Enjoy and explore the natural world while contributing to its preservation.

Our Travel Philosophy
Oceanic Society travelers in Raja Ampat. © Wayne SentmanWe strive to facilitate meaningful, life-changing experiences for our travelers—ones that will inspire them to become more intimately involved in conservation long after the expedition is over.

On the ground in the places we visit, our expeditions support conservation, research, and community development efforts that serve to underpin long-term sustainable relationships between people and the oceans.

By participating in an Oceanic Society expedition, you are more than just another traveler. You are an active participant in our global effort to build a healthy future for the oceans.

We believe that responsibly conducted nature tourism can help save natural areas by contributing financially to conservation and inspiring lasting commitments to conservation among our travelers. By traveling to the world's parks and reserves, you are helping to protect those wilderness areas by contributing to an economy that is in harmony with conservation. Oceanic Society follows a code of ethics in all of its ecotours and research expeditions.

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As a non-profit conservation organization with decades of global experience, our extensive network of staff and conservation partners gives us access to special insights and opportunities that are not available through other travel operators. Our trips are guided by working field biologists, naturalists, and conservationists who are knowledgeable and passionate, and we partner with local residents to enrich their lives as well as yours.


As lifelong students of nature, we believe that appreciation of the natural world is enhanced through knowledge. Our trip leaders are trained to interpret nature in engaging ways and to provide information that enhances your experience by explaining the science behind the species and habitats you will observe. We also team up with local experts whenever possible to give you opportunities to learn from the latest field research.


We aim to do more than take you on an amazing trip. We want your travel experience to positively impact your life and inspire you to become an active participant in building a healthy future for the oceans. We select, design, and lead our expeditions around this bold idea, and empower our travelers with the tools and knowledge they need to become part of the growing “oceanic society.”


Travelers with Oceanic Society can rest assured that their travel dollars are well spent. We take great care to partner with travel operators, non-profit organizations, and individuals who share our commitment to preserving the natural world and supporting local community well-being. Moreover, your program fees help support Oceanic Society’s global research, conservation, and outreach programs.


Over the years, we have earned many awards for our travel programs. Some of these include:


Reserve your spot for one of our expeditions, and get ready for an unforgettable experience!


For a current catalog or detailed and updated trip information, including dates and costs, please contact us:

800 326-7491 (in the US) or 415 256-9604
Monday thru Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST)


Oceanic Society Expeditions serve over 5,000 people each year through international natural history journeys, participatory research expeditions, and California whale watching trips. The Expeditions programs offer opportunities for the public to enjoy and learn about wildlife and natural habitats or to assist scientists with field research.

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