MPA Tours & Geocaches

Explore California’s Underwater Parks without getting your feet wet through new online tours! The California Google MPA Tours feature detailed descriptions of each of the State and Federal marine protected areas, National Marine Sanctuaries, and National Estuaries, with stunning photos and videos, and links to local “things to do” for your enjoyment and ease of vacation planning. The Google MPA tour is recently completed for the entire state, featuring more than 125 underwater parks from the Oregon border to Baja, and is divided into easy to navigate regional tours. Each tour explores all of the underwater parks along our amazing coast with breathtaking pictures and videos and links to nearby activities to enjoy these special ocean areas. Dive in!

California Google MPA Tour: Dive into Your Underwater Parks

Hunt for Hidden Treasures in California’s Central Coast MPAs

Our Underwater Parks Ambassadors have hidden treasures or geocaches in several of the central coast MPAs. Geocaching, a real-world treasure hunting game using GPS (global positioning system), allows people of all ages to explore the coastline in search of the cache boxes and the treasures within. Each geocache box contains information about Marine Protected Areas, otherwise known as underwater parks, a logbook to sign your name and fish magnets that are free for the taking.

New to geocaching? No problem! Visit the official geocaching website,, for more information, access to tutorials and links with tips and tricks for starting the hunt.

Geocaches are currently hidden in the following MPAs and more will be added soon! Enjoy the hunt!

The mission of the California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.