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Farallon Islands

Listed under Sailing in San Francisco, United States.

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For the more experienced ocean sailor, a trip to the Farallon Islands is a great expedition. The Islands, which are little more than barren, dramatic rocks, 27 miles West from San Francisco Bay, boast some incredible wildlife unmatched on the West Coast of the States. In the summer, over 300,000 sea birds perch and breed on the cliffs, making it the largest sea bird breeding colony on the Pacific coast, south of Alaska. Sea Lions and Elephant Seals bask on the rocky beaches and great whites are regularly spotted in the surrounding waters. Most people are drawn here to see the migrating pods of Whales which include the stunningly huge Blue Whale as well as Humpbacks, Greys and Sperm whales.

This trip will require overnight ocean sailing and the winds and waves can be gruelling but if you feel you have sufficient ocean experience, the Farallon Islands are a remarkable sight for any nature-loving sailor.

Written by  Jane Ferguson.

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