Isidore Szczepania / Oceanic Society

A blue whale show its flukes to tourists on a recent whale-watching tour by the Oceanic Society.

Where to see whales

Published: Sunday, Jul. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 7H
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 - 12:45 pm

A number of companies offer a chance to see blue whales and other marine animals by boat. Tip for those who easily get seasick: Whales are often closer to shore in Monterey Bay, and tours are shorter. Here is a selection:

SAN FRANCISCO

• Oceanic Society

Eight-hour trips to the Gulf of the Farallones; weekends only. $125.

www.oceanic-society.org

(800) 326-7491

• San Francisco Whale Tours

Six-hour weekend trips to the Gulf of the Farallones or five-hour trips off the coast on weekends and weekdays. $80-$90.

www.sanfranciscowhaletours.com

(800) 979-3370

• S.F. Bay Whale Watching

Seven- to eight-hour trips to the Gulf of the Farallones or off the coast, weekends only. $125.

www.sfbaywhalewatching.com

(415) 331-6267

• California Whale Adventures

Four- to eight-hour trips to the Gulf of the Farallones, on weekends only. $100 and up.

www.sanfranciscowhalewatching.com

(650) 579-7777

SANTA CRUZ

• Santa Cruz Whale Watching

Three- to four-hour trips in the morning or afternoon; weekends and weekdays. $45.

www.santacruzwhalewatching.com

(831) 427-0230

• For additional information about whale-watching in Santa Cruz County, visit:

www.santacruzca.org/things/whale-watching.php

MONTEREY

• Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Three- to five-hour morning or afternoon trips; weekends and weekdays. $40-$50.

www.montereybaywhalewatch.com

(831) 375-4658

• Princess Monterey Whale Watching

Roughly three-hour trips in the morning, afternoon, or late afternoon; weekends and weekdays. $40.

www.montereywhalewatching.com

(831) 372-2203

• Randy's Fishing and Whale Watching Trips

Roughly three-hour afternoon trips; weekends only. $35.

www.randysfishingtrips.com

(800) 251-7440

• For helpful whale-watching tips and additional tours in Monterey, go to www.seemonterey.com/things-to-do/outdoors/whale-watching

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