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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
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icon2 to 3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

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
Gratuities
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.

Departure Point

400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
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
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Q:
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
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Q:
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
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Q:
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
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 144 travelers.

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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Very disappointing
Shelley_M
, Jul 2021
Did not see one whale or dolphin. This is basically a harbor cruise. Staff a little snarky. Would not recommend this tour.
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star-5
Amazing!
Carol_L
, Jul 2021
Captain and crew were awesome! Beautiful wildlife. We saw and amazing pod of dolphins that played near the boat and sea lions sunning! Beautiful trip, smooth ride! Safe boat! Take the time to enjoy this trip! Well worth the cost
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Great day!
Sherri_B
, Jul 2021
It was very fun! We didn’t see any wells but we saw a lot of dolphins and some sea lions! My grandkids loved it!
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star-5
An amazingly fun time
Kim_G
, Jul 2021
It was a very nice ride, the views were amazing. We loved riding next to the dolphins and seeing the sea lion. We were bummed that there were no whales, but understand that is out of anyone's control. I thought we would go out farther into the ocean away from land, and be out longer. I thought it was nice that there was food and drinks to purchase on the boat.
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family fun
babyboomer46
, Jul 2021
The boat was clean, the view was great, the trip was memorable ....what more could you ask .....six grandkids and one old lady! There was even a galley with snacks for the hungry travelers!
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Great Experience and Great Captain and Deck Hand
Angela_N
, Jul 2021
We didn't see any whales but we saw 500 plus dolphins, and it was awesome. The captain and his deck hand were great. Safety was their number one priority.
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Amazing
Evarista
, Jul 2021
We love it for the first time my family being out on the ocean we got to see whales, dolphins and seals that’s was all amazing
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Fantastic
Denise_B
, Jul 2021
Fantastic trip. Saw an enormous amount of dolphins. At least 100+. Crew was great. Best trip ever!! Would highly recommend. Great value.
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Good value.
Lanky
, Jul 2021
It was a good cruise at a great price. The crew were friendly and courteous. Unfortunately we did not get to see any whales. We saw a lot of Dolphins and Sea Lions.
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Saw the tail
Alfonso_R
, Jun 2021
We saw a blue whale, it showed us the tail!! Beautiful, this is one’s in a lifetime opportunity don’t let it pass
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