SOME INFORMATION ABOUT OCEANIC SOCIETY: Oceanic Society was established in 1969 as a non-profit marine conservation organization. Our mission is to protect marine wildlife worldwide through an integrated program of environmental education, hands-on experience & scientific research. Locally, Oceanic Society offers boat trips year round to explore SF Bay and to observe marine mammals in the Gulf of the Farallons Marine Sanctuary and beyond. Internationally, a major focus of Oceanic Society is the establishment and maintenance of marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. The scientific data produced from our research projects make a compelling case for environmental protection. Our international expeditions provide an opportunity for the public to learn about, and enjoy, natural habitats.
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT FARALLON ISLANDS:
The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge is located 25 miles west of San Francisco and is noted for abundant bird and marine life. Marine mammals like pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises, and whales) are frequently seen around the islands and several species of pinnipeds use the islands as a refuge and breeding ground. You may see California or Stellar sea lions, harbor or elephant seals, Dall’s or Harbor porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, an occasional great white shark, and Humpback, Blue, Fin, Minke and Gray whales. In addition, 12 species of seabirds are known to nest on the Farallons, including tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, Cassin’s auklets, common murres and three species of cormorant. Since the islands are a wildlife refuge, we will sail around, but will not land on the islands.
CONDITIONS & TERMS – PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY:
All Oceanic Society bookings are final sales, unless OS cancels a trip for weather, sea conditions, undersubscription or mechanical failure. One reschedule per booking is allowed if the change is requested 2 weeks, or more, before the original departure date. In the event of a cancellation, the office will attempt to contact you using the contact information provided when making the reservation, however, if you don’t hear from our office within a few days, we ask that you call the office at 415-256-9941 during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday's to secure a refund.
Occasionally, after a boat leaves the dock it may be necessary to turn-around due to high winds or high seas. The Oceanic Society has the following policy for a turnaround: if the vessel returns to the dock within the first 30 minutes, no fuel charge will be assessed. If the vessel returns to the marina between 30 minutes and one hour, a $25 per person fuel charge will be assessed on all refunds. If the vessel is out over 1.5 hours, the trip will be considered complete and no refunds or rescheduling will occur.
There is a $10 service charge for all returned checks.
Unpredictable sea conditions and trip duration necessitate the following age restrictions: Anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanies by an adult and children under the age of 10 are not permitted on the boat.
All vessels are Coast Guard certified, insured, and have life vests.
Oceanic Society was founded in 1969 as the first non-profit organization dedicated to marine conservation. Our mission is to conserve marine wildlife and habitats by deepening the connections between people and nature through research, community engagement, and first hand experience.
In the San Francisco area, we offer year-round whale watching and wildlife cruises to the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary and along the coast. Internationally, we work to support the establishment and maintenance of locally managed marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. We also offer international expeditions and volunteer vacations that provide an opportunity for the public to learn about and enjoy natural habitats while supporting conservation efforts.
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