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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise
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Overview

Admire San Francisco and its surrounding sights from the water on a San Francisco Bay sailing cruise. Onboard a catamaran, sail past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, legendary Alcatraz Island, and the hamlet of Sausalito. Take advantage of great photo ops while you soak up the sea breeze during this scenic tour.
  • Catamaran cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • Sail away from the city and take in the sights from the water
  • View Alcatraz Island and Sausalito
  • Cruise under the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge
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1.5-hour cruise
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks (available to be purchased on board)
Adventure Cat Sailing Charters , Pier 39 Dock J, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Departure Point: Pier 39, Gate J, San Francisco 94133 Directions: Stand on the sidewalk facing the water. Enter main P39 entrance, then out left between shops to the water (towards GG Bridge). Gate J is located right next to the sea lion viewing area (ask someone where are sea lions are if lost).

This activity will end right where it started.
Don’t just take photos of San Francisco Bay from the waterfront—get out on the water itself pm this SF sailing tour. Your experience starts on the Embarcadero, where you hop aboard the 55- or 65-foot (17- or 20-meter) Adventure Cat and set out across the bay.

Take a picture or two of the city skyline and resident sea lions as they become smaller and smaller, and listen to commentary from your captain about the city and other sights that line the water.  If you want to stay warm and dry, you can enjoy 360-degree views from the catamaran’s protected interior; if you’re feeling a bit more daring, take a seat on the trampoline nets, where you can soak in the salty ocean air.

Cruise past Alcatraz Island, look up at the towering Golden Gate Bridge and admire the charming small town of Sausalito, just across the bridge. If you like, you can purchase snacks, beer, wine or soft drinks from the onboard bar.

Your tour ends when you return to the marina in San Francisco.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pier 39
Departing from Pier 39, sail with us and experience the beauty of San Francisco right from the water (bring your camera, these views are too good to miss!). Our spacious catamarans take guests on a stable, safe ride combining the exhilaration of fresh air and waves on our deck with the protection and outstanding views from our covered cabin.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
See some of the Bay’s most popular attractions up close and personal as we sail around Alcatraz Island, directly underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
Admire the city’s famed skyline – it’s quite a sight! Catch a glimpse of marine wildlife including pelicans, sea lions, dolphins, and even the occasional whale.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We can accept manual wheelchairs only, as there are 3-4 stairs to board the boat. Also, restrooms are not ADA accessible
  • You can purchase snacks or beer, wine, and soft drinks at the on-board bar with cash or a credit card
  • Please bring a jacket and wear soft-soled shoes
  • Handheld audio guides are available in English, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No outside beverages may be brought on board
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Adventure Cat Sailing Charters
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise.

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  • "Gets windy, but the crew had extra jackets for anyone that needed one." See review
  • "I would recommend this tour for most anyone curious about a cursory cruise to the GG bridge and back!" See review

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Sailing Under Golden Gate Bridge
erin_l
, Aug 2022
Hans and his crew were very knowledgeable. We appreciated him taking his time and talking with us about the boat and San Francisco. Would highly recommend this excursion to our friends and family. Perfect amount of time on the water. The 1:30 time was excellent.
star-5
a must do!
Rachel_D
, Jul 2022
This was the best experience i have ever had! the best and kindest crew and the bay was just amazing. this was definitely worth every penny!!!!!!
star-5
Brilliant Experience
Les_S
, Jul 2022
Terrific time spend in San Francisco Bay on a catamaran, wonderful experience had by the two families.
star-3
Unclear ferry boarding time
Erica_K
, Jul 2022
We booked the Alcatraz ferry ride but it was unclear that the time frame will be provided by you. We can’t make it to the time frame which was given, and it says its non refundable. I just blew closer to $200
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for taking the time to write this Erica, and we're very sorry you had a bad booking experience, but we do have to point out that we don't actually sell Alcatraz tickets through Viator/TripAdvisor. It's very likely that you did purchase an Alcatraz ticket on their platform, but from a different end provider. In our system it does show your party checked in and made it on our SF Bay Sail, which goes by Alcatraz, but does not actually stop there, however we continue on the catamaran out under the GG Bridge. We certainly hope you enjoyed sailing with Adventure Cat and, if you feel up for it, you may want to transfer this review to the appropriate provider. Many thanks! Thanks for coming out! Charlie Adventure Cat Sailing
star-5
Great boat ride !
Elsie_V
, Jul 2022
It was a beautiful day to go on the boat .We had a fantastic experience ! The capital and crew were all nice , attentive , and fun ! We had plenty time to take good pictures and enjoy the beautiful bay . We had a blast .
star-5
SF bay cruise - Summer 2022
Myra_R
, Jul 2022
The whole cruise trip was awesome. The captain of the boat & crew were all amazing. We departed on schedule & they made us all comfortable. Will definitely recommend this tour 🎉👏👍
star-5
Favorite cruise in SF
Natalie_W
, Jul 2022
Best experience ever. Only way to enjoy San Francisco. Came out here August 2021 and again July 2022 and will book this same cruise the next time. The crew is amazing and glad to have them on each cruise.
star-5
Amazing!
Kimberly_G
, Jul 2022
What a wonderful way to see the city! The crew was awesome. We so appreciated the warm jackets for the sail.
star-5
The weather could not...
Elizabeth_R
, Jul 2022
The weather could not have been more perfect for a cruise on the bay. A great time, Helpful staff, and appreciate that they have jackets to borrow.
star-5
Sailin on the water
Maricia_N
, Jul 2022
Well organized and timely - loved the music and the snacks - trip was just long enough without being too long.
star-5
Beautiful sailing ⛵️ ❤️
EDITH_G
, Jul 2022
Wonderful day and pleasant - sunshine - good music. Crew Michael & Michael were super nice! Sail with them Terrific duo !!😀
star-5
Seeing Dolphins on the...
Ronetta_H
, Jul 2022
Seeing Dolphins on the excursion, made my Day! Also, having the close up of the Golden Gate Bridge. The trip was very relaxing and fun.
star-5
Great cruise on the bay!
Sabine_F
, Jul 2022
The catamaran had plenty of room for everyone. Some of the guests helped with the sails. We sat up front near the net and saw the water below us. Great opportunity to see the Golden Gate bridge and to take photos. They thought of everything! It got windy and chilly, so they had heavy jackets to borrow. There are snacks and drinks available for purchase. Was fun to see the sea lions on the dock before and after the cruise. The staff was frendly. We will go again next time we're in San Francisco.
star-5
Amazing experience
Vybbhav_C
, Jul 2022
Amazing ride and friendly staff. Would recommend it anytime. They have drinks and snacks available onboard for purchase.
star-5
Do it
JD_N
, Jul 2022
Great experience! SFO at its best. Good value, great team and the views are the best in town. Just make sure you pick a good day
star-5
Stopping before and after...
Allen_B
, Jun 2022
Stopping before and after the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a phenomenal trip. No brainer to hit if you’re in the bay!
star-2
We were running late by...
Himaja_P
, Jun 2022
We were running late by few minutes, so asked for rescheduling it to different timing or the next day but they havent allowed it. We had to lose our money as they have not refunded which is fine but at least they could have rescheduled it to some other day or time. Disappointed with that.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for letting us know Himaja. We understand the frustration from missing the boat, life happens and things come up, but this is also why we do ask guests to arrive early for checkin. Given the number of guests we have on the boat, and back to back tour schedules, we do have to maintain our departure times. In terms of a reschedule, we do try and be friendly as possible, but on that specific day all trips were sold out - so we were turning away business to hold spots for your group - which makes it hard to justify a full reschedule without cause. It's a hard line to walk sometimes, but thank you for understanding that we have to run the trips in fairness to all guests. Best, Charlie
star-5
Best family trip on SF Bay
Theresa_H
, Jun 2022
Expert captain and crew woman. We were surprised to be invited to sit in the captain’s chair. Beautiful experience on the Bay with pelicans with gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands
star-5
Great tour of the Bay!
Jonathan_M
, Jun 2022
Devon and Kat were great! My friend lives in SF and has tried a few tours says this was the best one
star-5
Fun day!
Nina_L
, Jun 2022
Anthony was an excellent guide who shared so many small, fun details about the area. Very fun day! Highly recommend this trip!

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