Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Post-Conference Tours

Whale Watching
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Whale watching was born in Southern California and the region continues to rank high among the most exciting destinations in the world for those who want to take to the water in search of marine mammals. Late July is the height of the blue whale season. Nowhere else are the largest creatures to ever inhabit planet earth as abundant and as accessible. Playful humpback whales also spend the summer months in the area. Majestic fin whales make southern California their year-round home. Several species of dolphin, from the acrobatic common dolphins to the oddly shaped Risso’s dolphins ply these waters. Lightning fast Dall’s porpoises dart through the ocean. California sea lions watch the passing vessels from the vantage point of the navigation buoys. In all, 37 species of marine mammals have been recorded in the area. We will embark on an adventure into these waters on the Magician, a clean, comfortable, and lucky boat that boasts a top-notch crew.

Price: $60 USD per person
Price includes a full lunch, drinks, and delicious, homemade brownies
Duration: 9:00am to 2:00pm (check in by 8:30am)

To book this tour click here and then follow these steps on the Catalina Explorer website
• Click July-August on the left-hand margin
• Scroll down to “5hr Blue Whale Watch-Private, Saturday 7/22/17”
• Click the “Book” button on your preferred trip date
• Select the appropriate options and then click the “Book” button
• Complete the form with your name and contact information
• Click the "Next" button
• Review booking details and then click the “Checkout” button
• Click "promotional code" and enter SEAMONKEY (this will reduce the rate from $110 to $60)
• Click the “I agree” box at the bottom and then click the “Pay now and confirm your booking” button
• You will then be directed to PayPal for payment options

Located at 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, the boat is walking distance from the DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro – Port of Los Angeles. Directions will be provided to all who register.


Best of the West CANCELED
Sunday, July 23, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017
Best of the West Tour

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Monday, July 24, 2017

Along southern California's sandy beaches, from March through September, one of the most remarkable life cycles in the ocean occurs; the California grunion comes ashore to spawn. Approximatley 1 to 3 hours after the evening high tide, female grunion and their male suitors swim up on the shore en masse. The females wiggle tail first into the sand and then lay some 300 to 3,000 eggs, while the males encircle them depositing milt to fertilize the eggs below the sand surface. In this protected pod, the eggs develop for some 10 days until the next high tide triggers the grunion to hatch. They will mature in approximately one year thus completing the life cycle. Grunion live for 3 to 4 years and may spawn 4 to 8 times per season.

The Aquarium opens at 8:00pm and an auditorium program begins at 9:00pm, followed by a guided observation at the beach. You must arrive before 9:00pm to see the movie.

This is an evening event! Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended.

Price: FREE with 13th ICOC badge
Duration: 8:00pm to 12:00am

For more information about this tour click here