San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceSan Francisco, USA
  • 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, 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

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Golden Gate Bridge (Pass By)

San Francisco Bay (Pass By)

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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • You can purchase snacks or beer, wine, and soft drinks at the on-board bar with cash or a credit card
  • Stroller accessible
  • Please bring a jacket and wear soft-soled shoes
  • Handheld audio guides are available in English, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No outside beverages may be brought on board
  • 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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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.


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Wonderful sailing tour in the SF Bay
AnaLucero_E, May 2024
We had an amazing time sailing with Hans and crew! The view of the Golden Gate from the boat is breathtaking and beautiful. All the crew are very nice and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tours if you want to see how beautiful San Francisco is. Thank you!
Great cruise but jackets required
Tanya_M, May 2024
We were the only ones booked on this so we were upgraded to the sunset cruise which was amazing. Really cold but they provided jackets which were life savers.
Fun, exciting, breathtaking, therapeutic, calming, memorable
Tyler_G, May 2024
Everything! The views the personal experience offered, the easy access to the pier. Staff was excellent and very comedic and informative.
Great cruise on the San Francisco Bay
Ken_B, Apr 2024
Had an amazing afternoon on the Adventure Cat! Captain Katrina and mates, Freddy and Haley made this adventure so much fun! An interactive experience. Guests helped hoist the sail. I got to sit in the Captain’s chair! Knowledgeable crew. I highly recommend this tour. Just do it! You won’t regret it!
Amazing cruise on a beautiful catamaran
Dorothee_B, Apr 2024
I highly recommend this cruise. It was a small group of people which made the experience much more special than being on one of the big ships. The crew was exceptionally friendly and even offered to take photos in various places of the catamaran. The weather was beautiful and we even saw two porpoises. Next time I‘m back in SF I‘ll book the same cruise again.
Was a great bay cruise...
David_G, Apr 2024
Was a great bay cruise with awesome views The staff was amazing. Love that it was a catamaran Thank you!!
Lovely experience
Manoj_G, Nov 2023
Had a wonderful ride, the captain and the team were just amazing, excellent views of Golden Gate and Alcatraz
Great views
Casandra_M, Nov 2023
Great views, great crew great amenities, would highly recommend for anyone is from the bar or any out of towners.
Wilhemina_V, Oct 2023
I took my 2 young kids with me. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. I would do it again. I think once is enough for my 2 kids. They spent most of the time running around the boat. They enjoyed themselves. If I could go again, I'd go by myself or with my husband.
Great experience
Bernard_G, Oct 2023
Very pleasant and enjoyable trip in a gorgeous ship withth an efficient and Nice crew! We went to the Golden Gate Bridge and it was a wonderful experience to have a different view in it!
If you only book one thing in SF, make it this!
Emma_W, Oct 2023
Couldn't recommend this cruise highly enough - the crew were so friendly, the journey was just beautiful (although we were blessed with perfect weather) and being on the catamaran was so much fun! We even got to help hoist the main sail! We also got to see porpoises in the bay which the captain pointed out, which was very special. Don't think twice about booking this experience!
Fantastic views under Golden Gate
Juergen_K, Sep 2023
Excellent trip. Very nice crew. Everything you need, an excellent bar, warm jackets…. And most important: fantastic views sailing to Gilden gate bridge and back.
Going under the Golden...
Katie_S, Sep 2023
Going under the Golden Gate Bridge. Seeing the city from the water was spectacular. I highly recommend it.
Unbelievably amazing, an absolute MUST DO when in San Francisco!
Teri_W, Aug 2023
Absolutely fantastic boat trip, amazing crew! Must do in San Francisco. Crew polite, professional, knowledgeable and have great humour! If you’re thinking about a boat trip pick this one. Our first time in the USA and I’m on the brink of tears by how amazing the whole experience has been, this trip being our first booked activity. Just wow. Thanks again to the crew, had the most amazing time, from two Scottish people! 😁
Highly recommend this sailing trip!
Jennifer_P, Aug 2023
The crew was great! It just made the trip that much more fun! Just wish they didn’t have alcoholic drinks in a can. We ended up having a cocktail before getting on the sail boat.
Beautiful bay sail
Walt_R, Aug 2023
The dock location, crew, boat and bay sail was excellent! Highly recommend! Inside the catamaran provides a good view but out on the deck is even better. Crew generously provides warm wind breakers to use if you find the sea air to cool.
Pick this cruise - you won't regret it!
Fianna_K, Aug 2023
This bay cruise was so fun! Being close to the water on the catamaran was quite the adventure and we were taken care of by a great crew!
Fun for the whole family
Katie_M, Aug 2023
This was the best part of San Francisco for my family with two kids 6 and 3. They loved looking down into the water and viewing the bridge from under it, and after they got a little chilly we went inside and had hot cocoa. The crew was fantastic! So friendly and great with kids. You'll need rain jackets so either bring your own or borrow theirs.
Super fun!
Peggy_M, Aug 2023
The captain and crew were awesome to talk to and take care of everything. We went right under GG bridge. Surfsailers came right up to us.
A joyful adventure on the sea!
Marilynn_J, Jul 2023
We enjoyed the stable ride complete with the sights of the SF and Sausalito areas! The staff was wonderful, informed and generous. We would do this again for our next adventure in SF!
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