Update: WE’RE BACK!!! Starting August 1st Oceanic Society will resume our nearly 50-year tradition of running tours to the Farallon Islands!
Recent Sightings: Researchers observed approximately 50 blue whales (an all-time record) in a single session from the Farallones during the third week of June! Biologists are reporting a highly productive year for krill, bringing droves of humpback and blue whales to the Farallon feeding zone. These whales are expected to cycle in and out of this area from now through early November.
Whale Sighting Likelihood: August-October 98% | Based on Historical OS Data
COVID-19: Transmission reduction measures in place including county approved Site-Specific Protection Plan, limited capacity, employee trainings, face coverings, routine deep-cleanings and socially distant spacing at all times during the trip.
Departure Time: 10:30am-6:00pm | Every Saturday | August-October | Click Here to See Our Schedule & Book Now!
Trip Duration: 7.5 hours | (Looking for something shorter? | Check out our 2.5 hour Golden Gate Whale Cruise)
Trip Details: Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge led by expert naturalists to the wild Farallon Islands.
Price: $600 per station pass (up to 2 whale watchers per station pass)
Stations: Our spacious 56-foot vessel has 16 two-person whale watching stations all spaced at least 6 feet apart. Each trip we will sell only 10 station passes, allowing you and a shelter-buddy to safely watch whales from your station and move to any vacant stations. Naturalists will help regulate movement. You must stay at the same station with your buddy at all times (bathroom exception).
Age Limit: 10 years or older
Departure Location: San Francisco Small Craft Harbor (3950 Scott Street | Near the Northwest corner of the Marina Green)
Parking: Free on site | For Parking Diagram & Additional Trip Details Click Here!
Any Questions?: Email email@example.com and get a fast response!
Humpback whales arrive back in the Bay Area as early as March each year! Our 7.5-hour tours provide ample opportunity to circumnavigate the Farallon Islands with expert interpretation coming from our staff of top-notch naturalists. Oceanic Society is a conservation non-profit that pioneered whale watching in San Francisco in 1972. We measure our naturalists’ experience in decades, not years. They are simply the best available!
This trip is designed with COVID safety in mind. We've taken measures that go above and beyond state and local regulations. Social distancing is present at every stage of the trip. All naturalists & boat crew have undergone COVID transmission reduction training and certification. Regular sanitization of common surfaces is ongoing during each trip and a full sanitization process occurs before every new batch of passengers.
As we mentioned before, Oceanic Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation. Your participation in our whale watch helps fund our global ocean conservation programs and local programs including whale entanglement response. Moreover, we use our whale watching cruises as an opportunity to collect photographic identification data on marine mammals, which we share with a network of researchers throughout the eastern Pacific. You can see our recently photographed whales on Happywhale. Learn more about Oceanic Society here.
Our Coast Guard certified vessel, the 56-foot Salty Lady, has an observation deck, limited indoor seating, and two bathrooms. Our captains are experienced in nature cruises and committed to marine conservation.
Face covering is required. Warm, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer is strongly recommended. Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also advised.
FOOD & REFRESHMENTS
Bring your own food and beverages; there are no concessions on board. Alcohol is discouraged, but not prohibited. Backpacks are fine, but please, no coolers due to space limitations.
No smoking is allowed on Oceanic Society cruises.
Age minimum 10; an adult must accompany children under 16. Children must wear a life jacket at all times while aboard the vessel.
Trips go rain or shine, but may be cancelled due to high winds and/or high seas. All passengers will be notified via email and text should we need to cancel.
For cancellation policy, refund and reschedule policy, and other important terms, read our detailed Terms and Conditions.
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For an up close experience with the islands, consider spending a full-day with the Oceanic Society ... You will get to spend eight hours with guides who know the best places to spot whales, especially humpback and blue whales that are common in the area.
The Farallon Islands are just 27 miles from San Francisco and the ticket to this classic adventure is aboard the nonprofit Oceanic Society's Salty Lady, a 56-foot-long whale-watching boat equipped with friendly staff and a naturalist who's a virtual water-borne Wikipedia.
The Oceanic Society runs top-notch, naturalist-led, ocean-going weekend boat trips – sometimes to the Farallon Islands – during both whale-migration seasons.