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    Experience the excitement of sailing on the San Francisco Bay!

San Francisco Sailing Tour

This tour includes:

  • Fantastic views of Alcatraz Island
  • Cruise past historic Fort Point
  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • See the city skyline from the bay
  • View the beautiful city of Sausalito
  • Spot marine wildlife such as pelicans, dolphins, sea lions, or even the occasional whale
  • Bar and snacks onboard (available for purchase)

Web price: $45 adult/$25 child*

*Day cruise. See below for sunset cruise pricing.


Experience the beauty of San Francisco right from the water! Spacious catamarans combine the exhilaration of fresh air and waves on-deck with the protection and outstanding views from a covered cabin.

Departures 1p & 3p (Fri-Sat-Sun ONLY 1pm in winter).*

$45 adult & $25 child

Sail the San Francisco Bay and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean! Relax and sip some California wine in a wind-protected cabin with intimate tables, and watch the city slowly light up behind you as the Golden Gate bridge glows in the dwindling sunlight.

Departure times vary seasonally (between 4p and 7p depending on sunset)*.

$60 all ages

PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy

San Francisco Sailing Tour by CatamaranEnjoy the adventure of sailing on the San Francisco Bay with Adventure Cat Sailing Charters. Our relaxing afternoon bay cruises are the perfect way to see the breathtaking San Francisco cityscape and the city’s top sightseeing attractions. Sail past Alcatraz Island, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and along the city skyline. Consistently voted among the top five things to do in San Francisco, Adventure Cat Sailing combines the romance of The City with the adventure of the sea.If you’re a romantic at heart, you should come aboard the Sunset Sailing Cruise. Watch the sunset on the San Francisco Bay from beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and then sail along the picturesque night skyline of the San Francisco waterfront. This is an unforgetable experience!

San Francisco Sailing Tour by Catamaran

Tours: Daily: 1pm, 3pm, & Sunset
Departs: Pier 39, Dock J
(near the sea lions)
Duration: Day Cruise: 1 hour
Sunset Cruise: 2 hours
Transport: Coastguard-certified 48- or 99-person catamaran
Activities: Photography, Wildlife & Nature
Includes: Round-trip transportation by catamaran
2 beverages (beer, wine or soda)*
light hors d’oeuvres*
*with purchase of Sunset Cruise ticket ONLY
Not included: Meals (unless otherwise listed)
Guide gratuity (optional)

Suggested Gear & Things to Remember

      • Warm coat or windbreaker (it can be VERY windy on the bay!)
      • Camera
      • Comfortable soft-soled shoes
      • Sunglasses, hat, sun protection (the glare from the water can cause sunburns even in foggy weather)
      • Bar and snacks available onboard, accepting cash and credit cards. (Valid photo ID required to purchase or consume alcohol.)
      • Arrive 30 minutes early to find parking and to locate us on Pier 39, Gate J, next to the sea lions.
      • No outside beverages may be brought on board.
      • You will need your printed proof of purchase (voucher) and a photo ID to join the cruise.

You will sail on one of our U.S. Coast Guard Certified sailing vessels. Tours will be on either the original ADVENTURE CAT (our 55′ catamaran for up to 48 passengers) or the ADVENTURE CAT II (our luxury catamaran for up to 99 passengers). Choice of vessel dependent on group sizes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a catamaran and a REAL sailboat?
A catamaran has two hulls instead of one. The result is a more stable ride (like a Rolls Royce compared to a Dune Buggy).
Will I get seasick?
Probably not. Since we are a more stable ride most people don’t have any problems. If you are very susceptible, you may want to get a patch or seasick pills.
What should I wear?
Usually a pair of jeans, a tee shirt or sweatshirt, tennis shoes & a jacket is all you will need. Be sure to bring extra layers, the bay can be very windy.
What if I forget a jacket & it gets cold?
We have some jackets on board that you are welcome to use.
Do you have life jackets?
Yes, we have life jackets for kids and adults.
Can I bring a lunch?
We prefer that you don’t bring any food. We have beer, wine and soda for purchase. If you are on a private charter, you can pay a clean up fee & bring your own food. No outside beverages are allowed.
How far in advance should I book?
We strongly recommend you purchase tickets in advance as cruises often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.
What is your cancellation policy?
No refunds for reservations cancelled less than 72 hours prior to departure time.
Will I get wet?
If you’re outside on the trampolines, there is a pretty good chance you’ll get wet. If you really don’t want to get wet, you can stay in the cabin. With a 360 degree view, you won’t miss a single thing.
Is the cabin heated?
Yes, the cabin is heated.
Who designed Adventure Cat 2?
Kurt Hughes Designs of Seattle.
How fast does the Adventure Cat 2 go?
Under sail, the average speed is 8-12 knots.

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