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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour provided by San Francisco Whale Tours

San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

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Overview
Discover the marine life that calls the waters surrounding San Francisco home on a whale watching cruise. Depart from Pier 39 and enjoy views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Then keep your eyes peeled for humpback and grey whales The area is also a happy habitat for dolphins, sea lions, porpoises, and the occasional shark, all of which you may see on the tour.
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You'll start at
Pier 39
Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAAddress: Pier 39 Dock B, San Francisco, CA 94133 Pier 39 is directly across the street from 2 Beach St, San Francisco, CA, 94133. Our booth is the second one on the right when you enter the Pier, just after the Hard Rock Cafe. A crew member will meet you at the booth 30 min prior to departure, then direct you to the boat.
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    Pier 39
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Pass by Angel Island State Park
    Pass by Golden Gate Bridge
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    San Francisco Bay
    Stop: 3 hours -
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    Fisherman's Wharf
    Stop: 1 minute -
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You'll end at
Pier 39
Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAAddress: Pier 39 Dock B, San Francisco, CA 94133 Pier 39 is directly across the street from 2 Beach St, San Francisco, CA, 94133. Our booth is the second one on the right when you enter the Pier, just after the Hard Rock Cafe. A crew member will meet you at the booth 30 min prior to departure, then direct you to the boat.
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Highlights
  • Observe marine life in its natural environment
  • Take a tour that the whole family can enjoy
  • See famous landmarks from an ideal vantage point
  • Enjoy live commentary from a naturalist
Important Information
Departure Point
Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Coast guard–certified vessel with professional captain and crew
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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PibeChorro wrote a review Feb 2020
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The tour lady (and the company) was (and is) great, nice, and knowledgeable, however, me and my wife (celebrating valentines day weekend) did not see even 1 whale in the 4 hour trip! Wasted my day and money (I actually saw more animals at the pier). Its better to drive a few
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Rebecca K wrote a review Jan 2020
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Unfortunately, we saw no whales. In addition, the microphone was also not working. It was very disappointing! We basically paid for a boat ride.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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AyeshMuh wrote a review Nov 2019
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To start, the parking here is CRAZY!! If you park in the lot across from Pier 51, you will pay like $50 for parking. I wish I arrived sooner and got parking elsewhere. It is kind of difficult to find the dock that you leave from, but once you get there, the boat had plenty of
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Tainet G wrote a review Nov 2019
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I have done other whale watching activities and guess what , you see no whales !!!!!! but on this one we saw 3 , the crew was great and the views amazing
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Angie wrote a review Nov 2019
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This was a fun and affordable tour. The meet-up location is near the pier, so you can spend time there as well. We were able to see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge on the tour. We located a few different whales during the tour and were able to see track and follow them.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Pacsauer
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Excellent trip! Saw lots of wildlife
Michael, Sara, and Joe were great! We found a whale right away- within 20 minutes of the trip. Michael was very k
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297jld
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No Microphone and Birds Only
On December 28, went on Gray Whale tour. As we got ready to board the boat, guide told us that the boat's micropho
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Julie P
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Great tour for our family with teens
Though it seemed to take a while to load the 2 boats that night, we got under way for our no-frills trip only 10 mi
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K8484AKjenniferc
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New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise
Took the New Yearas Eve Fireworks Cruise. The naturalists who guided us on the tour were excellent, we had a great
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kevind951
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New Years Eve fireworks
What a great evening. A short tour under the Golden Gate Bridge and then past Alcatraz followed by front row seats
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Monty W
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What a way to bring on the new years!
My wife and want to do something new for the new year so we found this fireworks charter on new years! its abs
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jrsvdc1
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No Microphone, Couldn't Hear Anything
Went Grey Whale watching in December of 2019. No whales, naturalists microphone was broken so you couldn't hear any
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Maymay1989
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Great scenery, but no guarantees of whale sightings (It's nature after all!)
As it goes with all wildlife tours, it's always a bit of a gamble with no guarantees you'll actually see a whale. U
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dw4hsw
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Great experience
My wife and I had an amazing experience searching for and finding Hump Back Whales. We started out in fog which was
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Joebrum1
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Over crowded boat
I took the grey whale tour on a Saturday. The boat capacity was full which meant that not everybody got a seat and
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Simon L
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Disappointing trip
We really enjoyed being on the boat, going out into the Pacific swell in the October sunshine The bridge was beaut
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Nastya L
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Great tour, but unfortunately we couldn't see whales
The tour and the team were great! During the whole tour one of the guides was telling us about the sea life in the
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Flynners55
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Great day out
This is exactly what you expect it to be . Staff are friendly very knowledgeable and set your expectations from the
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Anat K
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Wasn't good
We didn't any whales. Makes sense since it wasn't whale season but we asked before booking and they said there are
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Vince W
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Many views of the whales
We went November 2, 2019. It was a beautiful day for whale watching. Not really any wind and fairly warm, so we ha
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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