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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

Newport Beach, United States
Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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Cruise off the coast of Orange County in search of whales on this excursion from Newport Beach. Watch the rugged, beautiful scenery of the Pacific Coast glide by as you listen to interesting commentary from your crew about the native California marine life. Watch for blows and tail slaps; these signal that humpback, minke, grey, finback or giant blue whales are near. Dolphins and other marine life are also in abundance during this family-friendly, year-round whale watching tour.
  • Whale watching tour from Newport Beach
  • Keep your eyes open for blue, grey, minke, finback, and humpback whales
  • Knowledgeable captain and crew
  • Multiple departure times available
  • Spot other marine life such as dolphins, seals and more
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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.
  • 400 Main St , 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

    Our location is inside the historic Balboa Pavilion located in the beautiful Newport Beach, CA. Our vessels depart from these docks as well. Parking is located roughly 100 yards from our location. Best place to park is next to the Balboa Pier.

  • 309 Palm St , 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

    Our second location is in Unit A of the 309 Palm Street building facing the harbor. Our building is located to the left of the Auto Ferry if you are looking towards the east.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Make your way to Newport Harbor for the departure of your whale watching cruise down the coast of Orange County. 

    Board the 65-foot (20-meter) boat and meet your experienced captain and crew, all of whom have extensive backgrounds in marine biology. As the boat leaves the harbor, learn about the different types of marine life that frequent the area and what to look for. 

    This year-round tour allows the opportunity to see different animals during different seasons. During the winter and spring months, watch for minke whales; one of the world's smallest, they only grow to about 23 feet (7 meters). Winter also brings the humpback whale, which can grow to an impressive 52 feet (16 meters). Both of these whales eat krill and are known to slap their tails on the surface of the water, or 'fluke'. 

    Blue whales, the largest mammals in existence today, usually grow to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length. Watch for these giants during the summer and fall months, in addition to grey whales and finback whales (the second-largest type of whale). 

    There are also possibilities to see dolphins, sea lions, and seals on your trip. Feel free to ask any questions of your knowledgeable captain and crew regarding any of the animal life you encounter.

    After your time on the Pacific, return to Newport Harbor.
    Stop At:  
    Balboa Pier
    This pier provides excellent sightings of the beautiful coastal line along with the crashing waves into the white sandy beaches.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Balboa Fun Zone
    Here families and children can enjoy a ride on the Ferris Wheel or test their luck out in the arcade. Three other rides (swings) or available to smaller children as well.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    • 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.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 144 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Davey's Locker
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach.
    What is the social distancing policy during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach.

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    Traveler Tips

    • "Trip is enjoyable but the boat is a little bit outdated." See review
    • "Go for the second morning show you get more action." See review
    • "I would certainly give a higher rating if there are advise/warning on parking." See review


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    The workers were ok...
    , Oct 2021
    The workers were ok We saw a lot of dolphins that was the best part and we enjoyed but we didn’t see any whales and that was what we payed for also the name of the business is whale-watching but the guys said they were running out of time so we had to go back.
    Whale Watching
    , Sep 2021
    Wonderful experience! We saw So many dolphins. The guides was very knowledgeable: The tour is 2 hours.
    A beautiful afternoon on the water!
    , Sep 2021
    Hundreds of dolphins were frolicking around the boat! Vessel was spacious, clean and had plenty of snacks a beverages. No hidden costs. No hint of seasickness. A beautiful afternoon!
    Great value
    , Sep 2021
    We got lucky ,came across a pod of dolphins 200 plus . Was fun and the weather was great 👍. Price is fear for the intertainment, Heads up on giving yourself time to find a place to park! The area is packed ....!
    Dolphin Sighting
    , Sep 2021
    We didn’t see any Whales. BUT we ran into a HUGE POD of Dolphins!!! It was Amazing! The crew of the Nautilus were Excellent!!! The captain was very informative and wonderful. First time for me but not the Last.
    DO not Recommend
    , Sep 2021
    HORRIBLE DO NOT RECOMMEND IF you are from out of town. NO PARKING Anywhere..My Tuckets were Released. Refund Me Please...I Followed all of the Daveys instructions and drove 1.5 to SoCal in LA traffic. For Nothing Poor customer service.
    , Aug 2021
    It was an awesome boat ride out into the ocean. Seen lots of dolphins. The only reason for not 5 stars, is we didn't get to see a whale. Super cool staff. Awesome scenery, awesome captain. Full bar, bathrooms and snacks. Awesome experience!
    , Aug 2021
    Everything was great, specially the dolphins’s show!! 👍 I definitely came back next summer! I came with my husband and two teens.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Nice but…
    , Aug 2021
    The trip in general was good, we only were unlucky to see a whale, but liked that the crew gave the tourists another chance to ride again for only $7, what I didn’t like is the vessel extremely loud engine sound, really made me sick and uncomfortable. Generally speaking it’s nice and the crew were very nice and friendly.
    Very disappointing
    , Jul 2021
    Did not see one whale or dolphin. This is basically a harbor cruise. Staff a little snarky. Would not recommend this tour.
    2 travelers found this review helpful

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