San Francisco Bay Adventures – More Than Just A Day On The Water

Being on the west coast gives you a perfect chance to experience the beauty and majesty of the Pacific ocean and its inhabitants while having a bit of an adventure! You have a lot to choose from — adventure cruise with or without Alcatraz; whales or no whales; slow, fast and in between. The California coastal waters just off San Francisco are known for their annual whale migration. From June to November sail in search of blue and humpback whales. From December to May you have the chance to see gray, sperm and killer whales.

Discover the secret world of local marine animals and wildlife on a boat that gets you to where the action is. A captain, crew and naturalist will be on hand to answer your questions and point out marine wildlife. And if you have a need for speed, try a fun, fast cruise on a RIB (rigid Inflatable Boat)!

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RIB Bay Adventure Tour

RIB Bay Adventure Tour

If you're up for a bit of an adventure, a Rigid Inflatable Boat is the fastest, funnest way to experience the open waters of San Francisco Bay.

The fun starts at Pier 39 where you're outfitted with weather gear to keep you warm and dry. Then jump into the boat for a 90-minute adventure — you see Alcatraz, cruise under the Golden Gate, the Bay Bridge, and see the famous sea lions at Pier 39. The boat is so manoeuvrable that you can get in close to the shorelines to see things that other cruises can't reach. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a better adventure.

Alcatraz + SF Bay RIB Boat Tour

Alcatraz + SF Bay Sightseeing RIB Boat Tour

Get the best of two worlds — a ferry to Alcatraz and tour of the prison, plus an exhilarating ride on the Bay Voyager where you travel faster and farther than any boat on the bay.

You kick things off by taking a slow boat (ferry) to Alcatraz to visit the prison and explore it with the help of the included audio guide. Back on the pier, you're outfitted with waterproof gear before you board the high-speed boat for a 90-minute tour. Narrated by your captain, you explore the nooks and crannies of the SF waterfront. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.

Whale Watching & Wildlife Eco-Tour

Whale Watching and Wildlife Eco-Tour

On this two-and-a-half adventure you get a chance to experience the beauty and majesty of the Pacific Ocean along the California coast.

From May to September this tour sails in search of blue and humpback whales. Pack a snack, bring a beverage, grab your camera, and, most importantly, wear warm clothes and waterproof shoes.

6-Hour Farallon Islands Natural History Tour

Farallon Islands Natural History Tour

This full-day whale-watching tour sails you out to the Farallon Islands, 27 miles offshore from San Francisco. In the waters around the island you get the chance to experience an über-whale of a good time. Before your catamaran sails to the Gulf of the Farallones you cruise beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and past some of California's most stunning Pacific coastline.

The Farallon Islands, densely populated with plankton, are a popular feeding spot for migrating whales. You can see whales as they roam free, along with a few white sharks that join the migration party. Just like the other whale watching adventure, you are guaranteed to see whales or your next trip is free! This 6-hour whale watching cruise is available on weekends.

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America's Cup Sailing Adventure

America's Cup Sailing Adventure

Why settle for a mere sailboat ride when you can part of the crew on the USA 76 racing yacht, sailing the official course from the 2013 America's Cup? This two-and-a-half racing adventures starts from Pier 39, and you're part of the crew — even taking a turn at the helm.

Of course, there's a captain and a complete professional crew to take you through the steps and to make sure things go smoothly. On board you'll find snacks and water as well as waterproof pant and jackets (if needed). This is a truly unique experience, and not something you're going to run across every day.

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