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.
Rates and Additional Information
Our rates for burial at sea are very reasonable. They are $300 for up to two hours burial at sea on Beachhopper II (up to 10 passengers) as our schedule permits. Additional charges are $130 per hour for each additional hour., we have more options. Contact us by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org 408-234-8445 if you have questions. We will help make this final remembrance everything you have in mind.
Flowers and petals can be scattered on the water as part of the burial at sea ceremony, but balloons and styrofoam are not permitted, as such items cause harm to Marine Life.
You will also need to go in person to the Monterey County Health Department office, where the health department personnel will fill out the "Application and Permit for Disposition of Human Remains". You'll need to bring a copy of the completed form along when you board the boat. If you're shipping the cremains via mail for unattended scattering at sea, please include the"Authorization for Burial At Sea" in the shipping container.
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Biodegradable Urns & Green Urns
Ensure that the world lives on long after a loved one’s gone with an Eco-friendly biodegradable urn. Each biodegradable cremation urn is made from a recyclable material and is painted with water-soluble colors. Ideal for sea scattering and earth burial, the biodegradable urns disintegrate within hours, days or a year.
Environmentally friendly biodegradable urns, earth urns and paper urns offer families an eco-sensitive alternative. Biodegradable urns come in two basic types: urns designed for water burial and urns designed for ground burial. Here's an easy-to-follow summary of each type.
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