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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  Varies
Join your captain for an enthralling San Francisco whale watching tour and catch incredible sightings of these magnificent creatures migrating through one of Earth's most unique ecosystems! The Pacific coast adjoining San Francisco and the picturesque Farallon Islands are known for their rich and diverse marine life and you'll discover the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants on this full-day adventure.

The California coastal waters off San Francisco have annual migration patterns for whales. From June to November you'll sail in search of blue and humpback whales, and from December to May you'll have the chance to spot gray, sperm and killer whales! In addition, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline and the Farallon Islands from the decks of your eco-friendly catamaran. An exciting and intimate encounter with nature that you'll never forget!

Highlights

  • San Francisco Whale Watching Tour from Pier 39
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot a variety of whales!
  • Opt for 5-hour Whale Watching Wildlife Tour on weekdays or upgrade to the 6-hour Farallon Islands Natural History Trip at weekends
  • See humpback whales, blue whales or killer whales depending on migration season
  • Knowledgeable captain, crew and naturalist aboard to answer questions and identify marine wildlife
  • Cruise aboard a fully-equipped, stable catamaran

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There's nothing quite like seeing a whale breach right before your eyes! This cruise led by a marine biologist guarantees whale sightings as well as terrific views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Stinson Beach and Point Reyes National Seashore. San Francisco Bay waters can be choppy, so prepare yourself!

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What You Can Expect

Whale Watching & Wildlife Eco Tour from San Francisco

San Francisco Whale Watching Tour

Choose from two thrilling marine adventures depending on the day of the week:

Whale Watching Wildlife Tour (5 hours)


Catch sightings of various whale species, dolphins, porpoises, sea birds and San Francisco's famous sea lions on the 5-hour Whale Watching Wildlife Tour. After you board your vessel and set sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Stinson Beach, Fort Cronkite, Double Point, Muir Beach, Bolinas, and the Point Reyes National Seashore and Lighthouse on your exciting quest for whales.

Farallon Islands Natural History Tour (6 hours)

On this longer tour, you'll sail to the Farallon Islands, approximately 27 miles (43 km) offshore from San Francisco, to experience an extra thrilling whale watching tour. Perfect for boating enthusiasts, this six-hour excursion takes you straight to the Gulf of the Farallones after cruising underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and bypassing California's amazing Pacific coastline.

The Farallon Islands are the perfect spot to see the whales migrating, as they often roam in this area that is densely populated with plankton. It is also not uncommon to see White Sharks as they migrate to the Farallon Islands and feed.

Both tours are taken on the comfortable 65' Catamaran Kitty Kat that features a unique hull design and superior engineering. The Kitty Kat is the most advanced vessel for wildlife expeditions in San Francisco, and features a heated cabin, spacious sun deck, and can sail at high speed! Be sure to pack lunch and beverages, bring a camera and wear warm clothing and sturdy, waterproof shoes for this expedition.

GUARANTEED WHALE SIGHTINGS OR YOUR NEXT TRIP IS FREE!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TRIP. OUR GUIDE ASHLEY WAS SO IMFORMATIVE AS WAS ALL OF THE CREW. WE WERE FORTUNATE TO WHALES AND THE ONE THAT CAME HEAD FIRST OUT OF THE WATER WAS AN AWESOME SIGHT WHICH WILL STAY WITH US FOR A LONG TIME. THE WHOLE TRIP WAS A FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE THAT WE WOULD RECOMMEND VERY HIGHLY AND IT IS A MUST DO IF YOU GET THE CHANCE. THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING TRIP.

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