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.


First, learn how scientists identify the largest mammals on earth based on their unique characteristics in an optional pre-cruise Mammal Talk. 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 sea floor mud and the smallest organisms on earth - phytoplankton and zooplankton! We are pleased to provide the area’s only whale watching program that allows your family to be a scientist for the day!


Check in for Optional Pre-cruise Tutorial: 9:00 am
Pre-cruise tutorial: 9:15 am to 9:45 am 
Check in for Cruise: 9:45 am
Cruise: 10 am to 12:30 pm 

Be sure explore the Ocean Institute campus and aquariums after your cruise for additional hands-on activities throughout the day. 


$35/Adult (18-54)
$30/Senior (55 & up)
$30/Active Duty Military (ID required)
$15/Child (4 -17)

Additional Discounts:

Members receive a 10% discount; enter your Member ID # in the “Have a code” field to receive your discount.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. This cannot be combined with a Member discount.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
*Certain restrictions apply; please check our calendar for dates the Ocean Education Center will be closed.