We spent the day in Monterey Bay yesterday. Their tourism tag line is “Grab life by the Moments” and it was definitely a day full of moments. We started at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and then spent time on the Monterey Coastal bike trail and on the Coast Guard Pier.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is impressive – right from the time you spend on their website through to the actual experiences you have. They have created an app that you can download and it allowed Hunter to plan out our visit the night before, picking what feeding experiences he wanted to see and which exhibits he wanted to visit. That made it so easy to make the most of our visit and ensure there were no disappointments or missed moments.
Some favourite experiences were:
- Penguin Feeding
- Sea Otter Feeding (and Sea Otters in general)
- Open Sea Feeding
- Kelp Forest Feeding
- Touch tanks with the star fish
The feedings were great – the staff were so informative and engaging and the Open Sea Feeding was eye opening with respect to how they manage to feed 4 distinct groups of sea animals (slower ocean sunfish, fast moving blue & yellowfin tuna & mahi maui, school of sardines and a group of hammerhead sharks) without any carnage.
After our 4 hours in the aquarium we were ready to do some more exploring. We hopped on our bikes and road south down the Monterey Bay trail system to explore the Pacific Grove shoreline. Lots of crashing waves and rock outcrops. On our way back to the truck we detoured down to the Coast Guard pier and it was an unexpected treasure…
- Coast Guard boats
- Fire department boats
- Police boats
- 2 dive shops for Tim
- a shoreline full of sea lions and seals at play
On our way home we stopped at a California Farm Stand and enjoyed the low prices and fresh produce as we loaded up for dinner!