San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour
  • San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

    Take a sightseeing cruise across San Francisco Bay and glide under the Golden Gate Bridge on this 2.5-hour whale-watching tour. Search for humpback and gray whales along with more abundant porpoises, dolphins, and harbor seals while learning about the unique history and geology of the area from a professional naturalist on board. Cruise past iconic landmarks aboard a Coast Guard–certified eco-friendly vessel with abundant cabin space and comfortable sun deck. 

    Itinerary
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero Parking area, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Start your whale-watching tour from Pier 39 in San Francisco. A member of the crew will welcome you aboard the eco-friendly catamaran. With its hull design and superior engineering, the vessel offers a smooth ride across San Francisco Bay.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Pass By: Angel Island State Park, Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94109

    Following a safety orientation to familiarize yourself with the boat, take in the views of Angel Island and nearby Alcatraz.

    Pass By: Golden Gate Bridge, US-101, San Francisco, CA 94129

    Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and head out to sea, venturing 3 to 8 miles (4 to 12 km) in search of marine life. In addition to humpback and gray whales, the Bay Ares is frequented by numerous porpoises, dolphins, sharks, sea lions, and various bird populations, as explained by the onboard naturalist.

    Stop At: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA

    Dramatic cliffs and imposing rocky shorelines create a dramatic backdrop while you relax inside the heated cabin or watch for whales from the spacious deck. Learn local trivia and brush up on regional history about Native Americans, Spanish explorers, or Gold Rush immigrants.

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fisherman's Wharf, Jefferson Street Between Hyde and Powell Streets, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Returning to Pier 39, you'll find numerous eateries where you can purchase clam chowder or the famous sourdough bread of Fisherman’s Wharf.

    Duration: 1 minute



    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
    "Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
    "Children must be accompanied by an adult"
    "This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
    "This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"



    • Lugar de comienzo: Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
    • Duración: 2 hours 30 minutes
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Professional guide
    • Coast guard–certified vessel with professional captain and crew
    • Live commentary on board

    No Incluye

    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 9/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 90%
    Rating basado en 113 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Carolinesherman
      Publicado el Miércoles, 23 de octubre del 2019

      We had a great time on a misty day looking for whales. The crew of the ship was excellent and Michael was great at explaining what we were seeing. We went out into the ocean and as we were about to turn back we saw a whale and it was great to see this beautiful creature in the ocean. We also saw so much other wildlife along the way. If you do suffer from seasickness be aware that you do go out quite a way, but the crew hands out ginger candy and offers lots of advice to help you.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Fmilton
      Publicado el Martes, 01 de octubre del 2019

      Great trip, smaller group size, spectacular views, 3 humpbacks... wow! Every question we had was answered. amazing morning out.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Chris C
      Publicado el Martes, 10 de septiembre del 2019

      We didn't really see much for quite some time until towards the end of the trip but the crew was very enthusiastic and informative. It was overall a really fun experience.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Joan F
      Publicado el Lunes, 26 de agosto del 2019

      We left on time and our guides and captain were fantastic! From what I had read in the reviews, I knew to wear a hooded sweatshirt and bring along a rain jacket with a hood! I was glad for both! Do take along a water bottle filled with water as well as a camera and a pair of binoculars. Wear a pair of shoes that won't slip. You may also need some anti-motion sickness pills such as "Dromadine". Most of all----- HAVE FUN!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • RONALD M
      Publicado el Lunes, 05 de agosto del 2019

      The boat ride by itself was wonderful. It would have been even better if our trip was able to sight a whale - unfortunately not this time. Still a beautiful way to see San Francisco from the ocean.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Kent S
      Publicado el Martes, 30 de julio del 2019

      Not a tourist thing, this is a research vessel educating people. Whale sightings did happen, crew was professional, vessel was nice. Limited indoor seating, nonetheless a wonderful time.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Arnoud W
      Publicado el Lunes, 29 de julio del 2019

      A great tour was started from the famous Pier 39. Before the native Sea Lions were awake, the crew of the Kitty Kat already did their best to make their guests feel at home for their tour at sea. Once clear of the Golden Gate bridge the throttle went open and the catamaran was racing towards some whales who’s position was accurately passed on by fishermen in the area. On board marine zoölogist Sydney was teaching the guests about the life and where abouts of the magnificent creatures we were about to see. No less then four whales were spotted during the trip together with some porpoises, seals, sea lions and a lot of birds that were actually pointing out the presence of the whales.
      Captain Joe, First mate Allyson and Second mate Jacob meanwhile were assuring our safety on board and looking out for our best interest. All in all it was a great trip, absolutely worth taking. One last thing to realise is that by going on this trip, the crew is able to fund their research into the travelling habits of the whales with the purpose of enforce regulations for maximum speed of ships in the whale season to make the environment safer for man and whale!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Joshua B
      Publicado el Lunes, 15 de julio del 2019

      This was the first tour we took of the area. Although, we did not see any whales, we saw a bunch of other wildlife and had a great view of the city from the water.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Cuong V
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. Saw 2 whales one in the Bay and the other past the Golden Gate. Well worth the $$

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Beth S
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      We saw WHALES!! The crew was incredible, their message of and love of the whale and their habitat needs to be heard. Thank you!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Jackie K
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      It was a great day for a boat ride, although we didn't see any whales there were sea lions and porpoises out and about. It was relaxing and fun! The crew were very friendly and knowledgeable and made the cruise that much more enjoyable! Thank you !!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • marygeeting
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      This is a woman owned business. They hire educated knowledgeable staff. I chatted with the photographer and he knew so many interesting scientific facts about whales. On board there was a marine biologist that gave running documentary of what we were seeing and what to look for. Seeing the whales was exhilarating. The only minor downside is that when the boat is on full throttle the sound system was very difficult to hear and I know I missed a lot of interesting things being said.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Judi J
      Publicado el Jueves, 09 de mayo del 2019

      I treated my Midwestern family of eight (ages 7 to 70) to this tour yesterday. We learned firsthand that Nature doesn't always cooperate with our plans. After more than two-and-a-half hours of searching, we were unable to come up with a single whale. Our captain took us well out into open water and on a lengthy return trip around Alcatraz island, extending our time on the water considerably. He was so determined to satisfy everyone! Finally, just as we were five minutes from the docks, he learned of a whale within range. We turned and flew out to find it. The captain was kind enough to warn us about the potential for spray during this jaunt, so most of us took shelter in the cabin. When we arrived at the location, it took us a few minutes, but we finally did get a siting. Whew--Mission accomplished!

      Although everyone joins a tour like this hoping to see spectacular whale breaches, we know that's rare. I didn't get the sense that anyone on the boat was disappointed. Naturalist Rachel did a great job of pointing out other wildlife in the Bay, Straights, and open water. She reminded us of the importance of taking care of these beautiful creatures, helping us to realize that we can do something about it. The scenery, both natural and city skyline, was incredible. That alone made the trip worth the time and cost.

      I highly recommend this tour for anyone, but do understand that if you see whales you are indeed fortunate. There are no such guarantees. THANK YOU KITTY KAT CREW!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Valerie B
      Publicado el Jueves, 18 de abril del 2019

      The guides were friendly and very informative about the wildlife in the Bay. We saw three grey whales.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • TINA E
      Publicado el Viernes, 12 de abril del 2019

      , We actually saw whales! You never know when you book these sorts of tours. Guides, captain, everyone on board was very knowledgeable of the wildlife, but also respectful. Great tour, no problems

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Anonymous
      Publicado el Lunes, 22 de octubre del 2018

      Fantastic experince. Take this tour, you will not be sorry

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Zdenek K
      Publicado el Lunes, 17 de septiembre del 2018

      The whale watching tour was a great time for me and the rest of the family. Very friendly and professional crew. I gained lots of knowledge and just to see such a wonderful creature so close to me was remarkable. We all had a great time, I recommend this tour to pretty much everybody who has some time to spare in San Francisco.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Maxwell T
      Publicado el Domingo, 02 de septiembre del 2018

      If you only do one thing while visiting San Francisco take the whale watching trip . What an experience great crew and captain and Alex our guide she was phenomenal !!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • David L
      Publicado el Miércoles, 27 de septiembre del 2017

      This was a lot of fun.. Saw whales, and learned a lot about whales.. Very nice..

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • alan.smith1945
      Publicado el Domingo, 24 de septiembre del 2017

      the whales where a bit shy on this trip although we saw some at a distance.
      overhaul still a very nice trip.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Randy F
      Publicado el Sábado, 23 de septiembre del 2017

      We went just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. The catamaran held about 20 people, including a captain and a naturalist. We were briefed on safety, comfort, and what to look for at our destination. The water was rough and the weather chilly. The bow was opened up for viewing later. The staff of the cat was attentive to those suffering from sea sickness. The naturalist spoke about the whales and pointed out like a clock where activity could be seen. We stayed in the area for an hour and saw several sightings. I would recommend and take this cruise again. It is not for anyone who is subject to motion sickness.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Robert M
      Publicado el Viernes, 22 de septiembre del 2017

      Great trip. Organization, commentary, and a big whale. The day as a little wet and foggy, but the result could not have been better.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Nancy T
      Publicado el Jueves, 21 de septiembre del 2017

      This tour was the highlight of our trip! We saw lots of whales, seals and even a big jellyfish. It was amazing to pass under the Golden Gate Bridge, and to see the city from the water. The captain and crew were very friendly and engaged, you can tell they love their jobs. I highly recommend this tour company!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • SusiDirk
      Publicado el Martes, 19 de septiembre del 2017

      Amazing, professionell Crew, very friendly, super Trip

        Calificación General: 10/10
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