Channel Islands - Whale Research

Truth Aquatics
August 19-25, 2018

Learn about humpback whale behavior from renown scientists while cruising and diving the Northern Channel Islands. This is an opportunity of a lifetime! 

SOLD OUT - accepting waitlist

Tour Leaders: Amy Christopher & Kellon Spencer

Ocean First has teamed up with Ari Friedlaender and the Marine Mammal Institute on what promises to be a unique and thrilling adventure to actively participate in humpback whale research. Our journey brings us to the Northern Channel Islands off the coast of California. There are 4 islands we will visit: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Anacapa. These islands are teeming with life, providing divers and non-divers alike with underwater and topside excitement! Sea lions, garibaldi, grouper, seals, leopard sharks, and lush kelp beds provide a beautiful and exciting environment! Non-divers will have plenty to do as well with kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling options each day.

Our guest researchers, Ari Friedlaender and John Calambokidis, are well-known whale specialists who will be conducting important research on whale behavior while on our trip. Participants on our trip will be able to assist with their current project, contributing to future whale conservation efforts in the process. Each evening will be recapped with lectures by Ari and John based on that day’s experience. This expedition is a perfect blend of adventure, education, and active participation and space is limited! 


  • 5 nights onboard Conception
  • Renown whale scientists Ari Friedlaender and John Calambokidis on board
  • Up to 4 dives/day
  • 2 nights hotel stay Santa Barbara; August 19 and 25
  • All meals & non-alcoholic beverages on board Conception
  • Research participation & naturalist lectures daily
  • Kayaking, hiking and SUP
  • $300 contribution to future whale research programs
  • 2 Ocean First trip leaders

Not included:

  • Roundtrip airfare Denver - Santa Barbara
  • Meals in Santa Barbara
  • Airport transfers
  • Crew gratuity
  • Wine tasting tour $129/person
  • Any unforeseen cost at the time of booking.
  • Travel insurance - strongly recommended 

Trip Cost: 

  • Single twin bed OR share double bed on board, double occupancy at the hotel: $2,795
  • Single twin bed on board, single occupancy hotel: $2,995
  • Guaranteed double bed, single occupancy on board, single occupancy hotel: $3,375 

Payment Schedule: 

  • Nonrefundable deposit: $750
  • Final payment due by June 1, 2018 

Cancellation Policy:

  • Changes made to the reservation may result in additional fees.
  • Cancellation 180 days or more: refund given based on reselling the space.
  • 179 - 120 days: original deposit is forfeited.
  • 119 days or less or a no-show: no refunds given.