• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 45.00 View price calendar

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Go whale watching in San Francisco on this 2.5-hour cruise that departs from Pier 39. On an eco-friendly catamaran, glide through San Francisco Bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge to reach the open Pacific, where you’ll keep your eyes peeled for humpback and gray whales, as well as marine life like dolphins and seals. Learn about the history and geology of the area from an onboard naturalist, and admire the rugged California coast.


  • San Francisco whale-watching tour
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Watch for gray and humpback whales during their migration periods
  • Spot dolphins and harbor seals
  • Enjoy a spacious cabin and sun deck

What You Can Expect

From Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, hop aboard your Coast Guard–certified catamaran for your whale-watching tour in the waters of the Pacific. With its hull design and quality engineering, the vessel provides a smooth ride across San Francisco Bay and into the ocean.

Receive a brief safety orientation, and then enjoy views of Alcatraz and Angel Island as you take off from the pier. Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to sea anywhere from 3 to 8 miles (4 to 12 km) to search for marine life. In addition to humpback whales and gray whales, the Bay Area is home to an abundance of porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, birds and even sharks. Admire the dramatic coastline of cliffs and headlands while the naturalist tells you about the natural environment.

You can watch for whales from the deck or head inside the heated cabin to warm up, if needed, where you can brush up on local trivia and learn about the area’s history, from Native Americans to Spanish explorers to Gold Rush immigrants. Your tour ends with return to Pier 39.

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Customer Reviews

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a lot of fun.. Saw whales, and learned a lot about whales.. Very nice..


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

the whales where a bit shy on this trip although we saw some at a distance.
overhaul still a very nice trip.

Randy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We went just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. The catamaran held about 20 people, including a captain and a naturalist. We were briefed on safety, comfort, and what to look for at our destination. The water was rough and the weather chilly. The bow was opened up for viewing later. The staff of the cat was attentive to those suffering from sea sickness. The naturalist spoke about the whales and pointed out like a clock where activity could be seen. We stayed in the area for an hour and saw several sightings. I would recommend and take this cruise again. It is not for anyone who is subject to motion sickness.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great trip. Organization, commentary, and a big whale. The day as a little wet and foggy, but the result could not have been better.

Nancy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was the highlight of our trip! We saw lots of whales, seals and even a big jellyfish. It was amazing to pass under the Golden Gate Bridge, and to see the city from the water. The captain and crew were very friendly and engaged, you can tell they love their jobs. I highly recommend this tour company!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Amazing, professionell Crew, very friendly, super Trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great trip. Staff were excellent

Nancy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The captain and crew that take you out are very experienced and safety conscious. Growing up on the water and w boats, I have great respect for a serious captain that knows the waters. We did see whales!! Several. It's as if they know the boat and the crew. This was best charter in town.

Larry L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

My wife and I love to see Whales and on this trip we saw two, so it was a great trip. I give it 5 stars even though our 8 AM trip did not start until 9 AM due to some issue that the Captain had. Captain and guide were both very well informed about whales and all the other marine life we saw on the trip

Susan L W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The whale watching was fantastic! Crew and naturalist were informed and delightful. It's a treat!

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