SF Bay Whale Watching - San Francisco Bay Area Whale Watching and Gulf of the Farallones Tours



San Francisco Bay Whale Watching

Additional Information and FAQs


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Children On Board
Children under 3 years of age are not allowed to attend the cruise for safety reasons. Children between the ages of 3 and 15 have a reduced price ticket and are more than welcome to come along!
Food & Drinks
Please bring snacks, lunch, water, and thermoses of tea/coffee/hot chocolate, other beverages—anything you might wish to eat or drink. We do not provide food or beverages. You may bring a small cooler, but storage space is limited so please, no Buick-sized 4-wheeled models (thanks in advance!).
Dress Warmly  

Bringing a hat and gloves is a wise idea. Just because it's mild in the Bay doesn't mean it'll be the same outside the Golden Gate. Wear layers as you can always shed some if need be. It's better to have an extra fleece or sweater than to lack warmth if an ocean breeze kicks up.

Consider bringing rain gear, both for actual rain and for the occasional splash that may catch you unaware.

Cameras & Binoculars  
Bring your camera and/or binoculars. There are always great photo opportunities - passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, a whale sighting, the Farallon Islands, etc. If you get any good photos and would like to share, we'll happily put them on our whale blog after your trip. Just send them our way, with a note.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event. The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but if we must cancel the trip, in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.  

There is no seasickness medication available on board the boat. If you know you are prone to seasickness, taking medication well before departure is usually a good idea. We've noticed that once seasickness takes hold, it's often too late to medicate. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a non-drowsy formula. And take it from us, your experience inside the Bay or on a lake will differ greatly from your experience outside the Golden Gate. Unless Neptune becalms the sea, nobody is seasick-proof. Below are some additional tips to help you avoid getting seasick:

  • avoid excessive alcohol consumption the night before your scheduled trip
  • avoid caffeine and dairy products that morning, as these are often triggers
  • make sure you are properly hydrated - bring water
  • wear sunscreen, as becoming sunburned can aggravate seasickness
  • once you are sick, whale watching is the best cure as it will help take your mind off your sickness and give you a focus point on the horizon to regain your bearings.

Have Fun
Each trip brings new surprises, and when we're lucky enough to see one or two or ten whales, well, that's really something—humbling, thrilling, and unforgettable. We're in this business because we love to share these experiences with you, and we genuinely hope that you enjoy sharing your day at sea with us.

Thank you for choosing SF Bay Whale Watching. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have additional questions, please call Zerve at (888) 235-6450.

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