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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)

Departure Point

Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
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 policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • 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.
What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers.

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


296 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Yep! This delivered!
, Jun 2021
The crew made this fun on even a windy day. Good sailors in rough water. We felt safe, had an awesome day and made a stunning memory. Even my brother who has lived in SF for 30 years LOVED it. Good value for the price too.
Great cruise!
, Jun 2021
Great cruise around the bay. The crew was great, offered to take pictures of people in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
, May 2021
The sailing. The cap and crew. The captain was well versed in sailing. Maneuvering, tacking etc was well done. We had 30mph winds on the bay. Great ride. Great conversation. Awesome experience. I would stay all day. I would crew with him any time. Thanks
Great time!
, May 2021
Great time! Excellent service! They had bathrooms and a small bar on board, and we under-estimated how cold it would be so they even provided warm jackets!
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Trip Highlight
, May 2021
Amazing activity - something even local San Franciscans should do as well. Riding on the catamaran was so unique and a lot of fun. The boat had extra jackets for those that wanted to warm up a bit. Could not recommend more!
Windy and delightful
, May 2021
The sailboat and crew were fantastic. I recommend wearing pants and bringing a blanket/coat if possible because it gets cold and windy. The crew does have Blue jackets on board that you can utilize. In addition, I'd recommend packing extra socks, shoes, and pants. If you go out to the net and front area you're likely to go wet. Don't let that discourage you, get wet and have fun to get the full experience!
, May 2021
This experience was amazing! The crew were super nice. This was definitely more of an adventurous experience where you're sailing in the bay, wind in your face, water splashing at you, as opposed to just cruising on a ferry. We sailed past Alcatratz and under the GG bridge. We parked up for a minute under the bridge and got to take in the views. You also get an amazing view of the skyline! Make sure you wear a jacket though since it's pretty cold! Maybe even ear muffs!
Buyers be aware. Awful customer service
, Apr 2021
Buyers be aware. This merchant does not provide ANY flexibility in adjusting the date or providing partial refund. I booked this for my boyfriend's birthday trip and he was not feeling well on the day of, I spent 2 hours in the morning calling back and forth the Adventure Cat Crew and Viator trying to adjust the date. Viator customer care tried its best to help, but Adventure Cat Crew was so inconsiderate and not willing to make it work. At the end of the day, sea trips can be physically demanding and I think it is not fair for the boat company to reserve all the rights to cancel (due to weather, etc) when a customer is not feeling well they cannot even grant a right to adjust the date. What an awful experience. The way that the Adventure cat crew customer service handled this was very poor too. I do not recommend this tour. There are so many cheaper tours with better customer service.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Jenna, Thanks for letting us know about this situation! This is certainly not reflective of Adventure Cat's standard, and the tough reviews are always hard to write I'm sure. The bottom line is as a company we would have honored a refund then, and as you know from our direct messages we are happy to honor it now. We have gone through our processes to figure out where the miscommunication happened - something clearly got lost in transmission. Future guests can feel confident that in 30 seasons on the Bay customer service is one of our top priorities, and one of our highest rated qualities next to the trip itself in many reviews both here and elsewhere online. As I mentioned in my latest direct message, do let us know if you're in town again and want to go sailing in an effort to make things right. Thanks! Charlie
Worth every cent
, Apr 2021
Staff, boat, weather, tour time, location, safety. Drinks, hospitality, ease of booking, ending ease of departure.
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Chapter and Verse
, Mar 2021
This was a thorough tour of SF which leads to so many avenues of exploration. It is a city with a rich history, yet contemporary relevance in the arts, architecture, community and promise.

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