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Heartwarming scene of an otter with a pup on its stomach, showcasing a special bonding moment during a memorable Monterey Bay Eco Tour.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant marine world of Monterey Bay with a day packed full of exploration, education, and unforgettable encounters. Start your adventure at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and end it with an unforgettable eco tour through open waters. Experience firsthand how the creatures you meet in the Aquarium live in the wild and play their parts in the rich tapestry of Monterey Bay’s diverse ecosystems.

Electric Boat Elkhorn Slough Moss landingYour day begins at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where more than 550 species of marine animals are waiting to inspire and educate you. From the adorable antics of sea otters to the awe-inspiring beauty of the giant kelp forest, every exhibit offers a window into the mysterious underwater world. Learn about different marine habitats, discover how animals adapt to their environments, and get up close and personal with creatures you might never otherwise encounter.

But an understanding of marine life isn’t complete without witnessing it in its natural habitat. This is where Monterey Bay Eco Tours comes in.

After your visit to the Aquarium, it’s time to step out of the observer’s role and into the world of active exploration. With Monterey Bay Eco Tours, you’ll embark on an electrifying journey across Elkhorn Slough, one of the richest and most essential habitats on the California coast. As you cruise along the calm waters on an electric boat, you’ll encounter sea otters, seals, and a variety of bird species, all in their natural environment.

Unlike observing animals in an exhibit, seeing them in their natural habitat gives you a profound understanding of their behaviors, interactions, and the role they play in the ecosystem. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, you’ll learn more about the conservation efforts that protect these species and their habitats.

The transition from the Aquarium’s controlled environment to the open water exploration of Monterey Bay Eco Tours offers an enriching, well-rounded perspective of marine life. While the Aquarium exhibits give you an in-depth look at various marine species, the Eco Tour puts those exhibits into context by showing how these creatures fit into the larger ecosystem.

In Monterey Bay, every visit is an opportunity to learn, discover, and fall in love with our ocean’s captivating marine life. So why limit yourself to only one perspective? Experience the best of both worlds — from aquarium exhibits to open waters — with Monterey Bay Eco Tours.