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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
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Cruise off the coast of Orange County in search of whales on this excursion from Newport Beach. Watch the rugged, beautiful scenery of the Pacific Coast glide by as you listen to interesting commentary from your crew about the native California marine life. Watch for blows and tail slaps; these signal that humpback, minke, grey, finback or giant blue whales are near. Dolphins and other marine life are also in abundance during this family-friendly, year-round whale watching tour.
  • Whale watching tour from Newport Beach
  • Keep your eyes open for blue, grey, minke, finback, and humpback whales
  • Knowledgeable captain and crew
  • Multiple departure times available
  • Spot other marine life such as dolphins, seals and more
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2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
Hotel pickup and drop-off
2.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge and wharfage fees is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
  • 400 Main St , 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

    Our location is inside the historic Balboa Pavilion located in the beautiful Newport Beach, CA. Our vessels depart from these docks as well. Parking is located roughly 100 yards from our location. Best place to park is next to the Balboa Pier.

  • 309 Palm St , 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

    Our second location is in Unit A of the 309 Palm Street building facing the harbor. Our building is located to the left of the Auto Ferry if you are looking towards the east.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Make your way to Newport Harbor for the departure of your whale watching cruise down the coast of Orange County. 

    Board the 65-foot (20-meter) boat and meet your experienced captain and crew, all of whom have extensive backgrounds in marine biology. As the boat leaves the harbor, learn about the different types of marine life that frequent the area and what to look for. 

    This year-round tour allows the opportunity to see different animals during different seasons. During the winter and spring months, watch for minke whales; one of the world's smallest, they only grow to about 23 feet (7 meters). Winter also brings the humpback whale, which can grow to an impressive 52 feet (16 meters). Both of these whales eat krill and are known to slap their tails on the surface of the water, or 'fluke'. 

    Blue whales, the largest mammals in existence today, usually grow to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length. Watch for these giants during the summer and fall months, in addition to grey whales and finback whales (the second-largest type of whale). 

    There are also possibilities to see dolphins, sea lions, and seals on your trip. Feel free to ask any questions of your knowledgeable captain and crew regarding any of the animal life you encounter.

    After your time on the Pacific, return to Newport Harbor.
    Stop At:  
    Balboa Pier
    This pier provides excellent sightings of the beautiful coastal line along with the crashing waves into the white sandy beaches.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Balboa Fun Zone
    Here families and children can enjoy a ride on the Ferris Wheel or test their luck out in the arcade. Three other rides (swings) or available to smaller children as well.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Pass By:  
    The Wedge
    Famous surf location
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    Crystal Cove State Park
    Marine protected preserve and state park.
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    Newport Beach Pier
    Historic pier and home to dory fleet.
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    Balboa Island
    Take in the views as they pass through Newport Harbor.
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    Crystal Cove State Park
    Whale watching cruises often view mammals off the Crystal Cove Park and marine protected area offshore.
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    Huntington Beach
    Whales and dolphin are often viewed off the coast of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Pier.
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    Newport Beach Pier
    Great whale watching takes place in the waters about 1/2 mile off the Newport Pier. Waters get quite deep just off the end of the pier and upwelling brings fish and mammals into feed.
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    Laguna Beach
    The coastline is often the backdrop when viewing whales and dolphin and if part of the 60 square mile marine protected park .
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    Main Beach
    Downtown Laguna, Main Beach is often visible while on a whale watching cruise out of Newport Beach
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    Abalone Point
    Beginning of the marine closure protect area offers some of the richest marine life and great whale watching opportunities.
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    Corona del Mar
    Beautiful coastal town often see in background while viewing mammals on whale watches
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    Corona Del Mar State Beach
    Pass by or stop in front of during our whale watches out of Newport Harbor.
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    Dana Point
    Whale watching cruises can travel down to Dana Point in search of whales and dolphin. Just south of Laguna Beach
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    Dana Point Harbor
    Whale watches can travel down to waters off Dana Point harbor to view whales and other marine mammals.
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    Top of the World
    Often viewed from a distance while watching off Laguna Beach
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    Aliso Beach Park
    Good whale watching and dolphin viewing takes place in the deeper waters off Aliso Beach Park in Laguna .
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    Victoria Beach
    One of the beaches in Laguna we spot while whale watching in the waters offshore.
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    Huntington Dog Beach
    Can be spotted along the coast when whale watching off Huntington Beach.
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    Bolsa Chica State Beach
    One the beaches to north that we travel too on some of our whale watches. The waters from the lagoon provide nutrients and attract marine life.
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    Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
    Protected reserve birds from the area offer some unique viewing opportunities in the waters offshore along with good habitat for whales and dolphin.
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    Sunset Beach
    One of the most northern beaches we see on our whale watches from Newport Beach.
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    Huntington State Beach
    Long stretch of beautiful white sand beach we cruise just offshore looking for whales and dolphin that travel the area.
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    Marina Park
    Great park can visit before of after taking a whale watching cruise from Balboa. Long walk or short bike ride too.
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    Little Corona Beach
    Close to where we exit Newport Bay we often pass in close proximity.
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    Pelican Hill Golf Club
    Scenic backdrop while we view whales and dolphin in the waters just off the golf club.
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    The Spa at Pelican Hill
    Nice option for he perfect day after or before a whale watching cruise. Can be seen from one of our whale watching boats.
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    Salt Creek Beach
    Just south of Laguna Beach the waters off Salt Creek support whales and dolphin and our cruises travel to this area at times
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    Table Rock Beach
    Neat beach and the protected waters offshore provide ideal habitat for whales and dolphins year round.
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    Laguna Beach Pirate Tower
    Landmark visible from our whale watching cruises when in Laguna Beach.
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    Catalina Island
    Often seen in the distance on whale watching cruises some of our longer trips travel to Catalina Island.
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    Main town on Catalina Island. On clear days can see Avalon while whale watching in the channel between Newport Beach and Catalina Island.
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    Often the buildings of downtown Irvine can be spotted along the coastline while on a whale watch.
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    San Juan Capistrano
    At the southern end of our whale watching cruise range can be spotted while whale watching off the coast.
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    Seal Beach
    Seaside town spot from the distance when whale watching in the northern part of our range from Newport Beach.
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    Fountain Valley
    Another beachside town that ends at the beach. Can be spotted from the ocean during whale watch.
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    Fashion Island
    Popular outdoor area can be spotted from waters off the coastline of Newport Beach on whale watches.
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    Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters
    Neat event taking place onshore. Sometimes can spot when viewing mammals close to shore.
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    Aliso Viejo
    Spans the upper hills from coastline can be viewed while whale watching offshore.
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    Laguna Niguel
    Can be spotted along the coastline when whale watching off Laguna.
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    Laguna Niguel Regional Park
    Great green area is a nice view from the waters off the coast.
    • 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.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Davey's Locker Whale Watching
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach.

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    • "Trip is enjoyable but the boat is a little bit outdated." See review
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    , May 2022
    We loved our whale watching cruise! The guides were very informative and excited with each sighting. Loved them! We watched a Fin Whale for awhile, then found some baby dolphins that swam right beside and in front of our boat. So fun and incredible! Saw several other fish and birds. I would definitely recommend and do it again! The guides were so positive and helpful in sighting the animals as well.
    Recommend to everyone
    , May 2022
    Dolphins were amazing, it was unmemorable experience, hope to come back and enjoy the beauty of the ocean.
    Crew were great
    , May 2022
    Great experience, saw 2 whales. The crew even remained out there a bit later to give us more of a chance to see whales which we did.
    , May 2022
    Watching the dolphins swim in front of the boat and underneath and everybody gathering taking videos just a lot of fun being out there and the crew was awesome
    It was Great!!
    , May 2022
    Being with my boy and his girl friend. Also seeing a lot of dolphins and as an added bonus we saw a baby dolphin. We would have liked to see a whale, but it wasn't meant to be! We just love being out on the water!!
    My husband and I had THE...
    , May 2022
    My husband and I had THE BEST time! The crew was so fun and we saw tons of dolphins. Would recommend to anyone!!!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great Captain
    , May 2022
    It was to windy to go out but the captain gave us all tickets to come back and did a little harbor tour, we did get to see some sea lions
    Cruise journey was...
    , May 2022
    Cruise journey was amazing. Pilot was funny enough to entertain the visitors. I like to re visit again for the beautiful experience
    Nice Trip with nice...
    , Apr 2022
    Nice Trip with nice instructions from the captain about the whales and dolphins. Very patience peoples and friendly. The group size was also fine on the boat.
    would definitely recommend
    , Apr 2022
    it was a great experience, very nice crew, however still little bumped that we didn't see whales (we did see dolphins and seals though!)

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