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Bay Voyager

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 510-542-4200

Bay Voyager is happy to announce the opening of our new location at Pier 39...

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.”

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Captain Charles was incredible, personable, and passionate about what he does! The captain kept us very entertained!!!......even tho we accidentally caused him to go dock diving!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Captain Charles was incredible, personable, and passionate about what he does! The captain kept us very entertained!!!......even tho we accidentally caused him to go dock diving!

Thank Zach V
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Captain Charles has got this! A fast boat ride out to the Golden Gate Bridge and riding the waves was super fun. Then he continues on in the bay and highlights areas of San Francisco with just the perfect amount of info. Boat is safe and comfortable. Charles is funny and safe. I recommend his tour to both locals and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend booked the RIBboat experience for us while we had one day to visit in San Francisco, CA. What a ride! Worth every penny! It's a true experience from the moment he welcomes you on the dock. It is about 90 minutes of pure adventure. We had the pleasure of seeing a hump back whale in the bay not... More 

Thank vinfamily3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Charles was an excellent captain and host. The tour was exhilarating and fun. I loved the special treat we had seeing whales surfacing on the seaward side of the Golden Gate bridge. I also love that our captain uploaded the photos to facebook for us to download at no extra cost. The boat was super comfortable and we were toasty... More 

Thank Kieran K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've hosted some very good couple friends from out of town a few times, so it is getting increasingly difficult to find a truly unique and mind-blowing experience in San Francisco. Wine country, new restaurants, blah-blah-blah. All amazing, but on the check-list for any visit to the Bay Area. I was really looking for something new. I heard of the... More 

Thank Stephen S
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Charles, our guide was fantastic. Had a great 90 minutes on the water. Saw 3 whales jumping out of water. Beautiful time on the water. Saw many highlights including Golden Gate Bridge, A T & T Stadium, Alcatraz. Sailboat races were out when we were....this was amazing to see. Highly recommend going out with Charles. All safety gear provided. Well... More 

Thank goaliemother
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

San Francisco has a lot of fun things to do. We try to act like tourists on our yearly birthday/anniversary extended weekends in SF, and there's always another cool thing to find. This wonderful, fun, educational trip on the Bay is absolutely exhilarating and perfect for everyone from younger kids to grandparents. Captain Charles is the perfect host and his... More 

Thank Kai T
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a MUST do if you are in the SF area. Capt. Charles was fantastic. He has thought of everything to make you comfortable and make you laugh and have fun during the whole trip. He truly cares about his customers. He is very knowledgeable about the SF bay and area and was very willing to give any travel... More 

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted tickets to Alcatraz, but booked too late. We discovered we could still get them by buying a package with this excursion. Unsure what to expect but turned out being an incredibly fun highlight, informative and memorable. Captain Charles was really accommodating and knowledgeable. The trip was longer than we expected - a full 60 minutes of great sights... More 

Thank Steve B
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the Bay Voyager experience. Captain Charles is a lovely person; welcoming, safety conscious, good fun and extremely knowledgeable about the Bay Area. He kindly took photos of our group and posted them on Bay Voyager's Facebook page...We've enjoyed viewing them from a different perspective to our own pix. The boat was pristine and comfortable... from soaring... More 

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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