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Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

From US$ 32 per person

See giant blue whales, up to 100 feet in length, as well as finback whales and humpback whales on a 2-hour whale watching excursion off Newport Beach. These are just a few of the whale varieties making their home in the waters off Southern California.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Choose a whale watching adventure just minutes from the Disneyland Resort
  • See many varieties of whales, such as the giant blue whale, finback whale, and grey whale
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Newport-Laguna coastline
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On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.
  • Boarding pass for tour
  • Binocular rental
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks (available for purchase on board)
  • Gratuity
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Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Driving directions: From Los Angeles, take 405 South to 55 South. The Freeway ends at Newport Boulevard. Stay on Newport Boulevard to Main Street and turn left. We are in the Balboa Pavilion building at 400 Main Street. Parking in the Balboa Pier municipal lot: This large outdoor lot is located on Palm Street. While you are driving down Balboa Boulevard toward our location, you will make a right turn onto Palm Street. Once parked, walk to the base of the pier and turn your back to it. Walk away from the pier straight down Main Street. We are located in the Balboa Pavilion building next to the Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom.

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4.1 /5

based on 103 reviews

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Excellent!!! My daughter birthday weekend in Newport was awesome. The captain and staff are very nice and makes you feel at ease if your scared or have motion sickness. Catching the first boat ride in the morning around 7:00am was cool. Coming from Arizona the weather was nice, the breeze was so Oceanus, I will recommend this to my friends and family. Though we didn’t see any whales due to Migration about this time of season... we saw a Sun Fish, Sealions, and big pod of bluefin Dolphins. Well worth the trip. Thanks Davey’s

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May 31, 2021

It was amazing, one of the best excursions we took. Not only did we see grey whales jumping multiple times, but we also saw white dolphins and sea lions. The guides were very knowledgeable and were able to answer all of our questions, and amazingly found and positioned our boat to view these beautiful creatures. On top of that I got a very significant senior discount.

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March 5, 2019

Even better than I expected!

The boat was beautiful and clean (even the bathrooms). The staff was professional. Right away I could tell that the captain had a genuine enjoyment for his job. Whale watching does not come with a guarantee and he was as excited as the passengers to go in search of something amazing. I would have liked a little more outdoor seating variety because the few available spots were a bit crowded, but we worked it out. 2 hours was the perfect length for a trip like this. Good refreshments. The photographer has quite a talent. Heads up: there is no dedicated parking, so give yourself some extra time and be prepared to hike a block or two (but with beautiful scenery). On a side note, the gift shop was well-stocked (both quality items and fun grab-n-go type stuff) and very reasonably priced! The person who checked us in was polite and efficient. The whole operation was safety-conscious as well, which helped the kids relax.

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July 12, 2017

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