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“Easy whale watching for whole family”

Oceanic Society - Half Moon Bay Gray Whale Watching
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Owner description: Three-hour educational whale watching cruises from Half Moon Bay to observe the annual migration of thousands of gray whales from their Arctic feeding grounds to breeding and calving areas in Mexico. Trips run on Saturdays and Sundays from late December through mid-May.Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization that was founded in 1969. We have been leading educational nature tours in California and worldwide for more than 40 years. Your participation supports our efforts to assure a healthy future for the world's oceans.
Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Great experience on this whale watching excursion! Easy for all ages and justenough--not too little or too much. Great staff that knows all about the sealife you will encounter.
Also don't miss the nearby surf shop--it's a must!

5  Thank Ashley L
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OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society - Half Moon Bay Gray Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2015

Thank you for the great review! We hope you'll join us again sometime

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Reviewed April 21, 2015

We recently went on a whale watch trip sponsored by the Oceanic Society out of Half Moon Bay. The boat (Salty Lady), though newer and quite clean, nevertheless was way too small for the number of passengers--fifteen would have been a better number. The ship's rules confined us to the stern or to seats inside which were immediately grabbed by those boarding first and never abandoned for the entire trip. Upon arriving at the pier, some red flags began to wave...there didn't appear to be any other whale watch companies on the dock and I started to wish I had done more homework. The “naturalist” signed us in and mentioned that some college students would be coming along (more people crowding the boat) to do surveys. Although the staff assured us that some grey whales had been seen "recently," we saw absolutely nothing on this trip except some marine birds. Three hours of sitting on a hard bench and not one sign of any fish or sea mammal. We understand that there are no guarantees of a whale sighting, but one would expect something...a porpoise maybe or a dolphin. To while away the time, the “naturalist” went on a rant several times about the evils of plastic in the ecosystem (some of that is expected on these expeditions), but her shrill diatribe shaded into leftist politics which we did not appreciate. If you travel to the Bay area and wish to go whale watching, do yourself a favor and go to Monterey Bay; they have fantastic trips featuring large boats, knowledgeable crews, and a strong likelihood that you will see something worthwhile.

19  Thank michbren
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We took the 3-hour (9-12) whale cruise recently and saw somewhere around six whales. The staff was very friendly and informative and the crew of the ship was outstanding. I would highly recommend this experience if you can fit it into your schedule. You won't regret it!

5  Thank Dave3176
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Four of us went whale watching Saturday, it was so much fun.
we will be doing it again.
Get some friends and give it a try, it makes a great day of fun.

3  Thank lampliter95123
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