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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

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  • San Francisco whale-watching tour
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Watch for gray and humpback whales during their migration periods
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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour
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8am departure for 2.5 hour whale watching during the humpback migration season in the San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast.
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11am departure for 2.5 hour whale watching during the humpback migration season in the San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast.
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2pm departure for 2.5 hour whale watching during the humpback migration season in the San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast.
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Overview
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.
What to 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.
Reviews (165)
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Reviewed 3 November 2018
Amazing

Amazing trip. Lots of activity; seals, sea lions, birds and humpback whales. A very nice way to see and photograph the Golden Gate Bridge too. Impressed by the very informative naturalist - she/they were really into it, and they knew and told a lot. My...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Emilie P
SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile
12 o’clock spouting!

The passion of this crew was awesome which made it even more exciting. We saw whales 😊. We respected their space and they still were near by. We also saw a sunfish and many birds. Oh and a sea lion that we scared by being...More

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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thank you for including us in your San Francisco experience. We appreciate your review.

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Whale Watching

It was a great time. Unfortunately, no whales to be seen. Guess they were shy that day. At the very least, you get a nice boat tour around the Bay and beyond. Because of that, we were all given a free tour if we booked...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

We're sorry the wildlife wasn't participating on your tour. We hope to see you aboard again soon for your whale guarantee.

Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile
Amazing trip

We really wanted to do the full day tour but unfortunately they only do those on the weekend. This was our 1st whale watching trip and was not disappointed at all. We were able to spend a lot of time watching a Humpback and saw...More

Thank 296melanier
SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you for including us in your San Francisco experience. We appreciate your review.

Reviewed 23 October 2018
First ever whale watching tour

We really enjoyed this tour. The weather was nice, although much chillier out on the water than at the dock so layering was essential. The captain and crew were very friendly and were very appreciative of the business. We learned a ton of information about...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank schutte5
SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you for including us in your San Francisco experience. We appreciate your review.

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Maps751684
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Response from 296melanier | Reviewed this property |
I would call them and ask because they know the trends of what they have been seeing.
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cynny
18 October 2018|
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Sorry, can't help, went in August. xx
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kpconno
14 October 2018|
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Response from Susan C | Reviewed this property |
The walk to the boat is all ramps. But you must step up and over the side of the boat to get into it. I'm obviously not sure, but I doubt they could put a ramp to get into the boat.
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