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Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching

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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...more
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

My husband and I went on the Farallon Islands Whale Watching tour yesterday and we are still so pumped about it. First, I highly recommend going with The Oceanic Society because they are a non-profit organization. The funds you pay for your trip go toward...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank veronicavino
Reviewed November 2, 2018

We loved this adventure! How else could you get to see the fabled Farallon Islands up close? The Oceanic Society did an amazing job, we loved every moment. Having two naturalists on board made our trip even better, as they were so knowledgeable and friendly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

We had a spectacular day yesterday watching humpbacks 🐋 and other marine life on the Oceanic Society boat. Fantastic naturalists on board who were very knowledgeable and fun! We saw 18 whales!! A perfect trip and I would highly recommend. Note: it’s a long trip...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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OceanicSociety, VP Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Thanks so much for your feedback! We're glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to have you join us again sometime.

Reviewed September 27, 2018

Although we didn't get to see a breach like the one in Oceanic's photo, we saw lots of whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises and pelagic birds on our trip. The naturalists were extremely well versed in the cultural and natural history of the islands. They...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

I've been leading and going on trips to the Farallon Islands and whale watching off San Francisco since 1976. The Oceanic Society Expeditions were the first group in the Bay Area to offer whale watching trips, and they have the best, most experienced naturalists and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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OceanicSociety, VP Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and for your positive feedback about our trips! We take pride in our naturalists, vessel, and crew and appreciate your kind words. How wonderful that you have been able to watch the wildlife and...More

Reviewed September 26, 2018

Knowledgable professionals. Accommodating organization.Fascinating exploration of the sea life of this marine park in San Francisco's backyard.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

We went on the 8hr trip on Saturday. It was amazing. Calm seas fortunately and so many sea lions, birds, seals, humpback whales and Pacific white dolphins. The crew and David the naturalist were great and the wildlife was truly spectacular. It was a once...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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OceanicSociety, VP of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

So glad to hear! Thank you for joining us and for sharing your review!

Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Very nice and friendly staff and crew, however they shouldn’t advertise this as a Whale watching trip. This was more of a bird watching trip and if you’re not into birds this will just be a really long roundtrip boat ride to Farralon Islands -...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed August 16, 2018

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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OceanicSociety, VP of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

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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August 7, 2017|
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
March 15, 2017|
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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