Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Location: Orange County, United States

Hop aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) whale-watching boat for a fantastic adventure off the Orange County coast! During your whale-watching cruise, learn fascinating details about California sea life from the crew, and enjoy the Pacific Coast scenery. Year-round whale-watching cruises like this one are rare, so don’t miss this chance to see giant blue, finback, grey, minke and humpback whales, along with other marine life like dolphins, on this 2.5-hour tour from Newport Beach.
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Product Code: 5481WHALE
Round up your family and friends and set off on this 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Newport Beach. On a 65-foot (20-meter) boat, you’ll cruise down the Orange County coastline, watching for several varieties of whales, dolphins and other marine life.The coastal waters provide the calm conditions that attract these impressive mammals.
This whale-watching tour is available year-round, and depending on the season you travel, different whales may be in the area. Giant blue whales like to visit in the summer and fall months. These whales are the largest mammals ever seen in existence, usually growing to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length! You may also see grey whales, which can live up to 70 years. Finback whales are also common in the summer months; they are the second-largest mammals after blue whales, and they grow to up to 72 feet (22 meters).
During the winter and spring months, you'll typically see minke and humpback whales. The minke whale is one of the world’s smallest whales, only growing to about 23 feet (7 meters). The beloved humpback whale can grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters). Both whales love krill, and they ‘fluke’ (slap) their tails on the water in order to bring the krill up to the surface. Humpbacks are a very curious breed of whales and are often referred to as ’friendlies’ by sailors because they love to come up to ships.
Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like seals, sea lions and several types of dolphins. Your friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew all come from strong backgrounds in marine biology and will be able to answer all your questions.
Age Groups:
  • Infant: Age 0 - 3
  • Child: Age 4 - 12
  • Adult: Age 13 - 59
  • Senior: Age 60 - 99
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3 star rating by Melissa M on 8 May 2019

It is no one's fault that only one whale peeked part of its back above the water on this trip. That was almost made up for with a bunch of small dolphins swimming alongside the boat. There should be a disclaimer in your advertising that we may not see whales, but that we would enjoy time out on the water anyway.

2 star rating by Lori F on 9 Apr 2019

It is a shame that this whale watching excursion was not better. It was a beautiful day to be out on the boat. But did not see any dolphins; only saw one grey whale at a distance and a few sea lions. Crew member was good at letting us know about the whale and sea lions. The worst part of the trip were the approximate 12 obnoxious and totally disgusting young adults who were on the boat. They were loud, screaming, yelling, pushing other people aside and the crew did not do anything to stop them. Ruined the entire excursion and probably scared off all the animals!

5 star rating by Becky H on 8 Apr 2019

We were able to see False Killer Whales! They usually don't inhabit this area. The crew was so nice and made sure we had the best experience. We saw tons of dolphins and it was great!!

5 star rating by Alan R on 1 Apr 2019

Comfortable boat. Friendly crew. Lots of sightings of whales and dolphins. Beautiful harbor and nice restaurant next door.

4 star rating by sarahduck423 on 16 Jul 2018

No whales but plenty of dolphins who swam right next to the boat. It's also not 2.5 hours as it says. But nice tour and glad i did it.

4 star rating by kortneeburrell on 30 Jun 2018

I was disappointed because I didn't see any whales, but we did capture dolphins swimming multiple times. I also had the opportunity to see some sea lions. Overall, the experience was enjoyable and I definitely recommend this sighting seeing tour!

5 star rating by Niki L on 22 Mar 2018

Awesome fun time!!! Crew was so great, fun and courteous ... Check-in was very simple. You gotta do this when doing the tourist thing!!!

2 star rating by Mouhcine B on 13 Jan 2018

Parking was a challenge. We have not seen any whales.

4 star rating by Candace M on 20 Nov 2017

This was a cool experience but there are a few things I didn't like. When booking, it would have been important to let people know just how cold it would be out there. Maybe letting us know the average temperature over the water during that season. Everyone was wearing a light jacket expecting it to be a little colder than on land, but it was a lot colder. Everyone was freezing because they really weren't prepared for it.
Also, the cruise would be properly branded as a Marine Life Watching tour. It was only when we got on the boat we were told that we might not see a whale. Which was highly disappointing and felt misleading! Thankfully!! We did see one hump back whale right at the end of our tour. That made up for what felt 45 minutes of aimlessly circling the water with nothing in sight in the freezing cold for so long! It would've been nice to have something to entertain us with during the wait as well.
That being said we did see a large pod of dolphins and some sea lions catching some rays on a buoy. So that was pretty cool.
Overall, I enjoyed the tour!

4 star rating by Marcy W on 4 Oct 2017

Good trip. We saw lots of common dolphins, seals, and sea lions but unfortunely no whales.

Departure Point
  • Newport HarborNewport Beach, California
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Daily
Return Details
  • Returns to original departure point
  • 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.
Additional Details
  • 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.
  • Please note: there is a $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.
Voucher Info
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.