Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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Hop aboard our 65-foot (20-meter) whale-watching boat made just for whale watching and start a fantastic adventure off the Orange County coast! During your whale-watching cruise, learn fascinating details about all types of California sea life from the onboard naturalist with the beautiful coastal scenery of Newport Beach & Laguna Beach as backdrop. 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. Over half dozen different types of dolphin including giant Risso Dolphin at over 12 feet in length, white sided dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, and common dolphin. See super pods of dolphin sometimes numbering over 1000 dolphin strong. What a amazing sight. Harbor seals, seal lions, schools of fish, many species of sharks, and more can also be viewed on one of our 2-2.5 hour whale watching cruises.

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

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

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Famous surf location

Pass By: Crystal Cove State Park

Marine protected preserve and state park.

Pass By: Newport Beach Pier

Historic pier and home to dory fleet.

Pass By: Balboa Island

Take in the views as they pass through Newport Harbor.

Pass By: Crystal Cove State Park

Whale watching cruises often view mammals off the Crystal Cove Park and marine protected area offshore.

Pass By: Huntington Beach

Whales and dolphin are often viewed off the coast of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Pier.

Pass By: 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.

Pass By: Laguna Beach

The coastline is often the backdrop when viewing whales and dolphin and if part of the 60 square mile marine protected park .

Pass By: Main Beach

Downtown Laguna, Main Beach is often visible while on a whale watching cruise out of Newport Beach

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Beginning of the marine closure protect area offers some of the richest marine life and great whale watching opportunities.

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Beautiful coastal town often see in background while viewing mammals on whale watches

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Pass by or stop in front of during our whale watches out of Newport Harbor.

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Whale watching cruises can travel down to Dana Point in search of whales and dolphin. Just south of Laguna Beach

Pass By: Dana Point Harbor

Whale watches can travel down to waters off Dana Point harbor to view whales and other marine mammals.

Pass By: Top of the World

Often viewed from a distance while watching off Laguna Beach

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Good whale watching and dolphin viewing takes place in the deeper waters off Aliso Beach Park in Laguna .

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One of the beaches in Laguna we spot while whale watching in the waters offshore.

Pass By: Huntington Dog Beach

Can be spotted along the coast when whale watching off Huntington Beach.

Pass By: 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.

Pass By: 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.

Pass By: Sunset Beach

One of the most northern beaches we see on our whale watches from Newport Beach.

Pass By: 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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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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Close to where we exit Newport Bay we often pass in close proximity.

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Scenic backdrop while we view whales and dolphin in the waters just off the golf club.

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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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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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Neat beach and the protected waters offshore provide ideal habitat for whales and dolphins year round.

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Landmark visible from our whale watching cruises when in Laguna Beach.

Pass By: Catalina Island

Often seen in the distance on whale watching cruises some of our longer trips travel to Catalina Island.

Pass By: Avalon

Main town on Catalina Island. On clear days can see Avalon while whale watching in the channel between Newport Beach and Catalina Island.

Pass By: Irvine

Often the buildings of downtown Irvine can be spotted along the coastline while on a whale watch.

Pass By: 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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Seaside town spot from the distance when whale watching in the northern part of our range from Newport Beach.

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Another beachside town that ends at the beach. Can be spotted from the ocean during whale watch.

Pass By: Fashion Island

Popular outdoor area can be spotted from waters off the coastline of Newport Beach on whale watches.

Pass By: 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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Spans the upper hills from coastline can be viewed while whale watching offshore.

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Can be spotted along the coastline when whale watching off Laguna.

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Great green area is a nice view from the waters off the coast.
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