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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.
- Close encounter with friendly dolphins
- Ideal choice for families
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
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- Led by a local guide
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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.
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Departure Point:Newport Harbor
Newport Beach, California
- November to February
- 10am, 1pm or 3pm: Monday to Friday
- 9:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm or 5pm: Saturday and Sunday
- 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm or 6pm
Return Details:Returns to original departure point
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9:30am departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available November to February on Saturday and Sunday
10am departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available daily from March to October; Monday - Friday from November to February
12pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available November to February on Saturday to Sunday
1pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available daily from March to October; Monday - Friday from November to February
2:30pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available from November to February on Saturday and Sunday
3:30pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available Monday to Friday from November to February and daily from March to October
6pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available daily from Mar to October (based on Daylights Savings)
Whale Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
- 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- $3.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
- 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 $3.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
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