Frequently Asked Questions for Public Tours

How long is the tour?

Approximately 90 minutes, half on land, half at sea.

Do we have to stop and wait for people to get on and off during the tour?

No, tours are nonstop fun!

Is there a guide on board?

Yes, every public tour is narrated with an amazing award winning tour guide.

Are there restrooms on board?

No, restrooms are available at the departure and return location before and after every tour.

Are babies free?

Yes, there is no charge for children under the age of 2 if they are seated in your lap.

Is there stroller or wheelchair storage?

Yes, the crew may bring it on board or lock and store it at the departure location.

Where do I get tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online or there are a limited number of non advanced seats available for purchase as you get on board, these seats are first come, first serve; cash and credit cards are accepted as payment

Can I make a reservation?

Yes, tour tickets can be purchased online. Advance ticket inquires can be made via email to

Can we bring food or drinks?

Food and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on public tours.

How early should I arrive?

At least 15 minutes prior to departure. Allow more time for large groups and during holidays.

What should I wear?

Bring a jacket or sweatshirt, it may be cooler while at sea.

Do the tours run in bad weather?

The captain may cancel tours at any time if hazardous conditions are present.

Is it easy to get on board?

Yes, there are seven steps with handrails on either side. Crewmembers are able to assist all passengers during boarding and disembarking.

Will I get seasick?


How many seats are available on each tour?

40 people

Is there parking nearby?

Yes, street parking on Cabrillo Blvd and Chapala St., and on Stearns Wharf.

Are there group discounts?

Yes, if your group is larger than 30. Please call our office in advance, 805-683-7600.

Can I book a private tour?

Yes, please see our website information regarding private charters.

Are gift certificates available?

Yes, gift certificates can be purchased over the phone or on board.

Can we feed the sharks?

Yes, only on land at the end of the tour.