SF Bay Whale Watching

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Tours run 8 a.m.–4 p.m., traveling to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, home to blue, gray, and humpback whales

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Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 4 per visit. Reservation required at least 7-days prior to departure; subject to availability. 72 hour cancellation policy. Reservations must be made by email request only to vern@sfbaywhalewatching.com. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A recent survey ranks whales' bellies ahead of safety deposit boxes and mattresses as the preferred place to store valuables. Experience one of nature's most priceless resources with this Groupon.

$125 for Whale Watching for Two ($250 Value)

The Farallones and Beyond expedition embarks to the Farallon Islands, which are home to 26 federally listed endangered and threatened species, including the majestic blue whale. Check-in for the tour begins at 7:30 a.m., and the tour runs from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Click here for a recommended list of items to bring on board.

SF Bay Whale Watching

It’s an amazing feeling to gaze into a massive animal's eyes, knowing that it possesses an equal or greater amount of intelligence and curiosity. Jim Robertson, a 26-year licensed captain, regularly shares this experience with guests in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary aboard his Coast Guard–certified vessel. The Farallon Islands—located 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco—are home to 26 federally listed endangered or threatened species, including leatherback sea turtles and blue whales. With a staff of naturalists on board to narrate the breathtaking scenes before them, guests can peep blue, gray, and humpback whales swimming, breaching, and playing Marco Polo in their natural habitat. Along the way, they might also catch a glimpse of dolphins, seals, sea lions, and a cloudburst of native birds.

SF Bay Whale Watching

Every day, millions of tons of snowmelt from high up in the Sierras rushes hundreds of miles downstream and pours into the San Francisco Bay. There, it slams into a surge of seawater to form an ecosystem at once constant and constantly changing. It’s there that the photographers and naturalists of SF Bay Whale Watching set out to observe and capture stunning images on daily adventures.

Onboard the stalwart Kitty Kat, captain Joe Nazar skippers wildlife-seeking tours that might spy migrating whales, local sea lions, or killer whales. The spacious deck and large-windowed cabin make beautiful views bountiful. While a naturalist lectures, the ship sails past such landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

Customer Reviews

The cruise was wonderful, take lots of snacks and sun screen.
Shawn A. · July 20, 2014
Pack a lunch and enjoy the day!
Suzy S. · July 20, 2014
This was a great experience! The crew were very enthusiastic, and open to any and all questions. We were lucky enough to see a group of humpback whales breaching - what a treat!
Bridgette S. · May 5, 2014
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