You’re out to sea, twenty-seven miles beyond the Golden Gate. Suddenly a humpback whale breaches right in front of you. What better way to spend a day than cruising with the Oceanic Society on their 56-foot Salty Lady? Trips max out at 41 people, and humpback whale sightings are at an amazing 97 percent this time of year. Tours plow deep into the waters off the Farallon Islands. Along the way a trained naturalist points out the wildlife, from thousands of birds to seals, whales, dolphins and great white sharks. Okay, who’s humming the Jaws theme?
Cost of the eight-hour trip is $88 per person. Bring your own lunch. Check in at the San Francisco Yacht Harbor/Marina Green, just outside the Harbormaster’s office, at 7:30 a.m. Reservations recommended 2-3 weeks in advance.