Whale and Marine Life Tour
Ocean Institute is Currently Closed due to COVID-19: For Questions and Inquiries please e-mail guestservises@oceaninstitute.org


Join our marine educators in exploring the ocean from top to bottom, while searching for some of the world’s largest and smallest creatures, including dolphins and whales, during our 2.5-hour long marine life exploration cruise. 

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First, learn how scientists identify the largest whales on earth based on their unique characteristics in an optional pre-cruise Mammal Talk. Then, embark on the Research Vessel Sea Explorer to test your new knowledge as we search for whales, dolphins, and sea lions. Lastly, assist 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 dolphin and whale watching cruise that allows your family to be a scientist for the day!


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


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

Be sure to explore Ocean Institute campus and aquariums before or 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 (3 -17)
FREE Toddlers 2 & Under

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.