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Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Newport Beach, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


Watch for whales and dolphins off Newport Beach aboard a double-decker catamaran with bow seating and 360-degree views. A diverse array of marine wildlife thrives in the protected area just outside Newport Bay, and you'll have the chance to see humpbacks, gray whales, finback whales, blue whales, seals, and several species of dolphins. The boat has a 96% success rate spotting whales or dolphins, making this a great way to explore California wildlife in a gorgeous natural environment.
  • Wildlife-watching cruise in a two-deck catamaran
  • See native wildlife in the Newport Bay
  • Enjoy views of the California coast from the water
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
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Landing and facility fees
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 144 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Newport Landing Whale Watching

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.

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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 Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise?
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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What is the policy on sanitization during Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise?
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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What is the social distancing policy during Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise?
This activity will have a maximum of 144 travelers.

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  • "Wet day trip, wee bit bumpy, nice boat trip but slas no whales for us, did see a few dolphins and sea lions though so still worth it" See review


91 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Awesome Vibe
, May 2021
Easy check in and reservations. Dannie, Bryce and Tiffany worked great to make sure we knew all the announcements and could get the most out of the experience. We got to understand patterns, seasons and spot common dolphins surfing behind the boat and some of the first kinky whales of the year. Me and my friends enjoyed. Great for larger groups. Bring a jacket - it gets cold on the water. Afterwards nice area to get food or a drink.
It was good, but disappointed in the photos with no shots of the mega pod if dolphins.
, Apr 2021
My little grandson and I had a wonderful time in our cruise April 7th. We had a mega pod of dolphins all around us and truly majestic. However, I was very disappointed with my photos I purchased from the photographer expecting at least one photo for a memory of the beauty of the mega pod. There were none, not one photo of the majestic mega pod that could’ve been easily captured. Instead, there were 20 photos of a couple of single dolphins and on photo of two dolphins. My own phone battery had died so was unable to get any shots on my own. I was very disappointed as I grew up here and have never seen a mega pod or the majestic beauty so up close.
, Nov 2020
This was great! Even though we didn’t get to see any whales we seen dolphins and it was great! The crew was friendly and very knowledgeable! Even though we did not see any whales they gave us discounted passes to reschedule and come again! Highly recommend!!
, Aug 2020
Terrible. Didn’t see anything but seals and birds. Don’t waste your time. They didn’t give money back, instead they gave us back a $7 coupon and said better luck next time. Screw em, never again 🤷🏽‍♂️
Numerous different types of wildlife
, Jul 2020
It was awesome! We saw thousands of dolphins, 2 whales multiple times, a swordfish and tons of anchovies that the dolphins were chasing and feeding on. Such a great experience!
, Jul 2020
Great trip, the Captain quickly spotted a pod of dolphins which swam alongside the boat for over 30 mins. Also enjoyed the refreshments on board and courteous crew.
Newport Beach
, Jun 2020
We didn’t see any whales but coming back we saw plenty of dolphins. My grandson was so excited about the dolphins The there was also the shops
Saw a Humpback Whale
, Jun 2020
Great Experience!! We saw lots of dolphins and two whales. The staff was very knowledgeable and professional. The boat was very clean and nice.
Bad check in experience
, Jun 2020
the check in personnel wasn't accommodating. We missed the tour, got there on time and they said we paid only for 2people when I had the evidence and showed it to them(the comfirmation) that we had a toddler as well. During the back and fort conversation we missed the boat. Managed to get on the next one, and once we were on see, everything was good. Was hard to mess that one up.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Good afternoon, First of all, I would like to apologize for the issue you endured. We always strive to provide the upmost customer service. We are currently light staffed due to child care issues due to Covid-19. With that being said, there was an internal manual entry error that occurred when inputting your reservation due to our systems not being interlinked. I would be happy to have you out on one of our sunset cruises in the future to make up for this. Let me know if you would like to part take in one of these cruises for two adults and an infant.
, Mar 2020
It was a wonderful experience , I Will deffently do it again and I will recommended to family and friends

Product code: 43063P1

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