Island to Island

When Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers escaped from Alcatraz in 1962, it is thought that they may have headed to Angel Island.  Unfortunately, they left at night so they missed the incredible scenery.

Join us for a beautiful recreational swim that puts you right out in the middle of the bay.  You will have views of the Golden Gate, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island.  From Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a charter boat will carry you to the north side of Alcatraz Island.  Upon entering the water you will make the 2 mile swim to Angel Island with the incoming flood tide behind you.

Your swim concludes on the sandy shores of Angel Island.  In fact, the very same beach that is in the last scene of the movie “Escape From Alcatraz”.  After a brief respite on shore, you will swim back out to a boat which will transport you back to Fisherman’s wharf.

At A Glance


  • JUNE 27, 2015; OCTOBER 10, 2015
  • A special type of monthly Alcatraz
  • Maximum 35 swimmers
  • 3km/1.85 mi swim from Alcatraz to the beach on Angel Island
  • $205 nonmembers; $149 members; $102.50 New Wave members
  • A scenic and stunning swim surrounded by historic landmarks and landscapes for swimmers of all levels

Why don’t swims start directly at Alcatraz? Why don’t swimmers jump off the Rock?

As Alcatraz is partly a bird sanctuary, boats, kayaks, and the people on them are prohibited from getting within 100 meters of Alcatraz, especially from February through September which is breeding season. This means our Alcatraz crossings do not start directly at Alcatraz. Water World Swim respects the environment, aiming to keep the sport of open water swimming a live collaboration between the athletes and the oceans.