• Discover the Mysteries of the Deep: Ocean Institute's Bioluminescence Night Cruises Return!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | DANA POINT, CA - May 8, 2024 - Prepare to embark on a journey into the ethereal depths of the ocean as Ocean Institute proudly announces the return of its Bioluminescence Night Cruises. Back by popular demand, these enchanting expeditions offer a rare opportunity to witness the mesmerizing phenomenon of bioluminescence along the Southern California coast.                  
    Scheduled on select nights during the summer months, the Bioluminescence Night Cruises are a captivating exploration of the nocturnal marine world. Setting sail from Dana Point aboard the renowned R/V Sea Explorer, guests are invited to immerse themselves in an unforgettable experience from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.                            
    "Bioluminescence Night Cruises are a unique opportunity for individuals and families to witness the magical glow of the ocean at night," said Jack Parker, Port Captain of Ocean Institute and Captain of the R/V Sea Explorer. "Our cruises provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of bioluminescent organisms and the intricate ecosystems they inhabit."                                                
    During the cruise, participants will have the chance to learn about the remarkable ability of marine animals to produce their own light. Led by knowledgeable marine biologists, guests will observe the natural spectacle of bioluminescent plankton illuminating the waters below.                                                                       
    One of the highlights of the excursion is the deployment of a meter net 600 feet deep, capturing thousands of drifting organisms that emit their own light. From tiny plankton to fish and squid, participants will witness the intricate food chain in action, often accompanied by sightings of playful sea lions and dolphins.                                                      
    "We are thrilled to offer guests the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of bioluminescence firsthand," said Kaitlyn Davidson, Growth Marketing Manager at Ocean Institute. "These cruises provide a unique educational experience that fosters a deeper appreciation for the marine environment and the delicate balance of life within it."                                               
    Tickets for the Bioluminescence Night Cruises are priced at $55 per person, with special rates available for infants and toddlers (0-1 years old) at $10. Due to the limited availability and high demand, tickets are selling out quickly. Guests are encouraged to secure their spot today to ensure they don't miss out on this extraordinary adventure.
    Event Details:
    Dates: Select nights during the summer months only
     - Time: 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
     - Location: Departing from Dana Point, CA
     - Pricing: $55 per ticket, $10 for infants/toddlers (0-1 years old)
    Please note that the abundance of bioluminescence may vary depending on natural factors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://oceaninstitute.org/event/bioluminescence-night-cruise-4/all/                                        
    Join Ocean Institute on a voyage to discover the luminous wonders of the deep sea. Book your tickets now and prepare to be enchanted by the beauty of bioluminescence!        
    Note to editors: Images and additional information are available upon request. If you’re interested in joining a cruise as a member of the press (free of charge), please contact Kaitlyn Davidson, kdavidson@oceaninstitute.org
    About Ocean Institute:
    The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977, is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization that educates 100,000 children, teachers, parents, and visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. We are located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor; adjacent to a Marine Protected Area. The facility is an ocean education center that offers in-depth marine science and maritime history programs. The Institute includes state-of-the-art teaching labs, the spectacular Maddie James Seaside Learning Center, a historic tall ship, and an oceanographic research vessel. Immersion-based field trips range from one-hour science labs to multi-day programs at sea. All programs are designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.