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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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Sail across San Francisco Bay at twilight to admire the city skyline as it begins to light up for the night. With an experienced captain at the helm, you’ll glide past Alcatraz Island and cruise underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Evening San Francisco Bay cruise
  • See Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline
  • Beautiful sunset views

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This is one of the few sunset bay tours—from Alcatraz to the Golden Gate—that sails on a catamaran.
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1.5-hour sunset cruise
1 complimentary drink (beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink (sealed beverages - non-alcoholic, beer, wine will be available for purchase onboard)

Departure Point

Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Enjoy a San Francisco catamaran tour during the peaceful evening hours on this sunset cruise, when the City by the Bay will dazzle you with its famous views and sights.

Board your 55- or 65-foot (17- or 20-meter) Adventure Cat on the Embarcadero, and take off across the water. Look for sea lions and other marine life as you head out into the bay, and settle yourself either inside the protected area with 360-degree views or on the canvas trampoline where you can truly experience the wind and salty air of the Pacific (bring layers!).

Take in the beauty as your captain takes you past the historical island prison of Alcatraz and on to the Golden Gate Bridge. Look up at the towering bridge as you sail underneath it, and admire the waterfront hamlet of Sausalito, just on the north side.

Your cruise ends when you return to the marina, from where you can continue your night out in San Francisco on your own.
Stop At:  
Pier 39
Your tour departs from the Pier 39 (Dock J) where you can experience a colony of grunting sea lions before you begin your journey!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
San Francisco Bay
On this unforgettable evening cruise, enjoy iconic views as you sail around the San Francisco Bay.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Alcatraz Island
Sail by the historic Alcatraz Island
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Watch the city slowly light up behind you as the Golden Gate bridge glows in the dwindling sunlight.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No outside beverages may be brought on board
  • Please bring a jacket and wear soft-soled shoes
  • During the months of March, April and November, the weather in San Francisco can be unpredictable. Please ensure that you provide the name of your hotel and/or mobile number so that you may be contacted in case of cancellation or rescheduling
  • 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 Sunset Catamaran Cruise?
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 Sunset Catamaran Cruise.
What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise?
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 Sunset Catamaran Cruise.
What is the social distancing policy during San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise?
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 Sunset Catamaran Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise.

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Traveler Tips

  • "It’s cold on the water but the crew provides warm jackets if you need." See review
  • "The entrance was right next to the Sea Lions at Pier 49, so it's a fun wait if you arrive at the dock gate a little early." See review


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, Jul 2021
It was awesome! We had the best crew! Hans made us feel so welcome, Katrina was a brilliant captain and so friendly, and chad was an amazing bartender! This was the best birthday present! Love it! People should know that the Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t incredibly visible due to the fog, at least in the summer months but I still had a wonderful trip!
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Nice trip for the money
, Jul 2021
Very friendly staff. Very chilly trip but they supplied us with coats. Smooth ride for as rough as it was.
Great time!
, Jul 2021
We really enjoyed the sunset cruise sail. It was beautiful and the crew was awesome! There was a lot of picture taking opportunities, snacks and beverages and fun music. Best of all the crew was prepared with jackets to venture on the boat. Great trip for the family or couples!
A wonderful way to explore some of San Francisco's most iconic vistas!
, Jul 2021
What an incredible way to close out a trip to beautiful San Francisco! This 90-minute cruise around the Bay is a total must -- the Catamaran is cozy enough to allow for a sense of mingling and community, while spacious enough to move around and find space to cozy up with your family or significant other, or just sit back and be inspired. The beautiful, almost surreal views of the Golden Gate Bridge peering out from the fog are a highlight. Great views of Alcatraz as well. Highly recommended!
A Plus Fun for a Foggy Sunset.
, Jul 2021
The hospitality of the crew was a great start and the thought to having coats for those foggy days like we had made a more comfortable experience. We were allowed everywhere on the boat with just a few tips given for safe travel. It was a lovely cruise full of adventure, sights, and laughter along the way. The on board bar was a nice touch as well.
Beautiful views
, Jul 2021
Beautiful views of the Golden gate Bridge. Very windy but thankfully they give u jackets. Wish there were more seating inside but people eventually moved up to the front of the boat on the outside where the best views are so seats opened up. Take motion sickness meds if u get seasick.
Worst trip ever money poorly spent.
, Jul 2021
I want my money back few min into our cruise we were hit by another boat….. the boat was really damaged we have to go back to doc…. Didn’t enjoy it complete the tour my pregnant wife was taken to get checked crew didn’t bother to offer medical attention.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for writing Johnny, and believe us, we are equally as unhappy about the circumstances as you are and you are well within your rights to not have enjoyed that specific tour. For any future readers, it's important to note that this incident was not due to our control, and actually a first for us in our 30 years on the Bay - having a vessel under motor power actually come into contact with our sailing cat. Nonetheless, we certainly extend our apologies if it seemed like the crew could have offered more medical attention, but hopefully you can lend some understanding that in rare situations like this the crew has very limited time to make decisions about so many factors including the safety of the vessel and all 70+ passengers. We did proactively refund your tickets already, or if you don't see a refund at any point please do contact us. We pride ourselves on customer service and safety first, so we will look forward to sailing with everyone in the near future!
Beautiful sunset cruise by the best captain and crew.
, Jul 2021
What a lovely sail in San Francisco Bay. The crew was friendly, knowledgeable, and appeared to genuinely like what they do and how their guests were doing. We left San Francisco Bay, sailed through some fog, saw the sunset in Sausalito, came back under the Golden Gate Bridge. We drank wine, took a ton of great pictures, and became friends with the crew and passengers. Most importantly, my wife LOVED the cruise. Dress warmly and bring layers as San Francisco Bay in the summer is the coldest winter I've ever experienced (to paraphrase Mark Twain).
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Great bay cruise
, Jul 2021
This cruise was a lot of fun. I took my 16-year-old son and he didn’t think it was gonna be fun. He had a great time.
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Golden Gate Bridge by cool boat
, Jul 2021
Really beautiful views. They let my daughter pretend to drive the boat. Really nice people with great personalities.
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