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San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

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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
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.
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
  • You can purchase snacks or beer, wine, and soft drinks at the on-board bar with cash or a credit card
  • No outside beverages may be brought on board
  • Please bring a jacket and wear soft-soled shoes
  • Audio guides are available in English, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Please bring headphones if you plan on using the audio guide.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We can accept manual wheelchairs only, as there are 3-4 stairs to board the boat. Also, restrooms are not ADA accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
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.
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.
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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Superb. Will do it again!
, Oct 2021
Very good. Will surely recommend others to try. Super friendly crew and a great way to spend time seeing the beautiful Bay.
A Splash of A Great Time
, Sep 2021
We loved the Captain and crew! Iliah got to drive the boat! Photo opportunities were everywhere! Many places to sit or stand on boat and they had a snack bar and onboard restroom x2!!! Beautiful people-beautiful scenery! I love how social and interactive other individuals were but also how home like it felt with the ship hands and captain. It wasn’t just a ride! It was a wonderful experience. Will definitely do again! The laughs-conversations and stories were genuine. Thank you for the trip! I highly recommend these services. From start to finish everything was super easy and safe! I can’t ask for much more. It was a blast!
Loved it, we'd do it again
, Sep 2021
It was beautiful sunny day on the Bay and we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The crew was awesome and the views of the city and the bridge were spectacular. Highly recommended!
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Above and beyond expectations
, Sep 2021
The boat ride was amazing despite being chilly. The crew was very nice and accommodating. The extra jackets on board really come in handy. The most amazing part was we had a booking at 1330 and missed it due to traffic. The staff graciously accommodated us by switching our booking to a later time. My kids had a blast and wanted to go back today. We'll definitely be using them again in the future!
Totally with it!
, Aug 2021
One of the favorite things we did in San Francisco! Captain and crew were awesome, super friendly and genuine. Sailing the bay was a nice break from walking all over and the views from the water were beautiful.
Special day on the bay
, Aug 2021
My 5 yo has been obsessed with boats and sailing, so we ended his last week of the summer with a boat ride. We lucked out on the weather and views, but most of all on the crew, who were all so kind to him, and included him in the sailing, that it really made it a special memory.
Best way to see the...
, Aug 2021
Best way to see the shoreline! The crew was so amazing! With all the different options I picked this one because of its option for Klarna and it’s a sail boat!
Very nice experience!
, Aug 2021
Beautiful and smooth sailing trip, friendly crew and very nice sailboat. The views if GGB, San Francisco skyline and Alcatraz are fantastic!
, Aug 2021
The crew was very friendly. The experience was very nice, enjoyed every bit of it. This would be something I would recommend doing while visiting.
Great day on the Bay
, Aug 2021
The crew was very personal. Boat was very clean. Very informative. Would en courge this for anyone visiting the bay area. Ended our week on a high note

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