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Vicki Cook

Senior Travel Specialist, North America

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Duration

2 hours

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Monterey Bay, California, USA

Enjoy the perfect family experience with a private viewing of one the world’s best aquariums. Beat the crowds with a guided tour of Monterey Bay Aquarium on the Pacific Coast. Observe the mesmerising marine life from stingrays to sea otters and sharks.

Your window into the ocean will take you behind the scenes of the aquarium which attracts two million visitors every year. Youngsters will delight in seeing hammerhead sharks, ocean sunfish and the enormous green sea turtles in the Open Sea tank. You can observe the sea otters basking in the Great Tide Pool outside while they wait to be reintroduced back into the wild. Touch pools will allow everyone to get close to sea cucumbers, bat rays and tide-pool creatures. Younger kids love the Splash Zone and the feeding the penguins.

The aquarium is also one of very few in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin tuna, prized game fish and predators which are hard to keep in captivity. Every minute, up to 2,000 gallons of seawater are pumped into the three-storey kelp forest to create the natural conditions you see before you.

Additional notes about the tour

Private access to Monterey Bay Aquarium allows greater vantage points to watch the sea life without the crowds. You will be driven to the aquarium from the hotel. All ages are welcome on this family friendly experience. The aquarium is accessible for wheelchair users.