Set Sail on Big Bear’s Pirate Ship Cruise 

Big Bear Pirate Ship Tour

History of the Ship 

Time Bandit is a 1/3rd scale replica of a 16th Century Spanish Galleon that was built by a father and son during the late 60’s and 70’s in their backyard. 

The ship was used in the 1981 movie release “Time Bandit.” Later, it was used as a tour boat in the LA Harbor, and in Newport Beach at the Fun Zone. The last part of the ship’s life in the ocean was as a private residence. 

The ship was later purchased and refurbished, and moved to Big Bear Lake to operate as a tour boat.  

Tour Details 

The Big Bear Pirate ship casts off from Holloways Marina. The tour has a rotating cast of captains and crew who each bring their own style and personality, guaranteeing no tour is the same. Come aboard, learn about the history of the area, and soak up the stunning mountain lake scenery. 

-90-minute narrated tours every day 

-Full bar on board (Valid ID or you’ll walk the plank!) 

-Treasure chest surprise for the kiddos 

How Much Does the Tour Cost? 

-Adults – $34.00 

-Teens 13-17/Seniors 65+ – $31.00 

-Children 3-12 – $25.00 

-Children under 3 – FREE 

*Prices are subject to change, especially on Holiday weekends, and high or low volume periods. 

When are the Departure Times? 

The ship sets sail every day from May to October. There are guaranteed tours every Wednesday at 2pm, and there are always cruises on Saturdays and Sundays, but launch times vary, so make sure to check on their website Big Bear Pirate Ship website, or call (909) 878-4040. Usual departure times are 10am, 12pm, 4 pm, and a 6pm sunset cruise. 

Planning a Special Occasion, Family Reunion, or a Work Function? 

Book a private tour! The ship can hold up to 25 people on board. Rates start at $395 an hour with a 2-hour minimum. If you have a bigger crowd, you are welcome to charter pontoon boats that can easily tie to the sides! 

Where to Stay in Big Bear? 

Stay with us in one of our Big Bear Getaway vacation rentals! We have everything you need to enjoy your time in the mountains, including cozy cabins, cottages, and luxurious lakefront estates. Some homes have hot tubs, and are pet-friendly, too! Come and join us this summer for an unforgettable experience! We can’t wait to see you out on the lake!  

Want to know about more ways to have fun out on the water this summer? Check out this post

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