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  • Location: San Francisco, California
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Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Whale Watching & Wildlife Eco Tour from San Francisco. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Amazing! We saw 2 blue whales!! The crew was great, very knowledgeable. Definitely the best part of our trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Amazing. Its a must while in San Francisco. We are so happy we did this tour its a must, we had an amazing tour, to see whales in there natural environment is an experience we ll never forget we were so lucky to see 5 whales, sea lions, dolphins altogether free in the ocean. We also saw many birds and other animals. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Great crew, great commentary without overwhelming anyone with info. Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Brilliant day even though we did not see any whales there was lots of other exciting stuff and the skipper and guide were brill they did there very best to find a whale for us but it was not to be never mind

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

What an amazing time. The Captain is passionate about his job and ensuring everyone is taken care of. An seeing the whales is majestic.
And the lady (I forgot her name) who shared her knowledge with us onboard was amazing. The entire crew was the best!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

This was by far one of our most memorable trips taken. The boat and Captain Joe and Naturalist Carol were the one's that made this voyage spectacular. My only recommendation would be to go no later than December to see more whales.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

the crew was spectacular! went over and above to make sure all passengers were getting the perfect experience. would surely recommend this to anyone visiting San Francisco.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This trip was amazing. The tour guide and captain were very friendly. We did not expect to see humpbacks whales getting close the boat as they did. Will definitely do this tour again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Most tours don't guarantee actually seeing a whale, think about Ahab looking for Moby Dick! But this tour, concentrated on being sure we caught sight of a hump back! Not only that, they had a professional ecologist that pointed out all kinds of bird and sea life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

We saw 2 humpback whales breech near our boat, several seals playing off the Farallon Islands, bio-luminescent jellyfish changing color just 10' from our boat, and the never seen Blue-Footed Booby bird nesting on the Farallon Islands. They have only been found in Latin America and other tropical regions but never in the U.S, so the Marine Biologist tour guide was like a kid in a candy store. It was a lot of fun. I do recommend eating and bringing ginger snaps or candies in bulk or Dramamine to prevent having to use the "Ralph Reserve" on the back of the boat, LOL. Fortunately, we planned ahead and did not get sea sick. Enjoy your outing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Loved the tour. Nice boat, confident captain, great guide, lady (terrible with names, sorry!) You will learn a lot about wildlife of the area, she also has pictures and handouts. Beautiful ride, lots of opportunities to spot wildlife (although with wildlife - you can never guarantee what you might and might not see). We saw some porpoises, 2 whales (well, their fountins and occasionally a fin). Apparently a Great White shark season starts end of September, so there is a chance of spotting a great white shark near the Farallon islands.
Would not recommend this to people prone to sea sickness, you might not enjoy this trip as much, it gets rather choppy as you leave the bay and traverse into the open ocean. Other comments: wear sunscreen, bathrooms may get bad, courtesy of your fellow tourists. Do not stand behind a person who is not feeling well, you might get caught off guard.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Too bad we didn't see whales and weather was not the best but marine biologist, captain and crew were awesome. The biologist kept us informed all the way through and captain was so informative too and motivated the people about to be sick on boat. Awesome job Joe!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Excellent tour, staff were great. We saw humpback whales, sea lions, porpose. We definetly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Carla, the marine biologist, made this whale watching cruise very enjoyable and informative. Even though the waters appeared a little rough, the Captain made this a smooth sail. AND we did see whales, as well as other marine life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Great crew, fantastic experience. Having well informed staff and a marine biologist there to answer all our questions was great.
Unfortunately it was a quiet day at sea, but the captain persevered and we all looked out for wildlife, We headed further out to sea and suddenly whales surfaced right in front of the boat!

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