During the winter and spring, both humpback and gray whales migrate up and down the California coast. A variety of boats offer half-day and full-day trips to see the whales.
California Whale Adventures
Phone: 415 760 8613
Whale watching, pelagic bird watching, and even great white shark trips. All trips leave from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, on modern fishing boats in the 50-foot range….
Whale watching and nature cruises. April and May trips from Berkeley Marina. Also offers a variety of nature cruises in the bay, delta, and beyond….
Oceanic Society Expeditions
Whale watching trips from San Francisco and Half Moon Bay on 50-foot vessels, offered year round. Programs include whale watching and nature cruises to the Farallon Islands (May through November), and…
Phone: 415-457-4417 – office; 415-250-9850 – cell
Skippered charter on a beautifully appointed 45-foot sailing yacht with up to 6 passengers on San Francisco Bay. Options: Full moon cruises; sunset cruises; sail the proposed America’s Cup Venue; vie…
Queen of Hearts
Whale watching trips from Half Moon Bay on the 50-foot Queen of Hearts, January through March. Sportfishing trips year round. Also available for private charters….
Riptide Sportfishing and Whale Watching
Half-day and full-day whale watching trips from Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay). Rock fishing and tuna during the open seasons (and salmon when there is a season). Also offers an ashes scattering …
San Francisco Bay Whale Watching
Phone: 415 331 6267
Whale watching trips, pick up at Gas House Cove (adjacent to Fort Mason) in San Francisco….
San Francisco Whale Tours
Six-hour Whale Watching watching trips and 3-hour coastal cruises, departing from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Cruises leave several times a week on a 65-foot catamaran and a 43-foot Delta…