FUNERALS AT SEA
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San Diego, CA
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Since 2014
Over 1,000+ trips at sea
Meet Captain John Valente
After a long successful career in law enforcement, I was very fortunate in being able to retire at a fairly young age. Certainly too young to sit on the front porch and yell at passing kids to "Get off my lawn!"

Having grown up around the oceans all my life, I launched a second career by purchasing a yacht and starting a charter company. That one yacht purchase has evolved into the largest private yacht charter network in San Diego with over 25 private charter yachts to choose from. We are now able to host any party from a romantic couple on a sunset cruise to a corporate event for up to 1200 guests.
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The Poke, a Hawaiian dish of strong Japanese influence, like a deconstructed sushi that follows the current trends of healthy cuisine, is a faithful choice to Hawaii's cuisine.

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Sake: the perfect match for Hawaiian food

Poke.. meet Sake

Our bar menu provides the perfect complement to the pokes. It consists of cocktails, wines, teas and Sake, the guest of honour, to further enrich this gastronomic journey through the Pacific.

A Mai Tai cocktail, the right wine, a comforting tea or... Sake? Japan's famous drink combines with poke as perfectly as the ukulele and sunset on the beach.

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Attended sea scattering

If you live in the San Diego or surrounding areas, we welcome you and your loved ones to charter one of our private yachts to plan and attend your ash scattering at sea services.  This is considered an “Attended Burial At Sea.”

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Unattended sea scattering

There may be any number of occasions when the family of the deceased may be unable to attend the final services of their loved one.  However, San Diego was particularly meaningful to the deceased and that’s where they wanted their cremains to be set free.

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Full body sea burial

We are one of very few charter companies in the United States that provides full body burial at sea services.  Burials at sea have taken place for thousands of years and across many religions, faiths, and cultures from around the world.

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Celebration of life

Regardless of when your initial funeral service took place, we believe a Celebration of Life memorial service on San Diego Bay is always a great way to honor and commemorate a loved one's life.  We've hosted countless Celebration of Life services and would love to assist you in planning this memorable event for your family and friends.

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Sea Burials of San Diego offers a professional, compassionate, eco-friendly, and affordable way of saying farewell to a loved one whose final wishes were to be laid to rest at sea.  We are a full service yacht charter company providing assistance in planning your ash scattering at sea, full body burial at sea, and celebration of life memorial services.  We pride ourselves in providing personalized service to people of all faiths.

First, please allow us to extend our sincerest condolences for the loss of your loved one.  We understand this can be a very trying and challenging time for a family making final arrangements.  Please know that we are here to assist you as much as possible with compassion and empathy for your situation.  You know your loved one best and we can assist you in providing the best service available, no matter which sea burial method you choose.  We have a network of yachts and service providers that we work closely with to provide you, your family and friends with a seamless memorial and funeral at sea service from beginning to final resting place off the beautiful coast of San Diego. 

The Sea Burials division of San Diego Bay Cruises is able to manage your memorial services at sea even if you’re not located in San Diego.  Of course, we invite you and your loved ones to attend your memorial services, but we are also able to conduct unattended ash scattering and burials at sea if you are outside the San Diego area, but your dearly departed wished to be laid to rest off the coast of San Diego.  If your loved one is not cremated, we can arrange for full body burials at sea in San Diego even if your loved one’s body is prepared in another location.  Please contact us to make arrangements for transportation of remains to a funeral home in San Diego.  Cremains can be shipped directly to us for unattended services and scattering at sea.

All of our yacht charters that are used for burials at sea and ash scattering are US Coast Guard credentialed Captains and professional crew.  We can also provide you with a non-denominational officiant to give comfort to you and your family, and officiate a ceremony if you’d like. Or, you’re welcome to invite your own pastor or religious leader.  When booking your service through Sea Burials of San Diego memorial services, you will be directly in touch with our Captain and coordinator for all of your service needs. This is an especially difficult time, emotions are elevated, and some people need a compassionate ear to hear their needs.  Captain John Valente is our Lead Captain, burial at sea coordinator, and Celebration of Life event planner.
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BS in Biochemistry and Masters of Physical Therapy
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Frequently asked questions

May I keep some of the ashes?
Is a permit required to spread ashes at sea?
Is food offered at the service?
Can I personalize my service?
Where do the ashes go once they enter the water?
How much notice do you need to book a service?
Does your business have a religious standing?
How can I be sure that the ashes are actually scattered? (Unattended)
When is the best time to spread ashes?
How much does your service cost?
Do we tip the captain and crew?
How do we pay?
Do you offer financing?
is it legal to ship ashes? (Unattended)

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