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Take a Tour on Big Bear’s Pirate Ship, the Time Bandit!

Big Bear's Pirate Ship - The Time Bandit

Time Bandit’s History 

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

The ship’s debut role was in a movie called “Time Bandit.” Later, it was used as a Tour boat in the Los Angeles Harbor, and at the Fun Zone in Newport Beach, California. The last part of the ship’s life at sea was as a private residence. 

The Time Bandit 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. 

Narrated, 90-minute tours every day 

Full bar (Bring a valid ID or you’ll walk the plank!) 

Treasure Chest Surprise (for children)

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

Where to Stay in Big Bear? 

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

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