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Newport Beach: Year-Round Whale Watching Cruise

4.3 / 5

32 reviews

Newport Beach: Year-Round Whale Watching Cruise

From US$ 36 per person

Go whale watching at any time of the year on a cruise that has a 96 percent success rate in whale viewing! You’ll be on the lookout for a variety of whales, including the giant blue whale which is over 80 feet in length, humpback whales, and others.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Take a cruise that boasts a 96 percent whale viewing success rate
  • Travel on a ship built specifically for whale watching, with 2 decks
  • See finback whales and grey whales in the winter and spring, and giant blue whales in the summer and fall
Full description
The waters surrounding Newport Harbor are deep and nutrient-rich, attracting all types of marine creatures. Cruises typically see a variety of whales including giant blue whales (during the summer and fall), finback whales, grey whales (in the winter and spring), minke whales, and humpback whales, as well as several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life. Each cruise is a unique experience in that you never know what you might encounter. The Laguna Beach coastline lies just to the south of Newport Harbor and is some of Southern California’s most beautiful coast. The grey whales are commonly seen in this area. Most whale watching cruises take in the scenic backdrops of Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach, while viewing the gentle giants just a few hundred yards from shore. Due to the geography of the Orange County coastline that surrounds Newport Harbor, ocean conditions are very calm allowing whale watchers to fully enjoy the amazing viewings. Our primary whale watching ship is 65 feet long, and has a large upstairs sundeck, wrap-around outside seating, snack bar, and indoor seating with large windows. The ship was purpose-built for viewing marine life. Plenty of other amenities guarantee a very comfortable and exciting trip. Captains and crew members are well-versed in marine biology and are incredibly knowledgeable about marine creatures, environment, and eco systems.
  • Whale watching cruise (2.5 hours)
  • Fees and taxes
  • Binocular rentals
  • Beverages purchased on board
  • A USD 1-4 fuel surcharge may be in effect if marine diesel exceeds USD 3.50 per gallon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • 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

Newport Beach Whale Watching, 400 Main Street, Newport Beach CA. 92661. Please be at the meeting point at least 30 minutes before your tour departure time for whale watching excursions.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please try to check in about 45 minutes before departure time.
  • Children aged 2 and under may join the cruise at no charge but must be counted in your reservation. The USCG gives us maximum load limits that involve a head count. Age and size are not a factor in this count.
  • Binoculars are not available on rent
  • Fees and taxes are included in the price
  • Beverages can be purchased onboard
  • A USD 1-4 fuel surcharge may be in effect if marine diesel exceeds USD 3.50 per gallon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 32 reviews

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It was a good experience but unfortunately we did not see one whale which was the reason why we took this tour

December 24, 2021

December 4, 2021

Nice ship. Attentive crew, enjoyable adventure.

October 18, 2021

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