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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 August 9, 2015

I booked this tour online. My daughter and I are nature lovers. We were so looking forward to this experience. My first disappointment. The boat was way too small for the number of people booked on it. There weren't enough seats for everyone. A number...More

11  Thank deb19572015
Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

We went on this Whale Watching Tour as a family with four adults and had a fantastic time. We saw at least twenty Humpback Whales and two Blue Whales, much more then we expected. We saw whales diving, whales breaching, swimming by the boat. Absolutely...More

5  Thank Frank H
Reviewed July 5, 2015

The highlight was a blue whale suddenly surfacing about 30 feet away for about 5 seconds to check us out. The whale was much bigger than the 50 foot boat , 'The Salty Lady' that we were on. I snapped photos of the blue whale,...More

6  Thank givememyscrnname
Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is an 8 hour trip to an island that is the home of thousands of birds and sea lions. Be prepared to a bumpy ride to the island. The guide was very informative who talked to all of us onboard. There is a small...More

4  Thank CherSteve
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2015

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We're glad to hear that you learned and saw a lot, and hope that we have the chance to travel with you again someday!

Reviewed July 2, 2015

Had a wonderful family trip. Boy does the Oceanic Society know how to put together a great trip. From the information on their website to the assistance of Nancy Heaton on the telephone everything was laid out for a fun filled experience. The Captain and...More

4  Thank Dougfrvtown
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2015

Thank you for the great feedback, and for choosing Oceanic Society for your outing. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed July 2, 2015

My first ever pelagic trip in the Pacific Ocean. I've been on many in the Atlantic. This trip provided a comfortable boat, a chatty and knowledgeable guide, a strong bent towards awareness of the impact of humans on the natural world and, most of all,...More

4  Thank MarcC_New_Jersey
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2015

Thank you for your feedback! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip, and hope you can join us again sometime.

Reviewed March 10, 2015

Cant beat the price for what you get. Pack layers of clothes, it will get cold. Bring your own picnic lunch to eat on the boat. There is a naturalist that can give you lots of info about the sea life, or you can just...More

5  Thank KerryD1969
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2015

Thanks so much for your review, Kerry! We're pleased to know that you enjoyed your trip, and are grateful for your feedback. We hope to see you again sometime!

Reviewed January 27, 2015

We took this tour a couple years ago in search of whales. It leaves from the marina in san francisco early morning. We packed lunch,had our warm clothing and our water proof jacket and pants and off we went. The boat was kinda noisy and...More

5  Thank Tatyrb
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We're glad to hear you had a great trip, and hope to have you join us again someday.

Reviewed October 28, 2014

How My Little Rating System Works (Because we can't give something a half/star, I round up in each category; in other words, in my mind if something scores 80 percent or above, I just give it a full star.) Star 1 - Accuracy on Advertising...More

7  Thank Zed120
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of your trip with Oceanic Society. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to taking you out to the islands again someday!

Reviewed September 14, 2014

I booked on line, they go out of their way to prepare you for a voyage on the sea - listen to them because it can be cool. It can also be hot on the same day depending on where the boat is situated in...More

5  Thank Ginger I
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2014

Thank you so much for your review and helpful feedback. We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip to the Farallon Islands and had great wildlife sightings. We also appreciate your comments about ways to improve the guest experience. We are constantly working...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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