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Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching

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San Francisco, CA, USA
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About Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching
Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in San Francisco in 1969. Our San Francisco whale watch programs began in 1972, and have given thousands of people the opportunity to see and learn about the Bay Area's spectacular marine wildlife, including several species of whales, dolphins, seabirds, and much more. We are the only non-profit whale watch operator in the Bay Area, and our trips are used to collect marine research and support local conservation efforts.
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Veronica H wrote a review Jul. 6
San Francisco197 contributions80 helpful votes
I have commuted across Golden Gate Bridge the last 25 years and am now retired. During those years I always tried to spot the Farralines in the distance and finally I did. The boat left Sausalito in warm and sunny conditions until we got under the bridge and into fog. We followed the channel and saw lots of seals and sea lions and then it was a 2 hour ride until we saw the islands and the sun came out! Several grey whales, thousands of birds and the amazing craggly iguano covered islands, and flies...but so beautiful! Then we continued out to the continental shelf, no sightings but on the return we saw a great white shark for about 5 minutes, circling around. Amazing. Then we went to Pacifica and saw lots of whale activity. We also spotted a pair of puffins and many other pelagic birds. The boat was clean and comfortable if you like boating, I took a non drowsy pill before I left and was fine. So glad I finally got to see those elusive islands up close!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Ben H wrote a review Jun. 2021
Boca Raton, Florida6 contributions2 helpful votes
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My wife and I joined her the Farallon island expedition and will never forget it!! I am a wildlife photographer and have been around the world, so my standards a relatively high. It was amazing!! So much fun!!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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AndyLosAltos wrote a review Sep. 2020
Los Altos, CA25 contributions22 helpful votes
I've lived in the Bay Area for 30 years, seen and done most things, and this was the best tour I've been on. Amazing to see the Farallones. They are like the Galapagos Islands, covered with birds and seals. The Naturalists from the Oceanic Society were nice and knowledgeable, and took (and posted) fantastic photos so we could enjoy the scenery without worrying about taking pictures. The highlight was getting out past the Continental Shelf and seeing the whales, Humpback, Grey and my first every sighting of a beautiful Blue Whale. They spaced everyone out nicely and enforced mask wearing for Covid, so it felt very safe. The Pacific Ocean is a bit rough, nobody on my boat had trouble but this would not be good for people who get sea sick. If you like the open water, however, this trip should absolutely be on your bucket list!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Mona T wrote a review Aug. 2020
San Francisco, California12 contributions6 helpful votes
The trip, naturalists, beauty of nature and experience as a whole were spectacular! We went very well prepared (thanks to advice from the Oceanic Society and previous notes in reviews). We had warm, layered clothing and took some dramamine-non drowsy formula as a precaution. The passenger capacity was limited given covid times and it made the experience more private as a result. It was totally well worth the cost! We saw whales, puffins (my favorite!), sea lions, seals at play, and SO MANY birds - it was breathtaking. I highly recommend this trip - you will never forget it!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Nano V wrote a review Nov. 2019
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This is the best day I have ever spent ~ really!! It takes a long time to sail back and forth to the Farallons, but it was worth it -- we saw humpbacks, seals, sea lions, jellyfish, albatrosses . . . and all of it made me grateful to be sharing the planet with such special creatures. The captain of the Salty Lady knew where to go, our Oceanic Society guide was a fountain of knowledge, and I am hoping to go again next year...
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Date of experience: October 2019
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