The San Francisco Bay is a spectacular sight from the shores, but from the seas at sunset, alongside leaping harbor porpoises, it’s a whole other awe-game. Get onboard the Oceanic Society’s newest adventure, “Porpoises, Pinnipeds & People,” for a three-hour sunset tour of our beautiful bay. On Saturday evenings through September, an Oceanic Society naturalist and your boat’s captain will lead you aboard the 56-foot fishing vessel the Salty Lady. Routes depend on conditions: You might schooner toward the basalt cliffs near the Point Bonita Lighthouse, around the military barracks of Angel Island, past the relics of Alcatraz, or beneath the Golden Gate. Porpoises put on playful shows, and bits of trivia are provided by the naturalist (Alcatraz has the second-largest western gull breeding colony in the world). As the Salty Lady makes its way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, watch the sun sink beyond the horizon, casting its orange and lavender gleam across the water. Bay voyage!
Porpoises, Pinnipeds & People runs Saturday evenings through September 7 and Sunday mornings through October 27. Trips cost $54.95 for adults and $49.95 for a child (6 or older) accompanied by a parent. Bring sunscreen and a hat, and wear warm layers topped with a waterproof layer for protection from sea spray. No food or beverages are provided on the trip. Passengers may bring refreshments, but coolers are not allowed due to limited space. No dogs.