Water activity

Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: Davey's Locker

Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Activity provider: Davey's Locker
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From US$ 32 per person

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See giant blue whales, up to 100 feet in length, as well as finback whales and humpback whales on a whale-watching excursion off Newport Beach, CA. Take in the views of the Newport-Laguna coastline.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Choose a whale watching adventure just minutes from the Disneyland Resort
  • See many varieties of whales, such as the giant blue whale, finback whale, and grey whale
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Newport-Laguna coastline
Full description

Embark on a whale-watching adventure off Newport Beach, CA and look out for a variety of whales, including humpback whales and blue whales. Observe marine life in the wild and admire the Newport-Laguna coastline.

On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.

Includes
  • Boarding pass for tour
  • Binocular rental
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks (available for purchase on board)
  • Gratuity
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Driving directions: From Los Angeles, take 405 South to 55 South. The Freeway ends at Newport Boulevard. Stay on Newport Boulevard to Main Street and turn left. We are in the Balboa Pavilion building at 400 Main Street. Parking in the Balboa Pier municipal lot: This large outdoor lot is located on Palm Street. While you are driving down Balboa Boulevard toward our location, you will make a right turn onto Palm Street. Once parked, walk to the base of the pier and turn your back to it. Walk away from the pier straight down Main Street. The activity provider is located in the Balboa Pavilion building next to the Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom.

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  • Driver's license
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 215 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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I highly recommend this boat trip. We unfortunately didn't see any whales but we saw whole and huge schools of dolphins, which were so close to us that they even touched the boat. I had never seen one, it was incredibly impressive. We also saw sea lions (or seals?). In short, a great boat trip to do absolutely. I recommend doing it in the afternoon, when the sun is strongest, because with the wind it quickly gets cold on the boat. Take a vest too.

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July 14, 2022

Everyone that I interacted with was polite, and very helpful. I was so glad to have Jill on the boat. She would point out the wildlife, and give us information about what we saw. I learned a few things that I didn't know. I enjoyed her energy, and how she was so polite, friendly to talk to.

May 18, 2022

You never know if you will see a whale or not, and we didn’t, but we came across a “mega pod” of over 1,000 dolphins, which was totally awesome. They were riding our bow wave, sometime as many as 8 or 10 at a time, as we stood literally four feet above them looking down over the bow. And they were jumping out of the water all around us. It was the coolest thing we saw while we were in California.

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November 29, 2021

Product ID: 29966