• Location: Newport Beach, California
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From GBP 19.40

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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.

Highlights

  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Led by a local guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
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 Dates:
Departure Point:
Newport Harbor
Newport Beach, California
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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9:30am Departure
Code: AM0930

9:30am departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available November to February on Saturday and Sunday

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10am Departure
Code: AM1000

10am departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available daily from March to October; Monday - Friday from November to February

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12pm Departure
Code: PM1200

12pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available November to February on Saturday to Sunday

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1pm Departure
Code: PM1300

1pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available daily from March to October; Monday - Friday from November to February

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2:30pm Departure
Code: PM1430

2:30pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available from November to February on Saturday and Sunday

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3:30pm Departure
Code: PM1530

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

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6pm Departure
Code: PM1800

6pm departure for the 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise. Available daily from May to September (based on Daylights Savings)

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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

Whale Watching Cruise

Inclusions:
  • 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
Exclusions:
  • 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.
Additional Information:
  • 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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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Mary Jo N, October 2016

Outstanding! We enjoyed this tour immensely! Our group was able to see a humpback whale up close as it breached and flipped its tail - we were even close enough to smell its fishy breath when it spouted. The drone operator flew the drone right over the whale making it easier for the group to find the sweet spot to watch for the whale's movements. We splurged afterward and purchased the drone footage and some of the close-up photos of the whale - well worth the modest charge.

Highly recommend this tour company!

Reviewed by: sarah H, September 2016

We went out at 5 pm and were very lucky seeing whales, dolphins, sea lions.On our return had a beautiful sun set.