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San Francisco Whale Tours

Pier 39, San Francisco, CA (Fisherman's Wharf)
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Type: Boat Tours
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... more » 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! « less
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Johnson, Arkansas
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I've read some other reviews, and I'll say this: you're out on the Pacific on a boat. If you don't come dressed warmly with waterproof gear and are not prepared for seasickness, that's your own fault. I think that information could be featured more prominently on their website, but you should use common sense and prepare for every situation. There... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We arrived at Pier 39 at about 7.30am slightly early but ready for the great day we had planned. The lady who sold us the tickets advised us to put a couple of hoodies on to ensure that we were warm. We brought an extra hoodie from the stall to ensure that we weren't to cold. We boarded the boat,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Wife and I had this planned for a few months. The day started nice with the sun shining. They spoke of some sea lions in the far distance but you couldn't see them unless you had binoculars, which none of us did. We enjoyed the boat ride for the first three hours (of six). But then the weather turned dark... More

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Midland, MI
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was an interesting adventure and overall, one that my wife and I were glad to have taken. We and likely others, would probably have benefitted from a bit more information about how to dress and what to bring on the front end as opposed to receiving this information once we had arrived at Pier 39 for the tour itself.... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a great time out on this tour today. The staff are so knowledgeable and friendly and they make the trip so enjoyable!! Heather was fantastic and made the information about Whales so fascinating with various props and details about the Whales migration. We also had plenty of sea birds to view and that was equally as interesting as... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

March 21st: We headed out at 8am with great enthusiasm, overcast day with light seas. Time passed, with nothing but sea lions, harbor seals, and birds. We were right next to the Farallons when suddenly we seemed surrounded by blow spouts. I counted 4, including a cow-calf pair. Just when it seemed we'd see no more than spouts and a... More

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San Francisco, California
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13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Mid- March - where is the lamb? I wore long underwear tops and bottoms, sweats, woolen socks, a hoody coat, hat, and double gloves, but my butt froze anyway. Had to go inside the "warm and toasty" (NOT - there's no heating) cabin, where the cramped quarters (4 tables with benches, total maybe 24 seats for 80 passengers - and... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We travelled on the Kitty Kat boat out to the Farralon Islands for the six hour tour. Carol, the resident marine biologist, had a wealth of expertise and knowledge about the local wildlife so as you pull out of SF bay she will give you the need to know info about every animal species you pass. The crew are committed... More

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Went on this trip on Nov 11th, we got incredibly lucky. As soon as we went under the golden gate we started seeing porpoises everywhere. Then nothing until we got past the farralon islands. Then out of no where there were two big Orcas on port side, a big pod of white sided dolphins off starboard and about 15 humpbacks... More

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Gloucester England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Four of us went with the San Francisco Whale Tours on 14th October. We turned up as instructed at 7.30 am for 8am departure( along with more than 50 others) - but the organisers didn't make an appearance until 7.45 - and then conducted a pretty inefficient roll call. We didn't get underway until about 8.20 - it became quickly... More

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