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Pacific Marine Exploration Cruise aboard the
R/V Sea Explorer

Join the Ocean Institute’s marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures during our 2.5-hour-long marine life exploration program.

Quick Details

Departure times: 10:00 AM & 1:30 PM

Tour duration: 2.5 hours

Event dates: March 2 and 3, 2024

Specials: Admission to the Institute's Marine Mammal Exhibit is included

First, learn how scientists identify the largest mammals on earth based on their unique characteristics by exploring our Marine Mammal Exhibit. Then, embark on the R/V Sea Explorer to test your new knowledge as we search for whales, dolphins, and sea lions. Lastly, assist the Ocean Institute staff in collecting samples of seafloor mud and the smallest organisms on earth — phytoplankton and zooplankton!

Whale & Marine Life Tour

Ages 3+



Ages 0-2



We are pleased to provide the area’s only whale-watching program that allows you to be a scientist for the day!

Join the crew of the Research Vessel Sea Explorer for a Whale Watching experience you will never forget. See whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more as you explore the Pacific Ocean. Our cruises are safe and fun for the entire family, and everyone will learn something new about our oceans and the life within.

For more information or reservations, please visit or call 949-496-2274.

**Included with ticket purchase is general admission to Ocean Institute’s indoor facilities for the day.

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