Whale-Watching Cruise From Newport Beach

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    1: 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
    2: 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Hop aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) whale-watching boat for a fantastic adventure off the Orange County coast! During your whale-watching cruise, learn fascinating details about California sea life from the crew, and enjoy the Pacific Coast scenery. Year-round whale-watching cruises like this one are rare, so dont miss this chance to see giant blue, finback, grey, minke and humpback whales, along with other marine life like dolphins, on this 2.5-hour tour from Newport Beach.


Close encounter with friendly dolphins

Ideal choice for families

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Instant Confirmation

Led by a local guide

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Round up your family and friends and set off on this 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Newport beach. On a 65-foot (20-meter) boat, youll cruise down the Orange County coastline, watching for several varieties of whales, dolphins and other marine life.The coastal waters provide the calm conditions that attract these impressive mammals.

This whale-watching tour is available year-round, and depending on the season you travel, different whales may be in the area. Giant blue whales like to visit in the summer and fall months. These whales are the largest mammals ever seen in existence, usually growing to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length! You may also see grey whales, which can live up to 70 years. Finback whales are also common in the summer months; they are the second-largest mammals after blue whales, and they grow to up to 72 feet (22 meters).

During the winter and spring months, you'll typically see minke and humpback whales. The minke whale is one of the worlds smallest whales, only growing to about 23 feet (7 meters). The beloved humpback whale can grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters). Both whales love krill, and they fluke (slap) their tails on the water in order to bring the krill up to the surface. Humpbacks are a very curious breed of whales and are often referred to as friendlies by sailors because they love to come up to ships.

Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like seals, sea lions and several types of dolphins. Your friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew all come from strong backgrounds in marine biology and will be able to answer all your questions.


2.5-hour whale-watching cruise


Hotel pickup and drop-off


2.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge and wharfage fees is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Outside alcohol, ice chests, coolers or glass containers are strictly prohibited.

Vessel may change depending on availability.

Please note: there is a $2.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge and wharfage fees is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.

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  • 09-Mar-2020

    Trip is enjoyable but the boat is a little bit outdated. Crew members were nice and helpful. Will do it again in the future.

  • 05-Mar-2020

    Had my whale watching for my birthday however we saw a lot of dolphins we saw part of a whale but there was a private boat that was following it so it's scared it so we hardly got to see it but overall the day was just beautiful👍👍

  • 02-Aug-2019

    I would certainly give a higher rating if there are advise/warning on parking. It’s totally unacceptable that the booking process and followed up communication no mention of the parking issues- impossible to find spaces, if lucky enough you need apps...

  • 08-May-2019

    It is no one's fault that only one whale peeked part of its back above the water on this trip. That was almost made up for with a bunch of small dolphins swimming alongside the boat. There should be a disclaimer in your advertising that we may not see whales, but that we would enjoy time out on the water anyway.

  • 09-Apr-2019

    It is a shame that this whale watching excursion was not better. It was a beautiful day to be out on the boat. But did not see any dolphins; only saw one grey whale at a distance and a few sea lions. Crew member was good at letting us know about the whale and sea lions. The worst part of the trip were the approximate 12 obnoxious and totally disgusting young adults who were on the boat. They were loud, screaming, yelling, pushing other people aside and the crew did not do anything to stop them. Ruined the entire excursion and probably scared off all the animals!

  • 08-Apr-2019

    We were able to see False Killer Whales! They usually don't inhabit this area. The crew was so nice and made sure we had the best experience. We saw tons of dolphins and it was great!!

  • 01-Apr-2019

    Comfortable boat. Friendly crew. Lots of sightings of whales and dolphins. Beautiful harbor and nice restaurant next door.

  • 16-Jul-2018

    No whales but plenty of dolphins who swam right next to the boat. It's also not 2.5 hours as it says. But nice tour and glad i did it.

  • 30-Jun-2018

    I was disappointed because I didn't see any whales, but we did capture dolphins swimming multiple times. I also had the opportunity to see some sea lions. Overall, the experience was enjoyable and I definitely recommend this sighting seeing tour!

  • 22-Mar-2018

    Awesome fun time!!! Crew was so great, fun and courteous ... Check-in was very simple. You gotta do this when doing the tourist thing!!!

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