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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

Newport Beach, United States

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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.

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.
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.

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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 Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
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 Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
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 Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
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 Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
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
  • "I would certainly give a higher rating if there are advise/warning on parking." See review


282 Reviews

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Birthday whale watching cruise
, May 2021
Very knowledgeable and experienced crew. Got to see a huge pod of Dolphins. Had a beautiful experience on my birthday 🥳
, May 2021
Awesome experience. The whole family enjoyed the ride. Thanks so much! The burgers were good too. We saw lots of dolphins.
Worth it!
, May 2021
We saw 100s of dolphins, guide 2as informative and provided lots of facts about the whales we did see. Awesome!
The only thing I remember is the amount of email you keep sending!
, Apr 2021
The amount of emails you send! Too are overdoing it! Do not use my email to market your business! I provided my email to receive confirmation of my ticket not for marketing purposes.
Best experience
, Apr 2021
Amazing day with the family out on the water for Easter. Not only did the Whale get close to our boat, we were able to see a lot of dolphins close up as well. The kids and us truly enjoyed this great experience!
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Good times
, Mar 2021
It was a beautiful experience my grandson loved it!! We saw four whales👍🏻 Looking forward to going again.
Actually seeing the...
, Mar 2021
Actually seeing the whales and the sea lions. Friendly staff, beautiful weather , and knowledgeable crew. Thanks
Perfect for toddlers!!
, Mar 2021
We seen several whales 🐋 excellent experience for all ages. There’s plenty of room and restrooms were clean. The drinks were great. Can’t wait to go again!
, Sep 2020
Made a mistake. Cancelled moments after booking. Company has yet to acknowledge refund. Three attempts so far. I am forced to contact my credit card company to block payment.
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No whales
, Aug 2020
We didn’t see any whales or dolphins. They gave me coupons to go for another trip at a reduced rate but I am from way out of state and only am here for another day so it does me no good. If you choose to go I would try for your first day of vacation in case you have the same experience. I would have thought they were using recorded migration patterns to find them but it really just seemed like they drove out into the ocean for a hour then turned around and came back.
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