People who love the sea often ask that their ashes be scattered on the ocean. Our Sea Burials are performed approximately 1 mile offshore from a variety of lovely locations, including Pt Cabrillo, Lovers Point and Chase Reef.
Your group will board and travel about 30 minutes, the boat will be brought to a rest and the ashes will be released by your family or our crew. The vessel will then circle the ashes, and then we will return to the harbor. The GPS coordinates will be mailed to the family. In case friends and family are unable to attend, we also offer unattended scattering of ashes, in which we sail to a point off the coast and release the ashes for you.
Permits are Required – Monterey County Regulations
For sea burials offshore of Monterey County, you will need to go to the Monterey County Health Department (1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA) where the health department personnel will fill out the "Application and Permit for Disposition of Human Remains". For planning purposes, here is a sample application that shows the information you'll need to provide. The fee for that permit is $11.00. For more information see the Vital Records Services section of the Monterey County Health Department website or call (831) 755-4500 and ask for "vital records, burial at sea". To conduct a burial at sea, we are required to make sure you have obtained a permit.
When the deceased is cremated, the facility handling the cremation will ask the responsible party what the final disposition will be. The permit will state where the burial will take place. Usually it will say "At sea off Monterey County, CA."
For deaths that occurred in California, the cremated remains will be accompanied by this permit. We will provide you with the coordinates where the scattering of ashes takes place, and we will fill out the form and return it to the authorities as required.
If the death occurred outside of California, the cremated remains might not be accompanied by any paperwork. However, a permit will still need to be issued from Monterey County. Often, families hold the cremains of one person until the mate passes away, then the ashes of both are scattered together. This is a sweet thing to do, but cremains that have been stored must be accompanied by a recently issued permit for burial at sea.
Depending on the size of your group you can choose a vessel that best accommodates your parties needs. We hope this information has been helpful in making your personalized arrangements. Welcome Aboard
Monterey Harbor 250 Figueroa Street Monterey, Ca. 93940