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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

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What To Expect

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.

Balboa Pier

This pier provides excellent sightings of the beautiful coastal line along with the crashing waves into the white sandy beaches.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • 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 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 Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?

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 Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?

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

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Traveler Tips

Trip is enjoyable but the boat is a little bit outdated.
Go for the second morning show you get more action.
I would certainly give a higher rating if there are advise/warning on parking.
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Summer emotions at the Sea
Marilina_B, Aug 2022
Amazing Captain Larry and Kayla…. Super friendly! They were so excited about watching what we find yesterday It was amazing!
My granddaughter came...
Christine_P, Aug 2022
My granddaughter came from outta state, and thought this would be a wonderful experience. We loved seeing all the dolphins.
We were lucky to see lots...
Ulrike_W, Aug 2022
We were lucky to see lots of dolphins and even a group of tunas. Great experience! No whales unfortunately.
It was amazing I highly...
Cameron_A, Aug 2022
It was amazing I highly recommend this adventure! So much fun and the service and people were very nice!
Nice experience, but go early in the day
Alba_T, Aug 2022
It was nice, they had food and drinks available to eat. I would recommend going earlier in the day though, when we went at 4:30pm it was really cold and we ended up unfortunately not seeing anything. We have gone before and actually seen some of the wildlife, though!
Pricey afternoon
Cynthia_B, Jul 2022
Should call it dolphin and seal watching. Also should warn out of state people who don’t know the area there is no parking available. We brought 2 cars and had to pay $40 each to park in a lot near by.
Should be named Dolphin tour
Lena_M, Jul 2022
The 2 Gentleman running the cruise were very friendly. They only took us out 5 miles from the land possibly due to time constraints. This particular boat (Catallac)only has inside seating by the bar or exterior seating that accommodates 8 or so. So if you’re not first in line you’ll be standing the entire way. You can purchase drinks and snacks on board. We did see dolphins, and sea lions. Having compared this to a previous experience we had with whale watching I’d spend more and take a longer tour and a bigger boat that’s more comfortable if whale watching is what you’re after.
My 15th Son's birthday celebration 💐🙏🇲🇽👑🇱🇷 International Mexico-America Queen
Palmira_B, Jul 2022
Grea experience!! I will coming back!! Everything was great, the service inside of the boat amazing, they offer coffe, hot chocolate and wine!! I'm an International Mexico-America Queen 👑 Palmira Bustillos.
Fun times
Jason_L, Jul 2022
Fun time with family. Disappointed we didn’t see any whales. Did see lots of dolphins. All in all definitely with the money.
Great tour!
Bryanna_G, Jul 2022
The tour guides were great! The boat was extremely nice. They have drinks and snacks available for purchase as well. We saw hundreds of dolphins and sea lions as well. Will definitely book this again!
My Family and I enjoyed...
Zahira_G, Jul 2022
My Family and I enjoyed the cruise. Although we didn't see whales, we saw dolphins and sea lions which we absolutely loved.
I didn’t get to go on the...
Lizet_L, Jul 2022
I didn’t get to go on the activity and didn’t get a refund. I canceled within 24 hours and still didn’t get approved for a refund.
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Awesome experience for all ages!
Lynn_G, Jul 2022
Seeing all the water life and birds... wonderful experience. The crew/staff were helpful and easy to approach.
It was great the. We...
Karimullah_S, Jul 2022
It was great the. We enjoyed but the only problem was the engine sound, it was too loud my 2 years old son was scared.
Date Night Post Disneyland w/Kiddos(they stayed with family while we went on a date)
Alexander_T, Jul 2022
Crew was great, veiw was great, only thing they told us was its better to go early in day casue of wind, but we still saw a pod of common dolphins and sea lions, highly recommend
Nice scenic tour on the water!
Stan_B, Jul 2022
Despite not seeing whales, it was still a very fun trip. We got to see two different pods of Dolphins. The stag was very friendly and did a great job! Our two daughters had a blast!
No whales but lots of...
Lynn_P, Jul 2022
No whales but lots of dolphins & sea lions! Fun trip perfect weather ide go again if we come back l loved the adventure
haley_w, Jul 2022
Beautiful trip, well maintained boat, and plenty of dolphins. The bathrooms were also very large and the bar had plenty
Lots of fun
Terence_H, Jul 2022
Very relaxing trip. Well worth the cost. I plan on going out on the boat again later this summer. This morning boat ride was worth every penny that I spent. My wife really enjoyed the ocean trip too. Thanks for everything. Ted
Best adventure ever with dolphins 😇
Akash_P, Jul 2022
Best thing ever I found, which gives you peace of mind and also you enjoy the nature beauty. I Highly recommend this adventure to do at least once in your life. Really amazing adventure🙌.


Product code: 5481WHALE