Sunday was a real treat for our family !
Did you know that there is a SemiSub in local Orange County ? Yup - and we were lucky enough to be invited on board the Sea Life Discovery for a 1.5 hour tour around SoCal's OC coastline.
The location is so easy to find. Park in the main parking lot of the Fun Zone at Balboa and walk to the Ferris wheel and you run into the ticket booth !
We were greeted by Debbie. She is the co owner, along with her husband Ken, of the Sea Life Discovery. This couple brought the Sea Life Discovery down from Alaska after 12 years and relocated it to sunny SoCal and started running the tours back up again in the summer of 2014. It took them 2 weeks to get the SemiSub down here.
We were so excited to get on board - none of us have ever been on anything like this before.
Boarding time was 9:45am for our 10am departure.
We were ready !
We got a cup of water and sat back to enjoy the on top of viewing ! The girls were so excited to see the underwater viewing I was barely able to keep them in a seat ... seriously !
This was out view looking back on to main land dock from the SemiSub. It really is in the heart of the Fun Zone !
Our Guides told us we were ready to depart ! I have got to tell you that Nate and Mike are great. They teamed up to create a very educational and comfortable tour. Nate was our main guide.. he is a driven young guy that has a heap of education and real knowledge behind him about local wildlife and more. He said he was working towards a Masters in Marine Biology... go go go .. that is awesome !
After a few mins we were told that were entered a kelp bed ! So amazing to see on both sides of us !
These giant kelp are about 35' to 40' and can get up to 100' .
Nate told us that in calm waters they can grow up to 2' per day and ideally the temp for the water would be about 50 to 60 deg.
We made it to a few more viewing areas and were also visited by a sea lion. The sea lion was towards the back of the SemiSub bobbing in and out of the bubbles.. The kids got a kick out of that lil guy !
Thank you to everyone at Sea Life Discovery Tours !
We had the best day out at sea in our local waters !
Hope to come back soon - It was Super SEArific !
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**Thank you Sea Life Discovery for inviting us on the tour and for the promotional items to give away two tickets and the discount code. All opinions are my own.**