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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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8:00 AMMost Popular
8am departure for 2.5 hour whale watching during the humpback migration season in the San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast.
US$45,00
11:00 AM
11am departure for 2.5 hour whale watching during the humpback migration season in the San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast.
US$45,00
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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.
US$45,00
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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 (155)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
A Great way to spend time Whale Watching.

My son and I had a wonderful time on an afternoon whale watching adventure. Neither of us have gone on a voyage like this before and were looking forward to it. The naturalist was very informative and the crew was there to help out. We...More

Thank Steven A
SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us on a whale watching adventure. We appreciate your review.

Reviewed 5 days ago
What a day!

We have been on the 2.5 hour trip on the Kitty Kat. Sidney told us so much. It was early because we did the 8am tour but it was worth it. Great weather conditions on that time. The captain and the first deck mate did...More

Thank Richard V
SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

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

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Beautiful day and Whales!!!

Great short whale watching experience. Just 2.5 hrs. Get to go under the Golden Gate Bridge. Smaller boat with very knowledgeable crew about whales and the habitat. Went with 2 other families and had a blast. Got to see 5 humpback whales including a mama...More

Thank cgiguere
SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again for another exciting adventure.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Worth every penny!

We had such a successful, satisfying day! Eight- nine whales spotted, including a mom and baby! I got great pictures, and great videos! I would definitely go back in a heartbeat! The staff was great and knowledgeable!

Thank Kellie U
SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
It was a great experience

We had a great time. It was easy to find, the guides were very nice and informative. We have seen eight different humpback whales, a minke whale and a lot of other animals during the cruise.

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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at San Francisco Whale Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us on a whale watching adventure. We appreciate your review.

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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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Linda D
1 October 2018|
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Response from PamalaG5 | Reviewed this property |
Did this last month was a amazing trip out,sea wasnt as bad as one expects and you can sit inside the cabin until the tour reaches where the whales are.We saw at least 5 humpbacks including a mother and her calf sadly at a... More
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Michael H
31 August 2018|
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Response from Jeffrey S | Reviewed this property |
This isn’t a trip to a particular destination, it is a search for Whales. Some trips may end up not far past the Golden Gate Bridge. If no whal s are spotted in the bay you might get further out but I wouldn’t count on it... More
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