San Francisco Golden Gate Whale-Watching Tour

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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. 

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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"

Duración: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Lugar de comienzo: Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


  • 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


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