Top 10 Boat Tours & Water Sports in San Francisco, California (CA)

November 29, 2021 Mikaela Didonna

Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, from the hippie chic of the Upper Haight to the hipster grit of the Mission. The Marina district boasts trendy bistros and postcard-perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, while Noe Valley offers quaint and quiet boutiques. Wave hello to the sea lions at Pier 39, and sample local cheese and charcuterie at the Ferry Building. Sit in on a yoga session in Dolores Park or marvel at the Dutch Windmill across from Ocean Beach.
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1. Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

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5.0 based on 736 reviews

Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

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.

2. San Francisco Sailing Company

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5.0 based on 651 reviews

San Francisco Sailing Company

We are the best attraction in SF that you must experience. We offer daily 90 minute tours of the SF Bay or multi-hour private charters. Celebrate a special occasion or go sailing for fun. We sail all around the bay: Alcatraz Island, The Golden Gate Bride, Angel Island, Bay Bridge, Ball Park, Sausalito, Tiburon, City Front & More.

3. Sailing San Francisco

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5.0 based on 17 reviews

Sailing San Francisco

Sail the San Francisco Bay on a private sailing yacht with a licensed captain on a modern, 37 foot luxury yacht up to six people

4. San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises

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5.0 based on 289 reviews

San Francisco Bay Boat Cruises

A small family owned company in the heart of Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. Our tour starts at Pier 39 and takes you on a captain narrated, sight-seeing adventure around the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, SF shoreline and back to Pier 39.

5. ACsailingSF

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5.0 based on 240 reviews

ACsailingSF

The America's Cup Sailing Experience on San Francisco Bay. Sail with us on both USA 76 & TOMCAT. USA 76 is a unique opportunity for individuals and groups up to 20 to participate in the sailing of an International America's Cup Class yacht. Join us for a thrilling 2.5 hour adventure on San Francisco Bay. TOMCAT is a ProSail 40 catamaran that is the fastest, most EXTREME charter boat in the world for the ultimate thrill-seeker. This intimate excursion for up to 6 individuals is your avenue for experiencing the world of professional multi-hull sailing. Get your friends and family together for an experience of a lifetime, or bring your colleagues for the ultimate corporate team-building event.

6. Bay Voyager

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5.0 based on 737 reviews

Bay Voyager

Bay Voyager is happy to announce the opening of our new location at Pier 39 in San Francisco! The range of tours offered by Bay Voyager include viewing historic ships, visiting former mooring sites of abandoned gold rush ships, and experiencing active estuaries populated by cargo ships and tug boats. You’ll see the San Francisco waterfront, cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz, Under the Bay Bridge to the Port of Oakland, past AT&T Park (Home to the San Francisco Giants) and Back to Pier 39. While Bay Voyager does have specific routes, deviation is an integral part of the experience, making each adventure an engaging and exhilarating encounter.According to owner and captain, Charles Jennings, “we feel there is a need to provide more intimate and individualized tours that travel closer and give more in depth guided tours. By being in a small and agile vessel, guests can have an up close and personal adventure while traveling to all corners of the always-fascinating bay.”

7. Silver Fox Fishing and Tours

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5.0 based on 13 reviews

Silver Fox Fishing and Tours

The Silver Fox is San Francisco's premier sport fishing and charter boat, conveniently docked at slip #2 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The Silver Fox has been passed down for generations and offers a host of activities ranging from sport fishing, San Francisco Bay tours, great white shark tours, corporate parties on the water, and burials at sea.

8. Argo Sport Fishing & Charter Boat - Private Charters

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5.0 based on 31 reviews

Argo Sport Fishing & Charter Boat - Private Charters

Fish the San Francisco Bay Area waters aboard the beautiful 33-foot Argo charter boat, based at Fisherman's Wharf. We fish for salmon, halibut, striped bass, rockfish, sturgeon, shark, and crab, depending on time of year. Our spacious six pack's wood-interior cabin is attractive and comfortable. Half and full day trips, w discounts for charters, and for military. Private bay tours available.

9. San Francisco Fishing Charter

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5.0 based on 137 reviews

San Francisco Fishing Charter

"The Fishin' Game" is the most highly recommended fishing charter boat in San Francisco Bay. Our level of service and dedication has earned our fishing trips more 5 Star Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews than any other fishing charter boat in San Francisco. Our fishing charters are geared towards a fun, comfortable experience for anglers of all skills and ages. Our charters carry a maximum of 6 passengers, guaranteeing each guest the simple luxury of elbow room, inside and out, and the personal attention of the crew. San Francisco's waters offer excellent charter fishing for salmon, halibut, striped bass, shark, sturgeon, lingcod, and rock fish. Our primary goal is to help you catch fish in the most comfortable conditions available. Contact us to learn how we can help you customize your ideal San Francisco fishing charter.

10. Wild Wave Sport Fishing Charters

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5.0 based on 43 reviews

Wild Wave Sport Fishing Charters

The Wild Wave is a fast 32 ft Sport fisher located in beautiful San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf. We offer half day and full day trips or you can customize a dream trip of your own. Limited to a maximum of only six anglers per trip gives you lots of room and personal attention. Come fish the Pacific Ocean or San Francisco Bay for a variety of trophy game such as Salmon,Stripe Bass, Albacore, Rock Cod, Ling Cod, Halibut and Dungeness Crab.

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