Whale Watching & Cruises

Overview

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 and learn fascinating facts about these ocean animals from our trained naturalists 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 whales and dolphins that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home.

Year-round sightings include Fin whales, Minke whales, Bottlenose and Common dolphins. Other marine mammals can be seen during their annual migrations.

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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.