Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Post-Conference Tours

Whale Watching
Saturday, July 22, 2017 or Sunday, July 23, 2017

Whale watching was born in Southern California and the region continues to rank high among the most exciting destinations in the world for those who want to take to the water in search of marine mammals. Late July is the height of the blue whale season. Nowhere else are the largest creatures to ever inhabit planet earth as abundant and as accessible. Playful humpback whales also spend the summer months in the area. Majestic fin whales make southern California their year-round home. Several species of dolphin, from the acrobatic common dolphins to the oddly shaped Risso’s dolphins ply these waters. Lightning fast Dall’s porpoises dart through the ocean. California sea lions watch the passing vessels from the vantage point of the navigation buoys. In all, 37 species of marine mammals have been recorded in the area. We will embark on an adventure into these waters on the Magician, a clean, comfortable, and lucky boat that boasts a top-notch crew.

Price: $60 USD per person
Price includes a full lunch, drinks, and delicious, homemade brownies
Duration: 9:00am to 2:00pm (check in by 8:30am)

To book this tour click here and then follow these steps on the Catalina Explorer website
• Click July-August on the left-hand margin
• Scroll down to “5hr Blue Whale Watch-Private, Saturday 7/22/17” or the same for "...Sunday 7/23/17”
• Click the “Book” button on your preferred trip date
• Select the appropriate options and then click the “Book” button
• Complete the form with your name and contact information
• Click the "Next" button
• Review booking details and then click the “Checkout” button
• Click "promotional code" and enter SEAMONKEY (this will reduce the rate from $110 to $60)
• Click the “I agree” box at the bottom and then click the “Pay now and confirm your booking” button
• You will then be directed to PayPal for payment options

Located at 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, the boat is walking distance from the DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro – Port of Los Angeles. Directions will be provided to all who register.


Best of the West
Sunday, July 23, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017

Best of the West Tour

A multi-day bus tour of the iconic sights in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
Arranged by Trafalgar Tours.

Enjoy this very special tour designed exclusively for guests of the 13th International Conference on Copepoda! This tour begins on a luxury coach from the Double Tree by Hilton San Pedro – Port of Los Angeles and heads east to Arizona where you’ll arrive at your hotel for a very special Welcome Reception. You will then meet your Tour Director who will be guiding you through your entire trip.

On day two, experience one of the great Natural Wonders of the World, The Grand Canyon. The next day you will travel to one of the most exciting cities in the world, Las Vegas, Nevada! Here you will have free time to explore the famous Las Vegas Strip with its grand hotels, abundant shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings.

Next, say farewell to the Sin City as you head to northern California where you will stop in picturesque Yosemite National Park and stay in a beautiful lodge. Take in the incredible scenery of Yosemite National Park and board a Ranger-led, open-air tram tour of Yosemite Valley. You will be surrounded by giant California Redwoods, breathtaking views of the iconic Half Dome, and the granite monolith of El Capitan.

Your journey will then take you to the northern California coast to the glorious coastal city of San Francisco! Visit one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world, including the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Chinatown, and of course a stop in Golden Gate Park to view the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The next morning, wake up to breakfast at the famous Boudin Bakery, home of sourdough bread. Then enjoy free time as you explore this amazing city before your Best of the West Farewell Dinner featuring a fantastic California cuisine.

On the final day of your tour, say goodbye to the City by the Bay as you travel down the beautiful California coast back to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. Enjoy iconic sites like Beverly Hills, the famous Sunset Strip, and the Santa Monica Pier before bidding farewell to the Golden State of California.

Price: $2,931 USD per person
Price is based on twin-share accommodations for 15-19 tour participants and includes most meals, all hotel service charges, handling fees, gratuities, and local taxes. The price will be reduced if there are >19 tour participants. Optional tours and excursions are available at each stop for an additional fee.

To book this tour call or email:
Adrian Renteria
Trafalgar Group Specialist
1-800-626-6603, ext. 1111

Book this tour ASAP because a minimum booking of 15 people is required by April 15, 2017 for the tour to run!

Tour Schedule
Day 1 - Sunday, July 23: San Pedro to Arizona (Dinner Included)
Day 2 - Monday, July 24: Grand Canyon Sightseeing (Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Day 3 - Tuesday, July 25: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas (Breakfast Included)
Day 4 - Wednesday, July 26: Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park (Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Day 5 - Thursday, July 27: Yosemite National Park Sightseeing (Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Day 6 - Friday, July 28: Yosemite National Park to San Francisco (Breakfast Included)
Day 7 - Saturday, July 29: San Francisco Sightseeing (Breakfast and Dinner Included)
Day 8 - Sunday, July 30: San Francisco to Los Angeles (Breakfast Included)
Day 9 - Monday, July 31: Depart from Los Angeles Airport (Breakfast Included)


Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Monday, July 24, 2017

Along southern California's sandy beaches, from March through September, one of the most remarkable life cycles in the ocean occurs; the California grunion comes ashore to spawn. Approximatley 1 to 3 hours after the evening high tide, female grunion and their male suitors swim up on the shore en masse. The females wiggle tail first into the sand and then lay some 300 to 3,000 eggs, while the males encircle them depositing milt to fertilize the eggs below the sand surface. In this protected pod, the eggs develop for some 10 days until the next high tide triggers the grunion to hatch. They will mature in approximately one year thus completing the life cycle. Grunion live for 3 to 4 years and may spawn 4 to 8 times per season.

The Aquarium opens at 8:00pm and an auditorium program begins at 9:00pm, followed by a guided observation at the beach. You must arrive before 9:00pm to see the movie.

This is an evening event! Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended.

Price: FREE with 13th ICOC badge
Duration: 8:00pm to 12:00am

For more information about this tour click here