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SF Bay Whale Watching

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10 Marina Blvd, Dock B, San Francisco, CA 94123-1221
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10 Marina Blvd, Dock B, San Francisco, CA 94123-1221
Marina District
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"farallon islands"
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"see whales"
in 15 reviews
"tail slapping"
in 3 reviews
"captain john"
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"grey whales"
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"sea life"
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"highly recommend this trip"
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"prone to sea sickness"
in 2 reviews
"safe distance"
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"hr trip"
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"entire crew"
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"past the golden gate bridge"
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"fantastic trip"
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"saw dolphins"
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"front row"
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"nice boat"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is no doubt that you are likely to see whales on this trip. You might not have your expectations met however, as the sightings might be mere glimpses, and only for a handful of hardy souls brave enough to get soaking wet when the...More

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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at SF Bay Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're sorry that the weather was not working in your favor and hope you will come out with us again. Every trip is different and we always try to do the best we can in whatever conditions we find ourselves in.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

I have been to San Francisco couple of times and did cruising but this was the worst experience. The vessel was too small and they got so many people tgat it was overcrowded. It was supposed to be whale watching but no enough room on...More

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SFWT, Public Relations Manager at SF Bay Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

While we do have great overall success in finding these incredible animals they are wild and the waters they live in vast, because of this, if no whales were seen on your trip the next time is on us. You mentioned you're in SF frequently...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Was a little worried seeing how many people were boarding boat but plenty of space .went out of there way to provide facts without being too over the top stayed out to find whales which we saw a few times but early in season so...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I like this group just bad time for whale migration. Will try again later in the spring. Recommended

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

The crew really made the trip. Alison was extremely knowledgeable about the species we were seeing. Joe handled the boat magnificently and tried to find whales for us. Unfortunately the weather was a challenge and we never saw one. However we can return for another...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

absolutely devoid of value. no whales. guide touted the excitement of seeing a bunch of seagulls. oh boy. didn't even go to farallons. why not? captain wrongway peachfuzz actually drove around in circles exhortoiing us to find the non-existant whales, then raced home as fast...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

The description of the boat ride was for 5 hours, so that was expected. The weather is unpredictable; so the fog and the slight swell was also expected. However, I did expect the boat to be a little bigger and more seating for such a...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

The naturalist on board was fabulous. The boat was a bit too small for the number of people on board. It was hard to get around without squashing toes. I did appreciate the willingness to stay out longer in order to see blue whales. It...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

We saw two whales quite a few times. Worth it. I’d recommend this tour for couples looking for a good trip to see whales.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Did a 3 hour trip on Saturday morning and sadly no whales. No ones fault this is nature but still disappointing. Some great views on the way in and out of the bay and amusing and enlightening commentary made the time pass quickly enough. Do...More

Thank Sophie S
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We live in the San Francisco area and we booked online a few days in advance. We had a fantastic experience. There were a lot of humpback whales and dolphins and some orcas feeding near the Farallone Islands when we went... More
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