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Published April 12, 2023

The Best Boating Experiences in San Diego

We rounded up the top ways to spend a day on the water in San Diego. ⛵️💦

by San Diego Bucket List

 

In a place that’s known for year-round sunny skies, warm weather, and beautiful beaches, finding fun activities on the water in San Diego isn’t hard. But not all are created equal, which is why we’re here to help.

Whether you're looking to explore the bay, celebrate a special occasion, or have fun with friends and family, there’s a boating experience for you. We’ve rounded up our top picks for the best boating experiences in San Diego below!

 

8 Ways to Spend a Day on the Water in San Diego

Champagne Brunch Cruise & Dinner on the Bay

For a more luxurious boating experience, try the Champagne Brunch Cruise or Dinner on the Bay. Enjoy a delicious meal on the water while taking in the breathtaking views of San Diego's skyline. This is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or just indulge in a fancy dining experience.

Where: Broadway Pier: 990 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
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990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, California, USA
Champagne Brunch Cruise & Dinner on the Bay
Starting at $84

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San Diego Speedboat Adventures

Speed things up (get it?) on your own F13 mini speedboat. This fully narrated tour covers 13 miles on the Big Bay, and you'll get up close looks at The USS Midway Aircraft Museum, Coronado Bridge, The Famous Star of India and the historic ships of the Maritime Museum, Seaport Village, and more—including all the wildlife the call San Diego Harbor home.

Where: Safe Harbor Cabrillo Isle: 1450 Harbor Island Dr Suite 205, San Diego, CA
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Safe Harbor Cabrillo Isle, Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego Speed Boat Adventures
Starting at $159

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Malarky Private Catamaran Charters

For a private boating experience, Malarky Private Catamaran Charters offers fully customizable trips around San Diego Bay. Modern decor, smooth sailing, and abundant space ensure a comfortable and jaw-dropping excursion through Mission Bay and the San Diego Coastline. Whether you're looking for a romantic sunset sail or a fun day on the water with friends, the crew will cater to your needs and make sure you have a memorable experience.

Where: Malarky Dock, 1441 Quivira Rd. San Diego, CA
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1441 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
Malarky Private Catamaran Charters
Starting at $400

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Eco Pedal Boat Daytime Rentals

For an eco-friendly boating experience, try Eco Pedal Boat Daytime Rentals. Rent a pedal boat and explore Mission Bay while getting a workout at the same time. No experience or training is required—if you can ride a bike, you can pedal a boat. Bonus: You can bring your pet!

Where: Eco Pedal Boats: 2803 Emerson Street, San Diego, CA
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Eco Boat Rentals, Emerson Street, San Diego, CA, USA
Eco Pedal Boat-Day Time Rentals
Starting at $45

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San Diego Sunset Cruises

Sunsets are just a little more magical when viewed from the water. San Diego Sunset Cruises creates a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere where you can cruise the waters of Mission Bay lagoon, catch glowy Pacific sunsets, and enjoy a great selection of music and beverages.

Where: Cruise San Diego: 1617 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA
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Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego Sunset Cruises
Starting at $35

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Eco Pedal Boat Glow Rentals

See San Diego all lit up from an Eco Pedal Boat. Perfect for date nights, your boat will be equipped with colorful  LED lights for a magical and romantic atmosphere. Looking to kick it up a notch? Take advantage of the Bluetooth speakers and disco ball!

Where: 2803 Emerson Street, San Diego, CA
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Eco Boat Rentals, Emerson Street, San Diego, CA, USA
Eco Pedal Boat-Glow Boat Rentals
Starting at $95

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San Diego Catamaran Charter

This 2.5-hour cruise will take you through San Diego Bay for an adventure complete with sightseeing, fresh air, great music, delicious drinks, and gorgeous views. The boat itself boasts sleek décor, a spacious open seating floor plan, an advanced 13-seat bar, and even a dance floor.

Where: Tours depart from 2700 Shelter Island Drive
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Triton Charters, Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego Catamaran Charter
Starting at $44

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Pink Party Boat

The Pink Party Boat takes the cake for the most festive on the list. This Duffy boat is perfect for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or any celebration that requires a fun and upbeat atmosphere. This experience is BYOB, so feel free to sip your drink of choice as you enjoy music and good company while cruising around San Diego Bay.

Where: 2803 Emerson St, San Diego CA
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2803 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
Pink Party Boat
Starting at $332

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