Sharktober Farallon Island Adventure
It's Sharktober! Join Shark Conservationist and Naturalist David McGuire and other wildlife specialists celebrating sharks in a life-changing experience searching the Gulf of the Farallons for whales, wildlife and our finny friends. Join us on the 54 foot Catamaran Outer Limits, skippered by veteran captain James Robertson departing Sausalito, exting beneath the Golden Gate for amazing photo opportunities and 27 miles across the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary on a modern day expedition.
NOTE: Please rsvp back with which harbor you will join us at: Sausalito departing Clipper Harbor at 06:45 AM or meet us at Fort Mason- Gas House Cove in the SF marina (across from Safeway) at 07:00 . DEPARTURE IS SET FOR 07:30 fom San Francisco.
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Called the Devils Teeth by ancient mariners, these rugged, remote rocky islands host some of the most abundant and diverse marine life in the world.
Five species of pinniped come to shore on the islands, and in some cases breed. These are the northern elephant seal, harbor seal, Steller's sea lion, California sea lion, and the northern fur seal (the last of which, like the Rhinoceros Auklet, began to return to the island again after protection).
Now part fo the Fish and Wildlife system, the Farallon Islands are an important reserve protecting a huge seabird colony. The islands' position in the highly productive California Current and Eastern Pacific upwelling region, as well as the absence of other large islands that would provide suitable nesting grounds, result in a seabird population of over 250,000. Twelve species of seabird and shorebird nest on the islands; Western Gull, Brandt's Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Cassin's Auklet, Tufted Puffin, Black Oystercatcher, Rhinoceros Auklet, Ashy Storm-petrel, and Leach's Storm-petrel.
* These exclusive trips explore and explain the natural history of the Great White Shark and other local species. We will linger near the island searching for shark predation or other signs but we cannot attract sharks nor is this a shark trip. Although it is highly likely we will see many amazing species of wildlife, there is NO GUARANTEE of seeing sharks, whales or other specific wildlife. This is Nature- but lucky for us there is a lot of it out there and we have never been disappointed. This is not a Shark Viewing trip, but a shark conservation and wildlife appreciation experience. As wildlife viewing and timing allow we may visit the Continental Shelf to view pelagic species!
Departure- 2 locations- please let us know where you will be picked up
The Outer Limits departs its home berth at Clipper Yacht Harbor, 310 Harbor Dr., Sausalito for the main boarding in San Francisco. You may join us there but be aboard no later than 6:45 a.m. sharp. Enter the Clipper Harbor parking lot and park on the left. Please do not park near the Fish restaurant.
Please join us near the Gas House Cove Harbor in San Francisco at 7:OO AM for check in and an orientation. Meet at the picnic tables just east of the ramp in Fort Mason. Parking is free in the Fort Mason lot. We will board immediately after the pre-trip safety and depart at 7:30 AM. Please be prompt.
The boat will not wait for latecomers. We will go out in fog, light rain or small craft warnings (very unusual this time of year) at the captain's discretion. We will return to the Bay about 4:00-4:30 p.m. Allow for delays, especially if unusual wildlife is encountered.
Although this is the best time of year to cross the Gulf, weather can be a problem outside of the San Francisco Bay. Light rain or fog generally do not result in cancellations. Decisions regarding cancellation will be made on the morning of the trip. Sometimes, the wind will kick up in the afternoon, forcing an earlier return. Be prepared for windy and wet conditions. If the trip is canceled due to weather, we may book another opportunity or a $15 processing fee will be deducted from your refund.
The vessel cannot safely accommodate wheelchairs or persons on crutches. The vessel is equipped with all required US Coast Guard life safety equipment including communications, fire extinguishers, first aid and man overboard equipment.
* Note- this is a wildlife experience. Although it is highly likely we will see many amazing species of wildlife, there is no guarantee of seeing sharks, whales or other specific wildlife. This is Nature. This is not a Shark Viewing trip, but a shark conservation experience.
Contact the operator for more details or questions.
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
This is a long day in the elements. Young children and babies are discouraged. Youth over 10 accompanied by parents are encouraged! Please consult with us for making a reservation for anyone under the age of 12 years.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The 80 bus runs from the marina into Sausalito but check for schedules that early. There is also a ferry that goes to Sausalito leaving from the Embarcadero Station and disembarks 1/2 mile from the harbor.
Parking: Sausalito: Please park at the left side of the lot as you enter Clipper Marina. Please do not park in the Fish restaurant lot or in front of Parkers Diving. A fee of $2 per person in cash must be paid at the dock.
San Francisco: Please join us at the Gas House Cove Harbor in San Franciso at 7:00 Am for check in and an orientation. Meet at the picnic tables just east of the ramp in Fort Mason. Parking is free in the Fort Mason lot.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
What to bring:
The Farallons can have rough waters. Seasick remedies are highly recommended, and they must be consumed prior to boarding to be effective. If you have'nt used these in the past please check with your doctor first, and read the directions on the label. A full night's rest the night before is important. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages the night prior to your trip and eat a healthy meal before boarding. Please avoid colognes and perfumes or other scents or food that may make you or other passengers queasy. Remedies like ginger have mixed results. Preparation is key.
What to Bring
- Bring layers of clothing. Sweaters and sweatshirts covered by a waterproof jacket or rain slicker work best. Long pants, hats and gloves are helpful. Wind on the water can cool the temperatures significantly.
- Please no sandals or open toed shoes. Soft soled deck shoes, sneakers or sea boots are desirable.
- Cameras and binoculars. Covers, towels or plastic bags can protect your equipment from spray.
- Field guides. We will have a one page handout and some references and displays aboard but you may want your own.
- Hats and sunscreen. You can still get a sunburn even in the fog.
- Food, Water and Drink. There is some tap water aboard but please bring plenty of food, snacks and liquids. Water bottles- please keep it green and bring reusable bottles. Sharktober bottles will be available for purchase on board. Food is not available on board. Pretzels, crackers and carbonated beverages during the trip can be helpful to settle your stomach. Alcohol is discouraged. Smoking is Prohibited onboard.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
yes- at email@example.com
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
A print out is helpful- please try to bring it to match to our manifest.
What is the refund policy?
Trips may be canceled by the Captain or operator due to undersubscription, hazardous weather conditions or Acts of God. If the trip is canceled for any of these reasons, you will receive a refund, less a $10 processing fee, within 30 days of cancellation. In no event shall our liability exceed the obligation to refund more than the amount you paid to us. If you should miss your trip due to airline changes, cancellations, terrorist acts, acts of war, or related incidents, your fee will not be refundable. There are no exceptions to this policy.
An advance refund is allowed if received within 30 days of the departure date. You must have confirmation for the return to be valid minus a $25 processing fee for each canceled reservation.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
If we are contacted 48 hours in advance in writing with the new name we will accept changes.
Smoking is not permitted on the boat. To be present to this adventure we request that you please turn off cell phones and pagers while on the boat.
We cannot be liable for loss or damage to your personal property while onboard the vessel.
Fuel surcharges may apply, payable at the dock.
Acknowledgment and Liability
Receipt of this contract via ticket purchase acknowledges your acceptance of the above conditions. The leaders and Shark Stewards assume no responsibility for personal injury or loss.
When & Where
Based in San Francisco CA, Shark Stewards is a non profit dedicated to shark conservation, marine education and ocean health. Support our ongoing efforts to ban the shark fin trade and shark finning, and spread the word about the importance of sharks to Bay and Ocean ecosystems.