Dive Deeper Into Ocean Education With Whale Watching Field Trips

Kids adore whale watching field trips almost as much as we do! If your class is ready to dive into the deep and captivating world of maritime education, we invite you to embark on one of our year-round whale watching day trips for kids. Your students will be thrilled to discover a wealth of information about the Pacific Ocean, Southern California coastline, its thriving ecosystem, and the many fascinating marine creatures that call it home.

Designed with the budget-conscious teacher in mind, our education plan is suitable for students of all ages and is the perfect introduction to an underwater world full of wonder and intrigue! Ready to dive in? Contact us today to book your underwater classroom adventure!

Our Ocean Field Trips: Kid-Tested and Teacher-Approved

Our ocean field trips take place on our high-tech catamaran named Manute’a. You and your students will be delighted and astonished viewing and “swimming” with dolphins and whales in our one-of-a-kind underwater viewing pods. We also provide grade-specific lab books that are packed to the gills with information, activities, and photos. Our whale watching field trips are fun and informative, not just for students, but for teachers too!

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Educational

As part of our whale watching field trip package, you and your students will receive a grade-specific lab book covering topics such as oceanography, local species, and threats to our ocean’s health. Each chapter of our curriculum plan is filled with rich information, colorful photos and graphics, and engaging activities.

Arms reach of dolphins off the edge of the boat

Engaging

Our ocean field trip curriculum culminates in an unforgettable dolphin and whale watching trip aboard our high-tech catamaran, Manute’a. Our underwater viewing pods allow students to get up-close and personal with the incredible wildlife of the Dana Point coastline while they work to fill out their own field journals.

Humpback whale in the water

Eco-friendly

Finally, our educational trips focus on helping teach your students how to become good stewards of the oceans. All of our vessels are eco-friendly and provide only sustainable wildlife viewing. None of our boats participate in sport fishing, an activity that can result in unintended by-catch.


Get Up-Close & Personal With Wildlife

We go the extra mile with our whale watching day trips for kids to deliver a thrilling educational experience your students will cherish forever. Our onboard marine naturalists provide expert narration, as well as opportunities to get hands-on with dolphin and whale artifacts. In our whale watching tours, kids can feel what it’s like to swim with the animals (without getting wet!) in our one-of-a-kind underwater viewing pods on the Manute’a. This unique feature allows students and teachers to get eye-to-eye with dolphins and whales, experiencing the most spectacular marine life in a way that is not to be missed!
Manute’a is inspected and certified by the U. S. Coast Guard and meets all safety requirements.

Underwater Pod Glass Viewing

What’s Included

All of our dolphin and whale watching field trips include:

  • A 5-day education plan lab book for each student in a PDF format.
  • Teacher’s copy of the 5-day education plan in PDF format.
  • Personalized dolphin and whale watching class or group trip.

We developed our lab book using the concept of “Explore, Examine, and Understand!” Each day’s lesson has experiment options for you and your students, an explanation page full of photos diagrams and graphs, and the option for students to do additional research on their own.

Marine Mammals Lab Book
The covers of Capt. Dave's award winning book and documentary DVD

Bonus!

Groups of 10 or more receive one FREE copy of Captain Dave’s award-winning book, Lily: A Gray Whale’s Odyssey and his award-winning documentary DVD, Wild Dolphins & Whales of Southern California.

Engage and guide students through the book with our study guide designed for grades 4 to 6.

Students Learn While Having Fun

Science isn’t just white lab coats and sterilized laboratories anymore! Using hands-on, teacher-approved, kid-tested experiments, our whale watching day trips for kids allow your students to receive an introduction to various fields of study such as oceanography, coastal process, species identification, behaviors, marine pollution, and more!
We love our educators as much as we love our ocean friends. That’s why we offer school groups an AMAZING rate! Contact us now, and we’ll be happy to help you find the package that’s right for your class. Treat your students to a once-in-a-lifetime nautical adventure. Join us, and see why our world-famous whale watching field trips are the best the Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World® has to offer!

Manutea boat with humpback whale in front

Special Features of Manute'a

Killer whale underwater photo

Underwater Viewing

Feel what it’s like to “swim” with dolphins and whales, underwater, without getting wet, in our one-of-a-kind Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods.
Eye-Spy Tram Nets

Eye-Spy Tram Nets

Three special tram nets across the bow put wildlife inches below hands and feet.
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Hear Dolphins & Whale Vocalize

Our catamaran is low enough to the water that you can hear the animals “talk”.
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Micro-Museum

Up-close and hands-on with dolphin and whale artifacts. And on-board marine naturalists provide expert narration.

Prices

We offer VERY special rates for school groups. They’re so good, we can’t publish them here! Please contact us for more information.

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