Cruises

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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.

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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.


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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

Eventbrite - 4th of July Fireworks Cruise 2018

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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Headlands Sunset Cruise

Cruise the Dana Point Headlands with our expert crew during this 1.5 hour expedition. As the sun slips behind the distant horizon in a “green flash,” search for marine mammals, and spend a tranquil evening with your family.

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$30.00 Adults (14 and up) 
$15.00 Children 4-14 
Toddlers 3 and under are free
*Members receive 10% off when you enter your member ID at checkout.