Whale Watching & Wildlife Eco Tour from San Francisco

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: Varies (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5311WHALE
Join your captain for an enthralling San Francisco whale watching tour and catch incredible sightings of these magnificent creatures migrating through one of Earth's most unique ecosystems! The Pacific coast adjoining San Francisco and the picturesque Farallon Islands are known for their rich and diverse marine life and you'll discover the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants on this full-day adventure.

The California coastal waters off San Francisco have annual migration patterns for whales. From June to November you'll sail in search of blue and humpback whales, and from December to May you'll have the chance to spot gray, sperm and killer whales! In addition, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline and the Farallon Islands from the decks of your eco-friendly catamaran. An exciting and intimate encounter with nature that you'll never forget!


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Choose from two thrilling marine adventures depending on the day of the week:

Whale Watching Wildlife Tour (5 hours)

Catch sightings of various whale species, dolphins, porpoises, sea birds and San Francisco's famous sea lions on the 5-hour Whale Watching Wildlife Tour. After you board your vessel and set sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Stinson Beach, Fort Cronkite, Double Point, Muir Beach, Bolinas, and the Point Reyes National Seashore and Lighthouse on your exciting quest for whales.

Farallon Islands Natural History Tour (6 hours)

On this longer tour, you'll sail to the Farallon Islands, approximately 27 miles (43 km) offshore from San Francisco, to experience an extra thrilling whale watching tour. Perfect for boating enthusiasts, this six-hour excursion takes you straight to the Gulf of the Farallones after cruising underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and bypassing California's amazing Pacific coastline.

The Farallon Islands are the perfect spot to see the whales migrating, as they often roam in this area that is densely populated with plankton. It is also not uncommon to see White Sharks as they migrate to the Farallon Islands and feed.

Both tours are taken on the comfortable 65' Catamaran Kitty Kat that features a unique hull design and superior engineering. The Kitty Kat is the most advanced vessel for wildlife expeditions in San Francisco, and features a heated cabin, spacious sun deck, and can sail at high speed! Be sure to pack lunch and beverages, bring a camera and wear warm clothing and sturdy, waterproof shoes for this expedition.


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Whale Watching Wildlife Tour

5-hour Whale Watching Wildlife Tour from San Francisco departing at 8:00am

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Farallon Islands Tour

6-hour Farallon Islands Natural History Tour from San Francisco departing at 8:00am

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Whale Watching & Wildlife Eco Tour from San Francisco

San Francisco Whale Watching Tour

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, please be prepared and take preventative measures after consulting with a doctor. Keep in mind that this is an intense expedition and the boat will stop at the Farallon Islands which may result in some light rocking
  • The whale-watching boat is fully stabilized and its modern technology helps make every trip a great ride
  • Boats are equipped with clean restrooms for your convenience
  • Wheelchair accessible for passengers with limited mobility
  • Dress warm and in layers. Waterproof jackets and comfortable, sturdy shoes are highly recommended
  • Children under 9 years of age are not permitted
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: JCD, January 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. I'm a native of San Francisco but had never been to the Farallones, so this was a treat to book a local day trip. We lucked out with fabulous, clear weather, and relatively calm (given the normal roughness of the Pacific) waters. The guide was EXTREMELY informative about the islands, the wildlife, etc. We didn't see any whales that day, however, but it didn't matter, I enjoyed what I saw...although the tour company says that if you don't see whales, they'll let you go on another trip - you have to ask for that! (They're not going to just offer!)

Reviewed by: Russell P, December 2014

This tour was amazing! We knew there was no guarantee that we would see whales however we Saw several whales even young ones. The view was amazing as well would definantly recommend

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