Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

45 Reviews | Newport Beach, USA

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2 hours (Approx.)
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
A note about this tour
All of our vessels passenger capacities have been decreased by almost 50% to ensure adequate space between guests and their groups.


View many varieties of whales which include the giant blue whale which is over 90 feet in length, humpback whales, gray whales, finback whales whales, several types of dolphin, seals, and other neat marine life.  Just outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The protected marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin.  With such amazing habitat for mammals so close to Newport Bay, whale watching cruises of 2-2.5 hours is all that is needed for viewing these giants. Newport Landing offers multiple whale watching cruises daily and with a 96% success rate viewing whales and/or dolphins, almost every trip will have viewing opportunities.
*New is a brand new double decker whale watching catamaran with bow seating, upper and lower deck 360 views, and much more.


  • Family friendly
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day



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Average 4.58 out of 5 stars based on 45 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Wendy, Jul 2020 Verified
It was awesome! We saw thousands of dolphins, 2 whales multiple times, a swordfish and tons of anchovies that the dolphins were chasing and feeding on. Such a great experience!
Peter, Jul 2020 Verified
Great trip, the Captain quickly spotted a pod of dolphins which swam alongside the boat for over 30 mins. Also enjoyed the refreshments on board and courteous crew.
Lillian G, Jun 2020 Verified
We didn’t see any whales but coming back we saw plenty of dolphins. My grandson was so excited about the dolphins The there was also the shops
Rachel S, Jun 2020 Verified
Great Experience!! We saw lots of dolphins and two whales. The staff was very knowledgeable and professional. The boat was very clean and nice.
Teresa R, Mar 2020 Verified
It was a wonderful experience , I Will deffently do it again and I will recommended to family and friends
Lorraine B, Mar 2020 Verified
Excellent experience. Easy to find. Pleasant staff. Saw whales and dolphins. It was a lot of fun and a lot cheaper than other tours. Take something warm to wear and sunscreen.
Taylor R, Mar 2020 Verified
Honestly amazing. We saw so many dolphins, followed a whale down the coast and even got close to the sea lions. Pictures were amazing, smooth ride and the captain Mike was very knowledgeable and made the trip that much more enjoyable.
Isabel R, Feb 2020 Verified
We liked so much! The cruise was my little gift for my sweetheart... He enjoyed so much! I highly recommend it.
Lee C, Feb 2020 Verified
Amazing! Never expected to see so many dolphins! I realize every day can be different, so I'm thankful for the favor we had during our cruise. Staff was great, thank you!
Patricia J, Feb 2020 Verified

The cruise was enjoyable, the staff was very knowledgeable and the boat was comfortable. Although we did not see any whales, we did see dolphins and sea lions. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

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