Water activity

Newport Beach: Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

4.6 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: Newport Landing Cruises

Newport Beach: Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Newport Landing Cruises
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From US$ 44.50 per person

Likely to sell out

Spot some of the ocean's largest inhabitants as you search for whales and dolphins off the coast of Newport Beach. Keep your eyes peeled on this whale and doplin-watching cruise on a specialized boat.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Keep your eyes peeled as you try to spot different kind of marine mammals
  • Set off on a whale-watching ship designed especially for viewing marine life
  • Enjoy the convenience of a tour that's only a short drive from Los Angeles
  • Look out for blue whales, finback whales, gray whales, minke whales, and more
  • Sit back and relax on the calm ocean waters that surround Newport Harbor
Full description

Head out on a whale and dolphin-watching cruise from Newport Beach. The waters surrounding Newport Harbor offer deep nutrient-rich waters that attract all types of marine creatures. With a 96% success rate, almost every trip has the opportunity to see whales or dolphins.

Look out for giant blue whales (during the summer and fall months), finback whales, gray whales (winter and spring months), minke whales, humpback whales, several types of dolphin (including giant rizzo dolphin over 14 feet in length), seals, and all sorts of other marine life.

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 incredibly calm.

The captain and crew have backgrounds in marine biology and can provide details about the marine creatures, environment, and ecosystems.

  • Whale and dolphin-watching cruise
  • Captain and crew
  • Binoculars (available to rent)
  • Drinks (available to purchase)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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

Please check-in at Newport Landing Whale Watching, located on the Balboa Boardwalk, Suite A.

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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 14 reviews

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August 7, 2022

Very well organized..On time and super fun..

August 4, 2022

All had a wonderful time. Good activity for a church group. No problem for seniors boarding.

July 15, 2022

Product ID: 29161