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Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching

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San Francisco, CA
+1 415-256-9604
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Magical. We saw soooooo many whales, not to mention other marine life. Naturalists on board are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Yog-Sothoth
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San Francisco, California
Amazing day with knowledgeable naturalists

This trip far exceeded our hopes. The naturalists were highly knowledgeable, we got to see 30... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
rlevans21
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Oakland, California
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Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in San Francisco in 1969. Our San Francisco whale watch programs began in 1972, and have given thousands of people the opportunity to see and learn about the Bay Area's spectacular marine wildlife, including several species of whales, dolphins, seabirds, and much more. We are the only non-profit whale watch operator in the Bay Area, and our trips are used to collect marine research and support local conservation efforts.
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San Francisco, CA
Marina District
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Magical. We saw soooooo many whales, not to mention other marine life. Naturalists on board are super helpful. You may like to chew up some Dramamine beforehand.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trip far exceeded our hopes. The naturalists were highly knowledgeable, we got to see 30+ whales of different types, and getting to see revitalized bird life throughout the sanctuary area was a thrill. The Oceanic Society does great work, so it was good to...More

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OceanicSociety, VP of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your positive feedback! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the trip, and we appreciate your support to our work!

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

We went on a first Friday cruise, so our trip was only scheduled to be 3 hours long. We loved it! Despite not seeing any whales, we had a great trip around the bay. The crew was obviously passionate about wildlife and the bay area,...More

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OceanicSociety, VP of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your support and are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience!

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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

This was a very disappointing trip. I had booked it several months in advance and was looking forward to it being the highlight of our trip from UK. Obviously the weather is unpredictable but seeing the conditions even before we started filled us with alarm....More

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Reviewed June 1, 2018

Waters were choppy but whales had been spotted so we left the docks hopeful! We had the opportunity to see a few whales (no photos because we just weren't fast enough). We also really enjoyed the Farallon Island where it was breeding season for sea...More

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OceanicSociety, VP of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Thanks so much for your review! We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us, and we appreciate your support!

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Reviewed May 21, 2018

I've been wanting to do this tour for years and finally got a chance yesterday. Unfortunately you have to book so far in advance that the weather conditions are a bit of a gamble, and in this case we lost. Looks like one of my...More

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Reviewed May 20, 2018

On a day with Small Craft Advisory and winds up to 30 mph, almost 40 people boarded the Salty Lady for a harrowing trip out to the Farallon Islands to search for birds and whales. Well, after over 2.5 hours getting out there with waves...More

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OceanicSociety, California Programs Coordinator at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry to hear that the weather conditions negatively affected your experience on our trip. Wind and waves are always a factor on these open-ocean excursions but we, and the other whale watch organizations in San Francisco, determined the conditions...More

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Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

The weather cooperated and we made it out to the Farallons and past to the continental shelf. Many aquatic birds including Tuft Puffins (my favorite) and a Blue Footed Booby. We found a whale freeway past the Farallons and viewed approx 45 Humpbacks and 25...More

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Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

A seriously great trip to go on whist visiting San Francisco! These guys are awesome, very knowledgable, friendly and helpful. The boat is great and comfortable. We saw loads and learnt even more. As far as the Farallon islands are concerned what an amazing place!...More

3  Thank Delajojo
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Reviewed July 11, 2017

On clear days, I can see the Farallons from my house. Ten years ago my neighbor told me about her wonderful Oceanic Society Farallon Island trip, and I’ve always wanted to go but until recently was afraid of getting seasick. I usually don’t use the...More

4  Thank pilikiax2
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OceanicSociety, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2017

Thanks so much for your positive review. Indeed, the marine conditions between San Francisco and the islands can vary dramatically from trip to trip. We hope that our descriptions and reminder email prepared you for your journey and that others see this note as well....More

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dgfifties1
August 7, 2017|
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Response from OceanicSociety | Property representative |
Hi! While there is never a guarantee with nature, there is a high likelihood of seeing whales throughout October and into November. On our website you can find sightings reports from previous seasons that will give you a... More
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eagertolearnca
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Response from OceanicSociety1969 | Property representative |
The odds of seeing whales in June are high. Though there are no guarantees with nature, we see whales on virtually every trip. On one trip last June (the 25th) we saw 54 humpbacks and a gray whale. June is also a great time... More
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