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First Fridays (5:30pm to 7:30pm) - San Francisco Bay

Join an evening cruise to explore the natural and cultural history of San Francisco Bay and the Gulf of the Farallones (weather dependent) while searching for local wildlife. As the sun sets, we'll look for harbor porpoises, harbor seals, California sea lions, seabirds, and much more!
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Our "First Fridays" program was a hit in 2017 so we've brought it back for 2018! First Fridays are evening cruises offered on the first Friday of June, July, and August. On each outing, we will explore the waters of San Francisco Bay and, weather permitting, venture under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Gulf of the Farallones in search of marine mammals, seabirds, and more.

Bring food and drink and enjoy the sunset while you cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island, and all the incredible attractions along the San Francisco waterfront. San Francisco Bay is also home to incredible wildlife, including harbor porpoises, California sea lions, harbor seals, seven gill sharks, Brandt’s Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Western Gulls, California Gulls, and many other species!

Did you know that there once was a submarine net between Sausalito and San Francisco? Or about its connection to harbor porpoises? Join us to find out about this and much more.

Each trip is led by an expert naturalist who assists with locating marine mammals, identifying seabirds and other marine life, and provides informative presentations about San Francisco Bay throughout the trip. Get to know our naturalists here.

Your trip supports ocean conservation

Oceanic Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation. Your participation in our First Fridays 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.

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Two hour First Friday cruises depart from San Francisco at 5:30 PM aboard the 56-foot Salty Lady, a Coast Guard certified vessel, on June 1, July 6, and August 3. The trip price is $45 per person.

• $45 / person
• Groups of 6-9: $42 / person
• Groups of 10+: $40 / person

For departure dates and current availability, please check our booking calendar.

San Francisco: Marina Yacht Harbor (5:30 PM) located at 3950 Scott Street, San Francisco (map). Parking is free. Check-in time is at 5:00 PM, the boat leaves promptly at 5:30 PM. You will return to this dock at approximately 7:30 PM.

Approximately 2 hours.

Throughout San Francisco Bay and (weather permitting) under the Golden Gate Bridge into the Gulf of the Farallones, looking at cultural sites and for wildlife along the way.

Our Coast Guard certified vessel, the 56-foot Salty Lady, has an observation deck, limited indoor seating, and gender-specific bathrooms. Our captains are experienced in nature cruises and committed to marine conservation.


Warm, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer is strongly recommended. Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also advised.

Parking is free in San Francisco.

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 5; an adult must accompany children under 15. 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 must call our weather hotline on the day of departure for trip status.

For cancellation policy, refund and reschedule policy, and other important terms, read our detailed Terms and Conditions.

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