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Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Newport Beach, United States

From $37.62

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered 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

What's Included

  • Landing and facility fees
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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

    Located on the Balboa Boardwalk in Newport Beach. Suite A.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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 20 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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

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

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

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
142 reviews
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Do your homework
Tiffany_G, Aug 2022
The dolphin watching was amazing. However, the tour we booked through Viator did NOT exist. We ended up being given a time an hour and a half later than we booked on large boat with a hundred people as opposed to the advertised 15 people small boat. Very misleading. Even a boat worker told us Viator advertises tours that don’t exist.
Dolphins Galore
Cathy_O, Aug 2022
My family and I were surprised to see just how many dolphins were swimming together!! The sights of them were amazing and thrilling! We were also lucky enough to see some tuna as well! Unfortunately, we did not see any whales but we still had a great experience. The captain also did a great job by getting us up close & providing important information on marine wildlife!
Excellent day for touring...
Carla_T, Jul 2022
Excellent day for touring the service was great. The announcement was great fun for the siting and spottings. Highly recommend for friends to go together or for families.
Cancellation attempt - no response
Tom_T, Jul 2022
I tried to cancel because our niece whom we were taking (coming out of a long medical stay) was sick. No one got back to us or responded?!
First ferry trip
Gurinder_R, Jul 2022
Kids had a great time watching dolphins🐬 in the sea 🌊. My kids enjoyed their first ferry ride 👍👍😊
Watching the Dolphins and the sea lion's
Robbie_H, Jul 2022
Watching the Dolphins and the sea lions unfortunately did not get to see any whales. It was still enjoyable.
Andrew_T, Jul 2022
Captain Andy was great, the crew was very nice. Perfect trip on seeing a wildlife. Overall was amazing, my family and I will definitely come back.
Monica_B, Jun 2022
Many dolphins but unfortunately no Whales😞 .......anyway a pleasant afternoon. I would Do It again!
Some fun.
Danny_H, Jun 2022
The boat ride in the open air. However, no whales to see. I do not want to say anymore. Thank you. I only seen Dolphins no Whales.
The crew were so friendly...
ELENITA_B, Jun 2022
The crew were so friendly and approachable. the captain of the ship gave information about the dolphins /sea creatures that we saw.
1 traveler found this review helpful
They were on time, boat...
Sudha_B, Jun 2022
They were on time, boat was clean and not too crowded, we saw dolphins, enjoyed the breeze and views, overall a great boat ride.
Whale watching
Ami_P, May 2022
Whale watching was fun but no whales. Saw lots of dolphins. No issues with boat and staff here. I’m ish instructions about check in were better. My reservation took me to one address and there was a long line there. Got to front and they directed me to a central location where I guess all of us who bought tickets were sent ( so it seemed lots of places sell the tickets and one company actually runs the show and check in ). So i think Captain Dave’s is the actual company that takes you out. We almost missed the boat because if this., hence the not 5 star.
Not recommend
Charlotte_W, May 2022
I am not satisfied with this tour. We booked a small boat (6 people) at 12 pm. The address on website is different from the actual checking in address. It took us 15 minutes running back and forth finally found the checking in site, resulting in being late for 5 minutes, our boat already departed. Since We couldn’t wait too long, we took the big boat tour including 47 people at 12:30pm. We saw a lot of dolphins but no any whale. I feel overall it is not worth the money spent. Won’t recommend!!
Very disappointed, paid...
charles_p, May 2022
Very disappointed, paid for catamaran but when we got to the venue they said we paid for the basic boat, the boat was very crowded
What a Whale Show!
Toni_S, Apr 2022
Wonderful experience! We cruised beside a mother whale and her baby along the CA shoreline. Beautiful weather, great crew, perfect day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great time aboard the Legacy
Joel_S, Apr 2022
Captain Andy was helpful, informative, very cheerful, and an excellent captain. We got to see patches the dolphin, and some sea lions. Had an incredible time
Awesome experience
Holly_K, Mar 2022
Got to see a Fin Whale and a pod of common dolphins!! The captain was very informative and made sure we got to see everything
Communication prior to...
Beth_B, Nov 2021
Communication prior to departure was incorrect (2 different emails) and confusing. Luckily it was cleared up w/phone call. The boat was spacious and comfortable, especially the booths in the bar. Only saw bottle nosed dolphins, and that was awesome!! Beautiful day!
Great staff. Wonderful...
Daniel_H, Nov 2021
Great staff. Wonderful boat ride!! They really tried to look for the whales. Made everyone feel fine.
Great Tour!!! very relaxing and fun!!!!
Marcus_M, Nov 2021
We had a great time!!! Boat ride was fun-great value for the money. The trip was very relaxing and it was very scenic.


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