San Francisco Whale Watching | Oceanic Society. Support a global ocean non-profit while photographing rare wildlife just 27 miles off the coast of the Californian shore.
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San Francisco is renowned for many things, from Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge to its colourful neighbourhoods and great dining—but how about whale watching? On this one-day tour, you head out with experts of the Oceanic Society from San Francisco (or Sausalito) to the dramatic and chiselled Farallon Islands. You will spend the day spotting marine wildlife, looking out particularly for humpback and blue whales, but also for dolphins, seals, sea lions and some of the more than 250,000 sea birds nesting on the islands. Proceeds from this tour go to support international ocean conservation programs.
- Spend eight hours offshore, launching into the water on the 56-foot Salty Lady on any Saturday or Sunday from May until the end of November—the tour takes a break during the winter months.
- Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands, where you’ll spot seabirds, seals, sea lions, whales and possible great white sharks, sea turtles, ocean sunfish and more.
- Support the non-profit Oceanic Society, which uses the money from these trips to fund conservation programs, while using the trips themselves as multipurpose opportunities to photograph whales for archival data and transport biologists back and forth between the Farallon Islands.
- Phone: 800.326.7491
- Length/Departs: 1 day / May to Nov.
- Accommodation: N/A
- Price: USD$128
- Difficulty: Easy