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San Francisco Whale Tours

Address: Pier 39, San Francisco, CA (Fisherman’s Wharf)
Phone Number: 415-706-7364
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Owner description: Year-Round Whale WatchingDeparting daily at 8:00am. Join us aboard...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We encountered pretty rough sea which made it more difficult to spot whales and other marine mammals, but Carol and her colleagues still managed to locate two grey whales and a whole bunch of sea lions and porpoises. The weather conidition in our case was sub-optimal, but the tour guides was very professional, knowledgeable (real marine biologists is a great... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Nothing to see. If you try very hard, you might be able to see a squirt of water here & there even though it was a sunny day.They asked everyone to look very hard for whales. I think that should be a sign already. Use that money for a good meal for your family instead. I would have given a... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We were very very lucky with the weather. The morning was clear, the Golden Gate stood out bright and clear as we passed under it. The bay and the ocean were comparatively calm, although anyone who is likely to feel sea sick may not appreciate the slight swell once out into the open water. We were amazingly lucky, seeing 8... More 

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Brookfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The web site says it all..you are going out onto the pacific ocean. This is not like Alaska where you get a warm meal, on a larger boat and all that. S.F. whale watching means you are going out into some choppy water for a nice long haul to try to see some whales. We didn't and the guides told... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We were greeted by Ashley who was very friendly and taken to board the Kitty Kat. We were given the do's and don'ts of the trip and were soon heading off on our adventure. Ashley was very informative and was always telling us where to look and what we may see. We had a good trip out taking in all... More 

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Neath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Armed with warm clothing, binoculars and sea sickness tablets we meet our fellow travellers at 7.30am at the dock. After roll call and an informative introduction we boarded the Kitty Kat and were soon heading out into the Bay. The crew were very knowledgeable and helpful and Mr Woods the naturalist/biologist immediately started pointing out bird life, fish and mammals... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I booked this primarily for my wife because when we went to Alaska several years ago, we did not get to see any real wildlife (except for a single eagle in Ketchikan and an otter in one of the ports). When she heard that San Francisco had a Whale watching tour, we decided to include it in our trip there.... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

San Francisco Whale Tours!!! We had an incredible time. The crew was very accommodating and friendly. Our naturalist/biologist, Mr. Woods, educated us all about every bird, fish and mammal we encountered which transformed the experience. Purely delightful and educational. Seeing porpoises, sea lions, and whales in their ocean habitat is so profound. We didn't anticipate that the tour would be... More 

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Daventry, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Absolutely recommend this trip. Very informative and very helpful. We even got to see mummy and baby humpbacks!! Ashley plus the other crew members couldn't do enough. Even when people were feeling sick they were there for them. A must do in San Francisco.

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Lake Tahoe (California), California
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The day started out at Pier 39 boarding the Kitty Kat , clean vessel . The Captain , Crew very nice. The naturalist / guide was awesome , Ashly was very interesting , fun and funny ! The day was windy and waves were big but we prepare for that . Dress in layers and take Bonnie. The whales and... More 

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