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Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Watching Experience with Captain Nick in Newport Beach

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Avoid the crowds of large cruise vessels and enjoy the personal attention of a guide on this whale-watching tour capped at six passengers. Going with a licensed naturalist guide not only ensures a safe and sustainable experience, but gives you the best chance of locating and observing the area’s whales and dolphins. Don’t forget your camera: The speedboat offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Pacific.
  • Small group size ensures an intimate experience
  • Coast Guard-licensed captain ensures a safe experience
  • Guide’s trained eye helps locate whales and dolphins
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the California coastline
Important Information
Departure Point
509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA
120–150 minutes
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • USCG licensed Master captains with over 24 years experience in the industry
  • All Captains are USCG licensed and Certified Naturalists!
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is comfortable. Bring an extra Jacket or sweatshirt and Sunblock. Thank you.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in THIRD trimester
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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mstevensaz wrote a review May 2020
Scottsdale25 contributions4 helpful votes
I am fortunate enough to live in Orange County and have been on multiple trips with different operators. Captain Nick is absolutely best! His team is so knowledgeable and always know where to find the whales and dolphins. I have seen blue whales, gray whales, dolphins and the
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Date of experience: May 2020
Vanita wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Right from the beginning Nick was friendly, engaged my kids (7 and 11) made a fuss of them, made us feel comfortable and we liked him and his lovely assistant immediately. He did all we could to see whales even though he was told it was a slow day. We ended up seeing 2 gray
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Date of experience: March 2020
APriceH wrote a review Feb 2020
Medina, Ohio6 contributions
We were lucky enough to stumble upon a super pod of dolphins on our trip. Although we did not see whales, it was still so beautiful and thrilling to see so many dolphins playing in the wake of the boat and with each other. We even spotted a few sea lions. Captain Guy was
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Date of experience: January 2020
luvs2travel221b wrote a review Feb 2020
Bensalem, Pennsylvania21 contributions4 helpful votes
Captain Guy was amazing! We felt welcomed and appreciated the wealth of knowledge he relayed to our group of five - most of whom had not been whale watching before. At first, given our morning trip had overcast skies and the fog on the journey to Newport Beach was considerable,
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Date of experience: January 2020
Cassandra T wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions
It was amazing!! Kids from 7 to 13 of age and each loved the experience. They giggled with excitement each time the dolphins jumped up beside the boat. We got to follow a gray whale and get a close up view of her!! Captain Nick was a gracious host and gave my daughter his coat
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Date of experience: January 2020
Key Details
  • East Meets West Excursions
  • Duration: 120–150 minutes
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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