San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

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From $64.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 1.5-hour cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks (available to be purchased on board)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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).

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

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.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Golden Gate Bridge (Pass By)

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

Gets windy, but the crew had extra jackets for anyone that needed one.
I would recommend this tour for most anyone curious about a cursory cruise to the GG bridge and back!
419 reviews
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Delightful Day
Tamara_L, Nov 2022
The Captain and his Chief Officer Michael, were wonderful and made our sailing trip delightful for everyone! They were knowledgeable about the safety on the boat, the surrounding areas and panoramic views and where and when to snap the 'perfect picture........a total day of pleasure!
November on the Water 💦
Elizabeth_J, Nov 2022
Beautiful November day! A sun-filled 1.5 hour relaxing sail in the San Francisco Bay sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge & passing by Alcatraz. The view of the city from the water is spectacular! We loved it!
Best view of the city
Christy_B, Nov 2022
Very chill and friendly crew. Best way to entertain family from out of town. Took my brother and wife who were visiting from Idaho on a lovely cruise on the bay. Perfect conditions, great value.
Awesome experience!
varnerjonathan, Nov 2022
We flew out to San Francisco to get married and really wanted to go sailing the day after - I did some looking around and decided that based off the reviews and price that this tour was the best option. It didn’t disappoint! Following the directions included we were easily able to find the check-in gate. We got there the 30 minutes early that it recommended but you can’t get past the gate and we didn’t see anyone. However about 10 minutes later someone came out to start the check-in process which was fast and easy. The crew was super helpful and friendly the entire time - some of the other tourists even got to help hoist the sail up as we took off which was fun to watch and I’m sure even better to actually do! We were blessed by beautiful weather, we saw seals, dolphins, and even a group of planes fly over as we sailed. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge up close and going underneath was amazing. So was seeing the city from the water! Make sure to wear an extra layer or two because it gets super cold when the boat really gets moving and even colder when the sail blocks out the sun. Fortunately you can seek shelter in the boat and they have extra jackets on board you can borrow. Snacks and drinks are extra but seemed reasonably priced. I obviously can’t rate the other trips that are offered but I would book this again!
Best visitor experience in the San Francisco Bay!
Lorri_P, Nov 2022
Captain Andrew and his crewmates Chad and Christina were wonderful! They were personable, laidback, and knowledgeable about all things sailing and points of interest about the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and wildlife in the Bay. They were willing to take photographs of us as we sailed. This was my second trip with my guests from Colorado; it was absolutely thrilling for my guests and without the crowds that a ferry boat cruise involves. Money well spent! Very safe. I loved how they really took an interest in the guests aboard and allowed them to feel a part of the sailing experience itself. I highly recommend this experience!
Oldies first time
Lauren_S, Oct 2022
We have never been on a catamaran before so just getting on the yacht was an experience in in itself. Safety procedures where covered off first. Jackets were all around the inside just in case it was cold, which l did use. (Side note, might be time for them to have a freshen up in the washing machine 🙃). Exciting going under the Golden Gate Bridge, the whole experience was very special, thank you.
Everything is wonderful...
JuanCarlos_Q, Oct 2022
Everything is wonderful since the departure to the arrival is a beautiful trip and the crew is amazing
Amazing cruiseAmazing cruise
Raymond_F, Sep 2022
From the time we checked in to the time we it's the time we disembarked we had an amazing time the crew was terrific friendly helpful And extremely accommodating I will definitely recommend I recommend and share this with any of my friends and will look forward to a second Cruise
Amazing views of the bay...
Saya_J, Sep 2022
Amazing views of the bay and really nice staff. Highly recommend for anyone and great thing to do with visitors.
Sailing fun in SF harbor!!
DebMelnick, Sep 2022
Amazing views!!! I even got to help hoist the mast. The crew were great and we met awesome people. What a wonderful way to experience SF.
The best crew, they made...
Maeve_M, Sep 2022
The best crew, they made the experience even more memorable. They went above and beyond for everyone.
Less crowd, excellent experience!
Anirudh_C, Sep 2022
Great crew, loved the fact that there were only a few people on the boat. Made for a very personal and exclusive experience. Much much better than the giant boats that were being packed with people on the other side of the pier
Great experience!
Tina_Y, Sep 2022
Magnificent views, lots of fun and superb crew! Wonderful experience! My whole family really enjoyed the entire water cruise.
Awesome, thoroughly enjoyed
Glenn_A, Aug 2022
It was awesome and exceeded my expectations. A wonderful, romantic trip that we thoroughly enjoyed together. The operator was extremely professional. I think most of the other people on the boat were from outside Cali but we took the trip as Bay Area residents and I am very glad we spent the day this way.
Best birthday!!
Jeff_F, Aug 2022
It was my birthday and the crew were awesome!! Thank you for a memorable birthday!! Thank you also for providing jackets!
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.
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!!!!!!
Brilliant Experience
Les_S, Jul 2022
Terrific time spend in San Francisco Bay on a catamaran, wonderful experience had by the two families.
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
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
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 .