Above: A photo taken during a Whale Watching San Francisco tour.
Whale Watching is a favorite Bay Area activity.
Among the fascinating species you might see around here are Beluga Whales, Gray Whales, Orcas, Humpbacks, Sperm Whales and more, along with (possibly) other stunning sea creatures like dolphins, porpoises, sharks, harbor seals, and various kinds of water fowl.
People travel from all over the world to go whale watching in San Francisco, Monterey, and other American coastal regions.
The best time for whale watching excursions is between July and October, although whale watching opportunities present themselves all year round in this balmy region.
San Francisco whale watchers typically tour the Farallon Islands, shown here.
Other favorite whale watching points of departure in and around the Bay Area include Half Moon Bay, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.
Passengers embarking on California whale watching tours ride on sleek, elegant, fully equipped catamarans with friendly crews to guide them.
Licensed tour groups typically feature fully insured, Coast Guard approved whale watching vessels with all the necessary safety features.
Many of these boats provide comfortable seating for up to 50 passengers, but you can also charter a private vessel.
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The city of San Francisco features regularly scheduled whale watching tours and day trips embarking from Pier 39, and heading to the National Marine Sanctuary of the Farallon Islands.
At least one local whale watching tour company promises that if no whales are sighted, the next trip is on them.
Remember, it gets pretty chilly out here on the ocean, so be sure to bring warm, waterproof clothing, thermal blankets, comfortable non-slip footwear, and adequate sunscreen protection. And of course don't forget your cameras!
For further information, call San Francisco Whale Tours at 415-448-7570, or call toll free at 888-235-6450. While you've got them on the phone, it can't hurt to ask about all inclusive whale watching vacation deals.
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