• Location: Newport Beach, California
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Cruise off the coast of Orange County in search of whales on this 2.5-hour 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.


  • 2.5-hour 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

What You Can Expect

Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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, you'll learn about the different types of marine life that frequents 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). 

You'll also likely 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 2.5 hours out on the Pacific, return to Newport Harbor.

Customer Reviews

Ariovaldo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Realmente, um belo passeio.

Christine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The tour was great, the crew was friendly and fun. We saw so many dolphin, including lots of babies. Great value for a couple of hours on the ocean.

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great 2 hours out in the bay. Boat was spacious and clean and the crew informative and friendly. No whales but a large pod of about 200 dolphins further out which meant an excellent half an hour or so as they swam around the boat jumping in and out of the water. To see mothers and their young was an absolute joy. Sea lions on the way back rounded off a memorable trip. Well worth doing.

Roxana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The trip was amazing. We got to see a huge family of Dolphins. They were beautiful !!!!

Suzanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The trip was amazing. The water was relatively calm and the weather was wonderful. We did see a couple of whales but, we also saw a beautiful, purple marlin. The marlin came almost to the boat. On the way back into the dock, We saw several sea lions sunning themselves on a buoy.

Thomas G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This trip was outstanding! The ship was spacious, clean and the crew went out of their way to make sure we saw some marine life while we were out. No whales, but hundreds of dolphins and several sea lions.

We highly recommend this very affordable trip for all ages!

Thom and Nina Grim

Mark O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

So glad we took this cruise!! I was just excited to be out on the water and didn and #39;t really expect much more. It didn and #39;t take long before someone spotted a whale and we got so close we could smell its breath! I highly recommend this cruise!!

Claudina Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We loved it! and yes... we saw whales!!!
Everyone friendly and a lovely tour to do.

KDubb United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We took this tour on a Friday morning in April and it was the highlight of our California trip! We saw numerous dolphins, sea lions, and whales! It was amazing to see so much marine life 100 yards off the Newport coast! You cannot get too close to the whales for their and our safety however there was no need, you can spot a whale tail instantly! So grateful to the crew for doing their best to get us the experience we were hoping for! I highly recommend you not worry about where you are sitting if you travel with kids because as soon as the boat took of we were on our feet the whole time and stayed up front for the best views! Also, I suggest you try the grilled cheese sandwich on board, but remember to bring cash as it is cash only :

William R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

In addition to dolphins and sea lions we were fortunate to watch 3 gray whales, one of which put on quite a show breaching between 5 and 7 times. Our excursion was exceptional!

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