Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

35 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA

One of our nation’s most spectacular marine protected areas, NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world! The “Serengeti of the Sea” stretches along the central coast from San Francisco to Cambria and includes pristine beaches, jewel-like tide pools and lush kelp forests. Dive into the sanctuary by going sailing, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, or just splashing around in the waves at the beach — Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is your 6,000 square mile national undersea treasure! Overlooking the ocean and just steps away from the Santa Cruz Wharf, the Sanctuary Exploration Center features state-of-the-art exhibits. Visitors can explore the sanctuary’s remarkable marine environment through interactive exhibits and engaging film and learn about what you can do to protect this special marine protected area. For hours and programs offered, click here. Come and learn about Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary at the Coastal Discovery Center. Located across from Hearst Castle Visitor Center entrance, the Coastal Discovery Center is situated at Hearst State Beach by the San Simeon Pier. A join effort between MBNMS and California State Parks, the Center offers interactive exhibits and education programs which highlight the cultural and natural history of San Simeon, California State Parks and sanctuary. For hours, public education programs and opportunities for volunteers, click here.