopped along North Island. The bay was bursting with sailboats, speed boats, and fishing boats. The SEAL tour was a beautiful way to view San Diego, one that even most locals never see.
What did we enjoy the most from the tour - our tour guide Frank. He was a wealth of information and humor – we laughed out loud at his jokes. Frank informed us SEALers about the history of San Diego and the bay (there is a narrow manmade pathway for the big ships to pass), the flora and fauna (the differences between seals and sea lions), and naval submarine tidbits (that’s a secret).
Our only disappointment was that the tour was too short…we wished it was a three-hour tour!
SEAL (SEA & Land) Tour departure locations: Seaport Village, 470 Kettner Blvd., and Embarcardero, 1004 North Harbor Dr., 619.821.9444, SealTours.com.