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Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching

#15 of 42 Boat Tours & Water Sports in San Francisco Features Animals
San Francisco, CA
+1 415-256-9604
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Whale watching 2012

Absolute one off. Had the chance to go out early morning part tourist trip part scientific... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
Graham P
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Witham, United Kingdom
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We saw 50 to 70 whales!

At one point we didn't know which way to look because there were whales in every direction. The... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Craig A
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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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San Francisco, CA
Marina District
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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Absolute one off. Had the chance to go out early morning part tourist trip part scientific research. Seven hours at sea, thoroughly enjoyed and so knowledgeable really amazing

1  Thank Graham P
Reviewed 19 September 2016

At one point we didn't know which way to look because there were whales in every direction. The naturalist said that we had an amazing day so maybe it's not always this good but I have been whale watching 5 or 6 times in different...More

1  Thank Craig A
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We had a great time, seeing plenty of animal life in the ocean as well as at the Farallon Islands. Birds, seals, sea lions and humpback whales. The crew is very informative and know their stuff. It's a small boat, but you get close to...More

1  Thank Maths B
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Forget the regular tourist crap. Chris, and Sue are both impressive in there knowledge love of this part of the world. This is a well run adventure. The information given before the trip as to how to dress and what to bring was spot on....More

6  Thank Joe S
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Whale watching out of Sausalito w/ the Oceanic Society, aboard the 'Salty Lady.' My high rating is honest - and it is well deserved by the crew, the Oceanic Society, the gorgeous ocean & the fabulous cast of the ocean. Honestly, I think those who...More

11  Thank peapod33
Reviewed 1 December 2015

If you're interested in whales or seabirds, and will be in the San Francisco Bay Area during summer or autumn, don't fail to visit the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Whale sightings aren't guaranteed (see their "Whale Watching Terms and Conditions), but over...More

5  Thank PassarinhoAzul
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, and for joining us on so many trips to the Farallon Islands. We are grateful to have repeat customers like you who share our appreciation for the incredible wildlife visible just off our...More

Reviewed 6 October 2015

Very well run. I liked the fact they call the day before and talk to you so you are well prepared. This is not a leisure cruise. You are on a fishing boat. Staff were very well informed and very helpful. i would recommend this...More

3  Thank rands23
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thank you for joining us and for posting about your experience on TripAdvisor. We're pleased to know that you enjoyed your day with us and are very grateful for your recommendation! Hope you'll join us again sometime.

Reviewed 18 September 2015

We had a very good experience, even though the sea was absolutely brutal when we were out there. Lots of good wildlife and birds, including 6 humpback whales that came so close to us (we didn't approach them) that we could hear their spouts. The...More

3  Thank Racandee
OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thank you for the great review! The weather conditions can indeed be challenging on some days, and we're glad to hear that it didn't take away from your experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 September 2015

This was a totally fun day. Lots of unusual birds , sea life and the weather was dry, sunny and the water calm by the bay on this day. We had a great crew. Very informative . Our day started about 8:00 am on a...More

2  Thank katspepper
Reviewed 10 August 2015

I booked this tour online. My daughter and I are nature lovers. We were so looking forward to this experience. My first disappointment. The boat was way too small for the number of people booked on it. There weren't enough seats for everyone. A number...More

9  Thank deb19572015
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eagertolearnca
What are the chances of seeing whales in early June?
16 March 2017|
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Response from OceanicSociety1969 | Property representative |
The odds of seeing whales in June are high. Though there are no guarantees with nature, we see whales on virtually every trip. On one trip last June (the 25th) we saw 54 humpbacks and a gray whale. June is also a great time... More
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Emilia878
How much do they charge per person???
4 February 2017|
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Response from OceanicSociety1969 | Property representative |
Our Farallon Islands Whale Watching trips cost $128 per person in 2016. The season runs from May through December. We are currently offering gray whale watching trips out of Half Moon Bay (January - April) at a rate of $59... More
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