10 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123
The waters just outside the San Francisco Bay are teeming with wildlife—which means that San Franciscans don’t have to go far for a little National Geographic-style adventure. Enter SF Bay Whale Watching, the company that provides a wide array of boat expeditions.
While the company is careful to point out that nature is unpredictable, the vast knowledge of their crew means you’re likely to see a whole host of natural wonders, from seals to puffins to the occasional white shark. Depending on the time of year, the company runs expeditions out to the wild Gulf of the Farallones and the Farallon Islands or up the unspoiled coast toward Point Reyes.
Tours start promptly at 8 a.m. and don’t return until around 4 p.m. While some dolphins and some whale species can be spotted year-round, peak whale-sighting times are usually July through October.
Be sure to wear warm, waterproof clothing (including a hat and gloves) as it gets cold on the water. You are also in charge of bringing your own food and beverages. Call in advance to reserve a spot. Tours run about $110 per person.
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Tours depart from Gas House Cove Marina. Take Muni #30X (to Chestnut and Laguna) or #72X (Van Ness and Chestnut).