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3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

San Francisco Bay Eco-Cruise

Take an eco-tour of the San Francisco Bay during this 90-minute cruise. Although the city is known for its iconic landmarks, there is rich marine life to be seen in the tributaries and inlets of the City by the Bay. Depart from Pier 39 aboard a catamaran that will take you to the hidden spots where local wildlife like sea birds, seals and sea lions, live with commentary from a naturalist guide. 


  • 1.5-hour San Francisco Bay eco-cruise
  • See local wildlife including birds, sea lions and seals
  • Knowledgeable captain, crew and naturalist aboard to answer questions and identify marine wildlife
  • Sail aboard a smooth, fully equipped catamaran

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The nimble catamaran lets you get closer to the waves and the seals, fish and birds you spot as you cruise the bay. The naturalist on board will help you identify various wildlife species and answer questions about them.

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San Francisco Bay Eco-Cruise

San Francisco Bay Eco Cruise

Make your way to Pier 39 at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and board a catamaran for a 90-minute eco-tour. The Kitty Kat is a 65-foot (20-meter) ship that has a double hull and is the most advanced vessel for wildlife expeditions in San Francisco. Smaller groups will board the 43-foot (13-meter) Happy Days. Both boats include indoor and outdoor seating and are built for approaching wildlife safely. It can get chilly out on the choppy bay, so be sure to bring a jacket. 

Sail out into the bay, accompanied by an expert naturalist. Listen as your guide talks about the rich diversity of the local wildlife and keep your eyes peeled for the many species they teach you about. These may include porpoises, Northern Elephant seals, the endangered Steller sea lions, California sea lions and the threatened Northern fur seal. In the air, look for Brandt's Cormorants, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and the endangered Ashy Storm-petrels.

After 1.5 hours of viewing the San Francisco Bay's diverse wildlife, return to Pier 39 to disembark.  

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Was a good tour and got to see some harbour porpoise and brown pelicans. Unfortunately there was nothing else out there because of the time of year we went but still a great tour and a must do if you love wildlife

4 star rating: Recommended October 2011

Only the unpredictably foggy weather detracted from a 5-star rating.
An excellent guide and friendly passengers all willing to share their knowledge of the Bay's natural habitat with me, a first time visitor to SF
Highly enjoyable - the time just rushed by!

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

We had a very knowledgeable person giving us information about the animals that we saw and some that sometimes inhabit the area. Also about the cliffs and the animals on Alcatraz. It was a really nice boat ride around the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay. I wasn't quite sure what I was expecting, but I was hoping for a little more. If you were wanting to go on a ride around the bay area, the bridge and around Alcatraz, this is really the one to take because you will also have a person very knowledgeable about the animals and area and how they interact with each other.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2012

Disappointing. The few seals we saw were far away. No binoculars available...perhaps they should suggest people bring them. I wouldn't take any future guests on this trip.

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