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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

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).

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
  • 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.
  • We can accept manual wheelchairs only, as there are 3-4 stairs to board the boat. Also, restrooms are not ADA accessible.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 76 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?
A: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?
A: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?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • 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?
A: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?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 76 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


717 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 717 reviews
, Sep 2021
Golden Gate ride was enjoyable. Crew was awesome and informative. Loved that they were able to answer questions and let us know all the safety
, Sep 2021
Our flight was late arriving. Despite messaging the tour operator to reschedule, I never received a response. Very poor service especially when tourism is just restarting. Waste of money.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Jennifer, So very sorry to read this! Certainly, customer communication is not just a priority, but actually one of the things that we are known for. It may seem odd to say that now, but I think what happened is this message system that travels through the viator/TA system without actual contact info sometimes gets stuck or lost. In the future, I'd definitely urge guests to call with any last minute changes, just to be sure the information gets handled appropriately. Tourism is restarting, which we are thankful for, but we also know that in 30 years on the Bay we aim to deliver the best experience possible. We'll go ahead and handle your booking separately and we do like to make things right. Hopefully you can join a sail with us another time! If you're still in town do let us know directly, also try Thanks! Best, AdCat Crew
Excellent Views of the Bay
, Sep 2021
Amazing views and friendly staff. Well worth the price. Just a great overall experience. Would definitely recommend.
Fantastic Sailing
, Sep 2021
This was a very enjoyable event. Expertly sailed, crew was very personable and being out on the water was fantastic. They had warm jackets available as it got a little windy. I would recommend this trip.
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Fun and exhilarating!
, Sep 2021
Really fun excursion and the crew too. An exhilarating way to connect with the bay, bridge and city.
Sumer off the Chain
, Sep 2021
Wonder night great staff. The best way to see the bridge and the bay. Very nice trip that was on time.
Great. Save $ , book direct with company
, Sep 2021
.Book directly with the company to save 20% Riding in the front on the canvas. Volunteer to hoist the sail, its fun
Not ideal...
, Sep 2021
The trip was disappointing as it was very cloudy and cold the evening of the trip and there were some raindrops so obviously no sunset. The staff can’t control the weather, but with it starting to spit rain it would have been nice to have been given the option to cancel. The main reason for my unhappiness with this trip however, was that the booking form says the catamaran fits 36 people maximum and yet 55 people were on ours. For something like a sunset cruise the number of people makes a big difference in what to expect from the experience. If I had known that that many people would potentially be on board I would have not booked the excursion. The booking form is false.
Great Sunset Cruise
, Sep 2021
We loved the beautiful views of the Bay and the City. The crew was fun and did a great job to make everyone happy! They had warm jackets available for all and inside area of it was to chilly for some. Great tome!
A total delight!
, Sep 2021
My family went on this cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it! Watching the sunset and the change from day to night with all of the scenery and lights in San Francisco was awesome! The guides were very hospitable as well.

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