Adventure Cat Sailing Adventures in San Francisco, CA

Beach St & The EmbarcaderoSan Francisco, CA 94133
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Looking for unparalleled views of San Francisco? Hop on a catamaran! Sail into the San Francisco Bay where you’ll take in beautiful views of Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco city skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, scenic beaches, and more. Along the way, keep an eye out for sea lions, dolphins, and even a whale or two! Bring a light jacket and soft-soled shoes for your excursion.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled sail.
  • Located at Pier 39, Gate J, next to the sea lions.
  • Bring a jacket and wear soft-soled shoes.
  • Tour duration: approximately 90 minutes long.
  • A bar and snacks are available for purchase on board.


from Adventure Cat Sailing Adventures
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.

Whether you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy or a romantic evening out for two, your sail on Adventure Cat is sure to be a memorable highlight. 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 and head back admiring 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. Our sailing excursions are consistently rated among the top five things to do in San Francisco, and our thousands of happy guests can testify.

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Livermore, California
"Highly recommend this relaxing experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2018
Six friends reserved the sunset sail for the first time. We paid $63 each which included two drinks each and appetizers on a 1.5 hour catamaran ride from Pier 39 to the Golden Gate Bridge and back. The late Oct sail was perfect as the cat was only at half of capacity, enabling us to walk around and great nice views and photos of SF and the bridges at sunset. Embarkation was quick and easy. The Bay was rolling and relaxing. The skipper and his one-person crew were friendly and accommodating. They even had jackets on board for those who underestimated the temperature. We were back right on schedule. We have recommended this trip to many and would go again in a heartbeat. (The only reason I didn't give it a "five star" was because the appetizers were very simple: a few veggies, sliced baguette, and dip.) That aside, it was five star!
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"HIGHLIGHT of our America Trip!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018
My partner and I went on the 90min sunset cruise on Sunday night! This was without a doubt the hightlight of our holiday. We set sail on time and arrived back bang on 5.30pm. We sailed around Alkatraz island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. It was absolutely beautiful! They also provided free wine and nibbles too. If you're on holiday in San Fran this is a must and extremely good value for money. All the staff were amazing and kept us all very safe and even offered to take our picture :) Thank you for an amazing trip!
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"Beyond my expectations"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 31, 2018
Andrew and Subina were fantastic. You can tell they truly love sailing and enjoy meeting people. This was my favorite part of our trip to San Francisco. We will do it again for sure.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
"A great afternoon on the Bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 30, 2018
We booked a standard 90 minute outing on the adventure cat this week at short notice, and with not too much idea of what to expect. It turned out to be a great decision! The catamaran yacht (the "cat" in question) was about half full (say roughly 18 guests), and the weather was great. Maybe partly because of these two things, we had a great afternoon on the water - motoring out from Pier 39, a sail under the Golden Gate Bridge amidst the seabirds and occasional porpoise sightings, and a return to port via a loop around Alcatraz island. The crew of two were more than capable of sailing the yacht by themselves, but made a bit of a performance of the paying guests helping out on the ropes to raise and lower the mainsail at the beginning and end of the cruise, - all good fun. In between these events, all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the views. There was no running commentary over the speakers, just some music, but the crew were more than happy to chat with individual guests and share knowledge and opinions as requested - as well as help out with photo taking and opportunities. A few basic drinks options were also available to purchase from the crew at reasonable prices. All in all we had a great afternoon on the water, and felt it was well worth the price paid for such an unusual and spectacular view of the bridge and the bay. At 90 mins long, it was also just about the perfect duration for something to fill in an afternoon of San Francisco touristing. Hats firmly doffed to our crew, and would highly recommended this activity to anyone.
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Maureen B
Columbia, South Carolina
"Last minute addition. SO worth it!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 30, 2018
This tour went off exactly on time and delivered exactly what it had promised. Water, wind, sails and beautiful views of the city and the bridge. There was adequate space to sit but in order to enjoy the tour standing by the rails the best bet. There was food chips, dip, cheese, sour dough bread and some fruit. Enough for a snack to go with your beverage. The staff answered any questions you had. However if you are looking for a history narrated tour this is not for you.Oh yes and dress warm. It is windy on the water, they offer jackets for you to wear if you get cold. Definitely and nice touch. With good weather and viability I would do this again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Adventure Cat Sailing Adventures

Will I get wet?
If you’re outside on the trampolines, there is a pretty good chance you’ll get wet. If you don’t want to get wet, you can stay in the cabin. With a 360-degree view, you won’t miss a thing.

Will I get seasick?
Probably not. Since the catamaran is so stable most people don’t have any problems. If you are susceptible to seasickness, you may want to get a patch or some seasick pills.

What if I forget a jacket and it gets cold?
We have some jackets on board that you are welcome to use. Jackets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Do you have life jackets for kids and adults?
Yes, life jackets for kids and adults are available.

Is the cabin heated?
Yes, the cabin is heated.

Do you serve food or drinks on board?
For our daytime sail, we do not serve any food or drink, but you can purchase wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks at our bar for cash or credit. The sunset sail includes lights hors-d'oeuvres and two complimentary drinks and you can always purchase additional drinks or snacks as well.

Why does the sunset sail go out at different times?
We try to schedule the sunset sails so that you always get a great view of the setting sun. Depending on the time of year and daylight saving time, the sun will set at different times.

What exactly do I see on the sail?
On your scenic sail around the San Francisco Bay, you’ll sail by historic Alcatraz Island, get a unique view as you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, take plenty of photos of the breathtaking San Francisco city skyline and pass by a colony of sea lions or even spot some whales.

Are there bathrooms aboard the boats?
Yes, there is a clean bathroom for both boats.

What should I wear?
People who go on Adventure Cat 1 or Adventure Cat 2 usually wear jeans, a tee shirt or sweatshirt, tennis shoes, and bring a jacket. If it’s a special occasion, they might get all dressed up.

What happens if it rains?
Severe weather in this area of California is rare and cruises will proceed as scheduled in light rain and other mild weather conditions. Both our boats have 360-degree, protected viewing areas! In the rare event that we have to cancel a cruise, you will have the opportunity to reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit towards a future event.