Welcome to Forbes Island


Forbes Thor Kiddoo came to San Francisco in 1959 after a stint in the Coast Guard. A carpenter and engineer, he developed a business constructing houseboats in Sausalito. Then, inspired by Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo and the movie version of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea”, Forbes Kiddoo built himself an underwater home, complete with potholes for watching the fish swim past and underwater diving hatch, and a grand bedroom suite fit for a captain of his own private world. In the 90’s Forbes added a 40 foot lighthouse and a white picket fence. Check out our gallery of Forbes Island as it looks today.

Today, Forbes Island is unique event venue located at Bradford Island in the Sacramento River Delta. Host your event with us today!

We currently offer booking via Hipcamp and our own site. Send a reservation request to forbesislandinfo@gmail.com, and one of our reps will be with you shortly.


Visit our price sheet to get current pricing information.



Forbes Island is located next to a 21 acre working Highland cattle ranch, which offers tent and RV camping. Note: the campsites do not have hookups for water or electricity. Bathroom facilities are located on Forbes Island.

Campsites: 20

Underwater Dining Salon / Dance Hall

Dine underwater among antique nautifacts, a large fireplace, full bar and underwater portholes. The Underwater Dining Salon is ideal for larger groups.

Seating Capacity: 50

forbes island dining room forbes island underwater dance room

Tahiti Room

Dine under giant palm trees in a thatched beach hut with bamboo walls and Polynesian decor. Watch wonderful delta wildlife as you eat. This room can be also be used as a tea room, yoga studio, meditation room, conference room, or secondary dance floor.

Seating Capacity: 25

forbes island tahiti room

Lighthouse Tower

Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the 40 foot lighthouse towers.

Capacity: 6

forbes island lighthouse tower

Captain's Bedroom

Beautifully appointed captain's bedroom with nautical themed furnishings. Private bath.

Capacity: 2

forbes island captain's bedroom

First Mate's Bedroom

Art deco inspired bedroom with queen bed.

Capacity: 2

forbes island first mate's bedroom


To make a reservation, please email us at forbesislandinfo@gmail.com.

Event Date(s)
Event Drganizer
Number of Attendees
Special Requests


Phone: 650 773 6419
Email: forbesislandinfo@gmail.com

Physical Address:

Bradford Island
GPS: 38.06718836691746, -121.64914597274371
Bradford Island, CA
United States


Forbes Island is anchored off the coast of Bradford Island in Fisherman's Cut. Bradford Island is an unincorporated area only accessible by ferry or boat. The current ferry schedule and ticket prices can be found at the Bradford Island Reclamation District website. Ferry tickets can be purchased at the Valero Gas and Save located on located at 1541 E Cypress Rd. Oakley, CA.

Once you exit the ferry, turn right and drive about 3/4 of a mile along the levy road. There will be a large oak tree to your right with 3-4 parking spaces. Larger groups with more parking needs will be directed to the field across the levy road.