Consolidated
Rating
7 / 10 Rating Star
Category Author's
Rating
-Consensus-
Rating Votes
General Rating

1
Facilities

1
Privacy

1
Accessibility

1
Good For Kids

1
Scale: red red= yellow yellow= green green=

0   0
This was about as close as the boat got to the island; a welcoming committee of kelp flies came out to greet the boat.
Photo Credit: guyonthego

Farallon National Wildlife Refuge

Trips typically depart from San Francisco or Sausalito harbors.
Hours will vary depending on the boat tour.
510-792-0222 1 day
September 2009 Spring
$100+ San Francisco California
Website Nature Wildlife Refuges
First review
 
Farallon National Wildlife Refuge comprises a few groups of small rocky islands in the Pacific Ocean. The largest island is 76 acres. The islands are known for large seabird colonies and diverse sea mammals. Waters around the islands are protected as a marine sanctuary.

Russians visited the Farallon Islands in the early 1800s and killed many of the seals and sea lions. Later that century, Americans followed suit and also collected millions of seabird eggs. Seals were soon extirpated and seabird numbers were greatly reduced. In 1909 President Theodore Roosevelt protected the northern islands as a nature preserve. In 1969 a wildlife refuge was established to include all the islands. The islands also are now classified as wilderness, except for Southeast Farallon, which has a biological research station.

On clear days the Farallon Islands are visible from the California coast, but a roundtrip boat tour from San Francisco takes a day. The Farallon boat tours focus on wildlife viewing, and tours with a naturalist are offered by the following two organizations: SF Bay Whale Watching and The Oceanic Society www.sfbaywhalewatching.com/index.php www.oceanicsociety.org. The islands are not open to visitors, but boats usually can approach up to 300 feet. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds nest on the islands at different times of year. Seals, sea lions, whales and fish often can be spotted in the water. If viewing seabirds and marine life in a natural setting sounds appealing, and you like ocean boating, a Farallon tour can be a great excursion. Be aware that on non-windy days island kelp flies can swarm the boat so choose a tour with an interior cabin option. Also, seasickness can be an issue.
Author:
guyonthego
Rate this review 0    0
All Categories
The Ellis Island of the West 8.33 Tiburon, CA State Parks ratingStar
Angel Island State Park
7.17 San Franci.. , CA Historic Sites ratingStar
Alcatraz Island

Range
Categories