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Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching

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To tha Farallons and beyond

The weather cooperated and we made it out to the Farallons and past to the continental shelf. Many... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Alfred B
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Whale watching trip at Farallon islands

A seriously great trip to go on whist visiting San Francisco! These guys are awesome, very... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Delajojo
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Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in San Francisco in 1969. Our San Francisco whale watch programs began in 1972, and have given thousands of people the opportunity to see and learn about the Bay Area's spectacular marine wildlife, including several species of whales, dolphins, seabirds, and much more. We are the only non-profit whale watch operator in the Bay Area, and our trips are used to collect marine research and support local conservation efforts.
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The weather cooperated and we made it out to the Farallons and past to the continental shelf. Many aquatic birds including Tuft Puffins (my favorite) and a Blue Footed Booby. We found a whale freeway past the Farallons and viewed approx 45 Humpbacks and 25...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

A seriously great trip to go on whist visiting San Francisco! These guys are awesome, very knowledgable, friendly and helpful. The boat is great and comfortable. We saw loads and learnt even more. As far as the Farallon islands are concerned what an amazing place!...More

2  Thank Delajojo
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

On clear days, I can see the Farallons from my house. Ten years ago my neighbor told me about her wonderful Oceanic Society Farallon Island trip, and I’ve always wanted to go but until recently was afraid of getting seasick. I usually don’t use the...More

4  Thank pilikiax2
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OceanicSociety, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thanks so much for your positive review. Indeed, the marine conditions between San Francisco and the islands can vary dramatically from trip to trip. We hope that our descriptions and reminder email prepared you for your journey and that others see this note as well....More

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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Absolute one off. Had the chance to go out early morning part tourist trip part scientific research. Seven hours at sea, thoroughly enjoyed and so knowledgeable really amazing

4  Thank Graham P
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

At one point we didn't know which way to look because there were whales in every direction. The naturalist said that we had an amazing day so maybe it's not always this good but I have been whale watching 5 or 6 times in different...More

4  Thank Craig A
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

We had a great time, seeing plenty of animal life in the ocean as well as at the Farallon Islands. Birds, seals, sea lions and humpback whales. The crew is very informative and know their stuff. It's a small boat, but you get close to...More

3  Thank Maths B
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

Forget the regular tourist crap. Chris, and Sue are both impressive in there knowledge love of this part of the world. This is a well run adventure. The information given before the trip as to how to dress and what to bring was spot on....More

11  Thank Joe S
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Whale watching out of Sausalito w/ the Oceanic Society, aboard the 'Salty Lady.' My high rating is honest - and it is well deserved by the crew, the Oceanic Society, the gorgeous ocean & the fabulous cast of the ocean. Honestly, I think those who...More

19  Thank peapod33
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Reviewed 1 December 2015

If you're interested in whales or seabirds, and will be in the San Francisco Bay Area during summer or autumn, don't fail to visit the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Whale sightings aren't guaranteed (see their "Whale Watching Terms and Conditions), but over...More

7  Thank PassarinhoAzul
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OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, and for joining us on so many trips to the Farallon Islands. We are grateful to have repeat customers like you who share our appreciation for the incredible wildlife visible just off our...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2015

Very well run. I liked the fact they call the day before and talk to you so you are well prepared. This is not a leisure cruise. You are on a fishing boat. Staff were very well informed and very helpful. i would recommend this...More

4  Thank rands23
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OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thank you for joining us and for posting about your experience on TripAdvisor. We're pleased to know that you enjoyed your day with us and are very grateful for your recommendation! Hope you'll join us again sometime.

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dgfifties1
8 August 2017|
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Response from OceanicSociety | Property representative |
Hi! While there is never a guarantee with nature, there is a high likelihood of seeing whales throughout October and into November. On our website you can find sightings reports from previous seasons that will give you a... More
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eagertolearnca
16 March 2017|
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Response from OceanicSociety1969 | Property representative |
The odds of seeing whales in June are high. Though there are no guarantees with nature, we see whales on virtually every trip. On one trip last June (the 25th) we saw 54 humpbacks and a gray whale. June is also a great time... More
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Emilia878
4 February 2017|
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Response from OceanicSociety1969 | Property representative |
Our Farallon Islands Whale Watching trips cost $128 per person in 2016. The season runs from May through December. We are currently offering gray whale watching trips out of Half Moon Bay (January - April) at a rate of $59... More
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