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Choice of several departures throughout the day
See native wildlife in their natural environment
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
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. Following a safety orientation to familiarize yourself with the boat, take in the views of Angel Island and nearby Alcatraz. 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. 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. Returning to Pier 39, you'll find numerous eateries where you can purchase clam chowder or the famous sourdough bread of Fisherman’s Wharf.
Coast guard–certified vessel with professional captain and crew
Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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