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Sea Lion and Harbor Eco Tour

Be an Ocean Connector and join us on our Sea Lion and Harbor Eco Tour!

We will explore the San Diego Bay, learn about the California sea lions and observe these charismatic animals as they haul out on buoys and navy docks and play in the water. Our one-hour naturalist guided sea lion and harbor tour is onboard Flagship Cruises & Events vessels and we use binoculars to observe sealions, birds, and local landmarks while learning interesting facts about sea lions, local ecology and marine mammal conservation.

Best of all, proceeds of your Eco Tour ticket goes to our nonprofit environmental education programs. Which directly support youth in underserved communities.

Duration 1-1.5 Hours
Group Size Maximum 14
Ticket Cost $35/Adult $25/Child
Season May — November

Sea Lion and Harbor Highlights

  • Sea lion topics include an overview of the California sea lion biology and population. As well as, threats and challenges facing marine mammals, and what we can do to ensure our region’s environmental health.
  • Biofacts and educational materials will be available for enhanced learning.
  • Tickets directly support our free educational programs for local students!

What a great day out on the water! Thank you to the Ocean Connector team for organizing a great trip and for all you do to educate about conserving our oceans.

Featured Wildlife and Sights

Whats Included

  • One-hour naturlaist guided sea lion and harbor tour aboard Flagship Cruises & Events vessels. (departing from downtown San Diego).
  • All equipment needed: binoculars, field guides, and even sunscreen.

What You Need to Know – Sea Lion and Harbor Eco Tour

  • This tour is recommended for ages 6 and up, and is therefore a great option for both young and old.
  • If you have any physical limitations, please let us know if advance.
  • Parking is available on the Navy Pier adjacent to the USS Midway Museum.
  • All participants must submit a signed liability waiver and photo release form, and participants under the age of 18 must have the waiver and form signed by a parent or guardian.
  • In response to COVID-19, all equipment is sanitized between tours and Ocean Connectors staff have been fully vaccinated. Guests are not permitted to attend an Eco Tour if they are exhibiting any symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19.

FAQs – Sea Lion and Harbor Eco Tour

How likely are we to see sea lions?

While wildlife is unpredictable and sightings are never guaranteed, sea lions form huge colonies and stay close together. In San Diego Bay we see sea lions on just about every tour, there are groups of sea lions that practically live at the docks by the navy where we see large groups of them both on the docks and playing in the water.

What other types of wildlife could we see?

There is a plethora of marine life in our bay, including dolphins, sea turtles, whales and sea birds! Our marine biologist tour guide also has a lot of information to share about the California sea lion and marine mammal conservation, making it a memorable day no matter what wildlife we spot.

What makes this an “eco” tour?

Ocean Connectors is a nonprofit program with a mission to educate, inspire, and connect youth in underserved Pacific coastal communities through the study of migratory marine life. When you purchase your Eco Tour ticket proceeds go directly back to our youth education programs. All of our tours also focus on environmental education and conservation and align with our mission to educate, inspire and connect. We hope to inspire guests to get involved in protecting our oceans! On our Whale Watching Eco Tour we also participate in citizen science, directly contributing to research and the protection of the whales in our region.

How does my ticket purchase support youth education?

Ocean Connectors provides presentations and field trips for all public elementary and middle schools in National City, as well as 27 schools in Nayarit, Mexico. All our youth education is free of charge, and our vison is to cultivate a future generation of passionate, globally-aware, and empowered coastal residents who take active steps to enjoy and protect ocean health. All proceeds of your ticket price goes directly toward these youth education programs.

Planning a special occasion or team-building event? Contact for requests about additional dates, private tours, and group bookings. 

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