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Address: Pier 39, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-706-7364
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Year-Round Whale WatchingDeparting daily at 8:00am. Join us aboard...
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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Whale watching at farallon islands

We had a great adventure, long boat ride out to the islands. You need to bring lots of warm clothes, and seasickness meds. Quite a few people were sick, but the crew was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We had a great adventure, long boat ride out to the islands. You need to bring lots of warm clothes, and seasickness meds. Quite a few people were sick, but the crew was very helpful. The crew was great, captAin Joe, mate Ray, and naturalist Jason. The were all very informative, funny and kind. Saw lots of dolphin, sea lions,... More 

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North Liberty, Iowa, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We had the most fantastic whale watching cruise with these great people! We saw six to eight gray whales all diving and even breaching just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. And, lots of other animals and birds. The crew on our cruise was great. Naturalist, Heather, and First Mate, Ray, were great. So very knowledgeable and so willing to share.... More 

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Lafayette, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We lucked out in that we had a sunny day with a calm ocean. We saw 9 gray whales (you mostly sea water spouts and tail fins so don't expect whales breaching like Alaska). The highlight of the day was seeing the Farallon Islands and hundreds of sea lions on it's rock and nesting birds. The islands are dramatic and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

This trip was truly an amazing experience!! The staff went above and beyond and even lent my friend and I extra jackets and handed out some blankets to others...word to the wise it gets very cold and wet!! Ray and Ashley were so amazing they continually checked in to make sure every person was doing okay with seasickness and thankfully... More 

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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
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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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23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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