Ocean Encounters

From Saturday, June 15, 2024 to Saturday, August 31, 2024 June 15, 2024 August 31, 2024 Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club Every Saturday

Saturdays • 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Explore the ocean without ever leaving the shore. Stop by Kids Club to delight in a complimentary interactive experience as Ocean Institute presents a hands-on exhibit where you can touch, feel, and learn about various creatures that live in our ocean waters. Activities include specialty touch tanks, an echo location station where you can experience how dolphins hear, a display of ocean artifacts, and ocean-themed story time at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

Available for Resort guests only. 

Logo, Company Name


The Ocean Institute is a community-based non-profit organization that educates 100,000 children, teachers, parents, and visitors annually through over 60 marine science and maritime history programs. Located 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.

Ocean 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 designed to maximize immersion, spark curiosity, and inspire a deep commitment to learning.