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In-Person Encounter Programs

The Ultimate VIP Experience

Visit in style with our exclusive VIP tour offering.  As VIP guests of the aquarium, you and your party of up to 5 people will be led on a behind-the-scenes tour through a variety of areas not generally accessible to the public. 

VIP Tour                

Penguin encounters

African Penguins

Be part of an exclusive group to go behind the scenes with our African penguins!  You’ll meet a member of our colony, learn how they serve as ambassadors to endangered populations in the wild, and have a chance to snap a photo to share with your friends!

Penguin Encounter                   

Seal encounters

Harbor Seals

Go behind-the-scenes for some one-on-one time with a resident harbor seal. Whether you learn how to train a behavior or hold a canvas for the flippered artist, you are sure to walk away with a better understanding of animal enrichment.

Seals Up Close                       

Paint with a Seal

Cali sea lion encounters

California Sea Lions

Their unique natural adaptations and eternal energy make our sea lion presentations a fan favorite. Share the spotlight for a moment or enjoy a more intimate experience during a private training session.

Trainer for a day

Be a Trainer for a Day!

Can’t decide where to start? Why not engage with them all! Hang out with one of our trainers during a round of animal feeding and training sessions to discover what it takes to care for these incredible animal ambassadors.

Reptile encounter


Get close to three of our more rugged animal ambassadors during this “show-and-tell” program. 

Ray encounter


Did you know our rays can paint? Enjoy a private feeding and painting session in our Ray Touch tent to see how we’ve crafted a unique tool that provides enrichment for the rays and one-of-a-kind art for you!  Perfect for families, and strollers are welcome!

Dive proposal

Dive Proposals & Special Messages

We believe that special moments deserve special gestures, that’s why our dive team is ready to celebrate your special occasion in style!