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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

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    From Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, hop aboard your Coast Guard–certified catamaran for your whale-watching tour in the waters of the Pacific. With its hull design and quality engineering, the vessel provides a smooth ride across San Francisco Bay and into the ocean.
    Receive a brief safety orientation, and then enjoy views of Alcatraz and Angel Island as you take off from the pier. Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to sea anywhere from 3 to 8 miles (4 to 12 km) to search for marine life. In addition to humpback whales and gray whales, the Bay Area is home to an abundance of porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, birds and even sharks. Admire the dramatic coastline of cliffs and headlands while the naturalist tells you about the natural environment.
    You can watch for whales from the deck or head inside the heated cabin to warm up, if needed, where you can brush up on local trivia and learn about the area’s history, from Native Americans to Spanish explorers to Gold Rush immigrants. Your tour ends with return to Pier 39.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    While I commend this company on the care they take for the whales and other sea life - on that they get 5 stars. My issue is the boat has benches all around the edges. The problem is, they are just wooden benches and are...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 150timm150
    Reviewed yesterday

    Lovely weather to be out on the water looking for whales. Enjoyed our picnic lunch and drinks on the boat whilst looking at the Golden Gate Bridge, many different birds, a sea lion and whales. Staff professional, courteous and educational. Appreciated their efforts finding whales...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Vegehappy
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    This was such a disappointing trip - no one had been advised what this trip would really be like. The boat was packed so there was nowhere to shelter and lots of people including elderly and children got soaked through as the water was so...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank JoannePYoung
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Very enthusiastic crew who are very knowledgeable. They don't really stretch this enough on this page (at least I did not read it at booking), but by joining this trip you are actually helping scientific research on whales (and some other species). Which is awesome...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank KevinN12B98Z
    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    My daughter and I had an amazing experience on this whale watching tour. Not only did we see a humpback breach 4 times in a row, but another came right up to the boat and startled us all. We saw an enormous ocean sun fish...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank DTenRed
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    Michelle M
    August 9, 2019|
    Response from Marie B |
    how big is boat?
    Kharl S
    August 7, 2019|
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    Response from jsvanthoff | Reviewed this property |
    No. You wouldn’t take them on the boat.
    August 1, 2019|
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    Response from sharonhoffman | Reviewed this property |
    We used an app called Parkwiz and were able to prebuy parking at a good price.
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