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San Francisco Whale Watching

Whale Watching Overview

San Francisco

Whales that migrate off the California coast include Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Killer Whales (Orca), Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, Minke Whales, Fin Whales and Baird's Beaked Whales. Spotting whales is possible year round as migrating whales pass by our coast twice a year on their way between the cool waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Baja California. Nearly every major marina, port or harbor along the California coast offers some sort of whale tour from up close kayak tours to tours aboard luxury yachts. San Francisco includes everywhere from the the Bay Area to Half Moon Bay. Migrating whales such as the Humpback Whale and Gray Whale are the most commonly seen and pass by the Central Coast twice a year between December and May. Killer Whale sightings are most common March through May but can be spotted year round. Blue Whales are the largest at nearly 100 feet in length and frequent Central Coast waters during the summer months. Additional marine life you may encounter include dolphins, porpoises, sea otters, seals, sea lions, sun fish, sharks and leatherback sea turtles. Listed below are whale watching charters from Sausalito to Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.

Sausalito

SF Bay Adventures is located off Highway 1 in Sausalito. They offer whale watching tours to the Farallon Islands in a large vessel. SF Bay Adventures runs sailing, party boat and whale watch tours and offers full-day tours. Whale tours depart from Sausalito and Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf.

SF Bay Adventures
1001 Bridgeway #B2A
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-0444

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San Francisco

SF Bay Whale Watching is located off Highway 101 in Gas House Cove near Fort Mason. They offer whale watch tours to the Farallon Islands in a large catamaran. SF Bay Whale Watching specializes in spotting wildlife and whales from the Bay Area and offers full-day whale tours. Great White Shark tours are also available.

SF Bay Whale Watching
10 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 331-6267

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San Francisco Whale Tours is located off Highway 101 in Fisherman's Wharf. They offer whale watch tours to the Farallon Islands in a 65-foot catamaran, complete with restrooms. They specialize in wildlife and whale spotting from the Bay Area and offers half-day, year-round whale tours from Pier 39.

San Francisco Whale Tours
Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 706-7364

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California Whale Adventures is located off Highway 101 in Fisherman's Wharf. They offer whale watching tours to the Farallon Islands or Point Reyes Sanctuary in a large 50-foot vessel. California Whale Adventures specializes in wildlife and whale spotting from the Bay Area and offers half to full-day, year-round whale watch tours. Great White Shark tours are also available.

California Whale Adventures
Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
(650) 579-7777

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Sportfishing is located south of San Francisco off Highway 1 in Pillar Point Harbor. They offer whale watch tours in a large 50-foot fishing boat. Half Moon Bay Sportfishing runs fishing and 3-hour seasonal whale watch tours from January to April.

Half Moon Bay Sportfishing
27 Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-3377

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Riptide Charters is located south of San Francisco off Highway 1 in Pillar Point Harbor. They offer whale watching tours in a 40-foot fishing boat. Riptide Charters runs fishing and 3-hour seasonal whale watch tours from Half Moon Bay.

Riptide Charters
Johnson Pier, H Dock
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-8433

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Huli Cat Sportfishing is located off Highway 1 in Santa Cruz Harbor. They offer whale watch tours in a large 53-foot fishing boat. Huli Cat offers fishing and whale watch tours from Half Moon Bay.

Huli Cat Sportfishing
723 San Carlos Avenue
El Granada, CA 94018
(650) 726-2926

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