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Address: San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: +1 415-256-9604
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Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in...

Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in San Francisco in 1969. Our San Francisco whale watch programs began in 1972, and have given thousands of people the opportunity to see and learn about the Bay Area's spectacular marine wildlife, including several species of whales, dolphins, seabirds, and much more. We are the only non-profit whale watch operator in the Bay Area, and our trips are used to collect marine research and support local conservation efforts.

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Whale watching 2012

Absolute one off. Had the chance to go out early morning part tourist trip part scientific research. Seven hours at sea, thoroughly enjoyed and so knowledgeable really amazing

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Graham P
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Witham, United Kingdom
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Witham, United Kingdom
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456 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Absolute one off. Had the chance to go out early morning part tourist trip part scientific research. Seven hours at sea, thoroughly enjoyed and so knowledgeable really amazing

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Thank Graham P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

At one point we didn't know which way to look because there were whales in every direction. The naturalist said that we had an amazing day so maybe it's not always this good but I have been whale watching 5 or 6 times in different places and this was by far the best. Read the website for advice especially for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had a great time, seeing plenty of animal life in the ocean as well as at the Farallon Islands. Birds, seals, sea lions and humpback whales. The crew is very informative and know their stuff. It's a small boat, but you get close to what ever you get the chance to see. Bring warm clothes and preferably rain jackets.... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Forget the regular tourist crap. Chris, and Sue are both impressive in there knowledge love of this part of the world. This is a well run adventure. The information given before the trip as to how to dress and what to bring was spot on. I loved the fact that the money goes towards the Oceanic Society. I first thought... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Whale watching out of Sausalito w/ the Oceanic Society, aboard the 'Salty Lady.' My high rating is honest - and it is well deserved by the crew, the Oceanic Society, the gorgeous ocean & the fabulous cast of the ocean. Honestly, I think those who give low stars here do NOT know how to read, or think that all the... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

If you're interested in whales or seabirds, and will be in the San Francisco Bay Area during summer or autumn, don't fail to visit the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Whale sightings aren't guaranteed (see their "Whale Watching Terms and Conditions), but over something like 10 trips with the Oceanic Society I've always seen whales. I've only done... More 

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OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, and for joining us on so many trips to the Farallon Islands. We are grateful to have repeat customers like you who share our appreciation for the incredible wildlife visible just off our shores. Thank you! More 

Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Very well run. I liked the fact they call the day before and talk to you so you are well prepared. This is not a leisure cruise. You are on a fishing boat. Staff were very well informed and very helpful. i would recommend this cruise.

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OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us and for posting about your experience on TripAdvisor. We're pleased to know that you enjoyed your day with us and are very grateful for your recommendation! Hope you'll join us again sometime. More 

Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

We had a very good experience, even though the sea was absolutely brutal when we were out there. Lots of good wildlife and birds, including 6 humpback whales that came so close to us (we didn't approach them) that we could hear their spouts. The captain and the deck hands/naturalists all did a great job in helping us get the... More 

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OceanicSociety1969, Director of Outreach at Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Whale Watching, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! The weather conditions can indeed be challenging on some days, and we're glad to hear that it didn't take away from your experience. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Gold River, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

This was a totally fun day. Lots of unusual birds , sea life and the weather was dry, sunny and the water calm by the bay on this day. We had a great crew. Very informative . Our day started about 8:00 am on a Saturday and ended about 4:30 pm. Bring some snacks, water, hat, sun screen and a... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

I booked this tour online. My daughter and I are nature lovers. We were so looking forward to this experience. My first disappointment. The boat was way too small for the number of people booked on it. There weren't enough seats for everyone. A number of us had to stand during the 8 hour tour. This is hard to do... More 

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