• About Us
  • Blog
  • Store
  • Contact
  • Login

Golden Gate Premium Whale Cruise - San Francisco

Bring a shelter-buddy and join us for a 90-minute naturalist-led evening cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge to see humpback whales! With 50% of the passengers compared to regular whale watches, our trips are closer to private tours!
Request a Reservation
Share This:


Departure Times: 4:00pm & 6:00pm | Saturdays & Sundays | Click Here to Book Now!

Trip Duration: 90 minutes

Trip Details: Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge led by expert naturalists to see humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions & more.

COVID-19: Transmission reduction measures in place including county approved Site Specific Protection Plan, limited capacity, employee trainings, face coverings, routine deep-cleanings and socially distant spacing at all times during the trip.

Price: $150 per station pass (up to 2 whale watchers per station pass)

Stations: Our spacious 56-foot vessel has 16 two-person whale watching stations all spaced at least 6 feet apart. Each trip we will sell only 10 station passes, allowing you and a shelter-buddy to safely watch whales from your station and move to any vacant station on socially distant intra-boat “highways.” Naturalists will help regulate movement. You must stay at the same station with your buddy at all times (bathroom exception).

Age Limit: 10 years or older

Departure Location: San Francisco Small Craft Harbor (3950 Scott Street | Near the Northwest corner of the Marina Green)

Parking: Free on site | For Parking Diagram & Additional Trip Details Click Here!

Any Questions?: Email chrisb@oceanicsociety.org and get a fast response!

The Whales Are Already Here!

Humpback whales arrive back in the Bay Area as early as March each summer! Our 90-minute tours provide ample opportunity to witness feeding humpback whales with expert interpretation coming from our staff of top-notch naturalists. Oceanic Society is a conservation non-profit that pioneered whale watching in San Francisco in 1972. We measure our naturalists’ experience in decades, not years. They are simply the best available!

We Are COVID Prepared

This trip is designed with COVID safety in mind. We've taken measures that go above and beyond state and local regulations. Social distancing is present at every stage of the trip. All naturalists & boat crew have undergone COVID transmission reduction training and certification. Regular sanitization of common surfaces is ongoing during each trip and a full sanitization process occurs before every new batch of passengers.

Your Trip Supports Ocean Conservation

As we mentioned before, Oceanic Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation. Your participation in our whale watch helps fund our global ocean conservation programs and local programs including whale entanglement response. Moreover, we use our whale watching cruises as an opportunity to collect photographic identification data on marine mammals, which we share with a network of researchers throughout the eastern Pacific. You can see our recently photographed whales on Happywhale. Learn more about Oceanic Society here.

Photos & Videos


Our Coast Guard certified vessel, the 56-foot Salty Lady, has an observation deck, limited indoor seating, and two bathrooms. Our captains are experienced in nature cruises and committed to marine conservation.

Warm, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer is strongly recommended. Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also advised.

Bring your own food and beverages; there are no concessions on board. Alcohol is discouraged, but not prohibited. Backpacks are fine, but please, no coolers due to space limitations.

No smoking is allowed on Oceanic Society cruises.

Age minimum 10; an adult must accompany children under 15. Children must wear a life jacket at all times while aboard the vessel.

Trips go rain or shine, but may be cancelled due to high winds and/or high seas. All passengers must call our weather hotline on the day of departure for trip status.

For cancellation policy, refund and reschedule policy, and other important terms, read our detailed Terms and Conditions.

Recent Sightings

No sightings logged yet. Keep checking back!