During my recent visit to San Francisco, I also planned to take Golden Gate Ferry from Pier 39. It was a nice experience to take this ferry through Alcatraz and evening time is good time to plan this ferry. This Photo Journey shares some of the photographs clicked during this ferry and more information about it.
This ferry starts from the deck where lot of sea lions can be seen. One ferry ride costs you $28 and this ferry doesn't stop at Alcatraz, but takes you around Alcatraz while coming back from Golden Gate Bridge.
As the ferry starts, you start seeing brilliant view of San Francisco city. Probably this is one of the best view of the city that you get from surroundings. City also looks awesome from Bay bridge and especially during night.
While going from Pier-39 towards Golden Gate Bridge, you can see lot of surfers riding on pacific waves. Some of them literally flying in the air. It seems very risky for folks who have never done this, but must be very exciting for these folks.
It was fun watching these surfers. Ferry moves quite fast and these surfers usually try to be away from these frequent ferries.
It was sunset time when we were heading towards Golden Gate Bridge.
The ferry goes under the Golden Gate Bridge and returns back without going deeper into the bay on other side.
Here is a view from other side of Golden Gate Bridge. The light is better in above photograph because sunset light was directly hitting the bridge on this side.
Now we were heading towards Alcatraz. Above photograph shows panoramic view of Golden Gate Bridge with sunset in the background. Although the best sky colors were yet to come.
It was very windy in the middle of the ocean. Suddenly the whole excitement got down on the ferry. Now folks settled down around the seat, while most of them were roaming around the edges earlier.
Above photograph shows Alcatraz with San Francisco city in the background. The ferry took a round around Alcatraz and then headed towards Pier-39. This whole ferry ride takes 1 hr to complete.
Sunset hues were changing with every minute.
After crossing Alcatraz, we were quite close to Bay bridge and now it was time to head back for Pier-39.
I would highly recommend this ferry to everyone who is visiting San Francisco. This is a nice experience and offers some spectacular views.
After that we headed towards Ghirardelli Square to have some snacks and pick chocolates for friends & family. Thanks to Tarun and Saurabh who recommended not to miss the ferry.