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San Francisco Whale Tours

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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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Pier 39, San Francisco, CA
Fisherman’s Wharf
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"sea birds"
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"the golden gate bridge"
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"great trip"
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"hour trip"
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Reviewed today

Three Grey whales were feeding under the Golden Gate Bridge. The boat stayed out to observe most of the allotted time. The Naturalists were very informed about the waterway and the whales. The boat captain was very conscientious about the safety of the whales and...More

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Reviewed today

Really amazing experience! Unforgettable views and a very helpful and friendly staff! We saw a couple of humpbacks and was lucky enough to spot a gray whale! In experience you will remember forever!

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Great experience! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, who did as much as they could to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves, our son (along with others) felt a bit sea sick and they came around to check in with us and gave suggestions to make...More

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A great afternoon. The boat was very clean and well maintained. The crew were attentive and knowledgeable. The naturalist was interesting. It was great to see some whales. A well organised and delivered trip . Thanks

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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for including us in your San Francisco experience, we appreciate your review.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great captain. Great guides. Very informative and helpful. Saw a dozen whales, some at close range. Highly recommend it !!!

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We love happy passengers. Thank you for the review.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Best tour ever! The boat was in fantastic shape...not too crowded. The staff was incredible - very informative and encouraging. Their excitement about spotting them made me feel even happier because it never gets old to them. They worked hard to get as near to...More

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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're so happy we were able to be part of such an enjoyable experience. Thank you for the review.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

WOW!!! What an experience! The crew was incredible and our very knowledgeable naturalist created an unforgettable day! We saw so many whales and birds it was impossible to keep track so the list of species we saw, that the naturalist complied at the end of...More

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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We're so glad we got to be part of your San Francisco experience.

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A lot of whales, Blues and Humpbacks. We made it out to the islands. Seas were high, but the crew worked really hard to mitigate the seasickness. These folks are passionate about all the sea creatures and passagenger safety. We all learned a lot and...More

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Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you in the future.

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Samantha G
September 21, 2017|
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Response from Nacker63 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Samantha G, It is generally cool in San Fran in October so I suggest to bring a light to medium weight jacket. It could also be windy. You can always leave the jacket inside the boat if you don’t need it.
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Lisa F
September 16, 2017|
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Response from klmalcolm | Reviewed this property |
This company is actually called San Francisco Whale Tours. I highly recommend them. Although sightings cannot be guaranteed by anyone, the company has a good eye for spotting them. They were also extremely safety... More
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24cruisin
August 19, 2017|
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Response from Irene F | Reviewed this property |
I took the 8 am cruise because it was less crowded and the whales were feeding early. There were fewer barges, boats, speed boats out in the bay at 8 AM. it was cooler, calmer water (fewer boats meant less waves) and no... More
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