Whale and Marine Life Tour


Join the crew of the Research Vessel Sea Explorer for a Whale Watching experience you will never forget. See whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more as your explorer the Pacific Ocean. Our cruises our safe and fun for the entire family, and everyone will learn something new about our oceans and the life within. 

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Embark on an adventure, see the Pacific Ocean, and its amazing life onboard the Research Vessel Sea Explorer.  Our expert crew and marine biologists will teach you astonishing facts and information as you and your family explore the pacific with us. This 2.5-hour experience in the sun and shine of Southern California is something you will always remember.  


Saturdays 10:00 am *
Sundays 10:00 am*
*cruise times and availability may vary


Check in

9:30 AM- At the main entrance to the Ocean Institute

Safety Talk

9:45 AM 


10:00 AM – Depart 



Covid-19 Policies: 

Staff and participants must wear face masks. Ocean Institute has increased the frequency of sanitation on public surfaces – door handles, restrooms, etc. Restrooms are available on-site at the Ocean Institute prior to the cruise and upon request on the vessel. These areas will be disinfected before, during, and after use. There will be access to hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations. 

The heath and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers is and always has been of utmost importance to the Ocean Institute. We are constantly assessing the status of the State and the Orange County’s public health guidelines and making decisions related to the most up to date information from the center for disease control and OC Department of Health. 

Cancellation & Pricing Policies: 

Once purchased, the cruise cannot be refunded or transferred. 
Discount, member codes and group rates will not apply at this time.
A processing fee is included in all reservations.

Age Requirements: 
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Ocean Institute at (949) 496-2274.