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Sea Spirit Ocean Safari

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Santa Cruz, CA, USA
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About Sea Spirit Ocean Safari
Specializing in Whale watching tours and Great White Shark tours from the Santa Cruz California harbor. We venture out into the Monterey Bay Sanctuary while our various ocean safaris offer the nature viewer one of the widest ranges of marine life viewing of anywhere in the world. Join us to observe humpback whales, blue and grey whales, great white sharks, otters, sea lions, dolphins and porpoises along with a plethora of other marine life all from the comforts of our 50' uncrowded pilothouse vessel- where every seat is a front row seat!
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dogfishnp wrote a review Oct 2020
Ben Lomond, California1 contribution
I wanted to thank Joe and Raina for a lovely 3 hours for the scattering off the Capitola Wharf. Thee were friends attending in the water, on the wharf, and one board the Sea Spirit and Joe capably maneuvered his boat to allow all to hear the kind words shared and ashes scattered. All of our needs were attended to for food and drink and we later viewed a few sharks on the way back to the harbor.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Chartle C, Manager at Sea Spirit Ocean Safari
Responded Oct 14, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with others. It was an honor for us to be part of something so special.
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Dmitri-TX wrote a review Oct 2020
Plano, TX23 contributions13 helpful votes
My family had an incredible experience spending a couple of hours on the boat with Joe and Raina (the owners of the business). Our circumstances were difficult. As a result, we needed a lot of flexibility and accommodations. Joe and Raina went above of above and beyond to make sure my family had an incredible time. They moved their schedules, made themselves available, stayed in close communication, made sure we had a place to park when we got to the marina, met us right at the parking lot, and escorted us to the boat. The goal of our tour was to see great white sharks. Seeing them in the wild was my son's dream. He is battling a difficult health condition. Making his dream a reality was a huge deal for him and our entire family. Joe and Raina made his dream a reality. The way that did it with a great personal touch made our experience extremely special. We ended up seeing many sharks. Joe and Raina navigated to make sure we see as many of them as possible. They took our pictures from the top of the boat to capture incredible moments of seeing the sharks in the wild. We also got to see dolphins while they interacted with our boat. The entire trip was a huge success with memories that would last a lifetime. Seeing sharks and dolphins was awesome. The great personal touch from Raina and Joe made our experiences incredible and the trip unforgettable. I highly recommend Sea Spirit Ocean Safari to anyone considering a sea excursion. Thank you very much Raina and Joe.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Departure05241926378 wrote a review Sep 2020
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Over the weekend, we had an absolutely incredible day departing from Santa Cruz Harbor. Captain Joe and first mate Raina, owners of the boat took great care of us. It became evident early on that they truly cared about our safety and our experience. We headed over to "Shark Park" an area south of Capitola Wharf and they slowed their 50 foot vessel down. I was so impressed by how Joe handled the boat letting the wildlife choose to approach us. He was gentle and respectful as the apex predator, the great white shark buzzed underneath us. It was truly a thrilling experience! Every 6 feet their are markers on the vessel to allow customers to spread out along the wrap around deck. Face masks were worn and everyone felt safe in the open fresh air.The scenery was absolutely stunning! Raina checked in with everyone offering beverages and snacks. Raina and Tom make a fantastic team! I would highly recommend joining the crew of the Sea Spirit based in Santa Cruz Harbor. The sharks may not always be visible but there's always great wildlife to see such as sea otters, sea lions and sometimes whales!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Chartle C, Owner at Sea Spirit Ocean Safari
Responded Oct 14, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I'm glad you enjoyed our spacious vessel and wildlife at shark park - we had a blast too! Hope to see you again soon.
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Pardis K wrote a review Sep 2020
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about Raina and Sea Spirit. I contacted Raina about the ash scattering service to lay my grandfather to rest in the ocean. She was so kind and so patient, answering my many, many questions about the process and making the reservation process so simple. She gave clear directions, parking instructions, and explained exactly how the hour would go and what to expect. She and the captain were wonderful, being so attentive to our needs while giving us space and privacy. It was such a difficult afternoon for my family and me, and Raina’s calm and compassionate demeanor and the care and attention she gave to ensure that everything was how we wanted it to be was truly everything. Her kindness and professionalism will not be forgotten.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Chartle C, Owner at Sea Spirit Ocean Safari
Responded Oct 15, 2020
We greatly appreciate the time you set aside to review us. I am glad we were able to provide the environment best suited for you. Thank you for letting us be a part of the experience.
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Nomad600845 wrote a review Sep 2020
5 contributions3 helpful votes
We went on a one hour cruise to scatter the ashes of our beloved family member. After phoning several charter services, I was delighted when I found Sea Spirit and spoke with Raina. She carefully explained how she and the crew could personalize the trip to make it the most comfortable for us. She didn't try to sell me anything I didn't need. Her instructions to get to the boat were very clear and the pricing was understandable. She sent me a form in advance so that I might select from a list of services which ranged from facilitating playing our own music, bringing flowers, to arranging to have our favorite beer on board. The crew wore masks and limited capacity to ensure social distancing, per COVID19 protocol. On a side note, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a short drive from the dock where you can visit the beach and find several food & beverage options (but check hours). The Mystery Spot is also very close, but you're advised to buy tickets online in advance as they sell out quickly.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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