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Address: Pier 39, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-706-7364
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Year-Round Whale WatchingDeparting daily at 8:00am. Join us aboard exciting...

Year-Round Whale WatchingDeparting daily at 8:00am. Join us aboard exciting all day Tours to the Farallon Islands! Our goal is to give people an exciting adventure that they will never forget. Grey Whales,Humpbacks Whales migrate through the sanctuary.The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is one of Earth's unique ecosystems.We want you to experience all that San Francisco has to offer. The marine life sightings are incredible! Whale sightings are our number one goal. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe on all our trips, so we take every precaution to insure that you are. Our trips are designed for out of town tourists and locals alike. Many people have lived in San Francisco their whole lives, but have never visited the wonders of the Farallon Islands. So please be our guest, keep your eyes peeled for whale spouts, sit back, and enjoy the cruise.No Whale Sighting, the next trip is on Us!

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We signed on for the New Year's Eve sail around the bay to watch the fireworks. The fireworks were spectacular and the boat was positioned ideally to view the display and we... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Ian M
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Leicester
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tour taken 27th December 2015. A rather smaller, older and shabbier boat than the pictures shown on the website. There were maybe 35-40 people on that boat probably twice the number it was built to carry. There was not enough room, not enough seating, and poor facilities. Because all available seats were taken and the cabin was crowded - people... More 

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Leicester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

We signed on for the New Year's Eve sail around the bay to watch the fireworks. The fireworks were spectacular and the boat was positioned ideally to view the display and we really enjoyed the view. I had some big reservations however. No mention by any crew of emergency procedures, or where the life jackets were stowed - or even... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend bought this as a gift for my birthday. After weeks of planning and hotel paid for, we traveled hours to San Francisco only to be told to our face the morning of the trip that it was canceled. The guy had no other answers for us other than to contact "the girls" at 10 am. The company lacked... More 

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Astoria, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We knew that we wanted to do a whale watching cruise while we were in San Francisco and stumbled upon this while in the Fisherman's Wharf. The Captain and Crew were so friendly. The guide, Jared, was so knowledgable about the Bay and all of its life. We were able to see 2 Humpback whales and spend about an hour... More 

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Georgetown, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We are experienced seafarers who have seen whales and seals on the East Coast, so this review should be considered in that context. The crew on the Kit Kat were friendly, helpful, and nice, surely putting in a full effort for a six-hour cruise to the Farallon Islands. We saw a group of six to eight humpbacks, several harbor porpoise,... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This was an incredible experience. the crew was friendly and excited about searching for whales. The information they shared and their personal stories made this a once in a lifetime trip. i highly recommend this if you are in san francisco. Added bonus: the wildlife (and whales) were incredible!!!

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Thank Harris B
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Was a fantastic 5 hour trip! Capn Joe and the crew were really friendly, knowledgable and made everyone feel very welcome!! Fantastic time!! Definitely recommend!

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Greifenstein, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We did the 5 hours Tour and it truly was stunnishing. After passing the Golden Gate Bridge, we got to see some Sealions laying on rocks. The crew kept on informing us about the whales, their behaviors and the coast line. We saw countless Humpbacks, the engine got switched off, everything was quiet and you could hear the whales blowing... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Booked a 5 hours tour and it was excellent! Everyone who loves nature will be thrilled! Each adult became a child instantly after whales started showing up...absolutely amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We did the 90 minute Eco tour and positively LOVED it. There was a sale for $25.00 and it was very well spent money. The boat was nice sized, not a good bit of people on it. Water was choppy and seating at the bow and stern were pretty limited, so we stood on the side of the boat (it... More 

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