Educational whale watching trips in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972

Join Oceanic Society on an unforgettable whale watching trip from San Francisco or Sausalito. We offer year-round whale watching trips to see humpback, blue, and gray whales that are feeding or migrating off of our coast, as well as dolphins and porpoises, seals and sea lions, seabirds, and other spectacular wildlife that call our region home. All Oceanic Society whale watching trips are led by an expert naturalist who provides in-depth information throughout the experience and assists with spotting and identifying whales and other wildlife. We are a nonprofit organization (founded in San Francisco in 1969), and every trip supports ocean research and conservation. Join us on a whale watching tour for some of the best marine wildlife viewing in the world!

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Farallon Islands Whale Watching

April - November

We're back! Join us for a 7.5 hour naturalist-led whale watching expedition under the Golden Gate Bridge all the way out to the wonderful & wild Farallon Islands!

Every Saturday & Sunday | April-November | 9:30am-5:00pm. Book now!

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Golden Gate Sailing Cruise

May - August

Update: Due to current COVID regulations, our 2021 Golden Gate season has been postponed. However, Farallon Islands whale watching trips are available starting April 3, 2021.

Whale Watching Resources

Learn more about whale watching below.