Whale Watching & Cruises

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Whale Watching & Cruises
Adventures at sea for all ages!

Join us on our 65-foot research vessel, Sea Explorer, and voyage to sea for science-based environmental education. Be captivated by local marine life, collect samples, and learn fascinating facts about these ocean animals from our scientists on board.

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Whale Watching Cruise

Join Ocean Institute scientists on a Whale Watching Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer to view the wildlife that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Includes hands-on activities for kids. Each ticket also admits one to our Ocean Education Center, which includes aquariums and more activities for the kids! *Good for the same day as the cruise*

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Bioluminescence Night Cruise

There’s a luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.*

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4th of July Fireworks Cruise

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Join us aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a sunset cruise! At sea, you’ll have a unique and unbeatable view of the fireworks while enjoying wine, beer, and light snacks.

Parking Update: The Ocean Institute parking lot may be impacted by holiday traffic. Please consider using the Dana Point Trolley system to get to the Ocean Institute, and have a plan for after the cruise. The Ocean Institute will not be providing a shuttle when the cruise returns.

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Father’s Day Whale Watching Cruise

While aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, enjoy a wonderful morning with Ocean Institute scientists as they introduce you to wildlife along southern California’s coastline, including a wide variety of birds, fish, microscopic plankton, and animals that live in sediment retrieved from the ocean floor. Encounter a pod of playful dolphin or cruise alongside a passing whale. Light pastries, cookies, and coffee will be provided.

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About the R/V Sea Explorer

The 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer is a marine educational vessel that is dedicated to science-based environmental education. It is a floating lab equipped with onboard computers, satellite technology, touch tanks, viewing aquariums, video microscopes, and state-of-the-art electronics. A bowsprit over the water provides any passenger with a breathtaking view of dolphins, whales and sea lions.