At Sea Adventures

Our cruises are dedicated to science-based environmental education, providing your family the opportunity to truly become a scientist for the day. You will be immersed in the ocean ecosystem, captivated by local marine life, and learn fascinating facts about our ocean.


Hikianalia Escort Cruise
Exclusive for Ocean Institute Members

Be a part of the historic water welcome for Hikianalia, a traditional Polynesian canoe, from aboard the Ocean Institute’s research vessel, Sea Explorer. For this Ocean Institute members-only event, cruise the coast before joining the parade of outriggers, paddlers, and more as the Hikianalia makes its way into Dana Point Harbor. 

This cruise is exclusive for Ocean Institute members only and will include light refreshments. Space is limited; advance registration required. 


Pacific Marine Exploration
An ecosystem excursion for all ages

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.


Killer Dana Tour

Cruise the beautiful Dana Point Harbor during this family friendly harbor cruise. Learn the history of the harbor, from Richard Henry Dana’s visit in the 1830s to world renown surf spot and recreational harbor. On the cruise, our team will share the history and ecology of the harbor.


Adults: $25.00 
Children: $10.00
Includes admission to the Ocean Institute for the day ($10.00 for adults/$7.50 children)


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.*