The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is one of the richest ecosystems on the planet. The sanctuary is home to twenty-six federally listed endangered or threatened species, including Marbled Murrelets, and the Leatherback Sea Turtle. 

Safely aboard our Coast Guard certified vessel, the experienced captain and crew will guide you through San Francisco Bay and out into the Pacific. 

An expert naturalist will be on hand to narrate what you see and answer any questions you may have. Nature is unscripted and every trip is different. But, the view of the California Coast is always stunning, and the experience of passing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge is unforgettable.

Trips depart daily. Click the button to view our schedule.


Trips depart rain or shine. Prepare for an adventure at sea. We will be traveling in search of whales, dolphins, porpoise, seals, sea lions, pelagic species and beyond! 

SF Bay Whale Watching provides whale watching and natural history expeditions from San Francisco Bay to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Our full-day excursions unfold as you depart Pier 39, leave San Francisco, pass beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise past the 1877 Point Bonita Light House, and head out to sea, 27 miles offshore to the Farallon Islands—the "Devil's Teeth."

Part of the planet's only recovering Blue Whale population regularly feeds in the sanctuary. Northern Elephant Seals, California and Steller Sea Lions breed or feed here, and Northern Fur Seals have resumed breeding on the islands for the first time in over 150 years. 

Advance purchase required!
Tours often sell out.
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