San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise

Make your way to the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront along the Port of San Francisco, where you’ll board the Adventure Cat and set sail on San Francisco Bay. Snap photos of a colony of grunting sea lions as you depart along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline.

The 55-foot (16.8-meter) or 65-foot (19.8-meter) catamaran offers 360-degree views from a protected area for those who prefer to stay sheltered from sea breezes.

What You'll Do

More adventurous travelers can settle on canvas trampoline nets to experience the bay up close and take in the unforgettable sights in the invigorating open air.

During your 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, hear informative commentary from your captain. Sail by the iconic red spires of the Golden Gate Bridge and pass historic Alcatraz Island, home to the notorious penitentiary, en route to Sausalito.

Snacks and beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase at the onboard bar before you return to the Embarcadero.

What You'll Do

Make your way to the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront along the Port of San Francisco, where you’ll board the Adventure Cat and set sail on San Francisco Bay. Snap photos of a colony of grunting sea lions as you depart along the spectacular San Francisco city skyline.

The 55-foot (16.8-meter) or 65-foot (19.8-meter) catamaran offers 360-degree views from a protected area for those who prefer to stay sheltered from sea breezes. More adventurous travelers can settle on canvas trampoline nets to experience the bay up close and take in the unforgettable sights in the invigorating open air.

During your 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, hear informative commentary from your captain. Sail by the iconic red spires of the Golden Gate Bridge and pass historic Alcatraz Island, home to the notorious penitentiary, en route to Sausalito.

Snacks and beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase at the onboard bar before you return to the Embarcadero.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance


1.5-hour cruise


90 minutes

Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Time

Please arrive 30 minute prior to cruise departure

Departure Point

The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

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


Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks (available to be purchased on board)

Departure Point: The Embarcadero, San Francisco

"It was a fabulous saling..."

October 24, 2017 - 

It was a fabulous saling trip!! Beautiful day, not to crowded and crew very nice and inclusive. Gave those interested a chance at the helm with captain watching!! They said to arrive 1/2 hour earlier which really was not necessary as gate to dock was not opened until 10 minutes before. Reccomend!!

"Great trip with the family...."

October 1, 2017 - 

Great trip with the family. great views and experience.....the crew was awesome!

"Great, exciting, amazing..."

September 27, 2017 - 

Great, exciting, amazing

"Nice cruise/sail of San Francisco..."

September 13, 2017 - 

Nice cruise/sail of San Francisco Bay. Good views of Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge.

"Great bay cruise, catamaran was..."

August 10, 2017 - 

Great bay cruise, catamaran was really cool, not very many people on board, fun people and tour guide. We saw whales, it was awesome.

"It was a real good..."

August 3, 2017 - 

It was a real good experience

"The tour was amazing! The..."

July 15, 2017 - 

The tour was amazing! The staff was so very friendly...capt Chad did a great job! The sites were outstanding and we even got to see whales!
I would definitely recommend this tour!

"Amazing trip! The staff is..."

June 20, 2017 - 

Amazing trip! The staff is very warm and friendly. Would definitely recommend this tour.

"Our whole group including little..."

June 19, 2017 - 

Our whole group including little kids and grandparents enjoyed this cruise very much! Our kids were asking when we can we do it again :- The crew was very friendly and helpful. Great music playing the whole time. It was cold during the ride even on a warm/hot day so bring a warm jacket or coat. We will definitely book this cruise again and looking forward to it!

"we had a beautiful day..."

June 18, 2017 - 

we had a beautiful day on the bay! amazing trip!

"Amazing view of the bay,..."

May 5, 2017 - 

Amazing view of the bay, Alcatraz and the bridge!! The staff is very friendly and accomadating. They will also show you the best spots for pictures and take them for you Plus if you feel little chilly that also got super warm coats for you!!

"This is an excellent way..."

February 16, 2017 - 

This is an excellent way to see San Francisco from the bay. Very professional and definitely worth doing while in town. The bay is beautiful and sailing under the Golden Gate was a great extra added experience.

"We had an absolute blast!..."

October 11, 2016 - 

We had an absolute blast! The weather was sunny with good wind. Seeing Alcatraz, the city, and the San Francisco bridge from the cat was an amazing experience. Bring your Parka for maximum comfort. The crew is knowledgeable and funky my favorite combination. You really get value for what you pay!

"loved the boat ! Most..."

October 5, 2016 - 

loved the boat ! Most enjoyable experience.

"This was an awesome adventure!..."

September 26, 2016 - 

This was an awesome adventure! The weather was clear and warm. The crew focused on our safety and helping us get the best experience. I was afraid at first but relaxed quickly. I would definitely do this again.

"We loved everything about our..."

September 9, 2016 - 

We loved everything about our San Francisco Bay Sailing Cruise. The skipper and his crew were wonderful! It was a beautiful afternoon of sailing - and we will certainly book it each and every time we come back to San Francisco!

"Best way to see SF!..."

September 1, 2016 - 

Best way to see SF!

"Nice and quiet sail, good..."

August 31, 2016 - 

Nice and quiet sail, good tripulation

"Great experience!!! SF Bay tour..."

August 30, 2016 - 

Great experience!!! SF Bay tour really enjoyable: views were breathtaking, crew awesome, and really smooth sailing.

"Mike and his staff made..."

August 29, 2016 - 

Mike and his staff made our cruise fun and memorable. It was a pleasure to be with folks who love to show off San Fran and the beauty of the bay. The wine kept us warm and the complimentary jackets were an added plus! Thank you for offering to take pictures of the family on your boat! They are our favorite of our vacation. High recommend this trip!

"Absolutely loved every minute, especially..."

August 20, 2016 - 

Absolutely loved every minute, especially going under and beyond the GG bridge!! If I lived in SF, I would take this trip every week.
Pat Strain

"Excellent and very friendly crew...."

August 12, 2016 - 

Excellent and very friendly crew. It was very enjoyable for both myself a local and my out of town friend.

"I took my boyfriend on..."

August 8, 2016 - 

I took my boyfriend on this trip as an anniversary surprise! It was spectacular even when it was slightly foggy. Definitely cold, though, so bring lots of layers!

"What a fun experience with..."

July 28, 2016 - 

What a fun experience with a great helpful and fun staff. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

"Staff was professional, courteous and..."

July 8, 2016 - 

Staff was professional, courteous and punctual. Extra jackets were available on the large stable catamaran. In addition to the awesome views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Treasure Island and Sausalito we got up close views of the Pier 39 sea lions, harbor porpoises and a few humpback whales.

"This tour was amazing!..."

July 7, 2016 - 

This tour was amazing!

"Great value- I will do..."

July 5, 2016 - 

Great value- I will do it again!

"Tour itself was amazing... Little..."

July 4, 2016 - 

Tour itself was amazing... Little confusing process as we booked the trip/time but paperwork told us to reconfirmed. We called to reconfirmed but they were unsure if we had a reservation? It all worked out fine and the crew was GREAT!!! Just might need to streamline admin processes

"So much fun. The captain..."

July 4, 2016 - 

So much fun. The captain and crew were amazing!

"This tour was amazing!..."

June 29, 2016 - 

This tour was amazing!

"Best decision for a saturday..."

June 27, 2016 - 

Best decision for a saturday morning before heading back to Munich that evening ;)

"Friendly helpful staff. Memorable...."

June 21, 2016 - 

Friendly helpful staff. Memorable.

"It was absolutely fantastic, I..."

June 19, 2016 - 

It was absolutely fantastic, I want to go again, in fact I'd love to learn to sail...

"Crew was friendly, professional, and..."

June 2, 2016 - 

Crew was friendly, professional, and fun.

"This was our first time..."

June 1, 2016 - 

This was our first time sailing and my family and I enjoyed it so much we are in the process of booking another sailing cruise.

"The sail boat was a..."

May 31, 2016 - 

The sail boat was a nice way to see the bay. It was chilly on the water so the use of their jackets was wonderful.

"We really enjoyed the sailboat..."

March 29, 2016 - 

We really enjoyed the sailboat ride on San Francisco Bay. It was neat sailing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. We went in March and the weather was perfect. The crew were friendly and skilled sailors. Also, a crew member offered to take pictures of everyone which was great to capture the scenic landscape around us.

"Great cruise! Weather was a..."

March 21, 2016 - 

Great cruise! Weather was a bit touchy at the dock but once we started out, it was gorgeous! Great crew, nice views of the bay, bridge, etc and was more personable than a larger cruise boat. My family and I had a great time and would highly recommend. There was no scripted sight narration but if you want a scenic boat ride that's a bit different than the usual stuff, this one's great.


November 30, 2015 - 


"We had a small group..."

November 22, 2015 - 

We had a small group because of the high wind but that didn't stop our crew. It was a highlight of our vacation. Awesome can only describe our sailing adventure. You must do this!

"A great way to see..."

November 9, 2015 - 

A great way to see the sights of the bay, crew was very friendly and the ride was smooth.

"The best value tour I've..."

November 8, 2015 - 

The best value tour I've ever known. Great boat, great sail around the bay and great staff - plus they don't try to stiff you with the drinks prices.

"Great tour at a reasonable..."

November 8, 2015 - 

Great tour at a reasonable price. Friendly tour operators.

"Truly amazing and worth the..."

October 28, 2015 - 

Truly amazing and worth the time. Such a great way to see all of the iconic landmarks and areas of San Francisco. A great time, a great experience, and a really great crew.

"We were blessed with an..."

October 11, 2015 - 

We were blessed with an unusually clear day and got great pictures. Like to option of going above into the winds or in the calms of below deck. The whole family enjoyed it very much.

"My 8 year old granddaughter..."

October 11, 2015 - 

My 8 year old granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. It was a perfect day on the bay, warm and sunny. Great photo opportunities. Well worth the price. Would definitely do it again.

"A great experience to sail..."

October 10, 2015 - 

A great experience to sail on the bay on a catamaran ! great views on Alcataz and under the bridge !
great staff as well !
just a bit too crowded but we booked for a Saturday !
highly recommended ! would do it again !

"It was a very casual,..."

September 21, 2015 - 

It was a very casual, enjoyable cruise. The crew was friendly and accommodating without being intrusive. They played 'photographer' and took photos of guests with the guests' cameras so they would have memorable photos to bring back home much better than using a selfie stick. The on-board music was pleasant and not overbearing. In one word..., it was FUN.
Even though we could say been there, done that, I wouldn't hesitate to repeat the experience should we ever get the opportunity to return to San Francisco. If you're used to sailing on small vessels, then this may not be as big a deal to you. But if your only experience with sailing is on an occasional ferry boat or a cruise liner, this brings sailing down to the personal level. What more can we say? A very enjoyable and memorable experience. Thanks guys! We had a blast.

"Had out of state visitors..."

September 20, 2015 - 

Had out of state visitors and we did this trip. We all enjoyed being on the bay and the views. I will definitely bring other visitors to do the cruise.

"Great Trip to The Bridge..."

September 15, 2015 - 

Great Trip to The Bridge by sailing - Well organised - Great staff !

"Allthough the weather in the..."

September 15, 2015 - 

Allthough the weather in the bay was realy wet and windy we had a great time. Especially Golden Gate in the fog is quiet atmospheric.

"Terrific time on the water...."

September 9, 2015 - 

Terrific time on the water. The crew was super awesome. We had originally booked the 3pm tour but they informed everyone they over-booked. They offered to run another cruise right after and offered an open bar to anyone who wanted to join that one instead. That's the one we took! I think it was a great way for the company to make things right--hats off!

They did a great job with safety, friendliness (taking pictures for people), and having jackets for use was a life-saver. It was a gorgeous day but out on the bay the water got choppy which was super-fun but super-cold and windy. I even got a turn at the wheel on the way back to port!

If you are looking for the maritime history of San Francisco, this is not the tour for you. But if you want the feel of sea-spray through your hair and the thrill of sail-powered ride (and we were moving!), you won't be disappointed.

"Was a perfect day -..."

September 9, 2015 - 

Was a perfect day - temperature great - small group 18 - crew very personable but could be like that with a small group. Would definately do this again. Wish it was about 1/2 hour longer.

"I had a great time..."

September 8, 2015 - 

I had a great time the captain and the deck hand were extremely friendly and helpful, explained all that needed to be explained and the sights were magnificent. Absolutely enjoyed this experience and would recommend it.

"A great adventure, staff were..."

September 6, 2015 - 

A great adventure, staff were fantastic - This was a real highlight

"The views were great and..."

September 1, 2015 - 

The views were great and the crew, event better! It was awesome :

"AMAZING! Friendly crew. We had..."

August 29, 2015 - 

AMAZING! Friendly crew. We had so much fun and took amazing pictures.

"Captain was so nice! The..."

August 26, 2015 - 

Captain was so nice! The cruise was excellent!

"This was a great tour..."

August 25, 2015 - 

This was a great tour of the bay! We really enjoyed our time on the water and the staff was all very nice and accommodating.

"Easily worth the money. You're..."

August 18, 2015 - 

Easily worth the money. You're not trapped on those giant tug boats will a million other people with a recording playing overhead. The Adventure Cat plays Journey and you cruise around Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. There's bar on board too...

"Exceptionally smooth sailing and a..."

August 17, 2015 - 

Exceptionally smooth sailing and a wonderful crew made this adventure a real pleasure. Would highly recommend to anyone young or old!

"Great boat and crew. We..."

August 12, 2015 - 

Great boat and crew. We enjoyed our cruise, even on a cold, windy day.

"A chill time on the..."

August 6, 2015 - 

A chill time on the bay. We caught the perfect weather for sailing and glided around the bay in mild winds. Seals and Harbor Porpoise, too. And there's a loo on board. The only problem was on the street after landing when a seagull swooped and took a chunk out of the hot dog I was eating.

"The trip was amazing! The..."

July 31, 2015 - 

The trip was amazing! The crew super. I would highly recommend this.

"Nice craft, clean and well..."

July 23, 2015 - 

Nice craft, clean and well maintained. Circuit takes you around alcatraz island, under the bridge and back to pier 39. Nice sailing!

"just an amazing experience over..."

July 14, 2015 - 

just an amazing experience over all. Highly recommend

"My husband and I had..."

July 6, 2015 - 

My husband and I had a great time. It was pretty low key and that is exactly what we were looking for. We were happy to hang out on the water and see Alcatraz, the bridges and the neighboring islands. We liked that the crew had beverages and snacks to purchase. Oh, the extra jackets sure came in handy too!

"This tour was one of..."

July 4, 2015 - 

This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. We loved the opportunity to see the city and surrounding areas from the water. The crew was wonderful and the boat was great!

"We had a fun experience..."

July 3, 2015 - 

We had a fun experience on this tour. Hans and Julie were our guides and they were quite
knowledgable .

"Amazing!!!! My family n I..."

July 1, 2015 - 

Amazing!!!! My family n I along with another guest were on this cruise. hold up to 60 people We went on a Wednesday, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you take this cruise. Captain and 1st Mate were very talkative and helpful when it came to taking pictures. It was smooth sailing could not feel the waves. For the price and the 1 1/2 hour trip, So worth the money.
Will I book again, Yes!!
Thanks SF Bay Sailing Cruise
My sons will remember this trip cause they are telling family about it.
Happy choice, Happy results, Happy Family.

"Love love love this. The..."

June 16, 2015 - 

Love love love this. The crew is friendly and, if asked, DO volunteer to help raise the sail. A memory I'll have forever, Please, tho, dress for warmth. Oh, and no high heels. This is a catamaran. I HAD A BLAST!!!

"This is the way to..."

June 1, 2015 - 

This is the way to go in San Francisco. This company was extremely accommodating and they really made the whole experience enjoyable. It was my daughters graduation trip and they made her feel like the Captain of the Ship. Thanks

"This tour was amazing!..."

May 22, 2015 - 

This tour was amazing!

"Beautiful views and so happy..."

May 10, 2015 - 

Beautiful views and so happy they offered extra jackets.

"A wonderful afternoon out on..."

April 2, 2015 - 

A wonderful afternoon out on the bay and a great way to see Alcatraz Island, the city and the rolling hills steep streets!.

"The tour was great, thank..."

October 28, 2014 - 

The tour was great, thank you!

"Very enjoyable. I felt very..."

October 11, 2014 - 

Very enjoyable. I felt very safe during this cruise, and I was able to secure some great pictures.

"Always love being out on..."

October 9, 2014 - 

Always love being out on the water...our tour of the SF bay was amazing! The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly...always willing to take "another" tourists' picture.
It made our one day stop in SF memorable...definitely worth every dollar. Provided us some amazing pictures of Alcatraz, Sausalito, Pier 39, and of course...the BRIDGE from underneath! Thank you!

"It was an awesome experience...."

October 3, 2014 - 

It was an awesome experience. I will definitely do it again. It was clear, no fog.

"We went on the 3:00..."

September 27, 2014 - 

We went on the 3:00 tour! It was fantastic. Would highly recommend this!!

"The tour itself was amazing...."

September 16, 2014 - 

The tour itself was amazing. The staff was very friendly, the weather was amazing, the view are incredible. The craft was a beautiful catamaran - stable yet you get the feeling of the water. I loved the nets that you were able to sit on in the front of the boat; really got to feel everything! Also, booking the trip through Viator took a matter of minutes and was very clear and straightforward. Will do this again, hands down.

"great experience! fantastic crew- friendly..."

August 21, 2014 - 

great experience! fantastic crew- friendly and knowledgable. The boat was well-maintained and comfortable with plenty of space outside and inside for everyone. The route was lovely: around alcatraz, under the golden gate bridge and back. And as an added bonus, it takes off from pier 39- right where the sea lions live, so you get an up-close view of them.

For those concerned, you don't really get wet (unless it's raining). There's a possibility of getting wet if you're standing in the wrong place, but the crew will warn you. I was comfortable bringing a good, not-waterproof camera with me. It WILL get chilly though, so plan for that (it IS san fran after all)

"The boat is large and..."

August 19, 2014 - 

The boat is large and stable with plenty of room for passengers. Our crew was great, ready to discuss sailing in general and quick to point out wildlife and noteworthy points of scenery. We had a fairly stiff breeze for our trip, and the boat cruised right along without much heeling (leaning). My wife is sometimes nervous on a sailboat with a lot of breeze, and she really enjoyed herself.

"We call my husband "grouch"..."

August 17, 2014 - 

We call my husband "grouch" for good reason! his beloved Giants were on a downhill skid and he was not a happy camper....till we boarded a catamaran with the SF Bay Sailing company! we listened to instructions from the bearded captain and had a couple of gals help us choose a good place to sit or stand...then we were off! My husband clung to the bow of the boat and he was suddenly transformed into Jack at the front of the Titanic, or even a pirate looking for treasure! he smiled the entire time, a strange sight for those of us who know him..and then a strange sound errupted-he was laughing! it was the highlight of our trip! The crew were helpful and outgoing and the Captain even let my nephew steer the boat. We have been to the City many times, but this was a new experience for us...I will recommend this to everyone I know! I am horrible with names, but the gal with the Aussie accent was awesome! Love,love,loved it!

"Fantastic way to spend a..."

August 10, 2014 - 

Fantastic way to spend a few hours touring the bay! Great skipper and Crew. We had a blast!

"Such a wonderful experience. We..."

August 4, 2014 - 

Such a wonderful experience. We want to go again. Advice is to bring a brush and ear plugs or ear muffs if you have sensitive ears bc it gets very windy.

"Great day on the bay...."

August 2, 2014 - 

Great day on the bay. Seeing from the water, the city, the bridges and surroundings, makes one realize how wonderful this entire area is. 90 minutes with 30 or so people on a 60' Catamaran under sail is much better than the big barges packed with people. Bit more money but longer and better cruise.

"We loved it! There was..."

July 29, 2014 - 

We loved it! There was plenty of room for moving around and seeing everything. The kids were nervous about walking around at first, but were quite comfortable by the end. The 90 minute tour was plenty of time to see everything and relax and enjoy the day.

"Great experience! A lot of..."

July 27, 2014 - 

Great experience! A lot of fun!

"Cruise around the bay was..."

July 20, 2014 - 

Cruise around the bay was great! Crew was friendly and skilled. Scenery was perfect, catamaran was awesome and we all had a great time! Took our 3 kids (4,6 and 9) and they loved it too. It does get cold and windy so bring jackets--or the company has them there for you to use. Will definitely be back!

"We took the 11am cruise...."

July 3, 2014 - 

We took the 11am cruise. The crew is welcoming and informative without being intrusive. Their catamaran is a very pleasant way to see all the interesting sights around the Bay. Having jackets on board for guest use was an added plus. Would highly recommend this tour.


May 30, 2014 - 


"Had a great time! The..."

April 27, 2014 - 

Had a great time! The Captain and his crew were very friendly, and gave anyone athat wanted to a chance to drive the sailboat at the end of the tour. We got close to Alcatraz and even saw some porpoises. There was jackets for anyone that needed the extra warmth and a bar inside. Highly recommend

"Great trip!!! Steve and Mike..."

April 5, 2014 - 

Great trip!!! Steve and Mike were Fantastic

"Awesome experience. Crew was great!..."

March 23, 2014 - 

Awesome experience. Crew was great!

"This was a GREAT time!..."

March 16, 2014 - 

This was a GREAT time! Love ever thing about it, crew and tour itself

"Very calm and relaxing! Glad..."

December 10, 2013 - 

Very calm and relaxing! Glad they had front and back seating as well as extra jackets!

"Great way to see some..."

November 1, 2013 - 

Great way to see some of the sights around the bay. Crew was very nice and we had a beautiful day to cruise. We enjoyed seeing the sealiins before the sail and walking thru pier 39 afterward. Lots of restaurants around for a meal before or after sailing.

"It was terrific. Beautiful day..."

October 15, 2013 - 

It was terrific. Beautiful day with the added bonus of seeing two America's Cup races. Crew was fun and polite...Will definitely go again. anxious to try the Sunset cruise! A wonderful day.

"Simply awesome! Crew was great..."

October 6, 2013 - 

Simply awesome! Crew was great I highly recommend this tout.

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