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Overview

Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This hour-long, narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
  • One-hour Golden Gate Bay cruise
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and by Alcatraz Island
  • North Beach, Sausalito, Marin Headlands, Angel Island State Park
  • Award-winning commentary
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Open ticket gives you the flexibility to choose any departure time
Your Golden Gate Bay cruise departs from Pier 43 in the heart of San Francisco's popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to many of the city's seafood restaurants. As the boat makes its way out into San Francisco Bay, you'll have great views (as long as the notorious Karl the Fog stays away) of the San Francisco skyline, as well as the bustling North Beach neighborhood and the waterfront Maritime National Park.
Over the next hour you will cruise the waters of San Francisco Bay on a guided tour, meandering west along Fort Mason and past the Marina District — which took a hard hit in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake — en route to the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure and look up when sailing beneath the bridge's massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span: it's a photo-worthy view that few people get to see.
Turning around in the waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the bay, you'll return east past the Marin Headlines and the harbor town of Sausalito, a favorite day getaway spot for San Francisco visitors. Continue alongside Angel Island State Park, often called 'The Ellis Island of the West,' and then cruise past the Alcatraz Island, home to the legendary former federal prison.
Heading back toward Fisherman's Wharf, soak up great views of the impressive San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower, a tall and slim concrete monument named for the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an early 20th century-patron for the city's firefighters. Fisherman Wharf's famous sea lions will undoubtedly be barking their welcomes as your cruise returns to port.
Tickets are flexible, so the departure time and date of this round-trip day cruise are up to you (meaning if you've planned ahead but your flight into SFO is late, you can simply catch the next cruise, or even one on the next day. Tickets are valid up to one year from the original booking date). All cruise vessels include indoor and outdoor seating, public restrooms, and a seasonal snack bar. Audio narration is available in multiple languages.

Reviews

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L
, Nov 2018

Very informative. Lots of fun and many sites to see. Very educational and enlightening. I would repeat tour

D
, Sep 2018

Too many passengers.

K
, Sep 2018

Great price for an informative bay cruise. Inside or outside seating. Only problem I had was to keep messing with the jack for the headphones so I could hear. Wear a hat or hoodie. Incredibly window.

a
, Jul 2018

This was a great experience on a boat. Going under the Golden Gate bridge was totally cool, it's breathtaking! It was a bit windy so the boat moved a lot, so prepare yourself and it's also very windy if you plan to be out on the boat (it's better view). The information on Alcatraz was very interesting, I was able to get some nice pictures. If you don't have tickets to Alcatraz, this is probably the best way to go. Dress warm I would say regardless of the time, it's going to be cold. Thank you Viator for a great experience.

s
, Jul 2018

Beware! Summer in San Francisco means lots of fog in the morning and evening so i would not recommend this sunset cruise during June, July and August. I went in July and Alcatraz was foggy - we could barely see it, Sausalito was good but the Golden Gate was completely fogged over and we saw nothing.

K
, May 2018

The views of the San Francisco were beautiful my 10-yr. old granddaughter wanted to go under the Golden Gate for her birthday, and was intrigued by Alcatraz Island.

D
, May 2018

This was such a lovely little tour! The boat was pretty empty we went on a Friday morning as there was only two or three other couples/groups. The historical information provided was awesome and we were able to get some really nice pictures!! I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

L
, Apr 2018

This was a really great tour of the Bay! We had out-of-state visitors with us and it was a great way to take in so much of the City. And what a thrill to go underneath the Golden Gate Bridge!

I
, Mar 2018

The trip itself was fine but we had to queue in the wrong line and then also swop our vouchers for tickets whereas as most other Operators just scanned the barcode... Still would recommend

T
, Mar 2018

Excellent, informative and flexible boarding times!


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