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San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Coast guard–certified vessel with professional captain and crew
    • Live commentary on board
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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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    Reviewed today

    Amazing value for money - we saw several humpback whales, along with some porpoises and seals. You're on a small catamaran which isn't over-booked so you get to see everything. The hosts include marine biologists who know so much about these species and respect them....More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Jill P
    Reviewed yesterday

    If you are a nature lover the San Francisco Whale tour is a must! You set sail on an eco-friendly catamaran from pier 39 to enjoy the finest view of Alcatraz and the golden gate bridge and a lot of sea life. I absolutely loved...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Rinoa_heart
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    Enjoyed our time on the boat, saw a couple of whales. The crew where both knowledgeable and helpful as our little boy decided to throw up over the table and they cleaned it up and made sure we were all ok!

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank David L
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    It was the most perfect tour!! We saw whales, seals, sea lions, porpoise, etc. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. They can answer all questions as well as inform

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Mary D
    Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

    A great value. Knowledgeable people running the tour (the captain and crew) appeared to really care about the whales and all the other wild life. And YES we saw whales. Awesome!!!!

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank rhonnie35
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    Nancy C
    August 31, 2019|
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    Response from Marie H | Reviewed this property |
    I think your best bet is to go to their website and check their information. Also, check the reviews on-line for people who have gone in December. Sorry, but we went in August and did see whales, only after going out 17... More
    Michelle M
    August 9, 2019|
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    Response from Shelley W | Reviewed this property |
    Nicole the boat isn't big enough, yes take a coat, better yet don't go. Everyone was throwing up because of the huge swells. We never saw a whale and the captain yelled about everyone getting sick.
    Kharl S
    August 7, 2019|
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    Response from jsvanthoff | Reviewed this property |
    No. You wouldn’t take them on the boat.
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    • Duration: 2h 30m
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    • Languages Offered: English
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