Due to gravity, nonaquatic animals are limited to a single-dimensional plane of movement, with the exception of birds and monkeys—who have learned to burrow. Watch animals float up the z-axis with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $19 for a California Coast and Tributaries Eco Tour for one (up to a $38 value)
- $38 for a California Coast and Tributaries Eco Tour for two (up to a $76 value).
After up to 49 passengers board the eco-friendly catamaran, the Kitty Kat, the captain zips off into the water for a 90-minute wildlife tour. As noses tingle in the salty ocean air, naturalists fortify brains with knowledge. Harbor seals and sea lions may be seen gossiping out on rocky outcroppings as dolphins demonstrate their aquatic gymnastics. As eyes absorb views of Alcatraz, gulls swoop down and snatch lunch from the ocean. Tours helpfully provide an online checklist for spectators to print out and bring to record their wildlife sightings. See the schedule here.
- $699 for a private 90-minute boat charter with a guide for up to 47 people (a $1,500 value)
During a private charter, up to 47 revelers can engage in aquatic merrymaking aboard the aforementioned Kitty Kat. The 90-minute excursion includes a guide to interpret area wildlife, and guests are welcome to bring their own food and libations.
San Francisco Whale Tours
The thick September fog haunts the water like a lonely ghost, obscuring the boat’s passengers’ view of everything but their fellow riders. Convinced that they’ll see nothing more that day, Captain Joe Nazar turns his vessel around and heads back to shore when suddenly, out of the brume, a graceful hulk breaks through the rolling waters. The boat has unwittingly happened upon a pod of humpback whales, and everyone––including the seasoned naturalist guides aboard––suddenly falls into a stunned silence as the majestic creatures spout water and dive into the mist. Fostering humbling, awe-inspiring interactions with nature such as this is Captain Joe’s raisons d'être and the driving force behind the founding of San Francisco Whale Tours.
San Francisco Whale Tours demonstrates the beauty and diversity of the Bay’s bustling ecosystem with regular nature tours that trawl the coast. Captain Joe––aided by his expert crew and sage naturalists––shares his passion for aquatic adventures with his guests via leisurely excursions through the waters of the Farallon Islands aboard the Kitty Kat, his trusted watercraft. The catamaran ferries its curious passengers in style with a sun deck and enclosed cabin, and its low wake and gentle underwater noise make it a model marine houseguest. Aiding the crusade to preserve whale populations, San Francisco Whale Tours donates a portion of profits to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.