Jelly Fish in Monterey Aquarium, California
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Monterey Bay Aquarium – Please Don’t Flash the Octopus


The Monterey Bay Aquarium is paradise on Earth. You can see AND you can touch. Isn’t it amazing for a museum? And there’s something very important you need to know about me: I LOVE FISH!

We were coming from a very bad day at Yosemite and the thought of just calmly meditating looking at fish was really appealing to me. I’m a diver (a very occasional one), but doesn’t it look cool to say it? Hey hi! I’m a diver. I have my card. Blink.

Anyway…The thing is that the most important rule when you dive (except to keep breathing) is to never touch anything ever. And I’m a ”toucher”(This sounds creepy. I’m sorry). I like to touch (Nope… doesn’t sound better).

In the Monterey Aquarium, they have special pools where you can touch some crabs, sea cucumbers, bat rays, and other weird creatures I had never seen before.

Monterey Bay Aquarium in California

Picture from Unsplash

Things you need to know: this place is HUGE. It took me 3 hours to visit all the different sections. And I wasn’t meditating this long in front of each aquarium. Also, even if the visit is long, please bring your kids there! Seriously, they have thought of everything: quests, games, costumes, color everywhere. It’s perfect!

But other people have already thought of that, because there’s so many kids!

I tried to relax and take pictures of fish but I was just constantly pushed by little humans. And even though I like mini-humans, sometimes I can be a bitch.

So I found the best strategy: I went 5 meters far from what I wanted to see, and say very loud ”Oh look! A shark!” And they all came running. ”I wanna see the shark! I wanna see the shark!”

There was no shark. Mehehe.

So I could take the best Finding Nemo casting picture in peace. Paparazzi style.

Finding Nemo Fish at the Monterey Aquarium in California

The best part is definitely the ”Jellies Experience.”  An impressive section entirely dedicate to jelly fish.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Jellies

Orange Jelly Fish at Monterey Bay Aquarium

After an afternoon visiting the Monterey Aquarium, I felt like eating seafood. I guess I’m a bad person. To save my karma, I finally had a burger.

Oh wait, isn’t Karma an Indian thing?


At least, I swear I didn’t flash the octopus.

Monterey Aquarium: Don't flash the octopus

Practical Info


Monterey can be quite popular during the summer, make sure to book your room in advance.

I chose to book mine on Airbnb, and I found an old school bus transformed into a room. It was super original and I spend the best night ever.

Not familiar with Airbnb? Take a look at my Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb.


If you prefer, there’s also tons of options for Monterey Hotels.


The cost to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium is around 50US$/adult but it totally worth it!

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Monterey Bay Aquarium: One of the best aquariums in the World. Located in Big sur, it's a good place to stop on a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. #California #Roadtrip #Aquarium

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9 Commentaires

  • Reply Mauricio 21 octobre 2014 at 9 h 02 min

    NOT FLASH THE OCTOPUS????? mmmmhhhhhh hihi really?? oh ok that kind of flash ;)

  • Reply Annie Anywhere 21 octobre 2014 at 12 h 51 min

    I didn’t flash in any ways. ;)

  • Reply Geneviève Arcand 25 octobre 2014 at 11 h 03 min

    Have you ever seen how cute are baby stingray!!! My heart is melting

  • Reply Annie Anywhere 25 octobre 2014 at 14 h 03 min

    Oh wow! this video is so cute! Thanks for sharing.
    In fact, there were baby bat rays when I was at Monterey Bay Aquarium. They look like cute aliens. Ahah!

  • Reply Stephen 1 décembre 2014 at 22 h 43 min

    Je trouve que c’est l’article le plus rigolo jusqu’à maintenant :)

  • Reply Annie Anywhere 2 décembre 2014 at 8 h 12 min

    Merci Stephen! Contente de t’avoir fait rire! :)

  • Reply Penny 15 avril 2015 at 4 h 52 min

    My first ever visit to the States was to California and we went here – it was fantastic! I remember looking at the jelly fish in that big blue tank in your last photo so vividly as it was huge and I’d never seen anything like it before.

    Another memory was the Sea Otters, floating around on their backs – do they still have those there?

    Great day, totally worth the drive from San Francisco. Thanks for triggering some happy memories :)

    • Reply Annie Anywhere 15 avril 2015 at 7 h 14 min

      Yes the otters are still there, playing around. Very funny to look at :)

      • Reply Penny 15 avril 2015 at 9 h 56 min

        Yay, loved those little guys!