Sea Spirit Ocean Safari
Sea Spirit Ocean Safari
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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!
Santa Cruz, California
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Nomad600845
7 contributions
Sep 2020
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.
Written September 13, 2020
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Dmitri-TX
Plano, TX24 contributions
Sep 2020
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.
Written October 6, 2020
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Pardis K
1 contribution
Sep 2020 • Family
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.
Written September 24, 2020
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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.
Written October 15, 2020
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dogfishnp
Ben Lomond, CA1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Family
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.
Written October 13, 2020
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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.
Written October 14, 2020
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roxannebaker07
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Family
Our family experience on the Sea Spirit this past weekend was exceptional. We were a group of 16 ranging in age from 5 years old to 67. It was a day to remember and scatter the ashes of a very loved mother and great/grandmother. The captain and crew were kind, and quietly respectful of what this day meant to us. They were obviously skilled and well trained. We definitely felt safe. The boat was very clean and spacious. We would highly recommend them.
Written March 11, 2020
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Jennifer D
Aptos, CA3 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Sadly we had to scatter the ashes of our second family member in less than 6 months, and both times we used the Sea Spirit boat charter to steward us out on the ocean for this important occasion. Everything was perfect; the amount of time we were on the boat, the spot they chose for the scattering, the poem they read, and the kind and loving consciousness of the staff. I hope to never have to do this again, but if I do I would use Sea Spirit.
Written July 8, 2020
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lovesanimals9
Columbus, Ohio28 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
We had a great time on our whale watch cruise. The crew tried very hard to find the whales and other sea life for us. We saw and followed 3 whales, dolphins, sea lions. It was a small boat and not crowded. It felt like our own private tour. Note, we originally had a Friday tour booked which they cancelled and rebooked us for Sunday due to lack of people on Friday. Be prepared for rescheduling. We were lucky we had a free day to reschedule.
Written August 31, 2019
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Lex
4 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
I had relatively low expectations for this trip, but it blew me away. A comfortable boat and friendly, knowledgeable guides took us to “Shark Park,” an area filled with great whites. The boat emitted electric vibrations which drew the sharks towards us, and the guide was amazing at spotting them. In addition, we had a drone that helped find them. Saw at least 10 great whites as close as 5 feet from the boat, 1 up to 14 feet long. Be sure to bring polarized sunglasses as it reduces the glare and makes it a lot easier to see the sharks.
Highlight of my trip- strongly recommend!
Written August 12, 2019
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Laura
London, UK73 contributions
Aug 2019
We did the shark tour and it was a great afternoon out. The tour guide was very knowledgable and obviously loved the animals. We saw loads of sharks and had a great time. The boat has snacks and a bar on board. They also offered polarised glasses at $10 a pair. Although it was great they had them on board, it would have been nice to just borrow them as you wouldn’t really be using them again but they were definitely useful if you have any. Make sure you take sun cream as we got really burnt. There were also lots of bugs so maybe wear repellent.
Written August 12, 2019
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allieoop142
St. Augustine, FL81 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
We had a fantastic shark safari! We spotted about ten juvenile white sharks about 8-10 feet long, as well as some sea otters and a lunge feeding humpback whale! The crew was very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. It was one of the most relaxed but somehow still thrilling sealife spotting trips I’ve been on! :)
Written July 17, 2019
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